On May 9, EXCAVO will open an exhibition of new work by Holland-born, St.Thomas-based Artist Josepha Van Den Anker, curated by Moira McKee.
Never beginning with a set narrative, Josepha Van Den Anker draws inspiration from the repetitive gestures of everyday life and social observations that culminate in an alternative reality where introspective subjects populate physical space but are spiritually removed.
Recalling the immediacy of Francis Bacon, who would insistently find his image through the process of painting, Van Den Anker elucidates what Ezra Pound once referred to as ‘An ‘image’ as that which represents an intellectual and emotional idea, complex in an instant of time.’
A Canto can be a song or subdivision of a larger story for greater thematic understanding; conveying unresolved narratives of time and its passage as it relates to humanity, life and loss.
Following completion of her Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art & Design, Van Den Anker has exhibited internationally over the course of 40 years with work residing in numerous corporate collections including the Royal Bank of Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Central Bank of Spain.
This will be Van Den Anker’s first solo exhibition in London.
About the Artist
Josepha Van Den Anker’s work has been exhibited internationally since 1976. She is a recipient of awards and grants both in Canada and Ireland, with works in numerous public and private collections.
Born in Nort Brabant Holland, raised in Canada, Van Den Anker attended The Ontario College of Art & Design, is a Fine Arts, Honour’s Graduate and the recipient of the 1976 Forsyth Scholarship Award for Excellence in Painting in 1976.