Textural Interfaces

Jim GladdenRandolph Rigets

Textural Interfaces

Mixed media by Randolph Rigets and Jim Gladden

March 27–April 8, 2018

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 27, 6–8 p.m.

Meet the Artists: Saturday, March 31, 2–3 p.m.

Jim Gladden received his M.F.A. from Yale School of Fine Arts in 1963. He has been painting, exhibiting and teaching in Connecticut, California and British Columbia. Since 1988, when Jim settled in West Vancouver, he has participated in numerous solo and group exhibits, including the Ferry Building Gallery, Federation of Canadian Artists. Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver Memorial Library, North Vancouver Community Arts Council and Lookout Gallery at Regent College.

“As a ‘beachcomber personality’, I like to explore and find unique objects and visual delights in a beautiful environment. Even as a young boy, I can remember the joy I felt when observing the forms, colours and design which I saw as I walked on country roads in Connecticut, along the seashore of Long Island or on the streets of New York City. How to capture these awesome feelings challenged me. I have learned to understand that these beautiful moments of discovery are actually God’s sharing of spiritual truths, as Creator, with me.”

As a lyrical abstract painter, Gladden is always intrigued with inventive techniques using acrylic paints. His paintings start with details of colour and design which are chosen spontaneously and applied to glass or stretched plastic; when finished, the acrylic is transferred to canvas for stretching. This technique offers a remarkable range of flexibility for acrylics in achieving subtly coloured layers of glazes. It allows for cutting away areas of built-up paint and incorporating other patterns and images.

“I am arranging visual elements as form, colour, texture, modular configurations and contrasts, which are variations of what I notice in my daily outdoor life along B.C. trails and seascapes.”

Recently, Gladden been applying acrylic “skins” to the canvas in a “collage” style, arranged and layered to create textural “tapestries”. These pieces can be viewed as a wall hanging or wrapped around a tower for a 3D effect. Gladden invites his viewers to “celebrate and enjoy the weaving of colour, shape and texture in surprising ways.”

Randolph Rigets has been making art in one form or another for more than fifty years and has had the opportunity to study under many well-known and respected artists such as Tony Onley, Roy Arden, Jeff Wall, Roy Kiyooka and Marina Roy. He studied classical drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, and photography at the Nelson School of Fine Art, Malaspina College, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and the University of British Columbia where he is currently enjoying a more abstract approach to art.

His paintings have been influenced by the work of American Artists, Robert Ryman and Brice Marden, in that he is both a minimalist and is also sensitive to the shape of his painted strokes.  When asked about his artistic philosophy he said, “I think that art should give the viewer something new and something that has not been experienced before; it needs to be somehow unique and fresh.”

Rigets works to create a build-up on the painting's surface by applying one thin layer of paint over another.  He sometimes leaves remnants, shadows of what has come before, fingerprints of the painting's history traced over the surface of the painting.  He seems careful about the application of the stroke, the location, the amount of paint applied, and even how he breathes while applying pressure of the brush to the surface of the support.  

His works in this exhibition are predominately white. When asked about what he hopes to accomplish by limiting his palette in this manner, he responded, “We all live in the realm of illusion where we mix what is real with what we think is real; as viewers we become fixed in what we think we see.  This is primarily because our minds have become overrun with the many thousands of images, we see 'in a flash', on a daily basis.  Blank space is being threatened with extinction as advertising overwhelmingly defeats it. I hope that, upon discovering my paintings, the viewer will pause in their routine, take a breath, and rest their mind.  It is just paint on canvas."


Ferry Building Gallery
1414 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC
Gallery Hours
Tues - Sun: 11AM - 5PM
Closed Mondays
Tel 604-925-7290