New painting techniques to be displayed in Tatamagouche

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Mathew and Maria Aldred will showcase some new painting techniques with an exhibit at the Fraser Cultural Centre in Tatamagouche from Aug. 16 to Sept. 4. ‘Mackerel Shoal, #2' is one of those pieces, which was done with a fluid-foil technique.

TATAMAGOUCHE - Art lovers may want to check into Tatamagouche for some new painting techniques.

Husband and wife team Mathew and Maria Aldred will have their works, complete with new techniques, on display at the Fraser Cultural Centre from Aug. 16 to Sept. 4. They will also be showing a demonstration on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

‘The Sea' presents paintings, woodcuts and photographs by the couple. The works reflect their experiences of living with the sea in England, Ireland, France and Canada.

"I'm from England originally and Maria is from Ireland. We moved to Nova Scotia six years ago and we've spent the last few years developing some new painting techniques," said Mathew.

One of those techniques is fluid-foil, which sees an image embossed onto canvas using aluminum foil, copper leaf and gold leaf. The shapes are then filled with iridescent fluid acrylics and inks, which are then manipulated to create the required textures, lines and colours.

The result is a stylized mirror on nature.

Another style they've developed is string-flow, which uses fine lengths of cord or string to create the strong black line that is the feature of the technique. Fluid acrylics and inks are then applied and manipulated to produce unique marbling effects.

The third technique that will be on display is chroma-flow, which blends fluid acrylic paints, inks and iridescent pigments.

"We felt that now was the right time to reveal these techniques," Mathew explained.

"Maria in particular was raised in an Irish family, who have fished the sea off West Cork, Ireland, for generations. Also, Nova Scotia has a very rich ocean heritage and we felt that many of the subjects we have chosen to paint would resonate with Nova Scotians."

Along with painting, Mathew teaches art and design at Oxford Regional Education Centre, while Maria keeps bees and makes beeswax-related products.

The artists will be on hand during opening night, from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be available to the public from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.


Organizations: Fraser Cultural Centre, Oxford Regional Education Centre

Geographic location: Tatamagouche, Ireland, England Nova Scotia France Canada West Cork

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  • Matthew Broadhurst
    August 23, 2013 - 19:01

    Hello from England, UK. I would like to thank you for the article above, as it led me the amazing new work that Mathew and Maria Aldred have exhibited with 'The Sea'. As a Parton of the Arts in the UK I have been looking for new art using new painting techniques and this work has really caught my eye. The Fluid-foil technique is amazing and I hope they will be able to ship one or two of their works safely back to little Old England. All the best Matthew Broadhurst