Canadian artist Lucy Schappy expresses her sense of wonder for the world using paint as visual poetry. Her bold and colorful abstract expressionist work celebrates the gift of life in our complex and astounding world. Lucy favors a colorful palette and primitive, childlike marks. She strives to reconnect with the fresh knowing of a child in her work that is playful and youthful yet serious and mature.
Although Lucy’s first career was as a dentist, she has been an artist at heart all along. When she moved to Vancouver Island she was able to transition back to the artistic life she had cherished as a child—as dreamer, seer and tireless adventurer. Using her art she confronts with curiosity and experimentation, the unknown, the emotional and spiritual. Working in an intuitive and spontaneous manner she uses color, form and texture to say things that are not possible with words. Symbols, both personal and universal, populate her canvases that reference life and its complexities. Animal, plant and human forms are glimpsed but fleeting, left for the observer to discover. Music and weather are sometimes inspiration. The work is full with marks and colors that act and react to each other. Order is found within seeming disorder.
This series of large works is a stepping into the abyss of color and freedom. This new work is a continuation of the self expression Schappy has been refining over the past 18 years of painting full time. The work is fresher and more confident than ever before as she wields brush and paint with a knowing that comes from within and yet is guided from without.
Years of looking and searching and developing her personal language with paint has led to this series that is expressive and abstract while referencing symbols that represent the things she holds dear: nature, sky, animals and birds as well as love, relationship, freedom.
The vibrant colors that she favors are akin to the sun and evoke happiness and a sense of well being, painting with them is a reaction or remedy to living with the perpetual gray landscape and weather of the Pacific northwest.
In Flowers In Love and Midnight Garden shapes of sun and flowers dance and glow in the darkness and are illuminated. The beauty and joy of the vibrant high key color is held within the dark velvet of the black. The brightness, like the sun bursts forth from the dark to delight and cheer the viewer.
In Walk the Dog and Sparkle the work is light and airy, colors and shapes act and react to each other to form a mosaic. As in life, the works are composed of a plethora of parts and pieces that work together to create life and its patterns and cycles: symbols of weather, environment, plants, people and animals populate these works that act as visual poetry of a life filled with possibility and joy.
I hope that the work brings as much joy to the viewer as it brought me in creating them.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS/ART FAIRS
2019 The Square Foot Show, Art Alchemy, CANADA
2018 Sugar High, Jen Tough Gallery, Benecia CA USA
2018 Square Foot Show, Art Alchemy, Courtenay BC CANADA
2018 Art San Diego, San Diego CA USA
2018 Solo Show, Tosh Gallery, Qualicum CANADA
2018 Gallery Launch, 32 Lakes Café, Powell River BC CANADA
2018 Summer Show, Tin Town Café, Comox CANADA
2017 The Tree, The Berwick, Comox CANADA
2017 Spring in Bloom, Gallery at Matticks Farm, Victoria BC CANADA
2017 Mother’s Day Open Studio, Courtenay BC CANADA
2017 New Works, Hollyburn Country Club, Vancouver BC CANADA
2017 Comox Valley Home Show, Comox CANADA
2016 Art Vancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver BC CANADA
2016 Square Foot Show, Art Alchemy, Courtenay BC CANADA
2016 Big Ideas Show, Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo ON CANADA
2016 Sooke Fine Art Show, SEAPARC Leisure Complex, Sooke BC CANADA
2016 Art Alchemy Group Show, Comox Valley Airport, Comox CANADA
2015 Square Foot Show, Art Alchemy, Courtenay BC CANADA
2015 Love Art Fair, Toronto CANADA
2015 Summer Love, Art Altelier, Victoria CANADA
2014 Collaboration – Art 508, Victoria BC CANADA
2014 Square Foot Show, Art Alchemy, Courtenay BC CANADA
2013 Square Foot Show, Art Alchemy, Courtenay BC CANADA
2012 Square Foot Show, Art Alchemy, Courtenay BC CANADA
2012 Soleil, The Purple Onion, Comox CANADA
2012 Solstice in the Sky Garden, Berwix, Comox CANADA
2011 West Coast Art Collective Exhibition, The Purple Onion, Comox CANADA
2018 Filberg Festival CANADA
2018 The Altas Restaurant, Courtenay CANADA – displaying new work by Lucy Schappy
2017 Filberg Festival CANADA
2016 Church Street Bakery, Comox CANADA – featuring work by Lucy Schappy
2016 River City Arts Festival, Campbell River CANADA
2016 Tin Town Open Studio Tour CANADA