Opening Reception:

Friday, April 27th, 7-10pm

Additional Hours, April 28th to May 8:

Tuesday to Friday, 12-6pm

Saturday 12-5pm

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Artist Statement

Michael’s work focuses on reinterpreting characters from mythology and fairy tales. Self-taught as a watercolour painter, Michael explores roles of feminine power, turning victim into victor. Worlds of wonder and mystery evoke feelings of strength, anger, melancholy and joy. Villains are vanquished, and creatures are empowered in large, vibrant watercolour landscapes.

Gathering tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and stories from Greek, Roman and Russian folklore, Michael explores how strength and vulnerability can coexist in the same figure. His purpose is twofold, empowering the female figure by telling their story using contemporary values and at the same time, gathering strength into the world.

Bio: Michael Joyal is a Canadian watercolour artist whose large narrative paintings reinterpret characters from mythology and fairy tales. Michael received his BFA in painting from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1993. Michael has exhibited in North America in solo and groups shows. He recently attended the inaugural class of the European Cultural Academy where he studied with artists and curators from around the world. His second book with author Lucy Haché, Stars, will be published by At Bay Press in 2018.