A Tale of the Land
Simone Guo Painting Exhibition
May 27 to June 19
Noon to 5 pm daily ( Sunday & Monday closed )
Oil & Acrylic on Canvas
Currently living and working in Vancouver, Simone Guo was born in China to an artist’s family and practiced Chinese brush painting in childhood. She studied at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China where she completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Art History, and in 2004, earned another Master of Art History degree from the University of Victoria. Guo has had a number of solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions in North America and Asia, and her work is represented by Art Beatus Gallery and Visual Space Gallery in Vancouver, BC.
Simone Guo in her studio
Photo by Yukiko Onley 2021
The recent body of work in oil and acrylic continues to explore unique vocabulary to visually interpret my understanding of nature and land, presenting a poetic yet stylized landscape world that reflects on personal history and memories, communal sentiments, even a much broader cultural reference.
My practice is a balance of analyzed forms or lines, subdued lyrical palette, calligraphic and highly suggestive brushwork. Making a way through the thicket of visual information, my imagery largely references North American landscape meanwhile consciously distills aesthetic and philosophical inspirations from traditional Chinese monochromatic landscape painting, which is often abstract, symbolic and with quality of serenity and sublimeness. Through my constructed world of mountains, rivers and trees, I thrive to create a different perspective looking at nature surroundings, to resonate or evoke an atmosphere of nostalgia, and provide spiritual sanctuary amid a era of redefining and rebuilding.
My works hereby pay deep reverence to the land that silently endures human’s history of egomania, at a ephemeral moment that extends seamlessly into the past and the future.