My most recent paintings, the “Signals” series, are explorations of how we see and how we are affected by visual spaces both real and those created in paint. And, how these perceptions can be recreated and realized through abstract imagery.
The use of a subtle colour palette and minimalism in these works lends itself to the creation of ethereal spaces that imply transcendent, meditative space. The paintings, although painted in relatively flat paint, attempt to engage the human longing for a sort of promised land that lies just beyond the horizon. The push-pull of atmospheric perspective and layered brushwork is at times interrupted by drips, scratches and drawn marks which bring the viewer back to consider reality. The reality of landscape as it exists today. These intrusions are metaphors for a myriad of intrusions in the landscape and in human consciousness in the 21st century. Dale Kirschenman
Dale Kirschenman grew up in the country near Medicine Hat, Alberta. He has been painting since 1988 and he studied painting at The Alberta College of Art and Design, graduating in 1998. He works from his personal photo archives creating paintings that explore landscape in a variety of styles ranging from realism to abstraction
In addition to his painting practice, Dale has taught painting classes for the “Summer Series Program” at Red Deer College and plein air painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design. He has facilitated painting workshops at the Leighton Centre and art appreciation tours for the City of Calgary.
Dale Kirschenman is represented by The Edge Gallery in Calgary, Elevation Gallery in Canmore, and by Rowles and Co. Gallery in Edmonton. His paintings are present in the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Civic Art Collection of the City of Calgary as well as numerous private and corporate collections in Canada and the U.S.A. Living in Calgary, Alberta, the surrounding prairie and sky continue to influence and inspire him in his painting and photography.