Artist Symeon van Donkelaar makes artwork that strives to connect his audience with their natural surroundings by extracting colourful pigments from soils, rocks, plants, and even bonesLocal Colour Portraits showcases the uniqueness of the Canadian landscape.
Each portrait is an artwork of contemplation, reconnecting us to the land and inviting us to experience it. They combine an earth pigment with a natural element, such as water, ice or fire. In each portrait, the significance of these local colours is revealed—challenging us to have a deeper respect for the earth
Soils of Sudbury
Dynamic Earth, Sudbury, Ontario, 2018.
Connecting the Dots
Arnica, Kamloops, British Columbia, 2012.
A Local Colour Project
Minarovich Gallery, Elora, Ontario, 2010.
The Craftsman’s Studio
CAFKA, Kitchener, Ontario, 2007.
Pilgrimage: Finding Canada’s Local Colours
The Craig Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2015.
Open Art Venue, Mitte, Berlin, 2011.
University of Toronto’s Art Centre, Toronto, Ontario, 2006.
Leder’s Farm, Edmonton, Alberta, 2015.
Seeing Local Colour
Fergus Grand Theatre, Fergus, Ontario, 2011.
The 100 mile ART Project
Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge, Ontario, 2008.