A wanderer at heart, Emilie Fantuz has travelled and lived from Michigan to Hawaii and has recently begun calling Vancouver home. Her latest series of palette knife works finds her entering a mature painterly phase, capturing the essence of the surrounding urban environment with fresh eyes and a deft handling of paint.
Each scene she produces is at once familiar yet distant, an objective neo-noir spectacle of anonymous people moving through city streets at night. The details captured however, such as articles of clothing, neon signage and Vancouver landmarks, lend the pictures a sense of recognizable comfort. These works represent Emilie’s experience of arriving in a new city and seeking to understand the substance of the people and places. Her personal and artistic search for meaning in these settings is reflected in the individuals she paints, each one existing and participating in the living tableau of the city.