Qualia Contemporary Art is pleased to announce two new exhibitions, on view from March 24 through May 6, 2022, with an opening event on March 26 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. The gallery is pleased to present Things Far Held Near, a solo exhibition of acrylic paintings by Canadian-American artist, Ilana Manolson. Drawing from her professional background as a naturalist for Parks Canada and avid outdoorsperson, and inspired in part by traditional Chinese painting, her richly expressive artworks aim to make visible the connections and interdependencies between all elements in nature. In doing so, she hopes her work offers an occasion to cherish the joys of the natural world, and, at the same time, to seriously consider the present threat of environmental destruction and the difficult choices that lie ahead. In the main gallery, Here to There is a solo exhibition by South Korean-born, Oakland-based painter, Younhee Paik. The artist’s surreal, often abstract paintings combine symbolism, celestial imagery, and strong feminist undertones. Paik’s work tells the story of her life, touching on themes of immigration, motherhood, and the artist’s connection to nature. The exhibition features a selection of works made within the last decade from her series “Golden Climb,” “City Awaken,” “Ancient River,” and “Ascending.” Paik will be present at the opening event on March 26. Both Paik and Manolson draw inspiration from nature, each creating unique works of abstraction that relate to their distinct cultural, generational, and personal influences.
Ilana Manolson, a Canadian/American painter, printmaker, and naturalist, is represented by the Jason McCoy Gallery in New York, The Cadogan Contemporary Gallery in London, and Nicola Rukaj Gallery in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited at many galleries and museums including the Jason McCoy Gallery, the Clark Gallery, the Danforth Museum of Art, the De Cordova Museum, Fuller Museum, Boston Public Library, Brown University, Endicott College, Ballin Castle Museum, Regis College, and Gordon College. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Berkeley Museum, the RISD Museum, the Danforth Museum, the De Cordova Museum, the Boston Public Library, the Ballin Castle Museum, and numerous corporate collections.
She is a two-time winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship for Painting (2008-11 and 2018-21) and also received the St. Botolph Artist Grant, Boston. Her residencies include the Banff Centre for the Arts residency where she was a Leighton Fellow, the Mass MOCA residency, the Ballinglen Arts Foundation residency (three times), Yaddo Artist Colony, and Banff School of Fine Arts. She received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
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