Costin & Klintworth, Toronto
Private Collection, British Columbia
Although Malcolm Rains graduated from the Ontario College of Art with a major in sculpture, he is most known for his still life paintings. Rains creates a number of works often based on a theme and focused on a single subject. Employing warm lighting and rich glazing, the resulting canvases evoke a restraint reminiscent of the works by the Old Masters. Pieces of folded paper become statuesque Greek temples; pears on a sideboard are precisely rendered and dramatic. The essences of his subjects are transported into high art.