JAMES LAHEY, R.C.A.
CLOUD PORTRAIT, 1998
acrylic on canvas
signed, titled and dated on the reverse
9 ins x 12 ins; 22.9 cms x 30.5 cms
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Known for his dramatic landscapes, cloudscapes, large-scale abstracts and opulent still lifes, James Lahey excels on all points of the painting spectrum from photorealism to total abstraction. Two examples of his range of subject matter are Cloud Portrait (1998) and Summer Field (2008). Both paintings demonstrate Lahey’s mastery of realism; each brushstroke painstakingly rendered to achieve maximum effect and an exacting portrayal of light, making visible the imaginary line between experience and memory. He says, “[My] representational work is primarily of things elemental and temporal – landscapes, oceans, clouds, flora and the implicit motion within these. I’m interested in these as a way to know the world and phenomenal experience; that is, to know what is often referred to as fleeting experience.”
Lahey’s work is represented in galleries across Canada, Great Britain and the United States and are included in numerous public, private, and corporate collections such as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; the Art Gallery of Windsor (Ontario); the Edmonton Art Gallery; the Department of Foreign Affairs (Ottawa); the University of Toronto; CitiBank Canada; Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC); and the Royal Bank of Canada.
Lahey, James. Spring, 2006 (Artist Statement). Accessed 10 March, 2015. http://www.jameslahey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/09-Spring-2006.pdf.
Private Collection, Ontario
Department: Canadian Fine Art