Look out over this alpine view. Can you feel a sense of movement? In Ottawa-based artist Michael Sproule’s Alpine Series #1, bold expressive lines convey the glacially carved geography of a mountain peak in BC’s Akamina Kishinena Provincial Park. Vibrant oranges, browns, and purples swirl together against a bright daylight sky to highlight the uplift and erosion of the earth’s crust, which formed the mountains many millennia ago. Representative of the artist’s turn to Western Canada in the early 1990s, this work is also indicative of Sproule’s larger artistic practice, which reflects an interest in the geological phenomena that underlies the ever-changing Canadian landscape.
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