Cape Breton University Art Gallery is opening an exhibition of new work by Mahone Bay, N.S. painter, Winston (Win) Leonard Seaton. The opening reception for W.L Seaton: Changing Tack, will be held on Friday, March 11 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Seaton has been painting since he graduated in 1963 from the Vancouver School of Art, and will be discussing his life’s work during a talk at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the Sydney Credit Union Boardroom, CE-265.
As the title of the exhibition implies, the works in W.L Seaton: Changing Tack announces the dramatic shift in style and process that Seaton has undergone late in his artistic career. Using unconventional media such as caulking, drywall paste and commercial paint, Seaton’s new paintings teeter in the balance between figurative painting and abstraction. Organized into three series, these exciting new paintings are based on a range of nautical themes.
“The CBU Art Gallery is very excited to present this new collection of paintings by Win Seaton,” says Laura Schneider, curator, CBU Art Gallery. “These works really capture the artist’s vitality and renewed excitement in the act of painting. I think that this exhibition is also a wonderful example of how artists have the ability to reinvent themselves at any age or stage in their career.”
Seaton spent more than 20 years in British Columbia as a graphic designer, working on several high profile projects such as Expo ’86, before returning to Nova Scotia in 2000 with his wife, who is originally from Cape Breton.
The CBU Art Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.