Kitchener ON based artist Issac Watamaniuk creates abstract paintings that explore the dynamic compositions found within urban landscapes.
Using hard edge shapes, Watamaniuk paints optical illusions that are juxtaposed with the flatness of the solid colour fields to create depth in an unexpected way. In exhibition, the paintings also employ unexpected installation practices, uniquely interacting with props and wall elements to invite the viewer to examine the interactions between the work and surrounding architecture. The forms on the surface mirror these relationships and act as windows into a geometric world.
Watamaniuk’s use of bright, bold colours offer a dreamlike take on the monochromatic city environment we inhabit, and we love the way they make us reconsider our own urban spaces.