Future Past 2412
Artist: Local Colour Aurora
Location: McMillan Park
115 Main Street, Erin
Meet Future Past 2412
The horse combines the influence of the Victorian Era with the 21st Century in the style of Steampunk. By definition, Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy—also in recent years a fashion and lifestyle movement—that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.
The Victorian Era was an age when honour, dedication to goals, and physical prowess were as important as the technological advancements of the day. It was a time when people forged ahead with new strength of mind, just like that of today’s athletes. These competitors are powerful, engaged, and determined to surpass the goals they set for themselves.
Our vision has transformed the horse into the illusion of steel. We used acrylic paints and metallic paste to paint welded joints, rivets and open-hinged doors showing the inner mechanical working of our horse, creating a trompe l’oeil effect.
About the Local Colour Aurora Artists:
Eva Folks: Visual Artist; Surreal Life Studies
My painting style is illustrative. Words and phrases that capture my attention are the creative inspiration for my paintings. My medium is acrylic paint on canvas, paper, and wood panel. I prefer to design my paintings by first doing a series of sketches to capture the image exactly as I see it in my mind. Many times I stretch and prepare my own canvases to suit the image instead of trying to force an idea onto a standard size.
Over the past few years, I have reveled in painting work for the Urban Series, but the ‘Cruizin’ Series paintings are the most enjoyable for me. They are also the most time consuming to produce. Much thought and consideration is put into researching specific features of each car I select for a painting, making it easily identifiable to the viewer. Characters of my own design are added, many of whom are inspired by people I have met at some point in my life, who suit the selected car and the selected phrase, creating a play on words with the title of the painting. People can identify with my whimsical surreal worlds giving them an emotional connection either through the car, the characters, or the depicted activity.
In 2011, I decided to make visual art my sole career. Since then, I have participated in a variety of juried shows including the Downtown Festival of the Arts in Naples Florida. I have also had a solo exhibition at the Colleen Abbott Gallery in Aurora, Ontario and have gallery representation in both Canada and the United States.
Judy Sherman: “Classical Paintings with a Twist”
As a child I would sit in front of the TV, watch cartoons and copy Renaissance drawings. My inspirations were Gumby and Michelangelo. I am fascinated with the reality and emotions that cartoons evoke and at the same time I admire the quality and aesthetics of the old masters. My paintings incorporate these two ideas resulting in a juxtaposition of the traditional style along side of toys. I am able to create a painting that tells a story, evokes a spirit of nostalgia and elevates the soul.
After a career as a graphic designer / illustrator, Judy went on to study Academic Painting and Drawing at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Judy was the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant in 2005. Her work is shown internationally in galleries and exhibitions in which she has won various awards. Her paintings hang in corporate and private collections throughout Canada, USA, Ireland and Scotland.