Marilyn Conklin - New Exhibition

New Exhibition Announcement - “Creation” by Marilyn Conklin
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1, 2017,1:00 - 5:00 pm
Show Runs Until: April 22, 2017
VOYAGE INTO THE UNKNOWN, OIL COLLAGE ON LINEN, 2016-17

SYMPHONY, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 2015

SEA URCHIN #2, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 2016

On the Canvas: Artist’s search for meaning informs mixed media work - Joe Belanger, London Free Press, March 29, 2017

The wonder of creation is the focus of an artist’s new exhibition on at a London store.

 Strand Fine Art is exhibiting Creation features works by London artist Marilyn Conklin. Gallery co-owner Andrew Smyth said Creation is a “vivid selection of bright, colourful, abstract ­paintings.”

 “Marilyn Conklin paints with acrylic, water mixable oil colour, and mixed media. You might find sand or pumice or lace or who knows what,” Smyth said. “Her inspiration comes from ancient spiritual myths and the many outcomes arising from them. You will be struck by the scale and intense colour of the work. I am drawn to the paintings time and again by the mystery in the abstract. You never truly find the answer.”

Conklin, a Londoner, has volunteered at Museum London, raised a family and graduated from Western University with a fine arts degree in 2000. She has served on the board of the Art Gallery of ­Ontario.

In her artist’s statement, Conklin said she’s a very spiritual person and her work is “influenced by many life experiences, extensive travel, ancient archaeology, and an active imagination.”

“Because I am a spiritual being, I am always searching for existential meaning in the unknown,” said ­Conklin.

 “Looking into nature and transcending into the skies underpin the themes in these paintings. If you, the viewer, react emotionally, recall a memory, or discover a new insight into yourself, I am, as the artist, very delighted. Perhaps my paintings may briefly place you back in prehistoric times and remind you of the pristine beauty of nature.”