Winnipeg, Manitoba – June 10, 2015 – Gurevich Fine Art is pleased to announce the addition of three new artists to its roster: Toronto painter Lisa Johnson, Sierra Leone native Gibril Bangura, and metalsmith Sonja Rosenberg.
While she was born in Toronto, Lisa Johnson’s family roots in the shield country of North Frontenac – specifically Bon Echo, Mazinaw Lake – continue to serve as one of her prime sources of inspiration. Her paintings enquire into space and movement within the context of landscape painting. Through her ethereal and sculpted pigment, Johnson depicts vast landscapes where figures seem to poetically emerge. Drawing inspiration from on-location studies to develop large studio works, her paintings weave geographic, corporeal and abstract sensibilities through layers of atmospheric grounds and gestural mark-making. Her work speaks to the passage of time over an evolving landscape painted with spirit and musicality.
Gibril Bangura fled from Sierra Leone to Guinea in 1998 after being persecuted because of his artistic expression. Bangura came to Winnipeg in 2014, after he was rescued by the Canadian Government. He has been working as an artist for more than 25 years. His first exhibition was at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France at the age of 19. Bangura’s work has been dubbed “Happy Paintings” because of their vibrancy and the joy they bring to the viewer.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sonja Rosenberg studied Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012. Rosenberg has showcased her work in Halifax, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Arizona. Her work has been published in the Opine Canadian Juried Student Exhibition Catalogue (2013) and “Larks 500 Art Necklaces (500 Series)” (2013).
“We constantly search for new, exceptional talents to complement our already exemplary roster of artists,” says GFA owner and CEO Howard Gurevich. “We are excited to welcome these three distinctly different and diverse artists to our gallery and we think their work will be great additions to our clients’ homes and collections.”