||Kapil Harnal is a Montreal-born artist who currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.|
The latest theme to enter his work stems from his feelings about the north and our winter. Having grown up in Montreal, and experienced the climate there, he understands that the winter is a crucial part of the Canadian identity and way of life. A great and beautiful shared experience. As a figurative painter, he had also noticed that at certain times of the winter, the Canadian identity (of individual Canadians) is mostly concealed. We are left with a pair of eyes, or a nose and mouth. Sometimes less. The rest of us is covered, though our garments create an artificial identity of a sort. Together, the elements we see appear to be a new identity. Kapil's recent portraits seek to analytically describe the visible areas of a subject's features, like a mug shot or passport photo, within the concealment imposed by the cold. The rest is described by the elements that hide our hair or mouth, also meticulously rendered; for these are part of a new identity linked to our shared climate.
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Toronto, ON M5H 4E7
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