ARTIST STATEMENT

My current work is a consideration of my relationship to the natural world and what it means to be alive.

Awareness lies somewhere on the boundary between the landscape we walk through daily and the alternative environment of the imagination. I’ve always been interested in time and deep roots.

My earlier figurative work was almost archeological in construct, a quest for something long lost. Now I’m attracted by more ephemeral phenomena, things which rise, transform and move on; unbound by the constraints of time. These new paintings exist in the space between the geological and the biological and are a search for the spark of animation and where it could happen. All of the images look to be a part of the natural world. They could be microscopic specks or complete ecosystems. What is important to me is the perception of life evolving into tangible form. The idea is not tied strictly to the metabolic. Water, wind, the rock beneath our feet, all seem full of life. This new work is a tribute to what is and to the infinite possibilities of what could be.

CHINTAN BOLLIGER

My formal art education took place in Zurich, Switzerland.

Since then I have lived and made art in various parts of the world including the South of France, India, Hawaii and the high desert of the Western US.

For the past thirty years my home and studio have been on Salt Spring Island, just off the west coast of Canada.

The subtle flavour of every place has influenced my creative process and each has left a trace on the work. Currently working in acrylics, I am experimenting with multiple layers of texture, colour and glazing; adding, subtracting and adding again. This creates an ever-changing surface environment from which the painting can take form.

 Each new series I embark upon brings the excitement of moving towards something new, revealing aspects and ideas which, to me, were previously unknown.

CV

Born Zurich, Switzerland

Canadian citizenship 1994

Education

1974 – 1976 School for Art and Design (FF Schule für experimentelle Gestaltung) Zürich, Switzerland

1973 – 1974 University of the Arts (Kunstgewerbeschule) Zürich, Switzerland

Selected Exhibitions

2020  Group Show, Massey Sales Gallery at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC 

2019  Winter Small Works Show, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC

2019  SSNAP Paralell Show, invitational, Artspring Gallery, Ganges, BC

2019  Duo, Kizmit Galleria, Salt Spring Island, BC

2019  Homage, invitational, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC

2018  Octogony, eight artists, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC

2017  Nuseum, Pod Contemporary Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC

2017  SSNAP Parallel Show, invitational, Artspring Gallery, Ganges, BC

2016  Life . Forms, duo show, AC Showcase Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC

2016  Easter Art Show, group show, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC

2015  Sooke Fine Arts Show, juried, Sooke, BC

2015  Art Auction for SSNAP, group show, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC

2014  20/20 Vision, juried, Artspring Gallery, Ganges, BC

2013  Sit With Me, solo show, AC Showcase Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC

2013  Sooke Fine Arts Show, juried, Sooke BC

2013  Serge Stauffer – Kunst als Forschung, invitational, Helmhaus Zurich, Switzerland

2012  Recent Paintings, solo show, Green Raven Centre, Salt Spring Island, BC

2012  Sooke Fine Arts Show, juried, Sooke BC

2011  Attachments, group show, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC

2002  Erotic Show, group show, Artspring Gallery, Ganges BC

2002  Alliance of Salt Spring Artists, group show, Artspring Gallery, Ganges BC

2000  Where Art and Nature Meet, group show, Artspring Gallery, Ganges BC

1998  Eros 98, group show, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC

1996  Eros 96, group show, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC

1994  Time Flies, group show, Salt Spring Island, BC

1993  Boxed-In, group show, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC

1989  Windborn, group show, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC