Feature Story                                             Thursday, February 18, 2016


Sentient Artwork

Artist Rasmussen works with 'negative space' and 3D in Edges show March 2-31

Jennifer Hickey, CCAC


Artist Jeff Rasmussen tries to express feelings in his art.


he Chilliwack Community Arts Council is proud to present its newest gallery exhibition, Edges, featuring painter and sculptor Jeff Rasmussen. This energetic exhibit, running March 2 to 31, showcases crisp colours and clean lines with a splash of Rasmussen’s artistic verve.


Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Rasmussen is an emerging painter and sculptor who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Fraser Valley.


His works have been displayed at the Surrey Art Gallery, The Reach Gallery Museum and Kariton Art Gallery in Abbotsford, the White Rock Community Centre, and most notably in the 2015 Regional Fraser Valley Biennale.


Currently, Rasmussen’s work is influenced by his sculptural background, representing a three year exploration of unique textures found on surfaces of man-made objects.

Rasmussen’s acrylic airbrush paintings are created by layering objects on canvas and airbrushing over top of the items, creating a three-dimensional effect with varied colour tones.


“To create the silhouettes featured in my work I decided to use more negative space. I feel that by providing such emptiness around a detailed and forceful image, I can properly represent the inner turmoil I went through working in a society that pressures us to fit into a certain mold,” explains Rasmussen. “I want to be an artist; I don’t want to work under the restraints other jobs have placed on me.”


An artist meet and greet will be held on March 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Art Room (20 – 5725 Vedder Rd.). Guests will have a chance to speak with the artist, and view these dramatic pieces in person. Edges runs until March 31. The Art Room is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details about the exhibit please call 604-769-2787 or visit chilliwackartscouncil.com.



About the Chilliwack Community Arts Council

Founded in 1960, the Chilliwack Community Arts Council is a registered charitable organization and home to artists, crafters, and arts and cultural enthusiasts. We strive to provide quality events, classes, workshops, and activities that allow our community to engage in the arts as well as offer support for individuals, groups, and organizations within the arts community.


About the Art Room

Home of the Chilliwack Community Arts Council, the Art Room is a creative space in which to enjoy the arts. Here you will find our office, classes, workshops, and small events as well as a changing display of local art and artisan goods in our Art Room Gallery and Gift Nook.


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