The Colborne Art Gallery is pleased to present Alf Blything, a Retrospective
On July 20, 2009, The Colborne Society of Artists lost a dear friend and colleague, Alf Blything.
This retrospective show provides an opportunity to take a walk through Alf’s exploration of the art world. Always with a natural artistic ability, Alf put his first brush to canvas in 1957 with a painting of his then fiancé. It would be a further 30 years before ill health forced him to slow down and take up art as therapy.
While taking lessons with various local art teachers, Alf sought inspiration from photographs he took of various locations which caught his attention. He soon found that his mind provided more inspiration than anything else and he branched out into fanciful landscapes. Graphics were always his first love and doodles from that period show where his art work will lead.
Bypass surgery in 1992 gave him a new perspective and his morphine induced faces from that period show how his mind was affected by that experience. A spiritual theme was present in many of his later artworks and of course his sense of humour always showed through.
His later years were filled with his ink and graphite drawings, his first and last choice of materials.
Alf Blything Retrospective opens March 13, 2010 with an opening reception from 2-4 pm, and runs until April 24, 2010. Join us to celebrate Alf’s work along with a selection of other new works, by the members of the Colborne Art Gallery.