Kevin Sonmor (b.1959, Canada)
Canadian painter Kevin Sonmor’s iconic work pushes the boundaries between the historical conventions of landscape painting and the contemporary aesthetic of the abstracted landscape. An inspired student of Flemish painting, his visions are dark and atmospheric yet filled with familiar still life objects. These objects float through Sonmor’s rich, painterly landscapes, creating powerfully intriguing works that hover between contemporary and historic painting traditions. Sonmor’s paintings capture the feeling of Northern European still-lifes and Vanitas studies, rendering images in hues and shades of feeling while still carrying a distinctive contemporary edge.