Jeremy Browne - Castles of Canada presented by Trailside Galleries

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Castles of Canada

JEREMY BROWNE Castles of Canada February 14 – 26, 2022

Much of Canada’s heritage is embedded within the posts and beams of old barns, agricultural structures that have long served an essential role in animal husbandry, crop storage and processing. Affectionately called Castles of Country Canada, they have been part of the Canadian landscape for over 200 years and are an integral part of its architectural heritage. Diverse in their form and appearance, these barns have been significant because they help define local distinctiveness and sense of place, offering a profound visual impact. Sadly, historic barns are disappearing at an accelerated rate with most of the structures deemed too obsolete for modern agriculture. These barns are in perilous situations – neglected, abandoned, prone to falling in a strong wind. Because of a lack of specific resources in place for agricultural heritage conservation, the outlook for these iconic structures is not promising. Yet despite the odds against barns, there are land and farm owners undertaking projects to revitalize and restore the barns that matter to them and their communities and who are committed to conserving these iconic architectural symbols for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

Evening Work

acrylic on board, 6 x 10 inches, $700

Past The Fence

acrylic on board, 6 x 10 inches, $700

Tending Shop

acrylic on board, 6 x 10 inches, $700

Left Open

acrylic on board, 16 x 16 inches, $2500

Clearing Skies

acrylic on board, 16 x 16 inches, $2500

Home Alone

acrylic on board, 10 x 16 inches, $1500

In the Clearing

acrylic on board, 10 x 16 inches, $1500

Late October in Oley

acrylic on board, 20 x 32 inches, $5000

Fresh Powder

acrylic on board, 10 x 20 inches, $2000

Standing Tall

acrylic on board, 12 x 10 inches, $1400

Summer Solstice

acrylic on board, 20 x 16 inches, $3200

A Quarter Past Ten

acrylic on board, 20 x 32 inches, $5000

BIOGRAPHY Jeremy Browne grew up in the northern most part of Brampton, Ontario, spending much of his childhood near the vast farming community of central Ontario. Born to parents who had a genuine love for the outdoors, every weekend of his youth was spent camping in northern Ontario’s various national and provincial parks. When he began showing an interest in art he naturally gravitated towards the things that he knew best; open land, farming communities and the architectural elements of the many old barns that dot the landscape. Today, painting these rural areas provides the greatest challenge and satisfaction, allowing him to explore the effect of light on the land, particularly during an early morning sunrise or a mid-winter evening. He notes, “My goal is always to create scenes that represent a feeling of isolation from a simpler time.” While well versed in various techniques, Jeremy’s primary medium is acrylic on watercolor paper which lends itself best for recreating barn wood and old stone. “I treat my skies like watercolors, working wet-in-wet, as it gives it a softer, more atmospheric affect. The textures on buildings I work wet-on-dry,” he explains. Jeremy Browne’s painstakingly executed acrylics demonstrate a quality and character that are uniquely his and they provoke deep curiosity, borne of his innate inclination to storytelling.

I read an article years ago about how so many old barns were being taken down. Many were being replaced with metal structures, and with it so much history was disappearing. I find great joy in painting these historic buildings, and with it helping to preserve a small piece of history. — Jeremy Browne


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