Above It All, 2015, Oil on Panel, 42 x 36 in.
Convergence, 2015, Oil on Panel, 40 x 32 in.
Miles From Nowhere, 2015, Oil on Panel, 36 x 48 in.
Into, 2015, Oil on Panel, 30 x 40 in.
As someone who majored in forestry and moved to British Columbia to live in the Rockies, Kentree Speirs understands the drama and romance of mountains. Using landscape imagery, he tries to convey the sense of absorbing an all-encompassing view, capturing the thrill felt standing on a precipice peering into the void. As paintings, these works find a unique voice by blending stylistic elements. Aspects of his technique are executed with delicacy, while others are boldly applied - his process at times made evident through employing drips and wild impasto brushstrokes. Kentree’s colour choices cover the spectrum, resulting in a kinetic swirl of disorienting, spectacular painterly accidents.
His work could be described as abstract expressionist, colour-field landscape painting, where the suggestion of earthy structures is given prevalence to human figures. The focus is not on a single perspective - Kentree traces cliff contours, letting us peek over and around the edges until the kaleidoscopic melange dissolves into a sea of infinite whiteness. Through channeling vital energy into painting, he explores emotive translations of the sublime as a way of communicating his passion. As Speirs’ work continues to evolve, he remains one to watch, making him an exciting addition to the canon of artists who capture British Columbia’s dramatic landscape.