November 3 – 30, IAN TAN GALLERY presents Elyse Dodge & David Pirrie: The Mountain Home

Posted on 29TH OCTOBER 2018

As citizens of Vancouver’s lower mainland, artists Elyse Dodge and David Pirrie live under the shadow of the coastal range. Their works are topographic, expressive responses created in fascination of these towering rows of frozen rocks, paintings punctuated by bold colour and visual analyses of their geographical features. Both artists interface with these sublime mountainous landscapes and develop their works through a process mediated through the body, the lens, the screen and finally paint.

Dodge isolates the mountain in the landscape, deconstructing and reconstructing the angular slopes and faces through digital preparatory sketches before the final painting. Similarly, Pirrie identifies and selects a particular aspect and removes it from its surrounding context of the range, at times secluding it in space or overlaying a pattern and merging the fore with the background. With their practice, each artist abstracts the particular qualities of the mountain, consecrating in visual homage, the symbolic power each individual crag, ridge and peak signifies.

Opening Reception
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
2pm – 4pm
(Artists in attendance)


For more information visit the gallery.

2342 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3G3
Phone 604 738 1077


Pictured above:

Tantulus, 2018
(cropped image in header, and featured)
Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 in.
Elyse Dodge

Mt. Tantulus, 2018
(preview image, and featured)

Oil on Panel 24 x 32 in.
David Pirrie

Image and Text Credit: Ian Tan Gallery