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Briar Emond

Artist Summary

Briar Emond’s daily endeavor is expanding her knowledge and skills in the realm of visual arts. Her work is intended to highlight the things we cannot see but can feel; be it the wind, gravity or the seemingly magical code to the chaos: math. Price Range:  $400 – $3,500

Full Biography

Briar Emond

I was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario and currently reside in beautiful Burlington. After earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Guelph University, I explored careers in finance as well as film and television production. I discovered my love of painting while finger painting with her children one day. That quickly led to a daily endeavor of expanding my knowledge and skills in the realm of visual arts.

I love painting. I like the tactile feeling of applying paint to a canvas, the emotional feeling of creating something. I paint whatever interests me at the time. My work is intended to highlight the things we cannot see but can feel; be it the wind, gravity or the seemingly magical code to the chaos: math. Whether we understand the math or just feel its simplistic power, it is there, guiding our universe all the way from the microbial level to the big picture of space. The recurring shapes and formations that can be seen at all levels fascinate and excite me.

Math had always been presented to me as a cold tool to calculate our middle world. It wasn’t until I first encountered the Mandelbrot set in the 1990s that I saw math in an organic shape. It was at that point that I started to see my world differently. Not separated by lines of discipline but a homogeneous network of repeated steps that produce the world we live in.

I get a kick in seeing the mathematical framework in nature and manmade structures and try to represent it by employing naturally occurring mathematical sequencing in my paintings. The Fibonacci Sequence, 0,0,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34… for example is the ingrained map that plants grow by. I use these sequences to form the structure of my paintings. They guide my brush strokes. And like the math found in nature, it is not always obvious or seen but is imbedded and felt on an emotional level. Like all things, pleasure is deepened by knowledge and understanding. A tree is not just beautiful; it is a mathematical conclusion of billions of years of evolution.

Awards and Exhibitions

2017                                       Art Gallery of Burlington, First featured BFAA member for the new Shoreline exhibit.
2016                                       Work featured at MP Karina Gould’s, Cabinet Minister of Democratic Institutions, offices in Burlington and Ottawa
2016                                       Honourable Mention, TWAC 2016 Juried Show, CNE
2016                                       Featured Artist for TWAC, CNE
2015 – 2016                          Work featured at MPP Eleanor McMahon’s, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport, Burlington office
2013, 2014                           Lila Lewis Irving Workshop VAM
2011                                       Art in the Park, Oakville
2010                                       Julie Donec course BAC
2010                                       Acrylic course BAC

Artist’s Statement

“I love painting. I like the tactile feeling of applying paint to a canvas, the emotional feeling of creating something. I paint whatever interests me at the time. My work is intended to highlight the things we cannot see but can feel; be it the wind, gravity or the seemingly magical code to the chaos: math. Whether we understand the math or just feel its simplistic power, it is there, guiding our universe all the way from the microbial level to the big picture of space. The recurring shapes and formations that can be seen at all levels fascinate and excite me.”

Briar Emond