Paul Petro Contemporary Art

980 Queen Street West
Hours: October 26-31 11am-5pm
Gallery Capacity: 12

Paul Petro Contemporary Art has been showing works by Contemporary Canadian and International artists by invitation for over 20 years on Toronto's Queen St West. Our programming is idea-driven and often referred to as impactful, engaging and thought provoking.

Stephen Andrews: No Knowing

Mélanie Rocan: Bokeh

“The paintings have sampled source images of the night sky from an astronomer friend, Jason Toliopoulos. His images were coupled with my long exposure photographs of cityscapes and artificially generated starscapes, They have been photoshopped together to produce the images on which the paintings are based. This sequence of canvases is a series of stills from an imaginary slow zoom towards the light, a metaphor often associated with the end of life. I have been depicting the heavens for a while now but only recently have I begun questioning why this is a recurring subject in my work.
I have always equated the stars above with pure knowledge beyond understanding. This is a part of a poetic idea that we are all made of stardust, comprised of the bits and pieces of the universe. What do we think about when we stare at the stars? It is when we take a moment to think philosophically and wonder about our place in the scheme of things." — Stephen Andrews

“Bokeh is the visual effect of the out of focus, blurred quality of the image, which for me is a metaphor for the way I see the future: a hazy vision where something is not clear. This effect, which could have a negative connotation, has actually forced me to live day by day and appreciate the simple things that life has to offer.
In this work I focus on light reflections and patterns, which are symbolic of the spiritual transformation of one's inner reflections and meditative visions. I wanted to contemplate nature’s simultaneous complexity and simplicity, how our eyes adjust to detail and light, the limitations of the physical realm and how inner reflection leads to inner silence. I want my work to reflect this struggle." — Mélanie Rocan

Stephen Andrews NDE 1, 2021, oil on canvas, 60 x 40 inches

Stephen Andrews, NDE 2, 2021, oil on canvas, 60 x 40 inches

Mélanie Rocan Bokeh, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 37 x 31 inches

Mélanie Rocan, Golden Wheat, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches