Based in Ottawa, artist Gayle Kells uses a variety of media to examine issues relating to identity and environment. The paintings presented here are part of a new body of work entitled Nowhere to go which the artist began during the coronavirus lockdown in the Spring of 2020. “They reflect one of the remaining things we were allowed to do in lockdown – explore our neighborhood”, she states. “As many people stayed home, their local forests, walking paths, parklands and streets became a place of refuge and renewal”. Vibrant, energetic, and full of life, Nowhere to go provides an uplifting counterpoint to the dread and isolation imposed by the pandemic.
Gayle Kells completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Ottawa. She has received grants from the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council. She has exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions throughout North America and her work is held in private and public collections including the City of Ottawa’s Fine Art Collection. She has been a member of the Enriched Bread Artists studios in Ottawa for over 20 years.