Denise Buisman Pilger // Memories of Japan
October 6th to November 10th 2022
EXPERIENCE THE ENCHANTING BEAUTY OF JAPAN IN THE HEART OF TORONTO
Latitude 44 Gallery presents a series of new mixed-media cityscapes by Denise Buisman Pilger.
Toronto, September 1, 2022. Montréal-based Dutch artist Denise Buisman Pilger brings Japan to the Junction with her solo exhibition titled: ‘Memories of Japan’, at the Latitude 44 Gallery (2900 Dundas St. West, Toronto). The exhibition features the artist’s most recent works, in which she presents a series of condensed memories from her time in Japan. The exhibition runs from October 6th - November 10th, with a special event to celebrate the exhibition’s official opening on Thursday, October 6th, 6 pm – 9 pm.
During her three years of living in Nagoya, Japan, Denise Buisman Pilger fell deeply in love with the country, its architecture, its culture and its people. “Moving back to Canada was not easy. The reversed culture shock, enhanced by isolated pandemic living, made life in Canada seem dull and mundane. For the past 2 years, I experienced a strong need to feel that connection to Japan. Working on these paintings brought some of the magic back into my life and made the country I missed so dearly feel just a little bit closer.” In her work, Denise brings her memories back to life, giving us a chance to step into her scenes and experience this beautiful, unique country.
“We’re excited to welcome Denise back to Canada and present us with an opportunity to explore Japan and its rich culture through her newest series of memoryscapes.” Say Latitude 44 gallery directors MaryAnn Di Bernardo and Janet Di Bernardo
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Buisman Pilger has a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration from the Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts in Rotterdam. She has called Amsterdam, Fort Worth, Montréal, Nagoya, Japan and now Saint Jerome home and she has proudly exhibited her work at the 2011 Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, the Artist Project and a variety of galleries in the US, Canada, the Netherlands and Japan. In 2018 she received the Foreign Minister award at the Toyota Municipal Art Museum. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world.
“These paintings hold a special place in my heart, they helped me through a difficult time and I hope they will remind you of the beauty and magic that can be found in our world. Through my work, I aim to bridge cultural and language barriers to make the world a place where all people feel connected to one another. Join us at our special opening event and experience enchanting Japan for yourself at Latitude 44 Gallery on October 6th from 6-9 pm!” Says Denise Buisman Pilger.
Shinya Kumazawa // Isolation with Nature
October 1st to November 12th 2021
Shinya Kumazawa is a thought-provoking and refreshing analytical artist. He takes inspiration from Van Gogh and Monet and from oil to canvas, he paints nature’s extraordinary beauty. Fixed on the ebb and flow of mother earth, Shinya tunes into the supernatural realms to bring us his exhibition, Isolation with Nature. He invites us to experience the power of nature in its fullness through a realistic expression of how it can affect us. Shinya’s upbringing in Japan played a role in allowing him to see the world through a spiritual lens and access an emotional response to his surroundings. Shinya recognizes that the form aspect of his work is simply a visual presentation that frames the energy that dwells within.
RESILIENCE AT LATITUDE 44