Luca opened his studio at West Marine in Toronto on October 2nd, 2010 to fellow artists, friends and family for a preview of the painting in anticipation of its installation at Brock University.
Jarvis and Lakesore E - where the West Marine building is located.
I had seen the early stages of this painting at the end of August & pondered over details of it almost daily – I knew the location of the studio, the setting - yet, as usual, I was ill-prepared for the encounter with the finished product.
Its scale, beauty and visual organization (a tightly orchestrated and balanced narrative & the vibration of its colors, moving from panel to panel) have caught me by surprise.
Lined up against the wall, the five panels form a continuum.
It was interesting to hear the thoughts of other guests, to take a look at the painting details and at Luca's studio once more.
Detail: Sir Isaac Brock (Panel 2)
Detail: The Niagara Escarpment (Panel 1 - upper left corner)
Luca is taking the painting to Brock University where it will be installed next week - I will be posting the details of the next steps as I learn of them.
Here is the sequence of panels as provided by Luca.
It's a flow of images that converge on the aerial view of the area around Brock University which thus becomes the 'bull's eye" of the painting. Groups in panels 1 and 2 appear to be engaged in a face-off with the groups in panel 4 over the area in panel 3.
1- The English and The First Nations
2- Sir Isaac Brock and Norton on horseback, Florence Egerter and the Allanburg Women's Institute members.
3- Aerial of St. Catharines area with composite of Brock campus and 1880 map of the realm.
4- William Henry Harrison in background right standing,with Ft. Niagara across the river. Laura Secord runs across the bridge on the left
5- A mix of figures, American, English and native uniforms: a re-enactment, as the whole painting is.