Frank Townsley

Frank TownsleyDecember 7, 2017
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

“A Handle on Perspective”

Perspective is a key concept in art, whether you’re making reflections in water, placing people in landscapes, or determining the direction and length of a shadow. Local artist and instructor Frank Townsley will discuss techniques valuable to artists working in any medium.

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Starting with basic one-point perspective, Frank will walk the audience through street scenes, moving onto individual structures such as barns that would be constructed in two-point perspective.

He will also talk about how to paint or draw reflections, shadows, and ellipses. Value and colour gradients are other concepts he’ll go over, such as making a shoreline or an aspen tree forest disappear into the fog. Last but not least, he’ll cover scale so you know how to depict waves approaching a beach or trees on hillsides at varying distances.

About the Artist

Frank Townsley graduated with honours from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1979. In the same year, he was admitted into the Federation of Canadian Artists and won the first place Shell Canada award at his first exhibition in the spring of 1980.

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His works have been printed and distributed throughout Canada through Canadian Gallery Prints in Port Moody. For the past twenty-five years, he has taught both watercolour painting and photography through several venues in the Lower Mainland.

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. The event concludes by 9pm. Refreshments are provided.

This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.