Kyle Sorensen

Canadian , 1991



Canadian artist Kyle Sorensen is best known for his rich portrayal of landscapes through the lens of geometric abstraction. Drawing from the Cubists, as well as the language of hard edge painting, Sorensen’s fractured acrylic landscapes pose a fresh approach to a traditional genre. Inspired by the vast beauty of Northern Ontario and the waters of Georgian Bay, his work focuses on reducing these three-dimensional landmasses to their simplest two-dimensional form, rendered in bold colours with razor sharp transitions.

I always begin my process with a place. A place that I am drawn to for whatever reason;
sometimes it might be my interest in how the waves crash against shoreline, or perhaps
the way the sun sparkles on the blue water. I’ll snap a photo with my camera and revisit
these images later in my studio where my mind will begin to reduce the image into
various geometric shapes and colours. It is by reducing the image to various
intersecting planes that you are left with an abstract image of where you once were, or
how you felt when you witnessed this place.

Working with acrylics and Canadian Birch panels Sorensen paints fragmented memories of the places he once visited. The end result leaves the viewer with a familiar feeling; like they’ve been there before. The final artwork is not an exact replica of an existing space, but rather an image that prompts the other senses; it evokes temperature, smell, location and provokes contemplation.

Since his first solo exhibition in 2013, Sorensen’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout Canada. He was also nominated for the “BMO 1st Art Award”. The artist currently lives and works in Canada.
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