Local artist Anthony Hollenstein's work as part of the Cultural Crawl August 2010
By Sean Kolenko
Local artist Anthony Hollenstein is always on the hunt for new inspiration and a new scene to paint. When he discovered the beach underneath the Skytrain bridge that looks back on New Westminster, he said he had to commit the scene to canvas.
"As a painter, the past has so many romantic connotations " said Hollenstein, a Royal City resident since 2004. " And the Fraser River and New Westminster have so much of that kind of character. It really makes this one of the best places to paint."
Hollenstein's love of the Fraser River produced a 10-painting series, highlighting different aspects of the river, that will be on display during this year's New Westminster Cultural Crawl.
The series, he said, is a melding of impressionist and post-impressionist styles, which makes for a colourful and layered visual experience.
For instance, in the aforementioned painting, called "Under the SkyTrain Bridge", each piece of the landscape comes forward until the closest element - in this case a log- feels as though it is right in your face.
Hollenstein's 10-painting collection on the Fraser River will be on display at the Fraser River Discovery Centre at 788 Quayside Dr. on Aug. 7, 2010, from noon to 4 p.m.