On Friday, March 27th, from 6pm – 10pm, Winnipeg based artist Robin Appasamy will be hosting an event at the Frame Arts Warehouse where her Contemporary Art Collection will be on display.
WIW – Robin, how did you get started as an Artist?
Robin Appasamy: Well, I have been artistic ever since I can remember. My entire life I have been creating works of art. This collection that I am releasing has been in the works for over the last 5-6 years.
WIW – What is your inspiration?
R.A: My inspiration to create art comes from many different places. I am deeply inspired through interior design and well-designed spaces. My clients inspire me and people inspire me. Everyone has a different style that I like to immerse myself in and try to become a chameleon in their space and create art that not only reflects them but inspires them.
WIW – What is unique about your collection/art work?
R.A: I think what is unique about these collections is the difference in the mediums. I am revealing an encaustic collection, a resin collection, a sand collection and my favourite is the 18K. Each medium has a totally different feel to it and I think will inspire many different art appetites.
WIW – How long does it take for you to complete a typical piece? What does the process look like?
R.A: It really depends on how large the piece is, I’ve done pieces as large as 4 feet by 12 feet. I have a pretty quick turnaround though, that specific piece was created for Thermea Spa here in Winnipeg and it took me under a week. The process varies on the medium, each collection however is done layer by layer. The sand collection involves mixing sand with my paints and placing each grain of sand by hand onto the canvas until the texture is just right. The Resin collection is created on a hand built wood frame and is finished with a Poly resin liquid that is then heated with a hand torch to create a high-polished finish. The encaustic collection is my favourite to work with, melting down the beeswax and coating my piece of art is so soothing, the wax is warm, and gives each piece such richness.
WIW – What do you do to stay inspired/creative?
R.A: To stay inspired is not something I do, it’s who I am. I wake up inspired. Everywhere I go I have a notebook with me that I store all my future collections to be released. We live in a world that does not lack inspiration. From the fashion industry, to music, to architecture, interior design, ever changing color pallets, beautiful beaches, you name it! My biggest inspiration as I mentioned before is definitely interior design. Whenever I walk into a new home, hotel, spa or office I instantly envision how I can artfully finish the décor.
WIW – How do you like to spend your time off?
R.A: I am fortunate to do something that I love, and I am very well taken care of, so it’s hard to define time off. If I am not painting you will find me relaxing at my local spa or travelling the world with my husband and my two boys.
WIW – What can guests expect at your Premiere Exhibition on March 27th?
R.A: I am so excited about this event, it’s going to be so much fun. Expect to be treated as a guest at a very special celebration! There will be great food, great people and of course beautiful art. Launching a contemporary art collection in the Frame Arts Warehouse which is an incredible Heritage building in the heart of the Historical Exchange District is going to give guest such an interesting visual contrast. We have hired a caterer, bought the refreshments, the tuxedos and are preparing all the final details. We are also hosting a live auction that is sure to be one of the most entertaining events of the evening. I can’t wait!
WW – Can you tell us about Shine the Light and your participation with them?
R.A: This past Christmas, my husband and our boys and I donated to Shine the Light Initiative. We were so deeply moved by the impact our donation had, from that moment we have been motivated to live a life that makes a difference. There are so many different opportunities given out there through charities and not for profits to give to others, making a difference and changing the world. Shine the Light gives you an opportunity to create true sustainability. Their mandate not only changes the communities they are involved with, but more so in the lives of the people who choose to get involved. We are blessed to be a blessing here in Canada, we are so fortunate to live in this great country. I have decided to donate 100% of my profits from the Premier Exhibition to Shine The Light Initiative.
WIW – Please describe the piece below.
R.A: The Resin collection embodies sleek surfaces and a highly-polished finish. The original painting, which is created on a hand built solid wood panel, is then finished with the Resin. Polymer resin is a liquid topcoat that hardens to an exceptional shine after I cure it with a hand torch. I first encountered this art medium while working with an award-winning architect in Seattle, known for his cutting-edge work. This piece was created this past winter, and was inspired by a beautiful blanket of snow and the contrast of a bright blue sky. That is one of the beauties of Winnipeg, is no matter how cold it is outside, it’s probably clear and sunny!
WIW – Please describe the piece below.
R.A: I was first inspired by encaustic work in Seattle, my husband and I moved there a few years ago. An enigmatic painting on the wall drew me closer and closer, and then into it, as I decoded its fused layers of wax, acrylic, and oils. I took to the medium instantly. Encaustic painting embodies texture, warmth and depth. The hues are revealed through a wax finish.
I use only the very valuable capping wax. It is the purest most virgin beeswax. As it has no pigment, it allows the paint colors to shine through with such richness. The wax is molten down and applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated to fuse the wax to the original painting. This piece is a mix media piece created with sand, acrylic paints, metallic paints and has an encaustic finish. It has a very calming effect to it.
WIW – What can we expect next from Robin Appasamy?
R.A: My plan is to open my own Art Studio here in Winnipeg, hopefully this summer. I have my heart set on the Exchange district, there may even be something in the works…you will just have to stay tuned to see what’s next. I don’t want to be a spoiler!