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"TOTEMS" by Keith BARKHOUSE

Next on the wall at ARTSONTEN is Totems by young energetic painter Keith Barkhouse who resides in the bucolic village of Eugenia.
"Totems was inspired by the connection between humans and animals," said Barkhouse. "A "totem" is a spirit guide in animal form, so each portrait features the person with their spirit guide(s)."
In three short months, obviously inspired by his surroundings in Grey County, Barkhouse has created a brilliant collection, mainly acrylic on canvas but also includes a few clay sculptures.  
"I let the animals come to me. The moth painting was inspired by moths out of a back window and the monkey one was inspired by an old proverb I read," he added.
In addition to painting, Barkhouse is a sculptor, fashion photographer and writer. His book The Thorn in the Fawn was published 2008. He has also written many award-winning plays including After the Raven, Keltlore and Saighdear, all of which have been produced at the Bauer Theatre in Antigonish. 
Barkhouse began studying drama and English at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick in 1999, where he discovered the art world and quickly changed his major to Drama and Fine Arts, a natural medium for him to tell his stories. The Globe and Mail, The Casket, The Sackville Tribune, 7 Mondays Publications and Cormorant Book are just a few publications that have featured his photography.
Meet Keith Barkhouse and be the first to see Totems at the opening reception Saturday, August 31 from 4 - 8 p.m. For more information see www.artsonten.com or call: 519-341-6135.

 

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