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Monica Eckert is an emerging minimalist artist who is often influenced by the agricultural area of Southwestern Ontario where she was born and has recently returned. She completed her degree in Studio Arts and Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal in 2003. She was Artist in Residence at Banff Center of the Arts in March 2013 and at Starry Night Artist Retreat November 2013 in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Inspired by the stripped-down simplicity of animation stills, her paintings avoid detail and have a soft dream-like quality while depicting scenes of everyday rural life. In May 2014, she will be an International Artist in Residence at BigCi International Grounds for Creative Initiatives in Bilpin, Australia outside of Sydney near the Blue Mountains.

An Exhibit of Monica’s recent works will open April 17 to April 22, 2014 2pm to 7pm. The opening reception on April 19 at 6:30pm will include a selection of works available through silent auction.

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"I have begun working with pastels on paper for the “painterly” look and also for the enjoyment of mark making. I choose colours that will be exciting beside each other and that will stand out. My new work is drawn from my time in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, at an artist retreat Starry Night. I was there in November 2013 for 4 weeks producing and creating and I had much time to reflect, and to take my artwork in a new direction. In the show are pastel drawings that I have translated from photographs as well as drawings from observation.  My work is landscape based but I did not want to limit myself to only this. There are common theme that underline my work is simplicity.

My paintings portray captured moments reflecting on time, place, clothing, or people to create an authentic scene from my past that stirs a certain mood.  Figures do not include facial features as I rely on the landscape, style of dress and gestures to tell a story. I include garment details, to give a life and ownership to the clothing of my figures.

I draw inspiration from my rural South western Ontario home, a place rich with stories, farming and family history. In the forefront are intimacies between people whereas the background is a larger picture of rural living.

Waiting is a topic I explore in my artwork. There is a tendency to think of waiting as lost or stopped time but life continues within and around us as we wait. Waiting offers pause and opportunity for reflection; a time to take notice. My art works to express those moments and make them into indelible marks of time.  From ordinary life activities I strive for poetic and touching moments of connection between people while they are waiting.

I use flat, saturated, areas of colour in simple shapes. Each colour is vibrant and serves a purpose. I choose a colour to compliment and enhance those surrounding, confident it will contribute to the established mood. I keep my forms uncomplicated and minimal.  I work from memory, creating realism without aid from real life or photography.  Working minimally has given me greater control yet freedom to really experience what I intend.  Any details become significant.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Arts/Psychology Concordia University, Montreal, QC | 2009
Exchange Program with University of Cape Town, Fine Art Department
    University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa | 2007

Starry Night Artist Residency, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, 2013
Banff Artist in Residency Program Winter, Visual Art, Banff, AB 2013

Open Studio, Banff Center Visual Arts Building, Banff, AB | 2013
While I Was Waiting, Solo Show at Bainton Gallery, Blyth, ON | 2012
Guest Artist, Guest Artist at Goderich Co-op Gallery, Goderich, ON | 2012
South Huron Community Show, Juried Art Show and Sale, Exeter, ON | 2012
Huron County Art Show, Huron County Museum, Goderich, ON | 2012
Perth Huron Exhibition, Juried Show at Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON | 2011
Community Show, Blyth Festival Theatre, Bainton Gallery, Blyth, ON | 2011 and 2010
Slate Gala, Elizabeth's Art Gallery, Goderich, ON | 2010
Country Wide Youth Mural, Blyth Festival Theatre, Reception Room, Blyth, ON | 2009
Honorable Mention in Huron County Art Show, Huron County Museum, Goderich, ON | 2009
Animation Shorts, Art Matters, Montreal, QC | 2008
Finale, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa | 2007
Studies in Space: Featuring Paint… and Guests, Gallerie Espace, Montreal, QC | 2005


Marten Arts, Bayfield Ontario | 2012.


Resident Member of Factory 163, Stratford, ON | 2013 present

Vice President of the Bainton Gallery, Blyth, ON | 2011 - 2013

Goderich Co-op Gallery, Goderich, ON | 2010 - 2011

Participant in Engaging Huron’s Youth in Arts and Culture, Blyth, ON | 2009
Ceramic Association, Concordia University, Montreal, QC | 2008
Art Collective, Concordia University, Montreal, QC | 2005 - 2007

Painting and Drawing Association, Concordia University, Montreal, QC | 2005

Visual Arts Mentor, Arts Traction for Huron County Youth, Blyth, ON | 2012-2013
Assisted curator with The Student Show, Bainton Gallery, Blyth, ON | 2011
Engaging Huron's Youth in Art and Culture, Blyth, ON | 2010
Watercolour and drawing for short animation film Strings with Farzin Farzeneh,
          Montreal, QC | 2009

Volunteer for Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa ON | 2013 and 2009
Design work for Cultural Mapping Project for County of Huron |2012

Volunteer for Goderich Tornado Relief Benefit Concert Out of the Storm, Goderich, ON | 2012
Volunteer Artist Paint a Paddle for Maitland Conservation Foundation, Fundraiser and Auction | 2012
Facilitated an animation art program for children 8-12, Gallery Stratford, Stratford ON | March 2010