A Hymn to the North Shore
It’s often said that New Brunswick is one of the world’s best kept secrets. I couldn’t agree more and it’s with that in mind that I have tried, for this exhibition, to capture the spirit of a small area of it which I know well, that is, the North Shore. Sometimes the familiar vanishes with familiarity and it’s necessary to recreate the bond where love and excitement can flourish.
For me, the role of the artist is to observe so hard that he can render visible what has become invisible to others. I do not attempt to surprise with imagination I try to surprise with the familiar. I have kept my subject matters to things that nature freely gives us, water, trees, food, flowers, and I hope that these images will remind us not to trample too hard on her generosity.
Francis Wishart was born in 1951 to artists Michael Wishart and Anne Dunn. Educated at the Byam Shaw and Slade Schools of Art in London, Francis furthered his printmaking education with master printers Lacourière et Frélaut in Paris. His work is in important international collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. Francis lives and works in Lambesc, Provence and Nigadoo, New Brunswick.