Zocalo Café is featuring a bold exhibition of expressive portraiture and detailed geometric paintings by local emerging artists Joshua Klassen and Mikhail Okrenic, on display until Nov. 9.
Self-taught and driven by a passion for art, Joshua and Mikhail have known each other since attending Vanier in the late 1990s. Their paths recently crossed and the idea was borne to bring their unique paintings together for an exhibition.
“Painting is a very meditative process for both of us,” said Klassen. “Although our work is quite different, our styles seem to compliment each other. We had a lot of fun hanging the show to feature similar colour themes, while showing the stylistic differences within the pieces.
“Mikhail’s paintings feature geometrical and repetitive line work while my paintings feature the human element through expressive portraiture.”
The artists invite the public to join them for an opening at Zocalo Café on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.