2015, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24". Collection: Vancouver Art Gallery

Up and Down

2015. acrylic on canvas. 72 x 60 in.

Vertical Configurations

2014. acrylic on canvas. 16" x 11"


2015, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 11"


2015, acrylic on canvas.

Leg Up

2015, 10"x 8", acrylic on canvas

Installation view of Nudge

Equinox Gallery, Vancouver. February 13 - March 15, 2016


2015. acrylic on canvas. 46 x 36 in.

Cut Out

2015. acrylic on canvas. 72 x 54 in.

Detail installation view of Nudge at the Equinox Gallery, Vancouver. 2016


The title of the exhibition, Nudge, is taken from the idea of a nudge being both gesture and suggestion. In this way, the term applies equally to how the paintings are constructed and viewed. As a term of delicate encouragement, nudge pushes us to look more closely at the paintings, revealing subtleties that may not be initially obvious. As a physical gesture, nudge refers more outwardly to the Van Halm’s process whereby she introduces and shifts colours plains in contrast to, and in tandem with, imagery culled from architectural and design sources.
Renée Van Halm’s visual vocabulary is drawn from observations of the world around her, particularly in relation to architectural and design practices. Guided by intuition, elements of her paintings are sourced from décor and architectural magazines, while the large irregular expanses of pure colour are added to eliminate illusory space and to build tension between conventional background/foreground, figure/ground relationships.
Sophie Brodovitch