Emma Butler Gallery
111 GEORGE ST WEST | ST. JOHN'S NL | CANADA | A1C 6K2 | 709 739-7111 | emmabutlergallery@nl.rogers.com


Historical Works
Anne Meredith Barry RCA
Anthony Barton
David Blackwood RCA
Grant Boland
Patrick Canning
Ting Ting Chen
Alistair Drysdale
Lori Doody
Yevhenii Fedorenko
Jean Claude Girardin
George Horan
Kathleen Knowling
Jessica Levman
John McDonald
Robert Mellin RCA
Shawn O'Hagan
Susan Paterson
Barbara Pratt
Christopher Pratt RCA
Mary Pratt RCA
Steven Rhude
Bill Rose
Jean-Claude Roy
Olaf Schneider
Dave Sheppard
Wally Shishkov
Lotti Thomas
Krista van Nostrand
Darren Whalen
Michael Young

Widening Circles

Jessica Levman

June 20 - July 13, 2024

Jessica Levman (b. 1974) divides her time between studios in Toronto and Flatrock. She is a graduate of OCAD, the University of Toronto (BA), the University of Calgary (MFA), and Memorial University (B.Ed), and completed part of her undergraduate studies at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris and at the Royal College of Art in London. She has exhibited across Canada and internationally. Her artworks are in the Newfoundland Art Bank and the Glenbow Museum Archives, as well as part of several corporate and private collections.


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Widening Circles

I began the series Widening Circles in the Newfoundland winter while looking east from my studio over the North Atlantic. While the string alludes to a web or net prevalent in the textile and fishing cultures of Newfoundland, I also use string to delineate the "widening circles" of the landscape with its expansive horizon line, a landscape that reminds us of our ever-expanding universe, a universe to which our bodies belong. And, like the poet Rilke, "I give myself to it."

Widening Circles V, 2023
Gouache, acrylic, chalk pastel and string on wood panel
36 x 36

Widening Circles VI, 2023
Gouache, acrylic, chalk pastel and string on wood panel
36 x 36

Widening Circles XII, 2023
Oil, acrylic and string on wood panel
24 x 12

Widening Circles XIII, 2024
Oil and string on wood panel
12 x 12

Widening Circles XV, 2024
Oil and string on wood panel
20 x 16

Widening Circles III, 2022
Gouache, acrylic, chalk pastel and string on wood panel
36 x 36

Widening Circles XVII, 2024
Oil and string on wood panel
16 x 20


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Surge

This series was inspired by the Newfoundland spring, a world full of movement and force as nature wakes up, unfolds or unpacks itself, circling back to life.

I see the surge in movement and colour of the constantly changing skies, the sunrises and sunsets, the wind and the rain, the yellow, pinks and purples of the wildflowers, and the waves that crash into impenetrable cliffs that are guardians of the shore.

The works in the Surge series attempt to reflect this vitality and vibrancy, the feeling of being alive.

After Ending, Begins
(Surge Series), 2024
Acrylic, gouache charcoal and chalk pastel on paper
13.5 x 13.5 (Framed: 17.25 x
17.25 x 1)

After the Fog
(Surge Series), 2023
Acrylic, chalk pastel and collage on paper
10 x 10 (Framed: 13.75 x
13.75 x 1)

Bloom (Surge Series), 2023
Acrylic, soft pastel and collage on paper
14 x 10 (Framed: 17.75 x
13.75 x 1)

Disappearing, 2024
Oil on Mylar
8 x 11 (Framed: 12 x 14.75 x 1)

Newfoundland Spring
(Surge Series), 2023
Acrylic, chalk pastel and collage on paper
9 x 12.75 (Framed: 12.5 x
16.5 x 1)

Requiem (Surge Series), 2023
Oil and oil stick on mylar
19 x 25 (Framed: 22.75 x
28.75 x 1)

Rosa (Surge Series), 2023
Acrylic, chalk pastel, oil stick and collage on paper
13 x 19.75 (Framed: 16.75 x
23.5 x 1)


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Flatrock Tapestries

Flatrock Tapestries were inspired by the area and community around my home in Flatrock, Newfoundland with its powerful and vast surroundings where the horizon line is dominant. The seemingly endless division between ocean and sky is now part of my consciousness and, as a result, a motif in these artworks.

Some of these works also contain fishing boats which are such an integral part of the culture and landscape of Newfoundland. Fishing boats are not only beautiful and romantic symbols of sustenance and survival but also, as most families have a connection to someone who perished while fishing or at sea, a constant reminder of mortality. For me personally, boats also remind me of the human body: they are fragile and yet strong, designed to triumph over harsh conditions.

Flatrock Tapestry VII, 2022
Acrylic, watercolour, conté and collage on paper
23.5 x 9 (Framed: 26.75 x
12.25 x 1)

Flatrock Tapestry VIII, 2022
Acrylic, watercolour, conté and collage on paper
23.5 x 9 (Framed: 26.75 x
12.25 x 1)

Flatrock Tapestry II, 2021
Chalk pastel, gouache, acrylic and collage on paper
28.5 x 9.5

Flatrock Tapestry XI, 2024
Charcoal, gouache, acrylic and collage on paper
27 x 9.5 (Framed: 30 x 12.5 x 1)