Recently, local Artist Jack Prasad invited me on a personal tour of his gallery, New Creations Art Gallery and Studio, located right across from Memorial Peace Park in Downtown Maple Ridge.
New Creations Art Gallery is a multi- roomed gallery showcasing works of many local artists. The gallery features a gift shop and studio space for artists in residence, including a studio where Jack gives demonstrations and art lessons. However, the most innovative and captivating room is Jack’s Lumiere Noir showroom. An art experience unlike any other, this room features Jacks luminescent works of nature and landscape art glowing under black light. It is a breathtaking and meditative experience that must be seen in person to be appreciated.
Jack began his love affair with art while working as a longshoreman. His initial works were pen and ink drawings, reflecting coastal images of boats and such. His evolution as an artist has taken him through other mediums such as watercolor and acrylic, as well as his pioneering the use of a very costly luminescent paint. Today, he’s painting in acrylics in a loose and natural way, and sharing his expertise with those who wish to get a little glimpse at his methods.
Jack’s style is certainly his own, and his tool are simple. Sponges, knives and simple brushes. Today’s demo begins on a board primed with his own mixture of medium. What emerges at the end is striking!
New Creations Art Gallery and Studio is open 6 days a week (closed Mondays), from 11 am to 4 pm. Sundays, the studio is open from 12-4, and this is a good day to drop in to catch Jack’s demonstrations. You can also find Jack doing demos at the Haney Farmer’s Market throughout Spring and Summer. Each month the Gallery features various individual artists, and this month it’s all about local artists from Maple Ridge, including members of the Garibaldi Art Club.
For more information please visit the New Creations website, and contact Jack if your interested in Art Lessons.
New Creations Art Gallery
22409 McIntosh Avenue
British Columbia, Canada
Contact: Jack Prasad