Life in Colour

August 24 – September 4, 2022

OPENING RECEPTION: August 25: 6 – 8 PM

Join us IN-PERSON for the Opening Reception at the Leslie Grove Gallery. COVID-19 Protocols: following provincial and city guidelines


Lori Fonger, Kareen Hague, William Parker, Ruth Thorogood


Colour is all around us, yet it’s only rarely that we REALLY stop to absorb and reflect on it.  To genuinely feel its power.  We know that colour can energise us, soothe us, upset us and uplift us.  But what else is colour capable of?  Are there new ways in which colour can be used to reach us, and make us truly take notice?

The answer to these questions is why Leslie Grove Gallery is so excited to present, Life In Colour, a group exhibition of striking new abstract paintings by artists Lori Fonger, Kareen Hague, Bill Parker and Ruth Thorogood.

For Ruth Thorogood, colour helps art inform and inspire change. Raised in North America, Congo and Kenya, Ruth’s art is influenced by the creative diversity and stark dynamics of these unique cultures.

Kareen Hague is drawn to colour and the way colours blend and mix together. The current leg of her artistic journey features colourful signature birch trees that symbolize regeneration, hope and new beginnings.

For William (Bill) Parker, colour is the central component in his loose, exuberant pictures depicting the sensation and emotion of prior experiences.

And Lori Fonger uses brushes, palette knives and non-traditional tools to create texture and dimension.  Her newest collection focuses on the subtle gradation of colour to give the illusion of depth and movement.

Through their diverse, individual approaches, these 4 Toronto-area painters explore their practical relationships with colour. The emotions, memories and sensations it has captured and evoked throughout their lives, and the myriad ways in which they’re able to use colour to speak to us.  Don’t miss, Life In Colour.