Julius Miraflor shows his latest exhibit Beauty in the Ordinary at the Centre for Creative Arts in Grande Prairie, Alta. on Monday, March 4, 2024. The exhibit includes over 30 watercolour paintings by Mirflor. (Photo by Jesse Boily)Jesse Boily

The former QEII Hospital, Centre 2000 and Muskoseepi Park are among the many subjects explored in the latest art exhibit at the Centre for Creative Arts. 

More than 30 of Julius Miraflor’s watercolour paintings are on display at the centre until the end of the month in his solo exhibit Beauty in the Ordinary.

“That scene there with the old hospital,” said Miraflor, pointing to a painting that shows the former QEII Hospital through a canopy of trees, “if you drive around that area, it’s a normal view, but as soon as you paint it, it gives a different vibe when you look at the painting.” 

Miraflor sees the beauty all around Grande Prairie and will often drive around the city, take a photo with his phone and then paint the scene from the comfort of his home. However, you may find him painting a scene live on-site in the summer time.

Winter is “too cold”, especially since he grew up in a warmer climate.

Miraflor has been in Canada for about 11 years after immigrating from the Philippines, where he was an architect.

“I have a background in sketching but not in watercolour,” he said, noting his history in architecture. 

He wouldn’t begin experimenting with watercolours until a few years ago when the pandemic led to him being laid off. 

It was a new hobby that grew as he learned more about watercolour paintings. 

The paintings in this exhibit vary from some of the first he created a few years ago to some that were created last month.  

A love for architecture is seen throughout his work, as he has landscape paintings with many well-known landmarks as the centrepiece, as they stand in the prairies. 

He said his background in architecture helps with his understanding of drawing and finding the proper proportions and focal points. 

He says he wants people to feel good looking at them, so he prefers sunny days which include a heavy contrast of shadows and vibrant skies. 

When he paints a building, it creates a connection and understanding of how it may have been constructed, ultimately bringing him joy. He hopes others feel something similar when they look at his work.

“​​If you’re living here in Grande Prairie you will always see these scenes but I find their beauty when I paint these scenes really reflects how beautiful Grande Prairie is,” said Miraflor.

Beauty in the Ordinary is on display at the Centre for Creative Arts until March 30. 

By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Mar 07, 2024 at 08:53

This item reprinted with permission from   Town & Country News   Beaverlodge, Alberta

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