Ian Funke-McKay's Fate's Four Favours exhibit runs from May 5 to 26 at the Ice House Gallery at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre. An opening reception runs May 5, 7-9 p.m. Raissa Tetanish photo

Vibrant colours and sculptures are on display at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre’s Ice House Gallery this month.

Ian Funke-McKay’s Fate’s Four Favours exhibit will run until May 26.

“Most of the work has been created since December,” said the 23-year-old artist. “After I completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Centre. It’s all new stuff. I started working with paper a lot, and I started drawing from medieval sculptures I was inspired by while I was a gardener in Turkey.”

Along with that inspiration, it’s the works of artists around him that helps Funke-McKay’s creativity.

“There are a lot of different kinds of painting happening now, and I’ve been experimenting with colour and colour theory I’ve seen from installation practices. I learn a lot of that from checking out other installations.”

Mostly a painter, Funke-McKay started on sculptures after completing an undergraduate degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Also influencing his work are video games he plays, stories he reads, fantasies, and myths.

“There are more formal things included in a lot of art that you’ll see, but mine is my own imagination,” he said.

An opening for the exhibit is scheduled for May 5, 7-9 p.m.

For more information on Funke-McKay and his work, visit www.ianfunkemckay.com.

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Raissa Tetanish
Raissa Tetanish is the editor of the Tatamagouche Light. She has more than 12 years experience as a reporter, with a background in both photography and photojournalism. She can be reached at 902-305-6177, or raissatetanish@tatamagouchelight.com.