The Colour of Life

“The Colour of Life”

Kurt Connell

September 19th - October 20th, 2023

As an artist, I do not feel limited to a particular style or media. My impressions of past, present and future revolves around many symbolic forms. My work arrives from metamorphic thoughts and is usually created out of spontaneous scribbles and lines. Within my sketches, I have many shapes and symbols to work with, so my creations can develop into either a form of abstract or symbolism. Symbolism usually revolves around the life forces of birth, sex, death, war, hate, greed and love. While, earth, air and water have special meanings in my paintings.

As a surrealist, this form of automatism opens many doors of creativity. Whether it is on paper or in the mind's eye, the possibilities seem endless. The subconscious mind plays a significant role in my paintings, as do night dreams, visions, fears and desires. All of these provoke interest in "what is" or "what could be".

Most of my work has less to do with perspective and realism, but more with imagery and colour. My focus on these two aspects is always on how certain colours will affect an image, or how it relates to other images in the painting. To complete a work that catches the eye and also promotes the mind to contemplate, provides a great challenge to me, and can make the work very interesting..

All of this allows me to explore the experience of my own life or the experience of others. By creating a juxtaposition of imagery, I leave a web of metaphors and symbols for the viewer to interpret. Some of my work can be very simple though it may be one image, but it can leave the viewer with a multitude of thoughts.

When painting a point of view, ambivalence plays a vital role in my work. I find that it entices the mind to actively participate in the creation process instead of being just an onlooker. The more spontaneous my work is, the more enjoyment I experience in this automatism, and the more satisfaction I can derive from the finished product.

Currently, my main mediums are acrylic, pastels and oil, however, my mind is open to explore different possibilities that can enhance communication with my audience. My belief is that my work will be able to attract and promote a viewer to exercise their own interpretive minds.

Imagination is a key element to my work, and like a child's imagination, I'm always trying to exercise this thought process. I believe it has a purpose and whether we realize it or not, it's a part of life, and we have a choice of keeping it alive, or letting it wither away.


Tucked in at the far end of the Tasting Room is Charles Clark. No, he's not a bar regular but our flex gallery space where we host rotating art exhibitions, born of the idea of making art accessible in unexpected places.

For more information or for artists wanting to submit a proposal for an exhibition, please email


A collaborative exhibit by Strange Fellows staff and alum.

February 2nd-February 28th, 2023

Artist Reception: February 17th


Sometimes the ones we have the most in common with fly under the radar. They could be the person who shares your exact bus route, the one who frequents your favourite cafe, or a coworker in a different department. They live alongside you, offering an almost surreal comfort with their presence, and occasionally (if you’re lucky), you find out there is more to your familiar stranger than you could have imagined.

This exhibit was created to offer a platform for some of our staff and alum to showcase their incredible artistry. We are extremely fortunate to have drawn such creative people to our brewery, and it is clear that they are part of what makes Strange Fellows the unique and special place it is.

Eloise Gebbie @art_decko_
Kevin Kerr @bagheadbrewers
Olivia Maxwell @ollibabes
Shania G. Milioto @shania.gmilioto
Kirsten Booth
Ned Harris @Neds_dead_
Scout Berry @scout_berry