This complex painting makes use of multiple reflections in the surface of the window glass. The artist was interested in this image because of its evocation of Cubism, with its narrow picture space, multiple perspectives, and rectilinear shapes. The painting also carries a touch of the surreal in the juxtaposition of a half-horse and a piece of china without visual explanation or reference point. The Window Series allows Tolmie to experiment technically, and to draw on images of many different kinds throughout art history for inspiration. The front window of Ashley’s China Shop on Bloor Street in downtown Toronto is a well-known landmark in the city. When this painting was on exhibit in the Tolmie Gallery in Nova Scotia, visitors from Toronto always recognized the scene.

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