In his paintings, Rath explores the range of patterns that humans rely upon to comprehend inner and outer environments. The paintings suggest echoes of recognizable forms that emerge from layers of texture and colour to create an elemental atmosphere. Drawing on botanical and geological motifs, maps, photographs and cultural iconography, these elements are assembled in a painterly way, juxtaposing geometric divisions with organic undulations. Within these works is a fascination by all that is held within the landscape and the maps of that territory – the stories, the routes, the changes, the tragedies, and the reverence.
In the last year, he has shown in his artwork in solo and group exhibitions in Prince George, Prince Rupert, Whistler, and Vancouver. He was a featured artist representing Northern BC at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Other highlights include his artwork adorning the covers of two academic texts and BC Parks using his art on interpretive signs.
Rath, born in Sarnia, Ont. in 1971, resides near Smithers in Northern BC on a rural acreage in the mountains with his wife, 2 sons and young daughter. He also teaches art at Smithers Secondary School and has received recognition for his innovative projects.
Perry Rath has established himself as a prominent artist, educator and advocate in his region.