New Werk! and older werk that i wanted to post. Two pieces which are three dimensional that were in Ayden gallery in Vancouver for 'Robots and Monsters' as well as an older mural piece and two paintings in progress
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
These pieces are from my most recent show at The Libra Room. In some I have started to combine the graphics from more recent work and the relief texture that I used in older pieces, some are actually additions to older work. The piece is with characters above is approx 25 x 60 painted in acrylic.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Here are some shots of a deck that I painted of a show in Toronto benefiting The Princess Margret Hospital. I was a good event from what I hear with a great turn out. I wanted to do something more scupltural for a while and spent some time trying to source out toy parts. luckily I could not find anything anywhere, which lead me to make the conclusion to just make them myself,
I think that this is the next step in the progression of this work and I will probably go fully 3-D in the next round. I was told the Deck did sell and I am happy to have contributed to the cause.
Friday, April 24, 2009
These are photos from my latest series. This were on display at the Jericho Arts Center for about three weeks in the lobby, during the run of shakespears' 'Carolinus'. This is the first time that I named a show and had a theme in mind. I called it 'Eco-tone', the name of an area in which two distinct eco systems overlap. Its a good way to describe what I was trying to illustrate: the juxtoposition of industrial and information economies.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Orginally meant to be a picture of a burger n fries with all the fixin's, it changed a fair bit from what it was orignally meant to be. I let it sit while focusing on some other work. The logos came way later and the drips were an aesthetic chioce, but made sense in the end. people really seem to like it, which is funny because I cant figure out why so many people have an affinity with it.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
These are some snap shots of a piece commissioned by the Peterson Investments Group. The client is an investment firm in conjunction with an architectural house. It is an image of the Shangri-La tower which they built in Vancouver. As it is the tallest building on the skyline, they wanted a piece of contemporary art for their lobby which encompassed the scope of their project but was also artwork beyond a just rendering of a building. I was lucky enough to be given free reign, which is a blessing and a curse at the same time. I was allowed onto the site to gather artifacts from the construction itself (which included a trip to the unfinished and exposed 62nd floor) and other elements such as diagrams and blue prints. It took approximately six months to come to this conclusion but by the time it was finished I was quite happy. There were several permutations and at one point there was so much going on in terms of architecture and decoration and red paint that any image was lost. I had never experienced having to paint over and steadily rework something that had taken so long. I eventually simplified everything and gave the image some breathing room. The building and the elements on the bottom portion are on raised panels, so the image is multileveled beyond just collage, it is the first time I did that and will not be the last.
This is a piece that I did early last year, I donated it to an auction in support of a community run family support center. Its about 16 x 20, when they came to pick it up from my studio I wasn't sure if they quite knew what to make of my artwork. I think for an event such as that most of the work exhibited is more traditional. I was in Ontario at the time of the the actual auction itself so all the information that I got back was a letter sent to all participants with a tax receipt. I m kind of curious about where its home is...
Friday, March 20, 2009
this one is here just for fun. This was an assignment for a 2nd year painting class at emily carr. the project prompt was 'you and me'. I came across two good shots from some commuter dailies of both these fellows. Saddam Hussien hadn't been executed yet and had one of the most recognizable faces in the world at the time. The Bush photo is mainly to compliment the other and fulfill the necessities of the assignment. I drew some humorous responses from some of the people in the class because the two dont look antagonistic toward each other, in fact they could be having a beer together as if they were buds. I was having an art school moment when your sense of humor alludes you because you got the opposite effect of what you had intended (I still have to learn not to be so serious about the reactions i get to my pictures, but i have upgraded from childish kicking and screaming). Of the hundreds of days i spent at emily carr, its funny the ones that I remember. Its interesting that the most educational or memorable aspects about art school have nothing to do with curriculum at all.
This is one of the pieces that I have been happiest with in this series of works. Its part of a set of two that I worked on at the same time on adjacent walls called 'In Preparation for the Twenty First Century'. The other was receiving so much attention and this one was still in the initial stages. I can say that when I turned to this one it flowed, it was like the decisions were already there. It started off pretty green but the colours started to shift to this sandy industrial beige, wonderful. If it was still in my possession there are some changes I would have made but overall Im pretty stoked. The client that purchased it also bought the other one too so i was happy that they will be displayed in the same environs.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
heres a few images form the next series of paintings. These had a few months to develop, like the previous images did. The longer working time meant that there was a lot of time between working sessions. this allowed for many changes in direction in colour and composition to occur. at this point i still didn't have defined intentions for the materials that i came across. A studio mate told me there was a reno dumpster down the street from where we were working, i went to take a look and paydirt! All sorts of fun stuff to play with. this is also when i realized that using garbage, waste and packaging my have an impact on what the work is fundimentally about.
the stuff below is some older student work that i did during one of my final semesters at Emily Carr. It was a change direction that was the unexpected result of focusing on painting while taking a class about collage techniques and having a background in computer graphics and illustration. They are on large panels each about 40 x 60. When embarking on a new creative path, especially one that comes about quite serendipidoulsy like this one did, you have no concrete method or formula. The work that i have made hence is more directed and deliberate, but i find that i come back to these for aesthetic inspiration.