Drew Rickard

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My name is Drew Rickard, I am an Indigenous person and I am 27 years old. Born and raised in Toronto, I am an entirely self-taught artist. I've never been able to afford much in terms of my art supplies, so there's always been that limitation on where my creativity could potentially go. I spend tons of time reading, and writing. All of my material is more or less original. I’m an aspiring professional artist, a creator of all sorts in my own time, with the hopes of eventually going to grad school, and furthering my studies towards something more specialized. Currently I work with First Story, an initiative based out of U of T which is focused towards storying the Indigenous perspective through campus tours, as being an affirmative first perspective as opposed to being an afterthought of colonial presence.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

My work as a whole represents the inter-relations of all things alive. I look at my work as the unfolding of an infinitely folded paper, the paper being our experience, containing unending creases and details. I express my experience particularly. Throughout my work one can identify a variety of stylistic influences from surrealism to spiritualistic expressionism. I work primarily on canvas with oil paint, although I am always, always, looking for new ways to create. Currently I am also a full-time student in my 3rd year, at the University of Toronto double-majoring in Philosophy and Indigenous Studies. I have extensive experience academically and otherwise.

$3,500.00 CAD

Oil on canvas.

48x36"

I really like this one, because it’s honest about how I’ve really felt at times. It’s honest about the feelings we really do feel. Some feelings have been connoted in such a way, there’s this unwritten rule that these feelings don’t have a place. I imagined the faces to be expressive of satirical undertones that we can sometimes experience in times of frustration. I feel like there's an unwritten rule when we express, that we can't express how we truly feel at times, and sometimes expression isn't always reflective of positive experiences. I don't consider negative experience as negative, I consider it necessary for growth. When char results from a fire, it fertilizes the soil.

Drew Rickard