Edward DeMarsh

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Edward is a self-taught visual artist, as well as a regularly published fiction writer and multi-optioned screenwriter. He's grateful to have an international reach in all the arts he practices, as connecting to things and people outside his experience excites him and makes him happy. To him, life is mysterious and spiritual, and when it needs to be spoken of, he thinks art, any art, is the best language to speak about that mystery.

Edward works with acrylics and mixed medias, often in relief style, where his works have the qualities of abstract painting, design, and sculpture all bound dramatically and beautifully together. He thinks this is the result of a night in Niagara Falls when he was 6 years old. Ask him about that if you meet him in person.

He shows in galleries in North America, Europe and Asia, and his time in Asia influences much of his work in spirit, emotional content, and materials. A personal highlight was the pleasure of seeing his artwork representing Canada in the 2019 Annual Chengdu International Creativity and Design Exhibition held in the city of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, PRC.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

"There's always a lot of breezy noise blowing around us. It's in the air, and it can sometimes get inside us. I work to create art that turns that noise to music. That stops the winds blowing around us in order to see something, and in seeing it, feel something. When we feel that something, we stop and come back to ourselves."

$1,150.00

Acrylic on gallery canvas.

24x48"

When boats come into a harbour they often moor behind protective seawalls in a marina. 'Harbour Beacon' shows the slips behind the walls that keep them safe as they moor, brought safely in by the large beacon they followed home.

Though the background on the left, the harbour area, appears black, it is actually blue-black, with the blue evident in the colour in real life.

Edward DeMarsh

$820.00

Acrylic and watercolour paper on reversed birch panel.

14x18"

I've always been a fan as I grew up of fantasy tales and movies involving knights and kings set in worlds that look to King Arthur for inspiration. There's an appeal there for me that I can't explain but have loved since I was a kid.



Often in movies or tv shows set in that imaginary medieval period, some desperate riders or groups of riders would be galloping at night in need to get somewhere urgently. The pounding horses, the dirt road, the overhanging trees briefly lit by torches clenched and held forward in mailed fists.



'Torch' is my romantic imagining of those burning lights, held high, the flames tumbled by the wind as the riders race forward.



The white is watercolour paper, the yellow is acrylic paint on the same kind of paper. The work is set into the reverse side of an acrylic painted birch panel painted in brown and burnt sienna.

Edward DeMarsh

$960.00

Acrylic on canvas.

20x16"

December is always a month of the deepest part of change for me. In that month I look back at where the year has taken me and think about where the year ahead might go. It has a mystery to it, December, when the past and present come together and joy and loss are considered again if they were forgotten. Sun and snow arrive together at times and a certain kind of magic is held in the nights. I've tried to catch all of that.
The title comes from a Waterboys song, The Whole Of The Moon, which I was listening to as I finished this. It was perfect so I placed it as a title on the work.
This work also owes a lot to the painter Anselm Kiefer and the authour Mark Helprin whose separate works inspired this work in its theme and tone.

Edward DeMarsh

$1,300.00

Acrylic, paper and wood on birch panel.

36x36"

Jia is the simplified Chinese character 'home'. Mandarin is one of the languages I speak.

Originally, these were two separate works, then one day by chance I hung them together and the fit was so elegant and beautiful in how they suited each other that I decided to leave them that way.

Jia is a sculpture made with acrylic paint on chopsticks and watercolour paper. The painted paper has been cut, shaped and mounted on the chopsticks.

The flower below the character is a lotus flower. The flower is the bloom of the lotus plant that lies in depth and often muddy darkness at the bottom of the water it's growing in. Because the beautiful flower arises from this challenging place, it has come to symbolize purity, renewal and rebirth.

Edward DeMarsh

$1,300.00

Mixed media on canvas.

18x24"

I wanted a strong 60s pop art feel, influenced by the pop artists at that time who were using bold geometric shapes and colours. Geometry in abstract work gives you a place to enter it, and bold primary colours are very inviting and attention grabbing.

I also wanted to to evoke memories of a young boy watching Saturday morning cartoons, especially the sci-fi ones I loved. I can see a cartoon Captain at the helm of this clunky, asteroid battered starship flying off with his crew on another adventure with a kid's spirit of freedom. A challenging work to imagine, cut, paint the pieces and mount into those levels, and it worked out better than I hoped.

The work is all hand cut pieces of watercolour paper that have been painted with acrylics. They've been mounted on a canvas that itself has had bamboo chopsticks glued to its surface and then acrylic painted.

Edward DeMarsh

$500.00

Watercolour paper on painted birch panel.

12x16"

This work has a distinct insectile, moth-like feel. A curious creature that doesn't exist in nature but has the feel that it could.

The work has been mounted in a reversed birch panel painted in acrylic with Payne's Gray. The background and surround have a much deeper bluish hue than the image here suggests.

Edward DeMarsh

$500.00

Watercolour paper on painted birch panel.

12x16"

An abstract form that uses folds, cuts and pleats to create a work that feels contained, protective and resolute.

The background has been painted with Payne's Gray acrylic and has a much deeper bluish hue that is shown here in the image.

Edward DeMarsh

$500.00

Acrylic and watercolour paper mounted in a reversed birch panel.

12x16"

Inspired by written music, the notes and dots float and sway around themselves in a bright white dance. They are free and joyous in the air.

The work has been mounted in a reversed birch panel that has been painted Payne's Gray acrylic and varnished. There is much more blue depth in the work that the image doesn't capture.

Edward DeMarsh

$1,000.00

Watercolour paper and wood (framed).

24x20"

I live in a winter country, Canada, and the sight of trees driven down or pushed sideways by the accumuation of snow and the blizzard winds is a common winter sight. I was suddenly and dramaticaly brought back to pristine woods and the power of nature. As an abstract work to catch that feeling, a windswept woods in winter, it couldn't be better. I was so moved and pleased. Drama and beauty are what I strive for, and this is just that.

Edward DeMarsh

$860.00

Acrylic on birch panel.

16x20"

'Curious Kids' was created in a workshop I took recently in my home town from a teacher and friend I admire. It's the first painting I've undertaken in a while and I'm really happy with the result. I'd wanted to return to painting in a new way and this gave me the chance to more than realize my vision.

These 4 children of another place, time and dimension, are both curious in their look, and curious about their world. They look about in wonder, even as we wonder at them.

Edward DeMarsh

$500.00

Acrylic on canvas.

12x16"

I really love heavy textures and return to using them if I feel I've neglected them for too long. What I really love about this work is not only the very heavy textures in the black especially, but the bright contrasting colours against them. What really makes the work rise though, is the black lines around each of the separate colours. They provide a richness in the definitions that makes everything pop.

Edward DeMarsh