Earlier on in my artwork, I explored the practice of using architecture and statues. This has the inclusion of 'celebrity' figures in the background. Exhibited at the Spoke Club, Toronto, 2018.
Born - Windsor ON
Lives and works in Toronto ON
Graphic Design, Academy of Design, Toronto ON
Academic Painting, M. John Angel, Toronto ON
Bachelor of Arts, University of Guelph, Guelph ON
What I do is capture slices of contemporary life and render them in a compelling way. My background training was both in contemporary and traditional painting. My work is a combination of realism with the influence of illustration. I have used images of statues, rendered historical figures; prime ministers, famous personalities, and images from the cinema and theatre all with a contemporary influence. Some of my work deals with socially relevant themes. I have work in Michigan, Ontario and Ohio.
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This is called "1965" which represents that period of time in the mid 60's where mod culture and fashion were at a height. This was before the late psychedelic period with hippies etc. The full title could be "1965, Mods, Pierre Cardin".
Rhea, goddess of fertility. Part a series of female portraits seen in profile using women of various races. Each portrait is named after a Greek goddess giving the attributes of that goddess to the portrait. The works are set at the same size.
This is a new series of female portraits seen in profile using women of various races. The theme includes naming each portrait after a Greek goddess giving the attributes of that goddess to the assigned portrait. The works are all oil on canvas and are set at the same size. This is Asteria, goddess or 'starry one'.
This painting came about when I had collected some photos from the 1920's of men wearing top hats. The event seems to be taken from a parade in New York. It is on canvas board so it essentially flat and can be shipped easily.
This painting was inspired by a scene from a German choreographer called Pina Bausch. I saw a documentary on Bausch a several years ago and was fascinated by her imagery and arrangements. Some time ago, I rescued this canvas from being discarded and it became a project during the beginning of the pandemic. In this large canvas, I tried to capture the intense emotional interaction between the dancers.
This painting was accepted in the Ontario Society of Artists Annual Show in 2020.
This was part of an (unfinished) series of portraits of the prime ministers of Canada when I was experimenting with a monochromatic style. Robert Borden (1854-1937) was the 8th Prime Minister of Canada from 1911 to 1920. This painting has a floating black frame on it.
I was asked to paint a picture of the then new prime minister Justin Trudeau. This is derived from a photo taken when he was younger. It is slightly just over life size and has been professionally framed in a black floating frame.
Somewhat surrealistic, this piece combines the cover of a hair colour package, a car ad, a renaissance sculpture and Mayan ruins - Synthesis. It also has a handmade frame.
Shown at Detroit Art's Market, Detroit, Mich.