In 1974 Sookrah immigrated to Canada and attended multidisciplinary continuing education programs at the Ontario College of Art (OCA), George Brown College and Ryerson University. His beginnings in design and illustration opened a life of parallel passions. While continuing to paint and carve out his artistic existence, Sookrah involved himself in advertising and opened Engine Room Creative, a successful design development studio and advertising & marketing agency in Toronto. As the Creative Director of Engine Room, he has worked on provincial and national campaigns, as well as international campaigns in the US and UK.
His body of work includes portraiture, figurative, landscape paintings and ceramic sculpture.
An active member of the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto for twenty-four years, Sookrah
served many terms on the Club’s Art Committee and was the convener of its 3rd Floor Sunday Figurative Painting Sessions for nine years. Over the years his work was included in various juried group exhibitions at the Club.
Using an impasto, painterly technique in oil and bold use of colour I create moments of joy. Small points in time draw me in as my subject matter. Fleeting moments that are simple, meaningful and accessible are relevant in my work. My paintings are an impression of light and form and a thought of a happy memory that is to be stopped in time.
Using classical oils and painting on my grandmothers 1940’s easel, I work instantaneously across my canvas, creating layers of colour that overlap as the image emerges as an organic abstraction of a my inspiration. As each piece emerges, a chapter in the novel of the story I am telling is created. As in life, our story is played out each day without knowing the future. My work celebrates living in the moment.
They were released two years later and were part of a long refugee line made up of women and children and the elderly to walk through Iran, Pakistan and India, where they then took a ship to Africa to live in a Polish refugee camp run by the British in Uganda.
My mother spent her early teen years there till the war was over and then was sent to England where she met and married my father. My mother is the most courageous and strongest woman that I know. This painting represents an easy moment in her life as a young mother in her newly adopted country.
Helmut Becker was born in 1931 in the Alberta Badlands and grew up in rural Saskatchewan, where he was strongly influenced by artist and teacher Wynona Mulcaster. Her approach to art as a heartfelt method of communication resonated with the young Becker.
Becker studied Art and Art History at the University of Saskatchewan and Printmaking and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin. Throughout his career, Becker has taught Printmaking, Papermaking, Hand Papermaking and Fibre Flax & Hemp Research at Nova Scotia College of Art, the University of Calgary and the University of Western Ontario.
Also in the collection are landscape images from all over Ontario depicting colourful rocks and calm water scenes. She is a member in the Gallery Painting Group and is excited to participate once again for the 3rd year in the London Artist Studio Tour while exhibiting in the Westland Gallery to start the year off. Check out her fresh chic card designs online @marilynlazenbydesigns and in Curiosities, Framing & Art, Rivertown Gallery and Art & Soul Cafe.
Marilyn attended Fanshawe College for Fine Art and the Advertising Art Program in Design, Business Communication and Marketing. She is an instructor with the the London Arts Council's LAIR/ AECE program, and was a Professor at Fanshawe from September 1998 - 2016.
The figures and portraits are depicted in a classical representational style using old master techniques to allow the viewer to be present with and share an intimacy with the model as they are. The backgrounds are textured abstractions to create a visual and emotional juxtaposition in contrast to the figure. Text and graphic elements are interwoven from music, literature and personal notes representing both the artist and model’s experience.
Brent Schreiber is an Artist located in Elmira, ON Canada. His work focuses on realism based figurative / portrait paintings combining illustrative and narrative themes. Brent is best known for his Listen series. It is an ongoing collection featuring the portrait and figure exploring contemporary themes of god, spirituality, and the human bond. Brent specializes in commissioned portraits and other subject matter as well as Commercial Illustration. Brent's illustration work includes promotional material, book covers, interiors and advertising in the science fiction, fantasy, pin-up and romance/adult genres. Brent is an Art Renewal Center International Salon Finalist and his work is held in both Private and Public Collections in the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada.
Aira: of the wind
An invisible breath moves my world. Outside my studio window the clouds move across the sky, my garden dances to a mysterious rhythm, and the water surface on the bird bath ripples.
The Aira series, created with oil stick scribbles like a gesture drawing, captures fleeting impressions of my continuing fascination with mystery, movement, energy, and light.
While Johnson was born in Toronto, her family’s roots in the shield country of North Frontenac – specifically Bon Echo, Mazinaw Lake -- continue to serve as one of her prime sources of inspiration. Bon Echo is a stunning 100 meter pre-Cambrian cliff a mile long the rises straight from the dark waters of one of the deepest lakes in Ontario. This is a location that has drawn artists for centuries – from Algonquin artists who created pictographs along the meeting of rock and water, to the group of seven members who painted at this location during the heyday of the “Bon Echo Inn”. It is a magical Canadian landscape that Johnson sees as a powerful reminder of nature's spirit and poetry and a potent muse for ongoing painterly enquiries.
During her years at OCAD, she was particularly influenced by painting studies with Tom Dean. An inspirational line can also be drawn from Joyce Wieland, for whom she worked while Joyce was preparing for her AGO retrospective. Studies in Italy and Berlin have also influenced her work.
Johnson's painting plays with the techniques of the old and new masters, from de Kooning and Soutine to Tom Thompson and Susanna Heller. While her gestural approach shows an affinity for action painting, she also draws on elements of a Baroque aesthetic to add drama and emotion. Johnson creates theatrical worlds of wilderness landscape -- passionate dramas expressed with the visceral physicality of paint in a gestural dance.
I have been an active member of the Brush and Palette Club since 2002, participating regularly in its annual art show and sale and taking art instruction from innumerable artists through its workshop program. My work has also been shown and sold at Paint Ontario and Art and Soul Cafe in Port Stanley.
In 2016 I co-produced a local show called Home and Away that featured the work of 35 artists depicting Canadian immigration stories.