"Whoever wishes to devote himself to painting should begin by cutting out his own tongue" - Henri Matisse.
Matisse didn't follow his own advice.
Realist paintings, especially those based on photographs should by now require little explanation. My paintings may or may not emphasise photographic properties. Colour, saturation, contrast and composition vary with whatever suits the painting: strict adherence to Photorealism is not an issue. I choose subjects that I find interesting or are likely to sell, perferably both. If I have created a coherent body of work I don't know what it is.
"My art as expressed through painting is becoming more about the incorporation and integration of sequential numbering and sometimes the work 'IMAGE' into each work and construction. As an artist, I feel moved to make a visual 'image' --- and most aspects of our lives involve, are effected and affected by numbers. They, at times unfortunately, dictate our direction and worth. Life Can Become a Numbers Game. As well, I feel the number reflects a commentary on Art as a measure and commodity. The Pop Celebrity Portraits, shown in this exhibition, are painted with the product they endorse. They reflect a popular interest and promotional aspect of current culture.
This past few years, Chris has worked as the head of scenic art at the Stratford Festival in Canada, the largest classical theatre in North America. They also boast the largest costume warehouse on the continent, an amazing variety of costumes from all time periods. Walking through this amazing place, he could not resist painting these wonderful costumes exactly as they hung. This series of paintings are proving very successful, he has 3 galleries representing him by showing his costume paintings in North America and Europe.
My images transcend time and events, a realist is recognized by technique and subject matter, but must make their content their own and exemplify them with their life experiences.
Andrew Gillet is a Canadian realist artist who primarily paints antique hockey and baseball equipment, table hockey players and additional subject matter in his many commissioned works. In each new series of Andrew's work, there is a vibrancy generated through his constant experimentation that brings a fresh energy to each new canvas. A master of traditional painting methods and an establish photorealist artists, Andrew's work has graduated into a more expressive style of brushwork that retains incredible life-like representation.
Everyone loves a good story. Stories captivate our hearts and minds from the very earliest stages of our life and development. One this that has always fascinated me about our stories is how multi-functional they truly are. People tell tales to teach a lesson, to record a history, to try to explain something beyond our understanding or simply for amusement. Some of my best and earliest memories are of being taught and entertained through stories and this is a theme that has firmly set itself into every body of work that I create.
The combination of high realism style with a sensitivity for the spirit of a subject has resulted in Angela's distinctive painting style. Travel and photography are the essential first steps in Angela's creative process; travel allows her the experience of "being there" and photography provides a reference and record of detail. Although detail provides the framework, Angela spends considerable time developing dynamic compositions that emphasize movement across the painting and among focal points. Next, depth luminosity and sharp focus are achieved by slowly building up thin semi-transparent layers of paint until a hyper-realistic effect is achieved.