Past Exhibitions

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  • Grey Space-Richard Determann: June 18-24

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    Opening Reception: Thursday June 18th, 6-10pm

    Exhibition Dates: June 18-24, 2015

    Statement:

    Richard Determann moves from one dimension to the next, peering into other worlds, catching glimpses. Determann’s paintings act as windows to virtual dimensions, places much like our own, but unquestionably different. Using both digital technology and paint, Determann manipulates physics and biology through medium, ultimately creating his own virtual worlds. Determann is interested in the gaps between generations and the inevitable simulacrum associated with far removed events. These worlds mimic our own, and as he turns the dials of creation, Determann observes and records the results of his realization.

    Determann creates contemporary still life paintings using oils and acrylics. He first creates a 3D rendering of the image digitally and then brings it to life through paint. He is interested in merging traditional and historic art practices with contemporary digital art making.

    Bio:

    Richard Determann grew up in the quiet and subsequently uneventful suburban community of Ajax, Ontario. He chose to pass the time by learning to create. Determann creates both physically, by drawing, painting, and building, as well as digitally, with the help of his “Intelligence amplification device”, his computer.

    His art is heavily influenced by his High School art instruction, and by his mentor, John Drew. This is where he learned of the historical craft of painting, of its importance, relevance, and technicality.  Determann attended and graduated from OCAD University in Toronto. He now lives in Ajax.

    Determann’s influences as an artist are far reaching, but for his most recent work he has been studying classical Still Life painting from the likes of Willem Kalf, Jan Davidsz de Heem, Paul Cézanne and Giorgio Morandi. He has always been drawn to the drama and romantic qualities in the work of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. As invested as he is in classical styles, Determann experiments and infuses digital art making techniques into his work. He would like to think that his work could fit alongside classic Still Life painting as a historical narrative of our current cultural zeitgeist.

      Opening Reception: Thursday June 18th, 6-10pm Exhibition Dates: June 18-24, 2015 Statement: Richard Determann moves from one dimension to the next, peering into other worlds, catching glimpses. Determann’s paintings act as windows to virtual ...
  • Tania Guzman: June 11-17

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    Opening Reception: Thursday June 11th, 6-10pm (RSVP)

    Exhibition Dates: June 11 – 17, 2015

    Tania Guzmán begins with the interplay of raw emotion and the free flow of colour. Remaining natural to her emotive and passionate state, Guzmán mixes colours, her gestural use of paint creating lines, forms, and images that become narrative. Guzmán’s continues to build with delicate layering, repeating her initial raw expression to ultimately evolve the image. Some elements or features become veiled while others emerge, texturing her work to create a strong sense of atmosphere. Often drawing on her past experiences, Guzmán is largely influenced by family heritage. She brings elements from Mexico and Canada to her work, incorporating both coastal and northern colours to find balance within one’s sense of place. This process results in layers of emotion, memory, and sensory experience, with a range of energy, from elegant sensuality to aggressive tension.

    Tania Guzmán is a Mexican-Canadian painter born in Toronto. She has lived in Mexico, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. These diverse countries have influenced Guzmán’s creative processes and her aesthetic approach. Guzmán’s time in Mexico influenced her painting by absorbing the rich culture of the State of Oaxaca, as she studied the colours of the Pacific coast and incorporated them into her palette. More recent works evoke the light and colours of the North, as well as the transition and shifting emotive balance between these two worlds. Guzmán currently resides in Toronto and has established a loft studio in the Leslieville art district. Her personal style has been introduced to a Canadian audience and has successfully incorporated her family heritage, inspired by the colours of her multinational experiences. She was recently commissioned for a permanent installation at the Sickkids Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning and was elected to the Society of Canadian Artists. Guzmán continues to incorporate new skills but has been self-taught, always motivated by the power of colour, family heritage, and the creation of expressionistic images.

    Opening Reception: Thursday June 11th, 6-10pm (RSVP) Exhibition Dates: June 11 – 17, 2015 Tania Guzmán begins with the interplay of raw emotion and the free flow of colour. Remaining natural to her emotive and ...
  • Shawn Skeir: June 11-17

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    Opening Reception: Thursday June 11th, 6-10pm (RSVP)

    Exhibition Dates: June 11 – 17, 2015

     

    Shawn Skeir has been a figure on the Canadian art scene for over two decades. His paintings, murals and drawings can be found in collectors’ homes, buildings, hotels, magazines, advertising, and fashion. He’s gained recognition and representation in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. Seemingly spontaneous, the fluidity of bold lines also conveys an intense degree of concentration and the artist’s striking command of the optical effects of colour theory, exposing how both positive and negative space echo back and forth through his deft use of his palette.

    Opening Reception: Thursday June 11th, 6-10pm (RSVP) Exhibition Dates: June 11 – 17, 2015   Shawn Skeir has been a figure on the Canadian art scene for over two decades. His paintings, murals and drawings ...

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