If you are in Toronto, I will be showing some works at the Toronto Art Fair this weekend (October 25 – 28) with Wil Aballe Art Projects. A selection of my pretty boys kill me drawings and paintings from my Of Myth and Men series will be on display and for sale. Drop by Booth #1208!
It has been a bit quiet on the blog front this past month. I’ve just returned from a two and a half week trip to Europe for my sister’s wedding in Positano, Italy. It was a beautiful wedding in a stunning locale, on the Amalfi Coast. I was lucky enough to be able to travel around with my mother, making stops in Rome, Madrid and London, before and after the wedding. While it was a vacation of sorts, my brain was usually on overdrive from trying to soak in as much as I could, when there is so much to see in the city itself, and then all the art on top of that. I usually experience sensory overload on these types of trips!
I thought I’d share some photos from my trip, along with some images of art that inspired me. My head is buzzing with ideas now for future artwork…!
So today’s post will feature pictures from the first couple of days of my trip in Italy, where we visited Rome and the Vatican. I’ve been before, a few years ago, but I just had to bring my mother to see the Vatican. The museum and St. Peter’s Basilica are amazing and filled with so much art. And to see the Sistine Chapel again – so worth it.
With 2011 drawing to a close, and 2012 on the horizon, I’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year. This past year has been a roller coaster of sorts for me, with many highs and lows and a couple of loops thrown in for good measure. I think it would be fair to say that this has been a very full year for me, with some doors closing and others opening. And in this one year alone, I’ve never made so many trips in my life in such a short span of time. Planes, trains, buses, cars, ferries. It was a year of what feels like non-stop travel. Let’s see…we started this year off with a trip to Banff via Calgary, for a residency at The Banff Centre. The New Year, the beautiful Rocky Mountains, lots of snow, lots of art, and awesome friends.
A couple of days after returning from Banff, I was off on a short business trip in Las Vegas for a couple of days. Being in a place of so much fakery and artificiality in the middle of the desert after being in the beauty of nature in Banff was quite the shock to my system. And then I returned to a snowy Vancouver for a month or so.
Not long after, I traveled out to Montreal to see the city & visit friends… I didn’t take too many photos….
And I took the train from Montreal to Toronto, the first of two visits this year. Art + Friends = The Best.
After a bit of a cold trip out east, it was nice to come back to a relatively warm Vancouver. Ahh, home.
And it wasn’t long before I was in Honolulu, Hawaii in July for an important family reunion. I remembered stepping off the plane and the smell of the humid air brought back a flood of memories from past family trips.
And within weeks, I was flying off to Los Angeles for a much needed vacation. The first time in I don’t know how long that I didn’t check my phone or e-mail in 5 days. Possibly one of the best vacations I’ve had. Rest & relaxation.
Then back to Vancouver for the summer, with a nice break to the Sunshine Coast.
Before jetting off to Chicago via Edmonton and taking a bus to Saugatuck, Michigan for my Ox-Bow Residency. Beautiful woods, more art, and more friends.
Then back to Chicago for a few days before flying home to Vancouver.
And within a month, I was off to Toronto again for the Kingston Prize exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Which brings me to the present, the last day of 2011. It was quite the year, and I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store. 2011, you were a handful but I loved you. It was nice knowing you. 2012, hello, it’s nice to meet you. I have a feeling we’re going to be good friends.
Later on this week, I will be taking part in a group show in Los Angeles at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery. The exhibition, titled Chain Letter, is a summer group show curated by Christian Cummings and Doug Harvey. Chain Letter is an exhibition based on admiration as inclusion in the exhibition is based on invitation based on admiration. The curators invited artists, who in turn, each invited ten other artists that they admired, and so on, like a chain letter. Invitations were sent via e-mail and circulated for thirty days, with each artist installing their own work at the gallery on the day before the opening.
A short blurb from the gallery website about Chain Letter:
This exhibition is rooted in the ideals of inclusion, and highlights the social nature of the art world. It is the hope of the curators that the response will be vast and that the artists represented will be an exponential representation of all artists that are currently working and admired by their peers. Chain Letter mimics communication today; and the way in which information is passed. The outcome will be a testament to the power of connectivity within society at present.
The exhibition is taking place around the world in different cities including Berlin, London, New York, Paris, Johannesburg, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Seoul and Zurich. Los Angeles is the main exhibition space for the show.
I will be exhibiting a stack of postcards…images coming soon.
I’m also very happy to announce that I have been selected as one of thirty finalists for the Kingston Art Prize, Canada’s National Portraiture award. I was lucky enough to be selected two years ago, and my painting traveled across Canada with the prize’s touring exhibition.
My painting, Coda: Self-Portrait in the Studio, will be traveling with the exhibition later this year and into 2012 at the Firehall Theatre (Gananoque, Ontario), Institute for Contemporary Culture, Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Ontario), and Galerie d’art Desjardins (Drummondville, Quebec).