After what I can only classify as the best summer I've ever had draws to an end, I'm both excited for what's coming up next and sad to see the season go. Since May I've been on a string of epic adventures in search of self and inspiration. Luckily over the past 5 months I managed to find both. Through my travels in Europe I discovered more completely who I am. My constant exposure to such vast and rich history really helped me see through the temporary veil of today's technology and get me back to the roots of where we've come from, recognizing what's truly important to me.
I was on a quest for new inspiration in my work and perhaps a new direction… and I found it in Prague. It's one of the most beautiful cities in the world with amazing architecture, rich history and friendly people. While visiting with a friend from there I was shown the ins and outs of the city and a ton of eye candy and inspiration. We went to the National Gallery where I was awe struck by my New favorite artist, Alphonse Mucha. We arrived on the opening day of his “Slav Epic”, a series of 20 pieces paying homage to the Slavic war in the 1800's. His use of colour and technique were amazing, but the sheer size of the pieces were mind blowing. The largest measured up to 6x8 METERS! And… he painted them in egg tempera, which is one hell of a feat. I did some more research into his work and discovered a style which was just what I was looking for to inspire me. Over the next few months I'm going to be working on a shift in my style heading back towards my more graphic roots. I've wanted to have more self contained images that would be good for board graphics, T-shirts, stickers and tattoos for quite some time and Mucha’s Art Nouveau style has shown me the way… in my own style of course.
After returning home from a month in Europe I set off on two more adventures here in Canada. I canoed the Yukon River with 5 friends during the summer solstice and filled my brain with more ideas for new works over the 7 days we were on the water. The land of the midnight sun is so vast and sure did a number on our sleep schedule. Kudos to those of you who live up there…what a trip! Two days after returning from the Yukon I was off again to BC’s wild coastline in the Great Bear Rainforest. I'd been invited to join a project called “Artists for and Oil Free Coast” which is organized by Raincoast Conservation Foundation. A group of 50 artists, including Robert Batemen, Roy Henry Vickers, May Moore and Mark Hobson to name a few, were taken to the area of the Great Bear Rainforest that is at most risk from the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and the tanker route to the open ocean. Over the course of one week we artists got to develop a personal bond with the area, its inhabitants as well as getting first hand knowledge about all of the hazards this project would bring to the area. Upon our return each of the artists crated a piece donated to the Foundation to help its conservation efforts.
The collective works of the artists will be on display in 3 cities throughout this fall and early winter and will then be auctioned off at the end of the tour. The show will be on display here:
- Victoria – The Bay Center November 16 – 23
- Vancouver – Performance Works, Granville Island - November 27 – December 1
- Salt Spring Island – to be confirmed
- Naniamo - Naniamo Art Gallery - December 19 – January 5
If you're unable to make it to any of those venues to see the works in person there's also an amazing coffee table book being released with all of the artists work, photographs from the trips, information about the project and a wee bit more. Proceeds from the book will also go to help protect our fragile environment. So even if you do make it to the show, you should still buy this book. :)
In other news, On October 18th I'm participating in a great group show in Vancouver at ‘The Lab’ - 560 Seymour St. It is a multi level venue and will be showcasing short films, audiovisuals, live painting, music, body painting and visual arts. It should be quite an amazing night. I'll have about a dozen pieces on display at the event, some new, some old and some giclees. Hope to see you there!
Now that Fall has arrived, along with the clouds I'm going to be spending a lot of time in the studio getting all of these new ideas out of my head and on to the canvas. The first in line now is a second piece for Parks Canada Glacier National Park. I'll be doing a summer themed piece of Mt. Sir Donald, one of the most prominent peaks in the park and one Canada's most popular mountaineering climbs. If all goes well I may be able to partner up with Parks Canada to do a series of our National Parks… fingers crossed, just have to put it out there!
Keep your eyes peeled for my updates to see what is new and exciting in my ever evolving artistic journey. If you haven’t liked it yet, my facebook fan page is one of the best ways to get a sneak peak at current pieces as well as get first crack at any small new pieces I put up for sale.
Thanks you again for your continued interest and support! My adventures would be much more limited as would my inspiration without your encouragement.