I'm slowly making my way through Nietzsches entire ouvre. I have a feeling I will need to re-read what I've already read since deciding to read his work chronologically. Following this, Dr. Jordan B. Petersons "Maps of Meaning". His Youtube talks, and podcast, are something else......
I've got work in 2 separate shows at the moment, one in London and one in Toronto.
Pride London, The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street, London, Ontario. The opening reception is July 19th and it runs until July 30th.
Painting 2017, John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario.
The opening reception is July 27th between 6-8pm, it runs until August 18th.
On the Easel and in progress......
"Searching for Icarus", oil on canvas on panel, 40" x 30" , 2017. The mirror has become my only friend in my search for Icarus, the boy who dared and flew. I see this story primarily as a flight of the soul into itself, not as a tale of warning. Here I am searching for that boy, asking if he will dare again.
In progress........Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man
This is the left panel of a diptych(2 panel painting) inspired by the Marquis de Sades "Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man" and Jan Svankmayers "Meat Love". I'll write more on this later. Sorry about the glare. I will take better pics when both panels are finished. This one is 18" x 14", oil on aluminum panel, its counterpart (not shown) is the same size and material.
Induction into the Ontario Society of Artists
After a long, early morning bus trip last December with 5 pieces of my work wrapped in a box under my arm, my work was presented to a jury of 50 in a beautiful old manor downtown Toronto at the Arts and Letters Club. This past June, as a result of the jurys decision, I had both the honour and privlege of being inducted into the Ontario Society of Artists.
I'm pleased to announce that my work has been accepted into the Still Life: Perceptions of Inanimate Objects show at Evelyn E Jorgenson Gallery. The show runs October 1st until November 12th.
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New works/continuing series
New works on display @ Westland Gallery starting August 25th until the 12th of September. Opening night on August 28th. The show "1+1=one" is a collection of new work by Bijan Ghalehpardaz, Brian Dirks, Eric Styler and myself.
Check out the article in Arabella magazine's 2015 summer issue
I'm pleased to announce that I've been included in Arabella magazine's Summer 2015 issue. Very Exciting!!!! Check it out..
Brand New Catalogs
Just in, catalogs of my work in the Ar-iA show at Westland Gallery in London, Ontario, which opens tomorrow.They will be on sale at the gallery during the show, as well as here on my site. 10 bucks. Drop me a line
How does one summarize one's artistic practice, in "concrete" terms, when the practice itself is and must remain fluid and ever changing? Having to conceive of the work, create the work, then discuss the work…. While it does provide the necessary foil to consider one's intentions and processes (many of which are briefly considered, solved and then just as rapidly forgotten) I'm not certain that one ever "arrives" at that definitive Archimidian moment of elucidation. Much is lost in translation. The mind sees it, the hand struggles to create it, only to have it forever vanish into the ether, with only a glowing effervescence and a series of marks in it's wake.
For me, painting is as much about being and becoming, as it is much about "certainty" and doubt, as it is about the technical narrative and any ideas I may have about beauty and it's antithesis. It's about balance; and tension. It's learning to look, to see, to think in paint. Like the the two-faced ( in the best sense) Greek god Janus, looking forwards and backwards simultaneously, to what image making has been, and can be. It's a centuries old story whose thread we can continue to pick up and drop as we please, engaging in dialogues with figures and ideas which came before us, hopefully weaving something worthwhile of our own into the mix before we as well disappear.
This current and continuously growing body of work is like a series of dialogues with "Art" and time. Elements of Renaissance rationale and Mannerist thought permeate the work, the tyranny of the light mass to the subordination of all else. Anachronisms abound as the technical narrative, to borrow from Vincent Desiderio, leaps from the Gothic to the minimalist with ease. All in the service of the idea.
I have always been fascinated with the materials, how they work, how they behave, what I can do with them, the "how" to making oil and mud into flesh, to paraphrase James Elkins. A transubstantiation of sorts, both for the paint and the painter. To this end, I started clarifying my own oils and making my own media because of a desire to invest more of myself into the work, making it more individual. Also as a means of understanding more closely and becoming more intimate with the processes of painting in oils as a whole. In my opinion, the mind links so closely to the medium, that the paint itself becomes an extension of thought and can be tailored to respond with great subtlety to the desired individual touch of the stroke. By starting with more sympathetic materials, the process will unveil itself more readily.
Private workshop instructor, 2008-present
University of Western Ontario, Continuing Education, 2008-2010
Relevant Work Experience
Palekh Icon Restoration, Prague, Czech Republic, 2005
The Art Students League, New York, New York, 2012
The Art Students League, New York, New York, 2007
Private Study with Eric Louis Butovitch 2005
Ontario College of Art and Design, 2002-2003
337 Sketch, Hamilton, September, 2014
Westland Gallery, January, 2014
Artistix Gallery, London, Ontario, 2008
The Livingroom, Toronto, Ontario November 2001
Aggie’s Café, Flescherton, Ontario, October 2001
Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario, 2001
Painting 2017, John B Aird Gallery, July 2017
London Pride Art Show, The Arts Project, July 2017
London Pride Art Show, The Arts Project, July 2016
Ontario Society of Artists 143rd Annual Open Juried show, John B. Aird Gallery, April 2016
Still-life:Perceptions of Inanimate Objects, Evelyn E. Jorgenson Gallery, October, 2015
1+1= one, Westland Gallery,August, 2015
Square Foot Show, WestlandGallery, July, 2014
8 Square Show, 337 Sketch Gallery, May 2014
Miniature Show, Westland Gallery, February, 2014
Salon S.N.B.A. the Louvre, Paris, France, December, 2013
Square Foot Show, The Art Exchange, London, Ontario, 2013
Miniature Show, The Art Exchange, London, Ontario, 2013
Square Foot Show, The Art Exchange, London, Ontario, 2012
337 Sketch, 8 Square Show, Hamilton, Ontario, 2012
337 Sketch, Miniature Show, Hamilton, Ontario, 2012
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, New York, 2012
Ontario Arts Council Exhibitio Assistance Grant, October 2015
Ontario Arts Council Exhibitio Assistance Grant, August 2014
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant, April 2006
Arabella Magazine, summer 2015, Artists to Collect
Gordon D. Cudmore, esq.
S.N.B.A 2013 at the Louvre
Some pics of the show, as well as some close ups of some of my favourite painters work. The second pic is from the S.N.B.A. My work is to the left, I'm posing with a sculptor named Scott ( I wish I could remember his last name, I dug his work, and both he and his wife were super cool) in a "Thinker" pose. You know, the Rodin…. It's much cooler, but we thought we'd try it standing up:) Scotts work is behind him somewhere, no pic:(