The purpose of my work is to evoke a meaningful and highly charged emotional response from the observer. The presentation of my staticimages are really two-dimensional catalysts of emotional suspensions to be released from a visual contact from the intimate confinementof the viewer's consciousness. Passion, with all its manifestations of ecstasy, joy and pain is a recurring theme of my work.
I do not work with popular or trendy themes. The images in my work may overlap with today’s populist scenarios but my intention is a personal emotional and psychological response to purposefully arouse current or past memories. The more intense the better. This is not an attempt to create cheap and shallow images for the shock value and I have no time for those who believe that it is. The works are an attempt to bring out the viewer's experience of a given issue at hand whether for sheer and bountiful delight or the agony of pain.
I believe that It is for the artist to utilize the subject matter displayed in their work as a tool to bring out a viewer reaction and to hopefully bring about an emotional understanding of the image. I hope to tear the viewer’s feelings apart and for the viewer to reach a deep visceral and symbiotic personal relationship to the portrait. The work is to be the stimulant for empathy for the viewer’s craving for a deep connection. Although not every image draws out a forceful response from everyone it is hoped that my work will elicit some type of personal reaction.
I believe that this is the next “Movement” in art. Not just superficial imagery but a more interpersonal involvement of the viewer to the work no matter what the media. More than just color and light, any installation should be a reciprocal emotional walk-thru not dissimilar to a movie... only more intense.
Born: Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
2005 Post-undergraduate work in furniture designs and prototypes; working 3 Dimensional pieces inspired by Mondrian and Kandinsky
2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts; University of Manitoba; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
1998 Diploma in B&W Photography; Red River Community College; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
2017 "Seven Deadly Sins" Grolle Fine Art: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
2016 "Shoes: an Obsession" Grolle Fine Art; Winnipeg, Manitoba,Canada
2016 "Untitled Works" Grolle Fine Art; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
2015 ArtMonaco; Monaco, France
2014 "Collected Works" Grolle Fine Art; Winnipeg, Canada
2013 "Angst" Fleet Gallery; Winnipeg, Canada
Awards, Competitions and Publications
“Suspicion” Bronze Award; People & Portrait; International Aperture Award 2010
“Farewell to Childhood” Silver Award; People & Portrait; International Loupe Award, 2011
“Farewell to Childhood”; Portraits & People 2; Galaawards
Artist Portfolio; January 2012
To be published: Exposure
Blankstein Gallery; Millennium Public Library, Winnipeg, MB