These works are made with a unique combination of plaster and acrylic paint, resulting in a modern variation on the frescoes. The surfaces are carved, shaped, sanded and painted until they take on a rich, naturally eroded appearance. The physical depth of the plaster gives a real surface for shadow and light to alter and enrich the image. Within the plaster, natural and man-made patterns co-exist in an uneasy alliance of form.
The 2019/20 new work by Canadian mixed media artist, Ronald T. Crawford push the boundaries of what constitutes a painting. The elements of depth, nails, plaster and embedded mirror gives a real surface for shadow and light to alter and enrich the image. Beneath the actual physical elements to the paintings is the illusion of shadows, underlying scratched geometry, and suggestions of real or imagined natural elements present in its rich surface.
Over the past 35 years the artists has been living and working on Salt Spring Island with both functional and sculptural stonework. These newest paintings bridge the gap between the real/ imagined, natural/ deliberate, physical and spiritual.
I am a conceptually based sculptor, mixed media and installation artist. I also draw and paint often recycling images I have found or have seen in my head. To me, waste is just lack of imagination. This belief carries beyond the boundaries of my art production and permeates most aspects of my life. Everything I encounter presents possibilities for my art; from obsolete circuit boards to my father’s shoe, to broken chainsaws and old ice skates, all materials present a possibility to resolve an idea. Most of my home and studio, and much of everything in them, is recycled.
Few would argue that Norval is one of the most important artists this country has ever produced, native or otherwise.
The exact year of Norval Morrisseau's birth is not known, but is thought to be between 1931 and 1933 in Northwestern Ontario. Norval started to paint in 1959, after he received a “vision” telling him to do so. He was the first Ojibwa to break the tribal rules of setting down Indian legends in picture form for the white man to see.
Morrisseau was dubbed the "Picasso of the North" by the French Press in 1969 and is considered one of the most innovative artists of the Century.
Jack Shadbolt has long been recognized as an artist of international stature. Shadbolt is a respected and loved artist, teacher and benefactor who made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Canada and particularly in British Columbia. He was born in England in 1909 and came to Canada with his parents in 1912.