For the last few years I’ve spent most of my time working on becoming a decent oil painter. Before I did that, during my BFA and my MFA, I focused on drawing, clunky cut-out animation and performance. I’ve mentioned before that, in the back of my mind, I always knew I’d end up painting. But art school often leads students in surprising directions and painting was simply not to be for me during that period of time.

The clunky cut out animations, some of which I’ll no doubt share on this platform one of these days and some of which I can’t look at because–even though they were intentionally clunky–they’re just too damn clunky in hindsight. They kind of make me cringe, to be honest. Having said that, there’s some damn funny stuff in there, if I say so myself. But you may just have to take my word for that! But there are a few I’m happy with. If you do a little searching on you just might find a couple of the ones from grad school.

Anyway, some of that work did end up getting shown in galleries, in a few group shows, a few screenings here and there and a couple of solo exhibitions. Most of the animations I’ve made were created using watercolour cut-outs, so transitioning to oil painting seemed to be a logical choice. When I started oil painting, I even thought about animating my oil paintings. But the truth is I fell in love with the process of painting and animation is now on the back burner. Side note: I did my first completely digital animation just last year. I haven’t made it available publicly because I applied for a couple of screenings, but I plan to make it public as soon as I can.

So what I’m getting at here is, I haven’t been showing work much for the last several years. Artists often spend a goodly amount of their time applying for exhibitions and residencies, etc. but I’ve barely been doing that at all. Thankfully, I’m in an artist’s collective (the Frost Shield Kerfuffle), so I have been showing a little in the last few years. It’s always nice to have something to add to your CV. But all this to say, that in spite of the fact that I haven’t been applying to show my work anywhere, I have been contacted twice in the last few months about participating in exhibitions and was accepted into both!

The first one, which opens today is at Van Der Plas Gallery in New York City! You heard that right. New. York. City. I feel like that’s kinda cool, no? So if you happen to be in the New York area you can see my painting Not Just Some Dude in person and even purchase it, if someone doesn’t get to it first. The exhibition is viewable online in 3D here (I’ll add the link as soon as it’s up!) if you’d like to see it in situ and also see the other works that are available.

Anyway, a few days after that I was asked to submit work to a show at an upstart gallery called Orca’s Pod in Gibsons BC. If you’re of a certain age (and Canadian) you may recognize Gibsons as the setting for the iconic CBC TV show the Beachcombers. And as someone who has done paintings of that shows two main antagonists, Nick Adonidas and Relic I suppose it’s not surprising that I was asked to submit. Anyway, those two paintings are actually sold before the show even opens on Saturday, but you can still see them in person if you happen to live on Canada’s Sunshine Coast.

So that’s it. That’s the post. Mostly just wanted to share my good news!

Relic, 11″ x 14″, oil on canvas, 2019.
Nick Adonidas, 11″ x 14″, oil on canvas, 2019.