On Wednesday, April 7th, my solo show Oshawa Works had its official opening. This show, consisting of twelve figure paintings, is my tribute to the neighbourhood in which I've been living (during the week) for the last two years, and which I will be leaving soon as I move to my new home and studio north of Port Perry, Ontario. The painting of these works has been quite a journey for me. Readers of my website will know that I am primarily a painter of landscapes, so to decide on a show of all figure works was a big leap, to begin with. Then, having determined that I wanted to paint local people at work, I had to venture out, camera in hand, to take candid photos of local people in various settings. I was pleased that almost everyone I approached agreed to be photographed, and my collection of images grew rapidly.
Over the months, I painted twelve images, selecting a diversity of models and settings, sizes and shapes of paintings. The resulting works represent, for me, some key locations and fond memories of my time here. It's been good to meditate on the meaning of work, and the efforts of everyday people doing the jobs that we all take for granted.
Here are a few shots from the opening--you may detect a surprising similarity between some of the paintings and some of the people! :) Thanks to all who came out for the opening!
The paintings will be showcased in a new gallery on this website within a week or so, and all are for sale. The show continues at the Northview Branch of the Oshawa Public Library to April 30, 2010, during regular library hours.