Tumescence Detumescence, 1973
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Dundas Garden, 2012
“Empty parking lots, highways, and gas stations are all worthy subjects in my eyes as I continue to study the modern North American landscape. My curiosity about the landscape that surrounds me in my day to day life evolved from a time when I was painting more nature-based landscapes. I found myself wanting to paint something more personal and less idealized than the romanticized view of Canada as a nature preserve, rugged and untouched. Instead, I felt the need to create art from the places that I visited on a daily basis, to try and discover the beauty in the most mundane urban developments, and to coax interesting paintings from these banal subjects. It was no longer about searching out a beautiful subject to make a beautiful painting; it became about the ability of light to transform a scene and create a painting that would get people thinking anew about their surroundings.”
The Squirrel, 1968
“Drawing and painting were what I mostly did after my early years of childhood. I grew up in a world of adults. I had to be quiet, in a large house, and this restricted most other activities. With books, paper and crayon one could always create one’s own world, which also defied intrusion by any unwanted people.”
Orest Tataryn, Two Similar Flowers, 2012
From Tataryn’s website
“As a light sculptor he is interested in transformation - how light can transform space, create optical illusions, project afterimages, and alter perception. With light there is always a second factor and that is colour. Colour is very important both for it’s emotional resonance and for it’s dissonance - it sparks the curiosity. The relationships between light, colour, and shadow are the constant and conscious challenges and inspiration in the work.”
Harold Town, Musclewoman, 1983
Town is perhaps best known as a member of the Painters Eleven, Toronto’s famous group of abstract painters, but he continued to work in a variety of styles long after the group disbanded in 1960.
Jack Bush, The Jugglers, 1949
This work by Bush is a bit more representational than his usual repertoire of colour-field paintings.