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Gary Spearin


Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Gary Spearin studied art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design earning his BFA, 1981. In 1997 he graduated with his MFA from the University of Guelph. He has been the recipient of numerous Canada Council Grants and Ontario Arts Council Grants. Spearin has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada as well as the UK and the United States. His work is found in public and private collections throughout Canada.

Spearinís multi-media installations of the last two decades utilized painting both on and off the canvas. His repertoire of painting techniques and styles has been employed in the service of issues, to site and to context. More recently a reductive approach has led the artist to focus primarily on painting, while discarding the plethora of materials, issues and context.

Artist's Statement

The current body of paintings, Rred, creates a respectful play between abstraction and representation. The monochromatic paintings investigate two processes that generate two distinct patterns. Simultaneously presenting the colours, flatness, and processes of abstraction juxtaposed with the illusionary space of representation. Multiple variations resulting from applications and erasures assist in creating organic and mechanical forms. Shapes and space are at times joined and in other moments opposed always on the way to becoming something recognizable, but suspended in the unknown.

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Destination Fidelity

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