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Christian McLeod  Bio  ·  


Painting is my way of remembering and interpreting beauty and destruction. I begin by viewing reality as composed of layers of colour and shape, observing the way light reflects off an object, and the tension objects generate when placed next to or on top of each other. Landscapes from a great distance become a single object. I try to capture the shift between perceiving the landscape as an organic whole, and seeing the particles that comprise it – buildings, rivers, vehicles, birds, harbours, roadways, minerals, machinery, aircraft, farms, data cables, people in movement.

Heaps of paint are placed, plotted and pushed. For some works this process can take years. For others, the image forms within days. I love the tactile movement of paint across the canvas, but fully half my time in the studio is spent looking, searching the surface of the painting for points of entry. Paintings are worked and reworked, images accumulate. I tend to work on several pieces simultaneously, exploring different themes in each one.

My paintings live with the involvement of the viewer, in the transference of colour and movement which forms the narrative. My interest in the shift between macro and micro views – a century and a half ago, photography liberated painting from the task of representation; today, satellite imagery redefines how we perceive our landscape and environment, and thus blurs the line between abstraction and representation. I operate in that gap between abstraction and representation, between the bird's-eye view and the microscope.




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Education
1990-92 Toronto School of Art, Fine Art Studies. Graduate Diploma Program
1996-97 Toronto Image Works Digital Pre Press and Design



Solo Exhibitions
2011 La Parete Gallery, 1086 Bathurst Street Toronto, Canada.
2010 Gallery Page and Strange, 1869 Granville Street, Halifax, Canada.
2008 Craig Scott Gallery, 95 Berkeley Street, Toronto, Canada.
2007 Craig Scott Gallery, 95 Berkeley Street, Toronto, Canada.
2006 Engine Gallery 1112 Queen St. West, Toronto, Canada.
2004 Coop Gallery, 112 Scollard Ave. Toronto On. Canada.



Group Exhibitions
2011 Art/Not Art Seattle Washington USA.
2011 Noir - Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art – Guelph, Canada.
2011 Gallery Page and Strange, 1869 Granville Street, Halifax, Canada.
2011 La Parete Gallery – Canadian Painters 1950’s to 2010. Toronto Canada.
2010 Creative Art Gems – Creative Works Studio. Judy Scolnik – Heffel Auction Canada Toronto.
2010 ReCall - The Corridor Gallery - Centennial College Toronto.
2009 Creative Art Gems – Judy Scolnik – Heffel Auction Canada Toronto.
2008 Nuit Blanche Toronto - Studio Exhibition, # 89 Ossington Ave. Toronto.
2008 AWOL Gallery – Square Foot Exhibition, 100A Ossington Ave Toronto.
2008 The Forest for the Trees - St. FX University Art Gallery Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.
          1st Floor Bloomfield Centre St. Francis Xavier University PO Box 5000
2008 Creative Art Gems - Creative Works Studio . Judy Scolnik – Heffel Auction Canada.
2007 Galleria di Arte Contemporanea Il Gabbiano La Spezia COMUNICATO STAMPA mostra.
         The Forest For The Trees, Italy.
2007 Art with Heart, Ritchie's Auction House, Casey House Benefit Auction, Toronto.
2007 Nuit Blanche Toronto - Studio Exhibition, # 89 Ossington Ave. Toronto.
2007 Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada.
2006 Lonsdale Gallery, Forest for the Trees - Curated by Jocelyne Belcourt Salem, Francesca Vivenza,                 Anne Callaghan. Toronto, Canada
2006 T.A.A.F.I. with Craig Scott Gallery, Gladstone Hotel and Drake Hotel, Queen St. Toronto, Canada
2006 T.I.A.F -Toronto International Art Fair, Booth # 325, Engine Gallery.
2006 Art with Heart, Ritchie's Auction House, Casey House Benefit Auction, Toronto.
2006 Craig Scott Gallery - 95 Berkeley Street, Toronto M5A 2W8
2006 Engine Gallery - 1112 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H9
2005 Bau-Xi Gallery, Art with Heart, Casey House Benefit Auction, Toronto.
2005 Engine Gallery - 1112 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H9
2004 Queen West Art Crawl, Artscape, #363 Sorauren Ave #403, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2004 Salon du Printemps, AGDC, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
2004 Gladstone Hotel, Speak Easy Exhibition, Queen West, Toronto Ont. Canada
2002 Propeller Art Centre, WegWay Exhibition, Queen W. Toronto Canada.
2001 Art Focus Magazine Annual Exhibition, Juried Show; Metro Hall, Toronto
1998/99 Louise Smith Gallery, 17 Prince Arthur Ave. Canada.



Awards
"Annual Art Focus Exhibition," Art Focus Magazine, Spring 2002.: Oil Painting



Reviews
John K. Grande  - Passing Over Published in Vie des Arts. No 219, Été 2010 [ English Edition]
John K. Grande The Drones, the Paint & the Cinetic Flip; - January 2009.
Gary Michael Dault - Ascending Language – 2007.
Jake Brennan, Annex Gleaner ‘Brillant colour joins eastern tradition’ December 2001.



Affiliations
Individual Member. Visual Arts Ontario 1153-A Queen St. W. Toronto On.
Individual Member. C.A.R.F.A.C. 401 Suite 440, Richmond St. W. Toronto, On.
Individual Member. Toronto Arts Coalition, 141 Bathurst St. Toronto ON M5V 2R2


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