Inside the Saatchi Art office
I took a quick trip to the West Coast, to visit the Saatchi Art office, in sunny California. As luck would have it, they had a big party for artists and collectors, on the evening that I was there. There was food, drinks, and best of all, lots of art and the people who create and sell it! I got to meet the SA team in person (finally… After doing business with them for the past few years!). I arrived early in the day, and was invited to a lovely lunch, that afternoon, sitting under shade umbrellas, outside their uber trendy warehouse-like building. But don’t let the exterior fool you: the inside is contemporary and beautiful, and the walls are covered in art!
More photos of the event, here, courtesy of artist Marlene Picard.
My love affair with Vermont: I’m having a solo exhibition!
February is an exciting time for me: you see, I’ve been given a solo exhibition at the Helen Day Art Center, in Stowe, Vermont.
My family had a home not far from Stowe, for nearly fifty years, which they sold just a little over two years ago. It’s where I spent much of my childhood, learning about rock gardens, bugs, snowflakes, and snakes. The clean air provided a backdrop for me to learn how to swim, ski, and create art. Drawing with my wax Crayola crayons was a favourite pastime of mine, as was making magical moss gardens, outside on the rocks, bathed in golden sunshine.
Home again: back in my studio!
I was excited to receive the box: I had been expecting it ever since I had left China, two months ago. I knew what was inside, but that didn’t dampen my excitement, as I eagerly cut through the neat cardboard packaging. Someone had taken great care to ensure that the contents would make it all the way back to Montreal, Canada, in tact.
Carefully, I cut open the long, skinny box: it contained paintings that I had worked on, while in my artist residency, in China… It felt like an early Christmas present to myself!
After viewing them all, one by one, I rolled them back up, and loaded them into my car, to take them to be re-stretched. I had painted a total of ten paintings, while away, and I had nine with me now (I left one painting behind, at the residency). See my photos, below.
Have a look at the final result of my re-stretched canvases, here.
A last look at my fall 2013 artist residency in China
I returned from China exactly two months ago, from today, on November 1st. The memories, while still relatively fresh, are already becoming a part of the muted wallpaper that makes up the background of my life. Before I move on, I want to show a few more photos of the residency at Da Wang Culture Highland. It was hard to stop taking photos, while there.
To begin with, the night before I left, I gave an artist talk, followed by a studio visit to those interested in seeing my work up close. It was an opportunity to show my wares to the locals, including my fellow resident artists, and exchange ideas. We each worked in our studios, daily, not really sharing our work with one another, and so this was a nice opportunity to do so.
The pottery studio was located in the neighbouring building to my own studio. It was a large room, much like an airplane hangar, in which the potters fashioned their creations with loads of space around them.
The inspiration? It’s easy: the day-to-day of life in China and in Hong Kong brought my senses much to savour. In particular, I found myself drawn to the markets, where all chattels are sold.