TORONTO – May 18, 2012
Toronto-based abstract artist Shawn Skeir presented his latest project Life Lines curated by Pamela Edmonds, a solo exhibition of new paintings on Wednesday, May 16th. Held at the B.A.N.D. Gallery at 823A Bloor Street West, the show and will be on view until June 10, 2012.
Describing himself as a “sculptor in two-dimensions”, his artistic practice is embedded in a vibrant urban style that echoes fluid movements of light and colour while capturing the immediate and crucial energies of contemporary life.
While continuously working to make colours pop, Shawn Skeir strives to create images that symbolize a unification of essential organic forms, contemporary urban landscapes and post-digital concepts. While doing so, he finds himself being influenced by ongoing change of pace and people of the contemporary city.
“I want to express a feeling of unity with movement as a reminder that we should celebrate our diversity and draw from each other’s cultural and traditional experiences.”Skeir says, “I want the Toronto public and Bloor Court Village in particular to leave the show feeling confident that this city has a vibrant arts community, and to be inspired by the flow of colours.”
With his strong passion for art and a keen eye for detail, his paintings include a fluidity of bold lines which also conveys an intense degree of concentration and the artist’s striking command of the optical effects of colour theory, exposing how both positive and negative space echo back and forth through his skilful use of colour combinations.
Shawn Skeir’s exhibition includes the featured paintings entitled “Faces: Who are we” which strongly sums up the essence and title of the show, Life Lines.
About Shawn Skeir:
Born in Nova Scotiaand currently based in Toronto, Shawn Skier studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and George Brown College. His work has been exhibited throughout Toronto and the US and is in numerous private and public collections. The artist works out of the self-named studio and gallery space inToronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood.
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