I was inspired by the celebrity portraits by Andy Warhol, whose iconic images use repetition and colour variation to highlight different aspects of his very familiar subjects.
The works suggest moments of solitude as well as intimate pairings, illustrations of what it means to be close to nature and to one another.
Blenderman’s tireless imagination is hardly exhausted by local streetscapes and landscapes. Realistic, classically styled still lives and wildly expressive abstracts have also been the subject of his attention over the years.
Each work has been selected by the artist because it represents a piece which they feel deeply about; works which have yet to find their soulmates.
The art of collaboration requires a curious nature, a strong sense of experimentalism and an abundance of trust. To find a kindred spirit, especially in the art world, which can often be quite isolating, creates a unique opportunity for openness, artistic development and inspiration.
For many years the members of the artists’ collective, which was named after the yellow shag rug which once adorned the studio of founding member, Erika Olson, have gathered together to inspire and nourish each others creativity.
I wanted to rid myself of the feeling which I had experienced that art has nothing to do with reality and is not sturdy enough to help us live up to it.Irwin Piscator
Established in 2006, Studio 22 is a creative enterprise located in the heart of Kingston’s historic Market Square. Our business has two aspects: The Open Gallery and the Idea Manufactory.
Studio 22’s Open Gallery began as an open concept space; a space suited to artistic exploration and flexible design. Over the years that space has evolved into an entire building devoted to contemporary Canadian Art and Artists, a vast collection of original works for rent or purchase, and more than a dozen new solo exhibitions annually. With over 40 artists working in a variety of mediums, from photography, graphics, oils and acrylics to bronze, stone, and steel sculpture, we showcase a diverse range of artists living and working within the local Kingston region and across the country.
The Idea Manufactory is a broad based graphic design studio and micro- publisher. Our services include: print and digital – books, broadsides, posters, and catalogues.