Portfolio > Surrogates (2010)

These paintings focus on masculinity, dislocation and place. Since moving to Alberta from Eastern Canada a decade ago, I have been struck by the transient nature of this part of the country, as well as the inevitable tensions and changes that occur with the influx of those who flock to oil-rich provinces. This migration, although prominent in Alberta, is a global phenomenon with implications that reach beyond provincial boundaries. My paintings, while not a criticism of change or transience, are nevertheless inspired by this place and are the result of my search to understand and reference the narratives of this historical moment. They also often play on the mythology that continues to evolve regarding the “settling” of the west.

Sometimes It Never Came
Oil on canvas
66 x 89 inches
2010
Surrogates
Oil on canvas
66 x 89 inches
2010
Ignore, For The Time Being
Oil on canvas
28 x 28 inches
2010
Afloat
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches
2010
Everything In Its Right Place I
Oil on canvas
42 x 68 inches
2010
Everything In Its Right Place II
Oil on canvas
42 x 68 inches
2010
We Can Live Our Misbehaviour
Oil on canvas
28 x 28 inches
2010