MARIANNE VAN SILFHOUT GALLERY
Floating into the Void
This exhibition showcases fifteen paintings created between 2016 and 2018, from Radford's series Pouring Galaxies. These works were heavily influenced by photography from the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Colour Field painters of the 1960's. The goal was to create large expanses of colour reminiscent of the photographs from outer space.
The primary subject matter for these works was colour, and how they would interact with one another. Working with waterlogged canvas, thinned out acrylic paint is poured onto the surface, creating large pools of ethereal forms, and left to dry.
As Radford explains, "chance played a major role in creating these works, as I would let the paint flow, and let them determine their own beautiful outcome. While beauty is seen as a negative in art these days, I believe there will always be room, and a need for it."
Fraser Radford was born in 1987 in Brockville, Ontario. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Art History, with a minor in Religious Studies (graduated in 2009) from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, a Fine Arts diploma from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario (2014), and a post-graduate certificate in Studio Process Advancement from the Haliburton School of the Arts (2014). He has held numerous volunteer and paid positions at galleries and museums in Kingston, Toronto, and Brockville. He has apprenticed with Shayne Dark, one of Canada's prominent sculptors based out of Kingston, Ontario.
His work is represented by Rothwell Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario, and O'Connor Gallery in Gananoque, Ontario. His work is held in numerous private collections in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Australia, and New Zealand, and has been exhibited across North America. His work has also been published in several magazines in Canada, and the U.S, as well as The Peace Project, a catalogue produced by Gallery 9 in Culver City, California in 2010.
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