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September 23, 2014

Join me for an Art Talk tomorrow (Wednesday) at  7:00 PM at the Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto.


Never has the intersection of art and film been as pronounced as today. Join Station Gallery Curator, Olexander Wlasenko, in an exploration of visual art and cinema. Wlasenko addresses the influence of moving images on still imagery and vice versa…


I’m very excited to share some recent findings in movies…

Wednesday, September 24 @ 7pm


Abbozzo Gallery

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 128

Toronto, ON    416-260-2220


October 10, 2013

Autumn is the artworld’s peak performance period–here are a trio of shows I visited recently:

Over the weekend I had a chance to head up to North Bay to visit a couple of shows. Two artists included in the Wiki Show over the summer at Station Gallery were on display. On Saturday, Susan Farquhar’s show “Northern Currents” opened at the Joan Ferneyhough Gallery. Her richly textured works depict a Boreal beauty of another time. Originally from North Bay, Susan’s show fittingly celebrates her homecoming to the “Gateway to the North.” It was terrific revisiting works that were in the Wiki mix and seeing Susan’s creative process in her broader studio practice.

Erin Finley’s solo show was winding down at Line Gallery. Here too were some of Erin’s offerings from the Wiki Show, plus some intricate newer pieces. Finley’s finely-crafted figurative works pack quite a punch. I enjoy the push and pull of Erin’s subject matter–it simultaneously attracts and repels the viewer. Her illustrative drawings and mannerist distortions are flexible, even pliant. Anything can happen on her paper.

David Blackwood’s “Revelation” recently opened at Abbozzo Gallery at Toronto’s 401 Richmond complex. The artist was present at yesterday’s packed reception. This show adds new dimension and breadth to the understanding of Blackwood’s creative output. Widely known for his masterful printmaking, this show expands beyond serial production to include constructions with encaustic flourishes, paintings, drawings and watercolours. “Revelation” is a complex essay weaving Blackwood’s sustained motifs such as Ephraim Kelloway’s door, Maritime lore and nautical symbolism into a cohesive whole. Show continues until November 2 — not to be missed. Happy Thanksgiving!

David Blackwood and O

David Blackwood and O

September 6, 2012

Tomorrow evening a solo exhibition of my drawings opens at the Abbozzo Gallery in Oakville, Ontario. This show captures what’s been an exhilarating and provocative year, particularly the nights when I worked in the studio to produce a new body of work. This latest series commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of a landmark year in cinema. The show titled, Cinemarks captures the spirit of 1962 in European cinema. Some of the sources for my recent works include Vivre sa vie (France), Les Dimanches de Ville d’Avray (France), L’eclisse (Italy), La commare secca (Italy) and Nine Days in One Year (Soviet Union). These charcoal drawings capture slices of time—moments half a century away haunt this exhibition.

The show continues until September 22nd.   

Click here to find out more about the “Cinemarks” at the Abbozzo Gallery. 

Exhale, 2012 inspired by the French film “Vivre sa vie”