Brian Donnelly is a hugely talented Visual Artist based out of Toronto.
We asked Brian to select three of his favourite Canadian artists and talk briefly about each one.
- Montreal-based Artist Joe Becker:
His new work is like Bosch, in that there is so much going on at once that you can barely keep up with it. Imagine if Bosch were on cocaine and addicted to television. I feel like Joe’s work pisses a lot of people off, but that’s kind of the point. He’s painting all the things you’re thinking but never talk about, to anyone, not even your therapist. I own several pieces from several stages of his career, some are more disturbing than others, they are a constant reminder to listen to the voices in my head instead of worrying about what people like.
- Burlington-based Artist Andy DeCola:
Pop art that’s been boiled, or shredded, or twice baked. Andy’s work takes elements of the magazine world and reassembles them in fragmented impossibility or kaleidoscopic madness. He paints in a very direct and deliberate way, so he’s not messing about, he knows exactly what he’s doing, which is reassuring when you’re balancing things on mountain tops. Andy’s work makes me consider colour and how I use it.
Toronto-based Artist Nicole Collins:
You know when you’re looking at encaustic painting and you’re thinking, “yeah.. and?” – well Nicole is the answer to that. She has been pulling at the seams of what painting with wax is really capable of, and how much we can take as an audience. She’s pulling it apart, scraping it off, and forcing it into uncomfortable positions, it seems cathartic and violent at times and tranquil and meditative at others. Her work informs my own more and more every time I encounter it with her fearless and unorthodox approaches.