In 1839 Paul Delaroche was the first to declare “Painting is dead.” Throughout the years many have reinforced or challenged this statement and yet we still paint. Art schools around the globe see an abundance of applications to their Drawing and Painting departments from students searching for an education in one of the oldest art forms, while others avoid this training and simply paint. Some consider paint to be their primary medium, while others paint in secret to answer some deeper creative itches. Why the @#&! Do You Paint? is a new, annual exhibition of paintings at the Gladstone Hotel which explores why so many of us paint. The first year Thick and Juicy looks at the act of moving wet materials across a variety of supports to create illusions, affect surfaces, and open up discourses.
Curator, Spencer J Harrison is an painter who teaches in the Drawing and Painting department at OCAD University. He rarely teaches the “how to paint courses,” rather, he focuses on why we paint and how this work fits into the larger history of art making. He is searching for paintings that question why we paint.
The Call for Submissions for the 1st Annual #WT!DYP? will end on August 20th. Runs from October 18 – November 30, 2015