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Medium: acrylic on canvas
David Gillanders was born in Toronto, Canada in 1968 and studied at the University of Western Ontario, London and McGill University, Montreal. He is currently living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Recipient of grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Ontario Arts Council, David Gillanders has exhibited his work widely in Canada and the United States (Chicago, Detroit, Grand Rapids). His work has been reviewed in the Montreal Gazette, Le Devoir, Vie des Arts, ArtFocus, among others. His work is held in a number of notable collections, among them the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the MNBAQ Art Bank, the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection, the Art Gallery of Northumberland, National Bank , Loto-Québec, and BMO Financial Group .
For many years I have methodically divided up the surfaces of paintings. I have needed and found ways to break up images into pieces, to create hard-edged structures where intuition and accidents can get to work. These are COVID-19 lockdown paintings. Each one in its own way is a product of the difficult and frightening time of its creation. The lines are sharp and the shapes are flat, but the colour is alive and generous. My goal has been to make paintings that are true to the chaos of this strange moment, but to depict it with a visual language of optimism and joy.