Kirk Sutherland

Artist Statement/Biography

“I feel my creative process bridges, and somewhat amalgamates both intuitive, and conscious realities. My paintings do not imitate life, but perhaps harness the energy and the essence of life.

“In life, we are conscious of present realities, yet travel forward with no actual conception of what to expect. My art-making process seems to find itself in the same unpredictable reality. For I surrender a degree of control, yet I feel profoundly that my work does not fall into what could be defined as random or chance.

“I feel the process is equally as important as the finished piece. It is a spiritual experience. I find myself channeling to a higher energy, or light, in which the medium, the action, and the paintbrush in a sense are umbilicals between the soul, the essence and the material world.”

Kirk Sutherland is a Toronto-based artist and art teacher. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design(OCAD) in 1991 and holds an Associate of the Ontario College of Arts Honours (AOCA Hons.)

He describes himself as influenced consciously, and sub-consciously, by his surroundings as well as by the formal elements of art, and the materials with which he creates. The predominant elements in Sutherland’s work hinge between his keen sensibility of colour, and his use of pictorial space.

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