One impact of COVID on my art practice is getting supplies can be difficult. Sometimes it’s no problem, other times it can take months. Beyond tying up space and resources, having a range of stretchers and paints allows me to respond quickly to short notice “Artist Calls” or rush client orders.
Nov 1st, 2021 – Part of my art practice is traditional narrative and experimental short films. I have been thinking about using Tik Tok and whether this could provide a useful vehicle for concise projects. I have also wanted to do William Kentridge like stop-motion animation since the 1990s, but stop-motion is incredibly time-consuming. However, a short 30-60 second film is more practical and ideally suited to Tik Tok. So, over the weekend, I made my first attempt. I have provided a link below if you are interested.
Oct 29th, 2021 – The official launch of Martys Hub occurred yesterday with great fanfare.
My representational practice includes murals, portraits, and public art commissions collected under the FCSD Studio banner. So, it was wonderful to be part of this new go-to website for the arts in Mississauga, Ontario.
Martys HUB connects Mississauga artists, arts organizations, and businesses to the public, featuring artist profiles in a searchable directory including news, events, articles and more. This artistic hub is a significant step forward for the Mississauga arts community, and I look forward to the many new opportunities it will provide for FCSD Studio.
Over the past five years, Mississauga has been the source of several important commissions from the private sector under my Chris Erskine Studio (CES). CES represents my abstract projects and is geared to Interior Designers and Condo Developers. A new CES commercial website is under construction and will soon be launched.
If you wish to explore the Martys Hub, please click on the link below.
July 7th, 2021 – I am working hard to get my online store up and running for this month. My Studio (CES) will feature great art for the Corporate Offices, Real Estate Agents, Model Suite Showrooms, Home Staging Projects, Interior Designers, and Television/Film Productions. Whether you need a large piece for a major renovation project or a small work as a thank you gift, my studio will have something special for you. Like something but have slightly different requirements, let me create a custom piece for you. Art is about personal expression and relationships. Send me a DM, and let’s see what’s possible.
Aug 24, 2020 – After years of debating the pros and cons of having a dog, I finally decided to get a golden doodle puppy. The puppy has kept everyone extremely busy and reduced the amount of time in the studio. Once trained, it will be great to have “Newton” as a studio companion.
The last five months of COVID have been very challenging on several fronts. COVID itself has proved a significant distraction. The stress of not knowing what is going to happen next etc. Getting art supplies has been difficult, with several vendors being out of necessary items like stretchers and certain paints. Finally, delivery times have ranged from a few weeks to a few months, making ordering supplies for projects very unpredictable.
Pre-COVID was very promising, with several potential customers looking for large-scale abstracts. At the moment, I am waiting to hear back from these developers and interior designers to see whether my suggestions will be moving forward. Given COVID delays and summer holidays, I don’t expect any answers until the fall.
22 Feb 2020 – Just completed 10 painting for a potential customer. Here is my artist statement for this project.
As an artist who works in Hamilton but lives in Mississauga, I feel the energy of old and new architecture. While Hamilton has a very long urban history, Mississauga is filled with the sense of the new; that history is being created today. As a result, my art practice is attracted to open spaces, hard lines and geometrical shapes of modern architecture and urban landscape design. A blurring of colours or boundaries has no place in my art practice; my urban world is clearly defined.
For me, a walk through downtown Mississauga is to be surrounded by movement and stillness, like waves washing over large boulders on a beach. Taking my inspiration from the “gestural” black and white painting of Franz Kline (1910-1962) and the “still” black, grey, and white paintings of Mark Rothko (1903-1970), this latest body of work strives to tell the experience of movement through open (white and grey) spaces around the black shapes of urban structures.
My paintings also strive to match our human scale by engaging the viewer as an equal (in size). Furthermore, the paintings are intended to be part of the space, not separated or isolated from the room or the viewer. As a result, frames are neither needed nor desired. A frame is a fence, and these paintings are against anything that might prevent the painting from reaching out to the viewer
Nov 20th, 2019 – I delivered two new paintings to the Arc Condo Project in Mississauga. Installed in the hallway leading to the gym, the paintings fit perfectly with the color scheme selected by the Interior Designers. This amazing development is located at 2550 Eglinton Avenue West. This was my first opportunity to work with Daniel’s who are known for their support of the arts community.
August 5th, 2019 – I had the pleasure of installing a new piece outside the Director’s Office at the Health Sciences Library, McMaster University. The 2019 piece is entitled Frontespizio and measures 38 inches wide by 48 inches high.
Feb 18th, 2019 – I had the opportunity to hear Erin Loree talk in Mississauga. She is only about 6-7 years out from OCAD and had signed with Angell Gallery in Toronto. Amazing to see and hear from an artist who has made it so big so soon after graduation.
The work uses bold colors and thick paint on big canvases. How she got to this point was the focus of the talk. I asked a lot of questions and she was very kind with her answers. T
I hope the Visual Arts Mississauga people have more artists from Toronto.
I decided to spend most of my holiday free time playing with different compositions.
In 2018, I felt that I achieved a breakthrough by developing a new way of expressing my experiences with urban landscapes. I also gained a better sense of color and how that color could support my goals. Finally, texture turned into a significant element in my work. So, instead of launching into new large scale works, I decided to play with the elements of what I like and create a lot of drawings using inks and gouaches. Hopefully, this sketches will provide the raw materials for my 2019 paintings.
I would like to say thank you to everyone who purchased my art or express interest in my work.