Barbara Fletcher

Barbara Fletcher

Biography

Barbara Fletcher is a British/Canadian Citizen. She has lived worked, studied, and made art in:  Canada, the U.K., U.S.A., Germany, and Belgium. She has traveled extensively in pursuit of artistic and technical knowledge. She holds a B.ED., English & Language Arts, and a Teaching Certificate. She completed an A.O.C.A. from The Ontario College of Art in 1980 and was awarded a Fifth Year Assistantship. She did post graduate work at the University of Toronto.

She was employed as Academic Staff for 27 years at OCAD working in the sculpture/foundry area until retirement in 2008.  Her remaining time was spent making art in bronze, aluminium, steel, acrylic, wood, steel and mixed media. Her work is included in private and public collections in Canada, U.S. and several E.U. countries.

Artist Statement

Through a variety of materials, cast metal, welded metal, cast or sheet acrylic, wood or mixed media, sculptures are produced that are anthropomorphic in nature. Though mostly geometric and rectilinear in form, they deal with human concerns and relationships. Some rely on the optical illusions and participation of the viewer. Some present intrinsic optical struggles. Works reveal interiors that are unexpected. The pieces play an important role in the perception of reality, the external and internal appearances, the fragile yet lethal, the soft yet hard, stable triangles with precarious foundations, shelters or traps, calm sail or sharp blades, warm water and coldest ice. 

Oliver Tiura

Oliver Tiura

Biography

Oliver Tiura, AOCA, MFA, SSC, a former Professor, is a senior Canadian sculptor of Finnish origin. To date he has over 75 one man and group exhibitions to his credit in a variety of countries including Mexico, the US, Canada and in Europe. His practice involves a wide variety of sculptural and 2-D media including cast bronze, 3D printed resins, acrylics and encaustics.

Artist Statement

Tiura gets excited by certain streams of outsider arts reflecting lines of mythologies from ancient Egyptian times [animal heads on human bodies], to fantastical creatures of the Greek mythologies, even to the fascinating “animals” described by explorers 500 years ago with visual interpretations of unbelievable, surreal, chimeric combinations seen in the works of Hieronymus Bosch. Oliver fuses such chimeric matter including portions of skeletal bones, all kinds of combinations extending out in multiple directions, each reaching out to the outer world. Many heads, flying arms, sculls, wings, claws, body parts all mixed, intertwined, always creating phantasmagoric combinations, asking the viewer to truly look deeply into his body of work to enjoy the experience. His works reference very basic structures of living entities, all challenging further interpretations by the viewer.

J. Mac

J. Mac

Biography

J.Mac is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art. Her Post Graduate studies in clude: Ecole National Superieure des Beaux- Arts Paris, France, University of Toronto and The Ontario College of Education, Toronto Canada.

She has shown her work in Canada, China, Europe, The Philippines and the USA.
J.Mac was one of three artists to represent Canada at ARTiade 2004 in Athens Greece( The Olympics of Visual of Visual Art with the XXVIII Olympic Games). Her sculptures at Biennale D’Arte Contemporanea- Rome , Italy and the one of two artists representing the Sculptors Society of Canada at the First Beijing International.

Artist Statement

My art incorporates my search for life and meaning.I use my talents to reflect what I see in the world around me; whether it be the politics of living, or the social ramifications of our environment, or the humour I observe in our human frailties. I translate my theories into plastic and figurative sculptural forms. I laugh- I cry- I pray through my art…the expression of my innermost soul….

Richard McNeill

Richard McNeill

Biography

Born in Northampton England, McNeill studied at OCA and the University of Toronto and apprenticed with sculptor Robert Downing. For over four decades he was on staff, from technician to administrator, at the Art Centre of CTS.
He has had major exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Northumberland, the Koffler Gallery, the Canadian Sculpture Centre and BCE Place. Many large works from his Gazer series have been executed, as commissions, for development sites within Toronto. He is the recipient of many grants and awards and has been chosen five times to represent Canada internationally at FIDEM biennial exhibitions in Europe and the US.
In 2015, he was invited to participate in the China (Changsha) International Sculpture Symposium where he created a monumental clay for bronze sculpture over five meters high.

Artist Statement

I use symbols, forms, figures, structures, and movements developed in varied combinations over many years to make the improbable tangible. Thematically and stylistically, my art hinges on the idea of duality. Central to eastern thought, ancient mythology, and Jungian psychology is the notion that the universe, the self, and all things are comprised of interacting and opposing forces and are perpetually cyclical, moving from one state into another. Worked in a variety of methods and materials while combining diverse degrees of figurative abstraction within structured environmental systems and configurations, my present direction of renewal and regeneration unfolds from past accomplishments.