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Artist James Gummerson: Landscapes, History and Culture

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James Gummerson is a Canadian painter living in Hamilton, Ontario.

- Artist Statement & Explanation of Bodies of Work -

Since the early 1990’s my work has incorporated representational and expressionistic paintings through the use of Acrylic and Watercolor paint. In 1995 I began using different paper, canvas and boards throughout my paintings to express the emotional elements of the painting. I continue to incorporate different materials on which to paint and utilize different styles depending on how I feel for the subject. In my work, I explore Canadian Landscapes, History, and Culture, through the use of subject matter I have obtained throughout my travels across Canada. My work also addresses issues such as Conservation, and Urban Sprawl, through the use of naturalistic and non urban elements that portray a sense of preservation and spirituality. In many instances both past and present elements appear in a painting, coexisting to suggest the progression of time as well as our ideas and values towards ecological issues. Finally, the paintings document as well as confront.

As I have traveled throughout much of Canada and my home province of Ontario, I create images that provide clues to my own ideologies. I work mainly in Watercolors and Acrylics on canvas, board or various types of paper. Both mediums are similar and versatile which I use to symbolize both strong and a gentle qualities through the use of thick or transparent applications. The various materials, subject matter, and ideas are unified to suggest my perception and experiences of my life within Canada.

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