Artists David Blatherwick and Doug Kirton talk about painting. Blatherwick's exhibition "Thick With Light" is on view at Open Sesame through February 21.
When Blatherwick began going for early-morning runs in a forest near his Elora home, he became fascinated by the ever-changing interaction of the sunlight and the trees. Two large-scale paintings of the sun itself and ten small works comprise what Blatherwick calls a "small tribute to the phenomenon that is the sun, its relationship to the forest canopy, and the impossible task of trying to make a painting" from his observations.
David Blatherwick teaches in the University of Waterloo's Department of Fine Arts. He has exhibited widely since the mid-1990s, presenting solo exhibitions at the Musée des Beaux Arts du Québec; Stock 20 in Tai Chung, Taiwan; La Cité Internationale in Paris; the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh; the Art Gallery of Windsor; Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario; and numerous commercial galleries. His group exhibitions include the 2009 Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Biennial, the 2002 Montréal Biennale, “Video Naive” at Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes, “Metamorphose et Clônage” at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, “The Hand “ at the Power Plant in Toronto, and ”Partly Human” at El Museo de Arte Moderno de Guadalajara, to name a few. Blatherwick is the author of many reviews, essays, and publications, and the recipient of numerous grants including a Pollock-Krasner Grant for painting.
Doug Kirton teaches in the University of Waterloo's Department of Fine Arts. He received his BFA from NSCAD and his MFA from the University of Guelph. His work is represented in numerous private, corporate, and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Shanghai Art Museum. Kirton is represented by Artcore/Fabrice Marcolini (Toronto).