On the Shoulders of Giants 


A largely overlooked part of recent Toronto history is its high-rise buildings; the collection of paintings is a celebration of these iconic and forgotten structures that prominently crowd the city landscape. Toronto has the second highest number of high rise towers in North America after New York. They make up a large part of our city dwellings and many require substantial upgrades due to decades of neglect since their erection in the 1960s. Although there are political initiatives today that bring awareness and action to renewing the buildings for longevity, a critical examination in to new dwellings with careful consideration for the future is perhaps the most effective step in preventing a repeat of history.

The scenes depict a transitional time of the day, an analogy for the life cycle and aging of the towers. Recreational areas, roads, pathways, are are highlighted to also suggest the notion of movement, journey, a beginning, and a destination. The architectural forms of the towers are represented simplistically, proudly highlighting their monumentality in contrast to their surrounding environments. A bright colour palette is used throughout, reminiscent of the heyday of the depicted structures themselves. The combination of saturated hues draw inspiration from posters in pop culture from the same era. (Milton Glaser: Beatles Yellow submarine & Bob Dylan 1966)

 

“The Sun Sets Over St. James Town”, 2019. 72 x 60 inches. Oil on canvas.

“The Corridor”, 2019. 40 x 24 inches. Oil on canvas.

“High Park Village Overlooking the Lake”, 2019. 40 x 24 inches. Oil on canvas.

“Regent Park Riverdale”, 2019. 36 x 24 inches. Oil on canvas.

“Riverdale”, 2019. 62 x 50 inches. Oil on canvas.