Young and Hopeful

Yound and Hopeful (Daniel)

Young and Hopeful, 2017, oil on linen with hand made frame, 30 x 24in

Title piece for Young and Hopeful show, up right now at Les Expositions Ymuno in Montréal.

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Young and Hopeful


Have been working on the installation of Young and Hopeful. The opening is on Saturday the 6th of January, at 4pm, at Les Expositions Ymuno, Belgo Building, 372 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Suite 530, Montreal, Quebec

Young and Hopeful is an installation of new paintings which deal with themes of hope and hopelessness, gain and loss, and death and rebirth. They were made as meditations on the notion of hope at a personal level, and as a response to an increasingly fractious international social and political climate. They were born out of a conversation with a profoundly politically disillusioned American national in Panama.

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Cut Flowers

Flowers with Madeline

Cut Flowers (with Madeline Richards), 2017, oil on canvas, 48 x 48in

I have long had plans to repaint these flowers, after doing a smaller version a few years ago. That was a decent painting, but they weren’t dark enough (in mood) and a square is a better format for them. Madeline, my girlfriend, paints beside me in the studio and helps me with everything I do, so we thought to just paint something together. We worked well and pretty efficiently together, and are excited by the possibilities. We’ve started some other work already.

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The Optimist

The Optimist

The Optimist, 2017, oil on panel, 24 x 15in

It’s a weird little painting about being optimistic. Taking the care to cultivate flowers in climates where they aren’t indigenous is a fundamentally optimistic undertaking. The background was purple for a while.

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Suspect, 2017, oil on canvas, 24 x 20in

Study for possible larger painting at a later date.

Drawings for the painting here.

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The Cynic Too Was Once a Child


The Cynic Too Was Once a Child, 2017, oil and gold leaf on panel, 48 x 48in

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Drawing for Asbestos


Drawing for Asbestos, 2017, charcoal on Arches watercolour paper, 30 x 22in

When I was a kid, my family travelled across Canada and we took a tour of the asbestos mines at Thetford in Southern Quebec. We went down into the mines and they gave me a sample to play with, which I kept for years. I would pull the fibres apart and stick them back together like some strange, natural, dry silly putty. We didn’t really know it caused cancer.

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