Montreal/Uxbridge artist Daniel Colby explores the ephemeral nature of young men coming of age in a new suite of paintings he will open at the Latcham Gallery in Stouffville ON. The subjects in Colby’s paintings embody a mixture of awkward vulnerability and confident bravado that generate an ambiguity in regard to who they are, what they have done and what they want.
Painting in a cameo format Colby pays homage to the royal portrait, the antique photo card and the reliquary. His fictional characters are infused with the haze of youth, hormones and angst and are at the same time elevated to hero status complete with laurel wreaths in these powerfully rendered portraits. The liminal period when a boy is transformed into a man, rife with unbridled optimism and intense anxiety is the vein Colby taps as his subject. His interest in the dichotomies of past/present, achievement/loss, and sensitivity/aggression inform the works in this exhibition with a both/and sensibility that seductively draws us in and then throws us slightly off center as we struggle to find the essence of what is motivating his characters.
Daniel Colby’s work has been included in solo and group shows in Halifax (Anna Leonowens Gallery), Toronto (Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Resistor Gallery), Los Angeles (Harvey Levine Gallery), and London, Ontario (Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery). He received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Halifax at NASCAD University. He has also been included in various local juried exhibitions and from 2005-2009 was awarded Best in Show five times.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
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