We’re excited to introduce you to Toronto abstract artist Kirk Sutherland. Check out the interview below to get to know Kirk and his artwork a little more. Enjoy!
The Unseen Metaphysical World
Continuous innovation and invention from a technical and conceptual standpoint.
Being able to visually present the unseen reality of feelings, emotions and thoughts.
I was classically trained by time I was in my mid-teens and began experimenting with materials and techniques out of desire to explore. It was and still is a necessary condition for me to creative from the standpoint of innovation, free from the confides of convention. I’m a graduate of Experimental Arts and Contemporary Art Studies, so experimentation is imbedded in my creative process.
Colour, depth, spiritual
That I have created thousands and thousands of paintings and pieces of art. I have also used almost every conceivable media and material in the art making process as well.
I was building and creating things before I could read or write, so I believe strongly that I came here to create, invent and pioneer.
You have to be very independent and truly believe in yourself. You must be tenacious with this mindset.
Listen to your inner-voice, it will guide you.
There are so many. I have a personal library of books I always keep in my studio. The Hans Hofmann- Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings is a three-volume catalogue I refer to often.
There are a many. I suppose having one of my public art pieces in a Hollywood film and my name in the credits.
I live in the now so I really can’t say. I’m very consistent and I’m always evolving and challenging myself and the foundations of conventionality.
I like the fact that it is void of any obvious narrative. For it relies mainly on the elements and principals of art and design for it’s statement.
Every art expression is rooted fundamentally in the personality and temperament of the artist. – Han Hofmann
I feel the process of making art is equally as important as the finished piece. It is a spiritual experience to me. I was born with synesthesia so I truly see the world in a very unique way. This also enhances my overall creative process as well.