September 8 - October 1, 2016
Grace Dam is a Toronto-based artist and proud Canadian, who gave up a career in finance to realize a lifelong passion for art. She works mostly in oils, but also uses acrylics and other media. Her art reflects the complexity of life, the challenge of relationships –and the connections between earth and sky.
“My approach combines figurative and abstract elements to explore the emotions and meaning inherent in my surroundings. My subject matter, sparked by the mood and politics of the day, is then researched and studied before I attempt to capture it on canvas. My message may appeal or it may provoke –my aim is to tempt the viewer to linger long enough to tease out the meaning.”
My art is detail even in abstract form. Combining a figurative approach with modern abstract elements, I explore the emotion and meaning of things around me. My subjects can be random as ideas and thoughts revealed themselves sometimes depending on the mood and politics of the day, each would be researched and studied thoroughly before attempted on to canvas and each carries some message or at least reflects something appealing or provocative. Art can be decorative but mine is more than just colours or casual fun. It is a labour of love and as such, the viewers if linger long enough will see the subtlety and meaning of the subjects.
Toronto’s URBAN GALLERY turned up the a/c for the launch of GRACE DAM‘s hot solo exhibition “The Artist Unmasked”which runs until October 1st. Family and friends turned out on the sultry Saturday afternoon to celebrate her show and sale of paintings that reflects the complexity of life, the challenge of relationships –and the connections between earth and sky.…..
read more here (with photos of the opening)
Thursday September 6, 2018 to Saturday September 29, 2018
MEET THE ARTIST
Saturday September 15 2018
from 2 PM to 4 PM
FORDHAM PR blog for SEX LOVE LIES
Thursday September 6 2018
See Grace's work on her website:
One of the most complex things in our life is the interaction or connection to others around us. Something we can observe but never quite
control. My portraits or figurative works reflect certain aspects of the complication in the communication between human beings. In relationships: intimate, casual, family or simply just strangers. I mostly use oil as the medium to capture these precious gestures and innuendoes.
Certain looks, even a smile or a passing raising of the eyebrows can imprint in our memory that precise moment like a never fading recorded tape.
Body language, the second way of communication. The unspoken, silent signs. They are more potent, longer lasting and much more interesting to receive. Art is a form of silent language which I hope to convey. Oil is long lasting, the medium is the message.
I am a Toronto based artist and a proud Canadian. Committing fully to the art, I gave up my professional career in Finance to pursue art full time to study at OCADU. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2018.
Art has been a lifelong passion, it allows me to express my view, feelings and emotions. It is where our mind wanders, where dreams are
embraced and journeys form. It has been with me through each day, it is a gift that I feel so fortunate to receive. My works are mostly in oil, a
medium I fell in love with initially, now my works also include acrylic and other media.
My career in finance solidified my thought process, it allows new horizons and adds angles that art and creativity sometimes overlook. It helps me see things differently and stabilizes what is ideal and meaningful. My artworks often reflect the complexity of life, the challenges in relationships and the connections with the earth and the sky.