Artist: James Gummerson
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 24'' x 24''
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About This Work
“This painting was inspired by one of my evening walks on Main Street West in Hamilton. As in much of my work, I am attracted to the city environment and the variation of shapes, colours and compositional devices that are available. In ‘Main West’ I was interested in the interplay between the expanse of the evening sky and the urban environment. Even though it’s in the city, the sky seemed to engulf the urban landscape. It seemed to reduce all the buildings and cars into miniature elements. It’s a beautiful evening walk in the city where I live with my family.”
Hamilton based painter, James Gummerson, studied at Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology. During his career as an illustrator, he began to focus on building a painting practice and within a few years he started exhibiting and showing his work in galleries and shows across Canada. In 2020, he was invited to participate in the TV show, “Landscape Artist of the Year Canada”,featured on CBC and was the wild card winner of episode one and runner up in the finals. Over the years his work has been featured in major publications and has won numerous awards. His work explores the relationship between nature and the urban landscape and how they coexist. He is drawn to quiet side streets with their old towering trees, community gardens bursting with colour and life, and back alleys and the secrets within. He is inspired by daily urban life all set against dramatic light and skies.
In my current work, I explore the urban landscape and its relationship with nature. The paintings hope to show our deep need for naturalistic surroundings regardless of concrete and steel and show how nature penetrates even the densest of concrete jungles. I love to show the back alley’s canopy of overgrown bushes and weeds. The wildflowers growing out of cracks in the walkways, and how trees surround the entire landscape. As in other paintings of my past, I continue to explore the relationship between nature and the urban landscape.
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