Artist: Conrad Furey
Dimensions: 28'' x 36''
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Conrad Furey was born in Baie Verte, Newfoundland. He studied commercial art in St. John’s before moving to Ontario where he graduated from the creative art program at Sheridan College in 1974.
Conrad considered himself a self-taught artist whose work was inspired by the memories of his childhood. His portrayals of the everyday life of Canadians marked him as an important national artist. He is noted for his expressionist representational works, bold choice of primary colours, stocky, simplified figures and the expressive qualities of the objects that form his compositions. His murals can be found in such public places as the McMaster Children’s Hospital, the Hamilton Central Library and City Hall. In 2004, Conrad was the recipient of the City of Hamilton’s Visual Arts Award.
Living away [from Newfoundland] means I can get to the essence of the memories more easily, there's less distraction. The years I spent growing up in Newfoundland, that's where all these images are from. It seems that Newfoundland defines me and my life growing up on an idyllic coast of this grudging isle. Our front door looked out onto an ocean bay, and that was my focus. I remember thinking about how it would have been to follow in my father's footsteps, living off the sea. I loved those times spent out fishing together, but I also realized I would have to make my own way in the world, as our back door symbolically looked out onto mines and other kinds of work. It seems I paint what I dreamt of doing with my life. My portrayals of the everyday life of Canadians marks me as an important national artist. My works, although most definitely Canadian, have a universality that makes them appreciated by peoples from all corners.
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