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Monkey Modern at Small Feats

Uakari, acrylic on canvas, 36″x36″ Rob Elliott 2013

Hoolock, acrylic on canvas, 36"x36"

Hoolock, acrylic on canvas, 36″x36″ Rob Elliott 2013

The two remaining large Monkey Modern paintings will be sold at next weekend’s Small Feats fundraiser. Hoolock and White Uakari will sell for $800 each, with the proceeds being split between the Niagara Artists Centre and the artist.

Small Feats is NAC’s spring coming out party, an art sale like no other. Small Feats features over 150 pieces 12″x12″ artworks selling for $200 each.  The proceeds are split between NAC and the artists. Art lovers stream through the doors and smartly-attired volunteers (myself and Christine included!) ring in the sales.

New to the event this year are Tiny Feats @ $100 (less than a square foot) and Big Feats @ $800 (way bigger than a square foot)!

SMALL FEATS
Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street, St Catharines, ON

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Doors at 8 p.m.
Preview at 7:40 p.m. for NAC Members at the Supporter, Patron, and Champion levels.

Bush Party

This new painting has the longest title I’ve ever given a painting: Bush Party (No matter what else happens, that table is getting burnt at the end of the night).

It’s a commission for a couple in British Columbia. I love the way the colours are brawling on the canvas for dominance. It was difficult to paint and nearly impossible to document, but here’s a photo that sort of captures its energy.

picnic table with bottles littered around it

Bush Party (No matter what else happens, that table is getting burnt at the end of the night), Rob Elliott, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 36″x36″

The Pyramid

The Pyramid, Rob Elliott, 2016. 36"x48", acrylic on canvas. $1150

The Pyramid, Rob Elliott, 2016. 36″x48″, acrylic on canvas. $1150

The Pyramid, my latest painting, is currently on view at Toronto’s Flying Pony.

At 36″x48″, it is the largest painting I have done in years, and personally one of the most satisfying. The artwork is the second large piece I have done in the 1970s illustration style I usually reserve for my small gouache drawings. The first was 2015’s Frustuck in Berlin, a depiction of family life in East Germany. I find this blocky style rewarding for making these ironic artworks, as a similar drawing style was used in patriotic marketing during the 1970s.

Frustuck in Berlin, Rob Elliott, 2015. 36"x36", acrylic on canvas. $850

Frustuck in Berlin, Rob Elliott, 2015. 36″x36″, acrylic on canvas. $850

The Pyramid was exciting to work on. As I applied the black paint over the colour blocks, the figures sprung to life and the previously abstract shapes took on their full symbolic meaning.

The Pyramid in progress.

The Pyramid in progress.

american-pyramid-gouache

The Pyramid started as a quick gouache drawing I posted on my Instagram account (@swizzlestudio) for the Fourth of July.

The Pyramid can be seen at Flying Pony (1481 Gerrard St E, Toronto) until December 31, 2016.