David Kaye Gallery » Donald Andrus

New Paintings
June 2 - 26, 2016

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GALLERY

Donald Andrus, ICARUS No. 20, 2015, colour shift paint, gel pen, fresco, epoxy resin on Meranti Board, 32 1/4 X 48 in.Donald Andrus, ICARUS No. 20 (detail), 2015, colour shift paint, gel pen, fresco, epoxy resin on Meranti Board, 32 1/4 X 48 in.Donald Andrus, SWEEPER, 2015, dupli-color, gel pen, fresco, epoxy resin on canvas, 30 X 40 in.Donald Andrus, COPPERED SWEEP, 2015, colour shift paint, gel pen, fresco, epoxy resin on canvas, 36 1/4 X 28 5/8 in.Donald Andrus, DIAMOND SWEEPERS, 2016, dupli-color, gel pen, fresco, epoxy resin on canvas, 48 X 36 in.Donald Andrus, SWEPT AWAY, 2016, dupli-color, gel pen, fresco, epoxy resin on canvas, 36 X 48 in.Donald Andrus, TWISTER, 2016, dupli-color, acrylic, gel pen, epoxy resin on canvas, 48 X 36 in.Donald Andrus, CICATRICE FIELD, 2015, oil, acrylic, colour shift paint on canvas, 36 X 48 in.Donald Andrus, CICATRICES, 2015/16, dupli-color, colour shift paint, acrylic, oil, fresco on canvas, 44 - 6 in. squares/ noun: cicatrice- cic·a·trix (ˈsikəˌtriks) the scar of a healed wound;  a scar on the bark of a tree. BOTANY: a mark on a stemDonald Andrus, CICATRICES (detail), 2015/16, dupli-color, colour shift paint, acrylic, oil, fresco on canvas, 44 - 6 in. squaresDonald Andrus, CICATRICES (detail), 2015/16, dupli-color, colour shift paint, acrylic, oil, fresco on canvas, 44 - 6 in. squaresDonald Andrus, SWISH (2), 2015, gel pen, fresco, epoxy resin on aluminum, 24 X 36 in.Donald Andrus, DIAMOND SWISH, 2015, gel pen, fresco, epoxy resin on aluminum, 24 X 30 in.Donald Andrus, SWISH (1), 2015, gel pen, fresco, epoxy resin on aluminum, 24 X 36 in.

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The Shape of Our Desire: recent paintings
April 3 - 27, 2014

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In my art I am concerned with the materiality and the processes of painting so that they function as a metaphor for idea and emotion and as the sublimation of content. My paintings are about the sensory experience of abstract principles. I want the viewer to be as intimately involved as possible with the paintings: through reflection, through absorption through the use of repetition and through a concern for Beauty.

The intense activity within the works speaks to a form of contemporary horror vacui, compelling the viewer’s eye to return to the work again and again and to never be completely satisfied that it has been able to accommodate all that it sees – to create a fascinated involvement on the part of the viewer with the actual work. Thus the paintings are made for an aggressive viewing eye, one not content to simply gloss over or to re-create the processes involved in their making, but more importantly, to achieve a heightened sense of the business of seeing: the eye sees itself, in the act of seeing.

At these levels of exchange the viewer and the painter can share a similar experience of the art itself, meeting at a point at which, rather than being a barrier to understanding, my paintings may be able to act as a bridge.

GALLERY

Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire (2), 2013, fresco, Liquitex spray paint, encaustic, on Meranti Board, 35 7/8 X 64 1/4 in.Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire (3), 2013, fresco, oil stick, oil pastel, chalk, encaustic on Meranti Board, 48 X 64 1/2 in.Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire (5), 2013, fresco, colour shift paint, painter's tape, encaustic, epoxy resin on Meranti Board, 31 1/2 X 48 in.Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire (6), 2013, fresco, spray paint, gel pen, encaustic on Meranti Board, 31 1/2 X 48 in.Donald Andrus, IKAROS AT SAINTROPOLIS (1), 2012, fresco, Liquitex spray paint, colour shift paint, painter's tape, epoxy resin on aluminum, 24 X 36 in.Donald Andrus, IKAROS AT SAINTROPOLIS (2), 2012, fresco, Liquitex spray paint, colour shift paint, epoxy resin on aluminum, 24 X 32 in.Donald Andrus, ICARUS No. 11, 2012, fresco, gel pen, epoxy resin on aluminum, 32 X 24 in.Donald Andrus, ICARUS No. 13, 2013, fresco, gel pen, epoxy resin on aluminum, 24 X 36 in.Donald Andrus, ICARUS No. 14, 2013, fresco, colour shift paint, gel pen, epoxy resin on Meranti Board, 32 1/4 X 36 in.Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire, Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire, Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire, Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire, Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire, Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire, Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire, Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire, Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, The Shape of Our Desire, Exhibition installation view.

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FIELD: new paintings
March 29 - April 29, 2012

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FIELD No. 81, 2011, mixed mediums on Meranti Board, 28 X 70 in.

The ongoing series of paintings titled FIELD, is one in which the qualifying animus is based, in part, upon the patterns and rhythms of the images within each painting and, in part, upon the personality of the materials and processes involved in the making of the work. The open-ended mobility of the patterning created through the repetition of minute touches of colour acting within the cloud-like grounds, together with a highly reflective surface, all aspire to create a constant shift, a kind of essentialist kinesis.

“In these works the small marks painstakingly applied with gel pen float over the ground. This is accomplished by sandwiching the marks between two layers of clear resin. The effect is both mysterious and uncanny; the small marks, deliberately applied seem to spell out a Morse Code. They flow rhythmically over the painting, folding, turning and transforming…. The mixing of traditional and unconventional materials and techniques reflects Andrus’ questioning of the historical inevitability of the modernist/formalist develoment of abstraction.” (Jon Tupper, Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)

GALLERY

Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 65, 2009, mixed mediums on panel, 20 X 72 in.Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 89, 2011, mixed mediums on aluminum, 28 X 24 in.Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 88, 2011, mixed mediums on aluminum, 28 X 24 in., SOLD.Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 92, 2012, mixed mediums on panel, 32 X 36 in.Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 82, 2011, mixed mediums on panel, 44 X 36 in.Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 79, 2010, mixed mediums on panel, 48 ¼ X 38 in.Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 70, 2010, mixed mediums on panel, 32 X 40 in.Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 91, 2012, mixed mediums on panel, 32 X 40 in.Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 81, 2011, mixed mediums on panel, 28 X 70 in.Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 90, 2011, mixed mediums on aluminum, 24 X 70 in.Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 93, 2012, mixed mediums on aluminum, 24 X 48 in.Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 87, 2011, mixed mediums on panel, 24 X 64 ½ in.Donald Andrus, FIELD No. 94, 2012, mixed mediums on aluminum, 24 X 48 in.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Donald Andrus, FIELD: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.

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An exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick

These stones – this sea, dreaming: Paintings by Donald Andrus
April 18 - June 13, 2010

This survey exhibition of abstract paintings by PEI artist Donald Andrus spans over a decade of work. Andrus writes: “My paintings are about the sensory experience of abstract principles. I want the viewer to be as intimately involved as possible with the paintings. The paintings are made for an “aggressive” viewing eye, one not content to simply re-create the processes involved in their making, but more importantly, to create a heightened sense of the act of seeing: the eye sees itself in the act of seeing. At that level of exchange the viewer and the painter can share a similar experience of the art itself so that the abstraction in my art becomes a bridge, rather than a barrier to understanding abstract painting.”

Born in Dingwall Scotland, Andrus studied Art History and Studio Art at the University of Toronto from which he graduated with an M.A. in Art History.  He became a Professor in Art History at Concordia University in Montréal where he lectured until 1996 when he took an early retirement to pursue his studio work full-time. Since 1988, he has exhibited steadily in museums and galleries. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Organized and circulated by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

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