Graham Gillmore Uses Words as Symbols and Creative Images

 - Mar 13, 2009
References: mikeweissgallery & monteclarkgallery
Canadian artist Graham Gillmore paints stylistically cohesive pieces that combine several seemingly chaotic elements such as the use of language as a visible record and the vast subject of the human condition. To the artist, human relationships inevitably come with strange contradictions and dilemmas: to engage in the social world is to live in constant anxiety. It is then appropriate that the works are intuitively built up from fragments of personal and public confessions to resemble the scattered pages of an autobiography literally using strewn pages of private records and quotes from personal admissions.

It is a brave act on behalf of the artist to use himself as a stand-in for the collective experience of society living in the twenty-first century and to use his experience to truly explore the dichotomy between how we perceive ourselves and how we appear to the rest of the world.

Born in Vancouver, BC, Graham Gillmore studied at Emily Carr College of Art and Design. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in cities such as New York, Toronto, Mexico City and Milan.  Graham Gillmore was included in the exhibition Learn to Read at the Tate Modern in London and has works in various permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The artist has received a positive media response throughout his career; he has been featured by several publications such as Contemporary Magazine, Canadian Art and Artforum. Graham Gillmore currently lives and works in New York, NY and Winlaw, BC.