September 21, 2017 – October 29, 2017
Vernissage: Thursday September 21, 2017, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Ottawa School of Art is proud to present the work of Diploma Student:
The Ottawa School of Art presents new works by Diploma Student Roger Sutcliffe. Nepean based artist Roger Sutcliffe was born in the UK. He holds a BSc and PhD (Organic Chemistry) from University College London (UK) and has completed several courses and workshops at Fleming College (Haliburton Campus). He is currently completing the 3 year Fine Arts Diploma program at the Ottawa School of Art. In 2016 Roger was awarded the David and Nicole Henderson Fine Arts Scholarship.
Roger has worked for many years as a realistic painter but in the past few years has turned to abstract and non-objective painting. He has also added printmaking to his artistic medium repertoire. His new abstract paintings are vibrant and bold with rich layers of colour, line, and shape; creating a sense of movement in and out of the reference frame.
In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions, Rogers work hangs in several private collections: in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, England, Holland, and Germany.
“The paintings presented in “Crossroads” are from a body of work that reflects my evolution as an abstract painter… The compositions display my interest in design and colour theory, and the interplay of the key elements of line, shape, colour, value, and surface.” – Roger Sutcliffe, Artist
Roger Sutcliffe is a Nepean-based painter and printmaker, educated originally as a research scientist with a BSc and PhD (Organic Chemistry) from University College London (UK). He is presently a full-time student in the Fine Arts Diploma Program at the Ottawa School of Art. In addition, he has completed credit courses and workshops at Fleming College (Haliburton Campus).
He has painted for over 15 years and more recently added printmaking to his artistic practice. Originally, Roger worked in oils, painting portraits, figures, and landscapes. In addition, he worked en plein air for several years. His work has evolved substantially over the last few years as he has explored abstract and non-objective painting, with encouragement from John Leonard, RCA.
Roger was awarded the David and Nicole Henderson Scholarship (2016) from the Ottawa School of Art.
He exhibits his work frequently in solo, juried, and group shows, and touring exhibitions. Solo shows include Old Chelsea PQ (2014), Toronto ON (2015), Ottawa ON (2016, 2017), and Montreal (2017). His work was included in the Progressions 3, 4 and 6 exhibits at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, and included in “Progressions VI" - Ontario Travelling Exhibition (2017) and "Paper Chase - 50 over 150" - Haliburton School of Art + Design, Works on Paper Travelling Show (2017-2018).
For more information and a full listing of exhibitions please visit: www.rogersutcliffe.ca
Ultimately, I am inspired by the processes and end results of creating works of art. My earliest paintings were in oils and essentially realistic. After switching to acrylic media, my painting over the last four years has evolved to abstract. My influences include David Bomberg, Ben Nicholson, Lyubov Popova, Alexander Rodchenko, and Jack Bush. Inspired by Anthony Whishaw, I frequently work simultaneously on different kinds of works so that groups of subject matter co-exist, growing, and changing over time. Although, I had experimented through the years with a range of styles and materials, the use and interplay of colour, surface, and light have always been present.
The paintings presented in “Crossroads” are from a body of work that reflects my evolution as an abstract painter. They reflect the influences and ideas that stimulate, or engage me. Patterns, symbols, and gestures emerge from my experience, subconscious, or imagination. Paintings are developed frequently in a multi-layered process, which may include addition and removal processes. The compositions display my interest in design and colour theory, and the interplay of the key elements of line, shape, colour, value, and surface. Increasing, they include geometric shapes and lines that overlap, intersect and extend out of the reference frame, and with the use of strong colour, create movement. The works capture my response to my physical, intellectual, and emotional environment.
Works in private collections:
Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, England, Holland and Germany.
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