With Gordon Shadrach’s latest exhibition at United Contemporary Gallery, Trade, the artist continues to explore Black masculinity and speak to the present, while referencing the important legacies of Black Canadian history.
Daej Hamilton knew she wanted to be an inventor at 8 years old. By 12, inspired by her mother who was studying interior design at the time, the desire to create segued into a career interest in woodworking.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Dawley) Perhaps more so than any other sport, figure skating embodies the balance between athleticism and artistry. That marriage is part of the reason watching sports is so compelling.
Those attributes also perfectly personify Canadian figure skater Elladj Baldé.
“I am a young man trying to find my way, navigate this world, and leave a legacy. I'm trying to leave my mark, which happens to be my first name, using art, which is the word that forms with the last three letters of my last name. I’m trying to make a mark with my art, and that’s who I am.”
To commemorate Black History Month, the combination photography and illustration art exhibit 143 (I Love You) Sponsored by TD launches inside Toronto's Union Station on Thursday, February 6th at 7:00 pm and runs until March 28th.
Gordon Shadrach is a portrait artist, Grade 2 teacher, and public speaker. His work has shown at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to name a few. As a self-taught painter, it’s even more impressive that he’s been selected by OCAD University as a lecturer at its How We Paint series. Prior to that engagement, ByBlacks spoke to the artist about the themes he explores through his art, the challenges of breaking through institutional barriers as an emerging artist at age 53, and what he most hopes to impart in his upcoming talk at the university.