With the start of a new year, we are pleased to introduce 3 artists that have recently joined our gallery: stone sculptor Chaka Chikodzi, oil painters Vadim Dolgov and Brian Wyers. We are currently featuring their work in our “NEW” exhibition that will run until for the month of January. We are also including some new studio work from our other artists.
Our first artist is oil painter Vadim Dolgov. Born in Russia in 1962, he graduated from the Art Academy of Orenburg in 1986. He achieved early success when his work was sold at Drouot Auction House in Paris in 1991. In 1997 Vadim was invited to join a group of artists on an inspirational tour to India. As a result of this tour, his painting was included in an exhibition at the Russian state museum, Tretyakovskaya Gallery in Moscow. In 1998 he moved to Canada and since then, his landscape paintings have been exhibited throughout the world garnering 8 major American Oil Painting Awards.
Brian Wyer studied Architecture atRyerson, with the honour of having his renderings displayed at trade shows to represent the school. In 1987, Brian showed the 65 faux finishing and s
pecialty paint techniques he had learned at the Day Studio of California for the International Interior Design Exposition at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. An immediate success, he went on to specialty paint finish some of Toronto’s most famous landmark buildings. To this day, he retains a reputation of diverse abilities, design skills, and colour acuity. His first public art showing was at the Toronto Art Expo in 2005, where he received tremendous accolades and invitations to show his large scale, floral oil paintings in Canadian and U.S. galleries.
Finally, Chaka Chikodzi is a stone sculptor born in Zimbabwe. As an arts educator and activist, Chaka has developed a youth immersive arts’ programming that has received support from the Ontario Arts Council for seven consecutive years. The “Out of the City,” the program is for new Canadian and immigrant youth that fosters cross-cultural exchange and encourages young people to build relationships through interdisciplinary arts exercises and stone sculpting. He describes his own work as a “survival technique and a form of translation”, citing black experience as central to his expression. His current sculpting project explores the nexus between geological time and human memory that facilitates his conversation with the stone. He has just returned to Africa to begin a residency at a bronze foundry in Cape Town.