Artworks by Grace Dam
Sex Love Lies (September 6, 2018 - September 29, 2018)
The Artist Unmasked (September 8 - October 1, 2016)
O Canada: for Canada's 150th (July 2017)
SEX LOVE LIES
artworks by GRACE DAM
EXHIBITION DATES September 6 to September 29, 2018
One of the most complex things in our life is the interaction or connection to others around us. Something we can observe but never quite control. My portraits or figurative works reflect certain aspects of the complication in the communication between human beings. In relationships: intimate, casual, family or simply just strangers. I mostly use oil as the medium to capture these precious gestures and innuendoes.
Certain looks, even a smile or a passing raising of the eye brows can imprint in our memory that precise moment like a never fading recorded tape.
Body language, the second way of communication. The unspoken, silent signs. They are more potent, longer lasting and much more interesting to receive. Art is a form of silent language which I certainly hope to convey. Oil is long lasting, the medium is the message.
Biography & CV
I am a Toronto based artist and a proud Canadian. Committing fully to the art, I gave up my professional career in Finance to pursue art full time to study at OCADU. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2018.
Art has been a lifelong passion, it allows me to express my view, feelings and emotions. It is where our mind wanders, where dreams are embraced and journeys form. It has been with me through each day, it is a gift that I feel so fortunate to receive. My works are mostly in oil, a medium I fell in love with initially, now my works also include acrylic and other media.
My career in finance solidified my thought process, it allows new horizons and adds angles that art and creativity sometimes overlook. It helps me see things differently and stabilizes what is ideal and meaningful. My arts often reflect the complexity of life, the challenges in relationships and the connections with the earth and the sky.
IMAGE: THE BLACKBERRY by Grace Dam 48” x 60” oil on canvas
First of three in the series Silent/Body Language. Ambiguity. In this canvas two perspectives are placed in a most unexpected union. The moment is always fleeting, yet here it is distilled. No words are needed but if so, there is that BlackBerry
FORDHAM PR blog for SEX LOVE LIES: URBAN GALLERY HOSTS OPENING RECEPTION FOR GRACE DAM’s SOLO SHOW “SEX LOVE LIES”
See Grace's work on her website: gracedam.com
ARToronto's website: artoronto.ca
Aug 10-12, 2018, Art Walk in the Square, outdoor group show, Artists Network, Toronto, ON
Mar-April 2018, Open Int’l Juried Online ExhibitionSociety of Canadian Artists.
Sept-Nov 2017, Carmichael Canadian Landscape, group show, Orillia Museum, Orillia, ON
July 2017, O Canada, group show, Urban Gallery, Toronto ON
May 2017, GradEx Ocadu, Toronto ON
Mar 2017, Festival of the Body, Ocadu, Toronto ON
Dec 2016, Art Square Gallery Group Show (II), Toronto, ON
Dec 2016, Bows ArtArtists’ Network Group Show, Toronto ON
Nov 2016, Art Square Gallery Group Show (I), Toronto ON
Nov 2016, Artists’ Network Group show, Art Square Gallery, Toronto ON
Sept-Nov 2016, Canadian LandscapeOrillia Museum of Art and History, juried competition
Sept 2016, The Artist UnmaskedUrban Gallery solo show, Toronto ON
July 2016, Figuratively Speaking, Agora Gallery NYC, group show
Feb 2015, Ocadu group show, Toronto ON
May 19-June 9 2015, Contemporary PerspectivesAgora Gallery, group show, NYC
May 8-17 2013 Sensation, Avenue Road Art School,Toronto, ON
2012 Group show, Toronto School of Art, Toronto ON
See my work on www.gracedam.comor
THE ARTIST UNMASKED
artworks by GRACE DAM
September 8 - October 1, 2016
Grace Dam is a Toronto-based artist and proud Canadian, who gave up a career in finance to realize a lifelong passion for art. She works mostly in oils, but also uses acrylics and other media. Her art reflects the complexity of life, the challenge of relationships –and the connections between earth and sky.
“My approach combines figurative and abstract elements to explore the emotions and meaning inherent in my surroundings. My subject matter, sparked by the mood and politics of the day, is then researched and studied before I attempt to capture it on canvas. My message may appeal or it may provoke –my aim is to tempt the viewer to linger long enough to tease out the meaning.”
My art is detail even in abstract form. Combining a figurative approach with modern abstract elements, I explore the emotion and meaning of things around me. My subjects can be random as ideas and thoughts revealed themselves sometimes depending on the mood and politics of the day, each would be researched and studied thoroughly before attempted on to canvas and each carries some message or at least reflects something appealing or provocative. Art can be decorative but mine is more than just colours or casual fun. It is a labour of love and as such, the viewers if linger long enough will see the subtlety and meaning of the subjects.
Toronto’s URBAN GALLERY turned up the a/c for the launch of GRACE DAM‘s hot solo exhibition “The Artist Unmasked” which runs until October 1st. Family and friends turned out on the sultry Saturday afternoon to celebrate her show and sale of paintings that reflects the complexity of life, the challenge of relationships –and the connections between earth and sky.…..
read more here (with photos of the opening)