Artist 2 Artist Lecture

Today I was able to attend the first Artist 2 Artist Lecture at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre. I had the pleasure of listening to 3 artists: Walter Redinger, Ron Kingswood, and Al Sugerman.

Walter Redinger – began his professional art training at Beal Technical School in London, followed by education from the Ontario College of Art (now called OCAD) in Toronto and then the Miensinger School of Art in Detroit Michigan (was awarded for drawing excellence).

Being an active sculptor for more than 40 years, Walter Redinger is best known for his large, controversial, organic fibreglass sculptures and fearless drawing.

Redinger began his career with the legendary art dealer, Avrom Isaacs, who represented Walter with numerous one man shows. Redinger continued exhibiting internationally in New York, Italy and France to name a few. His work has been purchased by many well respected museums and collectors.

One of Walter’s most proudest accomplishments was being chosen to represent his country at the 1972 Venice Biennale.

Living with Parkinson’s and having survived Cancer, Walter continues to work relentlessly. Contributing to his subject matter, these diseases have inspired him to work harder and produce more art, as seen in the current year.

Recently, Walter has been exhibiting in New York City with the Mitchell Algus Art Gallery and the Michael Gibson Gallery.

Al Sugerman

Artist’s Statement:
By combining a unified set of photographs, or a collision of photographs, I am attempting to show an estrangement between man/woman and his/her surroundings, other people, and time itself.

 

 

 

Ron Kinsgwood is a painter who has been making fine art for decades. As a youth, Kingswood was enamored with the work of Don Eckleberry, famed illustrator for Audubon magazine. In art school and after, Kingswood was heavily influenced by fellow Canadian, Robert Bateman. During this era, Kingswood was painting in a tight, highly realistic fashion, and achieving a great deal of commercial success. However, commercial success did not leave him spiritually fulfilled. By the mid-eighties, Kingswood felt a change was necessary; he began to pare down the detail in his work and to paint in a more expressive and impressionistic fashion. As the detail in his paintings grew looser, the canvases grew larger.

The STEPAC presented a conversation between the participating artists. The Artist shared stories and insights about their careers, inspiration, as well as welcoming participation and questions from the audience.

For the first event, it proves that art matters, and that the people who showed engaged the artists, and hope that this turns into a regular event. Thank you again to the three artists and to Sherri Howard & Laura Woermke for making this happen.

The event was photographed and filmed by Wendy Saby & Dennis Siren of Saby Siren Productions. This slideshow was taken by myself.

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