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 Charles Gibbons  (1957 - )

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Lived/Active: Quebec / Canada      Known for: abstract

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Charles Gibbons (b. 1957) is an abstract painter from Toronto, Canada whose
work has developed steadily for some 25 years. Gibbons subscribes to the movement of self-styled independent painters who reject many of the prevalent trends in contemporary art such as cultural criticism and questioning of gender and identity. Painters who work with a confidence merely in the value and autonomy of aesthetic experience, and they are not afraid to explore their own souls. Gibbons, like the others in the movement, uses custom-made acrylics, reflective paints and advanced gels.

His paintings belong to the tradition of all over painting, with roots in the analytical cubism of Picasso and Braque, and more recently with Jackson Pollock, Jules Olitski, and the Larry Poons of the '70s and '80s. They offer a kind of disheveled cubism; as though the elements of painting, brush strokes, scrapes, and spatters -- had somehow collapsed into place, but their structure remains firmly in place, like a natural stonewall.

His formats consist primarily of traditional squarish rectangles (which tend to be somewhat cubist in orientation) and long, horizontal rectangles. In the first, the horizontal and vertical coordinates tend to imply a grid upon which the painting falls into place. In the second, the rectangle itself maintains surface tension, allowing a more casual organization, often exploiting a repeated diagonal motif. Despite these general characteristics, each of Gibbons' paintings insists and succeeds on its own terms. Charles Gibbons was born in Montreal, Quebec, and now lives in Toronto,
Ontario. He has earned degrees in architecture, philosophy, art and business.

Pierre Charbonneau

Member of Visual Arts Ontario

1993 Current Works - American Institute of Building Design Award & Exhibition, Phoenix, Arizona.
1983 Cecil Burgess Scott Design Award & Exhibition of Sketches relating to award, Calgary, Alberta.
1982 Reflection - St.John College Gallery, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2003 Transitory - Junction Arts Festival. Toronto, Ontario.
2002 Organic Geometry - Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, Ontario.
2001 Mind Space - Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, Ontario.
1984 Calgary Winter Olympic Housing Mural, Rundle Hall, Calgary, Alberta.
1983 Mezzanine Gallery, University Theatre, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.
1981 Geometries - John A. Russell Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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