Michael J.B. Black
Michael J.B. Black graduated from the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU) in 1984, and holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto. Michael has shown his work in Toronto, Hamilton, Charlottetown, Creemore, Thornhill and Peterborough. His work is held in several private collections. Michael lives with his Wife in Durham Region.
Artist Statement: Informed by a late Modern interpretation of abstraction, my current practice involves working with abstract interpretations of landscape as well as abstraction in other forms. At the moment, I am working through a series of abstractions called Remnants. This series is a response to museum trips in Europe and at home, where artifacts of cultural veneration are preserved representing our fractured connection with the past. The gaps and missing pieces of such objects are what I find most evocative in terms of their narrative. In each case, I have tried to balance the pre-planned with the immediacy of the painting process itself, so that the images created are able to utilize abstraction’s ability to convey universal themes as well as variations in interpretation.