What makes The ARTS Project unique in London?
Artists working in their own studios in a downtown, urban environment; influenced by the space around them and then creating works of art that reflect their experiences…
Resident Artist, Studio 2B
Adam Giroux is a self-taught artist who explores the boundaries of identity and the obsession with self-improvement. The dark renderings of cryptic characters and haunting self portraits of his recent exhibition, Callow, elaborate on the themes of restraint and growth to highlight this critical moment in his career.
Resident Artist, Studio 2D
Angie Quick is a self-taught artist. She was previously a resident here at the ARTS Project and is thrilled to be back once again. She has had three solo shows at The ARTS Project: Ekstasis, Why We Pray Alone, and Gold Satisfaction. She creates visions of life through imbibed eyes, spilling out a body of work consisting in large oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, and painted vessels. Her works deal in an encyclopedia of symbolism, that is, beautiful women, an excess of flora, fabric, and a good deal of coupling. A central subject in her art is religiosity and ecstasy. She highlights moments of aspiration; representing the ascendancy of spirit. Angie Quick was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1989. She moved to Ontario in 2007. In 2010 Angie studied glass at the Haliburton School of Arts, Flemming College.
For more info see Angie’s website: www.angievquick.com
Resident Artist, Studio 2E
Saturday Night, The Look, Elm Street, Interview… these are just a few of the publication credits for the photographs of Rob Nelson. Living wherever the work takes him, Rob has spent time in New York, Montreal, Toronto, and everywhere in between in order to shoot notable faces such as Karen Kain, Prince Andrew, and musicians Basia Bulat and Olenka Krakus.
As a second generation photographer, Rob entered the darkroom at age eight and never looked back.
For more information on Rob, visit his site: robnelsonphotography.com
Resident Artist, Studio 2F
Born to Slovak immigrants to Canada, I had an initial background in research biochemistry, followed by a medical degree and internship in cardiovascular surgery. A subsequent residency in psychiatry lead to an initial career in a private practice in the field. Due to tragic life circumstances, I re-awakened interest in fine art and acquired an Honours Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with distinction at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. I completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Bathspa University in the U.K. and returned to Canada to take courses in Art Gallery and Museum Management. I recently completed a diploma program in the Arts Management program with distinction at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Also I recently completed a short term contract job as partnership assistant at Museum London in London, Ontario, Canada. I have been taking a number of courses in sculpture and invested time studying bronze casting. I am continuing my studies in psychiatry in the ATPPP course offered in Toronto. For more info see: www.stefanandrejicka.com
Resident Artist, Studio 2G
Amanda Van Gelder is originally from Wallaceburg, Ontario. She studied Fine Arts at
Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario and is currently working in London, Ontario.
Amandaʼs work covers a plethora of interests including: the connection between art and music and the possibilities of induced synesthesia, the ethereal and the presence of oneʼs soul; depictions of sexual violence and the psychological responses of both victim and victimizer; and the portrayal of internal demons caused by mental illness.
Amandaʼs most recent show “DEBAUTCHED; to years of discretion”, a collaboration
between herself and her sister, Megan Van Gelder, was showcased at the Wallaceburg
Museum. She has also exhibited in North Bay, Callander and Chatham.
Resident Artist, Studio 3A
The earliest visual influences on the artist’s work were l’Art Brut, l’Art Informel and Matter paintings, as well as certain aspects of North American Abstract Expressionism – most particularly as reflected in Cy Twombly’s works. Additionally, his visual art has been informed by extensive studies in 20th Century music. The compositions of Anton Webern, Edgard Varese, Milton Babbitt and Denis Smalley remain seminal artistic influences. Peter is a specialist in audio synthesis and signal processing, and considers painting and sound design as facets of a single artistic vision.
In addition to his artistic activities, he is one of three Executive Directors at the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, where he lectures in sound design, audio synthesis and the artistic application of digital technology for both sound and image. He has used Photoshop as a paint program since 1994, creating over 800 digital paintings by applying signal processing techniques for imagery in a manner very similar to their application for sound. According to the artist, each of his works represents some aspect of temporal perception, or the sensing of temporal perception. The works are “remembered forms” drawn from his imagination.
His art is in private collections throughout North America and Europe.
Resident Artist, Studio 3B
Craig Guthrie was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. Early on Craig felt connected to nature, spending countless summers of his childhood fishing with his father around Georgian Bay and the Kawartha lakes.
Following four years of study in the the University of Windsor’s Fine Arts Acting program, Craig stepped behind the scenes and into the world of set design and scenic art. This path lead Craig to many scene shops throughout Ontario, including those in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Hamilton, Grand Bend, Stratford, and Toronto.
The last decade has been spent in the Forest City of London, Ontario which Craig, his husband Richard, and their cats Tina and Doug all call home.
Resident Artist, Studio 3C
Jessica Kliza has been drawing since she was a child. Studying art through high school and then for 3 years at BealArt, Jessica worked in a variety of different studios including ceramics, animation, film, art history, drawing, commercial design, and in her final year specializing in photography and painting full time. She then studied photography at Ryerson University in Toronto for 4 years, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts and is now living again in her home town of London Ontario, pursuing her passion for both art and music.