Process of Becoming
Acrylic on paper
Part of the TOM’s Canadian Spirit 2012-2017 Offsite Public Art Program
Throughout his long career, Canadian painter Alan Glicksman has developed a highly expressive visual vocabulary to describe immediate instincts and raw states of being. Glicksman combines an Abstract Expressionist sensibility with a highly graphic language – one that is almost hieroglyphic. There is an immediacy to his powerful imagery and bold use of colours that draws us in, inviting us to recognize universal archetypes about the human condition – and ourselves. Glicksman says, “we all carry illusions around like excess baggage. It is not necessary, yet it is socially expected. Letting go of illusions and discovering what is original and real isn’t easy. These paintings search for the simple thing that is underneath.”
The artist’s spiritual roots become the subjects of his extended picture-making activity, as he probes the mysteries of being human. Like performances of sacred rituals and celebrations, the work is blunt and personal, a product of the artist’s manic fertility.
Alan Glicksman is a celebrated Canadian artist who has been hailed for his fresh and original approach, powerful palette of spellbinding colours and for capturing the spirit of what he is experiencing. Glicksman studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and in residence at OCAD’s off-campus studio in New York City, at the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto.
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