For the first time, we are presenting a two-day-only exhibition in Bayfield, ON featuring new nautical inspired paintings by James Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick has a strong history with Bayfield: “I grew up around boats and the great lakes. I have been sailing on Lake Huron since I was a kid and have been surfing the lakes off and on for several years now. My fathers old boat, maps, navigation tools, sails, flags, shapes, colours, environments and people I have met during these experiences and travels have always in some way been a part of my work. I am happy to have a chance to bring these influences to the forefront and focus on a more direct representation of these experiences in this new body of work. ”
Kirkpatrick is immersing himself in all things nautical including the International Code and re-interpreting them into a language uniquely his own for his exhibition in Bayfield.
The exhibition will be held at Kryart Studio, 24 Main Street (next to The Little Inn).
James Kirkpatrick is a multi-media artist, avant-guard hip-hop musician, inventor, designer, graffiti artist and collaborator. He is nothing but a perpetual creator and hard worker. Born in London, Ontario in 1977, James Kirkpatrick studied art at H.B. Beal Secondary School before receiving his BFA at Halifax’s Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2002.
He has exhibited his work extensively throughout the US and Canada including shows in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2009 Kirkpatrick was featured in the group show Pulp Fiction, which traveled from Museum London to the MOCCA in Toronto and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax. He was also featured in recent group shows Not Bad for London at Michael Gibson Gallery, L.O. Today at Museum London and Sculpting Sound at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia.
Kirkpatrick’s most recent solo exhibition Secret Base By the Lake at Western University’s McIntosh Gallery will be accompanied by a forthcoming exhibition catalogue with essays by curators Matthew Purvis, James Patten (McIntosh Gallery) & Rhiannon Vogl (National Gallery of Canada).
Also known for his participation in the early Canadian graffiti movement and as avant-garde hip-hop artist “Thesis Sahib”, Kirkpatrick works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, zines, mask-making and experimental sound improvisation. In recent years, his work has incorporated sculptural, kinetic and auditory elements.