May 4, 2024 - May 25, 2024

Brad Woodfin

Hold On (Gallery IV)

Opening Reception with the Artist(s): Saturday, May 4, 2024 6:00-10:00pm

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‘Hold On’
(Gallery IV)

A self-described fan of devotional art, the experience that Brad Woodfin creates with his new series of oil paintings in ‘Hold On’ is nothing short of poetic. Referencing moments in his own personal life, the works echo a state of melancholy and uncertainty. As the title of the show suggests, Woodfin is asking us all to hold on… to the memories that make life so fragile and magical.

His portraits of creatures, rendered carefully on a rich dark background, evoke the portraits from the Dutch Golden Age. The posture of his subjects and his use of light combine to bestow each species with an almost religious reverence. With reverence for his subjects, Brad favours expression and mood over academic documentation.

About Brad Woodfin:
Brad Woodfin was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1970. He studied printmaking and painting at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington before moving to Canada in 2008. Known for his uncanny ability to capture the essential spirit beyond his exquisitely executed fauna portraits, his oil paintings are thoughtful compositions of opposites: light and dark, tight and loose, motion and stillness, life and death.

Woodfin’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions across North America including: New York, Vancouver, Calgary, Seattle, and San Francisco as well as international group exhibitions and art fairs in London, Miami, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. In 2012, he was shortlisted for the prestigious Young Masters Art Prize (London, UK), which celebrates artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past. He currently lives and works in Montréal.