Gretta Gibney • The Artist's Life (Series 2)

Gretta Gibney • The Artists Life (Series 2)

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Part of The Artist's Life series

Gretta Gibney is a Toronto portrait and collage artist who focuses her work on the effects of mass media. She is fascinated that even with thousands of images flashing before our eyes, we are still able to retain certain images and discard others. She relates these images back to us, freeze-framing them and providing another way to ponder their meaning. One way she does this is by isolating the peripheries and backgrounds in contemporary fashion magazines and bringing those elements into the foreground.

At work on portraits in her studio and attending a gallery opening of her paintings, she discusses the loneliness of an artist's routine, the stigma attached to painters working from photos, and her use of collage to develop ideas for paintings. One of the finest portrait artists working today, she shares her source material, detail sketches and paintings-in-progress.


Titles included in this series:

Harold Klunder
Badanna Zack
Jeff Winch
Sarah Jane Gorlitz
Peter Rotter
Kathy Vatcher
Ian Lazarus
Tim Whiten
Claire Weissman Wilks
David Urban
Paul Roorda
Karen Azoulay

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