A mom and son present their joyful work collectively

A mom and son present their joyful work collectively

“I believe artwork needs to be one thing that individuals can smile and chortle at,” Gord Bond says. “One thing to make folks completely satisfied.”

A drummer in addition to a visible artist, Gord finally selected to totally embrace portray.

“My mom is a painter and we’d spend numerous our free time whereas rising up drawing characters and scenes at our cottage on Georgian Bay.”

Gord and his mom, Kathy, are exhibiting collectively in Entwined Inspirations, an exhibition of joyful work on the Carnegie Gallery. Gord presents flower work, Kathy principally landscapes. Each artists have tackled different topics. And each admire what the opposite is doing.

“Gord has impressed me a lot along with his distinctive views on portray. He comes at it with a unique mindset and is so fearless in his strategy,” Kathy tells me. “I’d should say he additionally conjures up me in life along with his power and bravado.”

Gord’s fashion is large and daring, his titles offbeat. In a giant oil like “The cardboard reads: Sorry I goofed up,” Gord locations flowers in a pink vase on a blue desk. He leaves the background darkish, focusing all consideration on the blooms within the foreground.

A mom and son present their joyful work collectively

Barely managed power reigns. Some flowers droop and level downward. Others transfer upward, each vertically and diagonally. And Gord’s vibrant brush strokes enclose some shapes and break up others. The occasional drips of paint remind us we’re a portray, not a mimetic picture.

“These work are painted utterly from creativeness,” he says. “To me the flowers are much less about flowers and extra about piecing collectively fascinating kinds and colors.

Gord Bond, "My son picked these flowers from my neighbour," oil on canvas, $2,000.

“I are likely to strategy my work from the attitude of an summary painter the place my best curiosity is within the paint itself. I like shifting round paint and creating fascinating compositions.”

One other bouquet of various flowers takes centre stage in “My son picked these flowers from my neighbour.” Vibrant shapes painted in gestural strokes encompass the blooms.

“Throughout the winter I at all times really feel a pull towards portray flowers as a result of they brighten up the studio and remind me spring is across the nook,” Gord explains. “I often paint massive faces and each on occasion I want to change issues up.”

In a smaller piece like “Is that this a weed or a flower?” Gord lets one bloom dominate. He builds up his paint in closely textured strokes that transfer to and from a wealthy crimson centre.

Gord Bond, "Is this a weed or a flower?," oil on canvas, $400.

Gord says his mom has been an enormous affect.

“If she wanted to make a card for a birthday, it was an elaborate stunning drawing, or if she wanted to put in writing down instructions someplace there was at all times an in depth drawing included.

“When my brother and I have been youthful, she painted our bed room. It ended up being this utterly over-the-top mural of a fortress the place every degree of our bunk mattress had a window out of the fortress.”

Kathy, like her son, has been making artwork without end, having labored as a graphic artist, a muralist and a panorama painter. Her latest landscapes are sunny and serene.

Kathy Bond, "The Road to Killbear," oil on panel, $2,900.

Bushes flank a slender highway resulting in a blue strip of lake in “The Street to Killbear.” The sky is large, painted in 4 ranges in several colors. Bits of orange sprinkled about are an impressed contact. Whereas Gord opts for dynamic traces and apparent brush strokes, Kathy builds up her landscapes with soft-edged shapes that verge on the geometric.

In “The Gardener’s Home,” she paints the grass and evergreens as a group of patches that complement the form of the home.

Kathy Bond, "The Gardener's House," oil on panel, $1,300.

“My curiosity in portray landscapes has shifted over the previous few years. At present I’m looking for one thing that may give me compelling compositions, fascinating form relationships, and robust lights and darks,” Kathy says.

“Prior to now I had a extra romantic strategy to portray the panorama. Particulars and a consultant interpretation have now given strategy to extra abstraction.”

Each mom and son want to paint collectively extra usually.

“We now have simply completed a brand new studio on the cottage, so hopefully that may provoke some enjoyable collaborations and portray time collectively,” Kathy says.


Regina Haggo, artwork historian, public speaker, curator, YouTube video maker and former professor on the College of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Gord Bond and Kathy Bond

What: Entwined Inspirations

The place: Carnegie Gallery, 10 King St. W., Dundas

When: till March 29

Telephone: 905-627-4265

Artists’ tour: Sunday, March 19, 1 to 2 p.m.


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