Alfred J. Kwack
Acrylic on canvas
Acrylic on canvas - 48”x60”, 2014
It is a critical and exciting time to be an artist. In an era of mass consumption, poverty, pollution and war, it's difficult to avoid being alarmed by the abundance of negativity and hopelessness that surrounds us.
My work explores some of these issues, specifically our destruction and exploitation of the natural environment. As our population grows, so does our consumption as a species with increasing pressure to meet quotas and profits. Humans are driving deeper and deeper into the wilderness. My latest paintings discuss this pressure we are putting on the natural environment and the adaptation that the animal kingdom is forced to undergo.
Using modern surfaces such as major road ways to emphasize our global footprint, I have managed to capture the density within our city life. Laying my canvas on the road I capture physical traces of climate affecting technologies “tire tracks” to which I use as a landscape for my animal compositions.
Daniel St- Amant was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec. In 2000 he received his Diploma of College Studies(D.E.C) of Fine Arts in painting and graphic design, from Champlain College in Lennoxville, Quebec. In 2005 he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from the esteemed Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). In 2009 Daniel successfully completed a graduate diploma from Seneca at York University in Visual Effects for film and television. Combined with his fine art knowledge and strong design and technical skills he currently works as a visual artist and VFX artist at one of the top feature film studios in Toronto.
Daniel is collected both nationally and internationally and has been featured in a variety of cultural art and news publications. He has also received multiple VFX credits on Hollywood features for his digital paintings and compositing work. In 2015 Daniel was invited to participate in The Golden Encore artist residency at Algonquin Park.
Daniels use of modern roadways emphasizes our global footprint by capturing tire tracks from climate affecting technologies.The distinct markings of tire tracks creates his backdrop to which he paints his animal portraits. This unique process is helping him create a reputation in the art world.