Short Biography of Andy Gifford
Worked with Island Displays on mobile murals for Terrifvic Jazz Festival.
Joined four artists in the studios of 'The Duck Building' on Broad Street'.
Made a Series based on an exploration of the artists studios in the upper
parts of heritage buildings strewn throughout Victoria.
Ventured around Temples in Java, Indonesia with mind expanding realizations from the different civilizations that inhabited this area.
Explored the alleyways in Oak Bay and found the many different types of
birdhouses displayed triggered a 'Canadiana response' and focused on our
heritage as a shout out to our collective conscience.
Stayed in a wilderness cabin on the edge of the Yukon Territories to explore weather, and varying conditions that setup adverse environments and heroic responses to those conditions.
Explanation of New Art Series for
Andy Gifford: Canadian Yukon Art
These art works have provided me with much inspiration and excitement. I have loosely connected my thoughts, as I travelled from the land to the animals in my mind, and within the physical geography of my travels. Canadian Wildlife Art, Yukon Northern Experience.
This series is based on my visit to Yukon in 2010, this series, Canadian Yukon Art's images are based on my stay in a rustic cabin in the woods and various trips around the area, including Whitehorse.
I came to the conclusion that animals, and other mammals face environmental obstacles and that the communication they expressed was what interested me. This is what I have tried to capture in my art. Canadian Wildlife Art, Yukon Northern Experience.
Some of the elements in the pictorial language, such as the three circles have to do with the optics in the northern hemisphere and how they appear, either through illusion, or for a short period of time during the day that expresses an other worldly effect. Canadian Wildlife Art, Yukon Northern Experience.
Recycled materials create ridges to add an unknown element that can create unusual effects such as furrows in drapery or wet blotches on the wall that appear as images.
Driving snow, rain and storm-like conditions create a feeling of adversity. Canadian Wildlife Art, Yukon Northern Experience are part of the every day experience in Canada's north. My pictures portray an interpretation of the extreme weather conditions not only in the north but elsewhere today. While painting these works this same feeling has been a part of my inner landscape.