Ian MacLeod “Composition #435 (Epiphany)” Acrylic, latex and varathane on canvas 36″ x 36″
My Epiphany Series on Paper and on Canvas: I have come to realize, or see in some abstracted manner, my new series of paintings are a reflection of my life. I was given up at birth and adopted by loving parents (my parents). Even after their deaths I never wanted to search out my birth parents because it felt like a betrayal. This conflict shows up in my art in the fragmented and broken patterns that are sometimes incomplete and unresolved. Now in my 70’s, I see that not only my current work, but all my art has undertones of this somewhat separated life and loss of self. Everything I’ve done, the way I connect or don’t connect with people, places and things are all there to keep me safe and from being lost. The art shows me this - I don’t believe I saw it until I read something written by an artist friend about himself for an exhibition I curated in 2017. His words, filled with emotion and honesty opened something in me and I will be forever grateful. And here I thought I was just throwing paint.
Before moving to the Sunshine Coast (where I paint full time), I worked as an illustrator,
graphic designer, exhibit designer and art director in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa,
Ontario; and Vancouver, British Columbia for over 30 years. During this time I was
fortunate to have been part of some extremely interesting and fulﬁlling design
projects for a vast range of clients - Federal Government, National Arts Centre,
Manitoba Theatre Centre, Habitat (UN conference on Human Settlements), Canada
Post, Expo 86, Equity magazine, Simon Fraser University, BC Business magazine, the
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.
In each endeavor I worked as part of a team.