Using a restricted pallet of black and white, I paint large-scale portraits of those who surround me. Painting my peers allows me to create pseudo self-portraits over and over again. Anxieties, trepidations and doubts found within myself are explored through the faces of my subjects. In the act of photographing and selecting an image, I project myself upon the often-haunting gazes of my friends, family and acquaintances. The paintings are a somber presage of what’s next while serving to highlight the importance of acknowledging right now.
Charles Bierk (b. 1987) is a Toronto based painter. Having recently exhibited his first solo show at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, he is currently exploring a new body of work in his studio. Bierk’s work has been collected across North America and is featured in several private and public collections, including four paintings at the Ivy School of Business in London Ontario.