Bourke, Jim

  • Home:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Title:
    Self-portrait #4
  • Media:
    Encaustic and Wolfe’s carbon pencil on paper / encaustique, crayon de charbon Wolfe et papier
  • Dimensions:
    76 x 56 cm
  • Website:

My initial impulse was to create a series of self-portraits. I have been looking in the mirror and saw the effects of both gravity and time in my face. I found myself gently adjusting the skin to remember a younger self, and became fascinated with those unconscious gestures.

I included my hands in the portraits stretching, squeezing, pulling and hiding various parts of my face. Distorting my features in a parody of the contemporary compulsion to surgically alter one’s appearance.

My hands in the images began to define the attitude of the portrait.  The placement of the hands undermined the intent of the self-portrait by hiding the parts of the face that give expression to those emotions and characteristics. Concealing the mouth, covering the eyes, framing the face, plugging the ears are all gestures which alter physically how I see myself and how that self is presented to the public.

EDUCATION:

1995

Computer Animation. Sheridan College, Oakville


1974-78

Fine Arts – A.O.C.A.. Ontario College of Art, Toronto


1971-73

Fine Arts, York University. Toronto


EXHIBITIONS:

2007

Best of 2006 Artists, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto


2006

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, City Halll (Honourable Mention), Toronto


2005

Discovery 2005, Korean Consulate, Toronto


2005

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, City Hall, Toronto


2004

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, City Hall, Toronto


2003

40th Anniversary of Korean Consulate, Korean Consulate, Toronto


2002

Celebration of the Arts (Juried Competition), Art Gallery of Uxbridge, Uxbridge


2001

Juried Show (Second in Show),  Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga


2000

Arts 2000, Royal Can. Academy of Arts Stratford


1998

Annual Arts Competition (Finalist), Canadian Artist and Producers, Ottawa


1998

Open Juried Competition (Second in Show), Grimsby Art Gallery, Grimsby


1996

Amnesty International Auction, CBC Atrium, Toronto


1996

Paper Back, Paper Bound (Juried Show), Uof T  Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga


1996

Open Juried Exhibition ( First in Show), John B. Aird Gallery  (OSA), Toronto


1995

Open Juried Exhibition ( First in Show), John B. .Aird Gallery (OSA), Toronto


1995

Yoo Kyung International, Yoo Kyung Gallery, Seoul, Korea


1992

Round Up, AGO (Activity Centre), Toronto


REVIEWS:

2006

Later That Same Day (TOAE  Exhibition ), CBC Radio, Toronto


1992

Later That Same Day, CBC Radio   Toronto, “Round Up Review”, Christopher Hume


1992

Wonder Struck, CBC TV Bob McDonald, Toronto


JURIES:

2005

Being Scene 2005, Workman theatre Project, Toronto


RELATED EXPERIENCE:

1991 –
present

Exhibit Designer, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

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