Bayne, Michael | 2011 Winner

  • Home:
    Kingston, Ontario
  • Title:
    Orange Grandma
  • Media:
    Oil on wood panel / huile sur panneau de bois
  • Dimensions:
    15 x 10 cm
  • Website:

Thematically, my work has typically focused on representing post-Second World War suburban sprawl and though different in subject, my portraits, like ‘Orange Grandma’, continue my artistic aims. Just as my ‘landscape’ paintings depict spaces initially seeming too banal, bland or marginal within the context of the centuries old oil painting tradition, so too do my portraits depict certain types of people (friends, family, neighbours) in a context historically reserved for nobility, royalty or the religiously, economically or politically powerful. While I wouldn’t describe the subjects of my portraits as banal or bland or even ordinary, I like the idea of placing someone of personal importance into a public and historical context.

Stylistically, I have no desire to glorify or idealize my chosen subjects. While historically the portrait may have attempted to heroicize the sitter, I favour the frankness of style more common to the passport or drivers license photograph. Snapshot like in its lack of ornamentation and poetry, its formulation has a certain minimal, studied beauty.

Theoretically, the combination of the disposable snapshot like i.d. photo with the preciousness of the oil painting tradition raises questions like whether labour imparts value and what it means when the end product of a labour intensive craft has the look of a mass-produced object.

2011 Winner

EDUCATION:

2004

MFA Concordia University


2001

BFA and BAH Queen’s University


SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2010

‘Oil Paintings By Robert Ayre’, Mulherin/Pollard Gallery, New York


2009

‘Days Road, Feb. 2008’, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto


2008

‘Roadsides’, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2009

‘Norman Rogers Winter’, Harbourfront Centre Architecture Gallery


2009

‘Upscale/Downsize’, Bowling Green State University Art Gallery


2008

Carte Blanche Painting Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art


AWARDS:

2011

Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Project Grant


2011

Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Project Grant


2005

Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant


Other Relevant Information
In the collections of: AGO, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Cartin Collection.

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