One of our favourite things about working with artists is discussing some of the driving forces behind their work; most interesting of which are the artists that have inspired them. The dialogue created throughout art history from one artwork responding to another is truly amazing. We recently sat down with Toronto-based painter, Kyle Clements, to discuss just this…
Technically speaking, one of Clements’ greatest influences is Abstract Expressionist painter, Hans Hofmann. Hofmann’s ability to build up paint on the surface of the canvas to create texture and depth resonates strongly in Kyle’s work.
Hans Hofmann, Autumn Gold, 1957, Oil on Canvas
Clements cited Denyse Thomasos and David Milne as his most direct influences. Kyle’s urban landscape paintings parallel the energy and dynamism of Thomoasos’ work, as well as the deductive mark-making that Milne has achieved.
Denyse Thomasos, Birdie, 2009, Acrylic on Canvas
David Milne, Avion, 1919, Watercolour over Graphite on Wove Paper
Kyle Clements will be featured in URBAN/LANDSCAPES at Navillus Gallery from February 20th to March 29th.
Kyle Clements, #1316, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas