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Inspired by David Hockney and a twist between modern and contemporary art. Attempting to blur the lines of dimension and depth through patterns and layers; while also working with objects, shapes or forms and their relationships with people.

Primarily working with acrylic medium on canvas, screen printing, and film photography.

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Birch Contemporary is a commercial gallery (first gallery established as BIRGANART in September 1989 and incorporated as Robert Birch Gallery Ltd in 1994). The gallery has been located at its current site on Tecumseth Street, Toronto for ten years. Over the last 29 years, Birch Contemporary has endeavoured to represent artists making forward thinking, challenging artwork and who are continually evolving as practitioners.

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Amanda Perdomo is a Colombian visual artist living in Toronto, Canada. Amanda's artwork is being held in private collections in Canada, USA and South America. She has received the TAC Visual Artists Program grant, and was the winner of 'Best in Show" award by VAM and the International Emerging Artist Award in Dubai. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in Canada and Colombia.

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MARK BUCK is a Toronto born artist. He has been interested in art for over forty-five years. In 1970, he won second prize for Canada in the United Nations International contest called “Education Changes Things” with his metal-chrome sculpture “Mushroom of Knowledge.”

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Rey Saem was born in Iceland in 1956. He studied architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark and graduated in 1988. As a member of the Architect Union, he curated many exhibitions which included architecture and art from 1989 until 1993. Later, he started painting and making sculptures. He moved to Toronto in 2009 and continued painting. His first art show was in September 2017 at Gallery 1313, called Five. This refers to the fact that when he was five years old, he decided to leave my family and move to the moon, build a house on the moon and start fishing for stars.

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Artist's statement
"I see myself as a realist figurative artist; I use direct painting or classical approach, hoping that the technique I choose will reflect my interaction with each person I portray. 

People around are a great source of inspiration, I find that in portrait and figure there is always something left unexplored. A special joy for me is to paint women of all ages; I'm fascinated by this (possibly) life-time project and I'm sure I will enjoy every moment. "

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I began to paint and create mixed-media work in 2010. My journey began when I visited Paris, France, for the very first time. I had an argument with "someone" at Le Louvre. My claim in being an artist was in question. The root of my anger stems from the fact that being an 'artist' is not because of what I do but it is because of who I am. This argument pressed my reset button and the rest as they say is history. I married my critic at Le Louvre and blew wide-open the double doors into my creative vault.

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Creating art started as a hobby for me. I remember at a young age, I drew and painted mostly portraits of family and friends. But, over the years, it faded slowly and I had other things that I got occupied with. I was usually doodling here and there and I always had an active imagination and felt I needed to express myself and my thoughts. So, I found a pen and paper and began drawing my ideas. It was an ideal getaway from the day-to-day working life, and I started creating an archive of thoughts and visions to work on and enhance.

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I'm a young tattoo artist who has recently moved to Toronto from Sochi, Russia. I have completed a tattooing course in Krasnodar, Russia. After returning home, I did tattooing for one year. At the moment I'm working on my own but would like to start work at a salon as I feel I could use the platform for getting my work out there as it is my specialty.

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Erin is an Toronto based artist who works in acrylic and oil. Her work is influenced by her love of the early portrait work from the Tudor era as well as early American Folk art.

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