Cliff Kearns - ONE TWO THREE. I PAINT & SEE.
August 6 to September 17, 2016
Opening Reception Saturday August 6, 7-9pm
This exhibit is retrospective insofar as the early pieces were completed over thirty years ago. They represent my inspiration and painting style in the name of fine art during those early years.
Throughout the course of time spent as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator, my ideas and approach to personal artistic expression changed and evolved as evidenced in the recent number paintings.
That evolution didn’t happen overnight or without considerable reflection, work and spilled paint. This course of direction has placed more emphasis on conceptual ideas along with the application and reaction of paint. I believe that I DO SEE better now through the course of this lengthy but progressive shift.
Whether YOU SEE painting any differently after viewing this journey is perhaps asking a lot but hopefully some of the artworks will resonate while others prompt some subjective reflection.
A Bit Of
Cliff Kearns’ transition to self expression comes after a lengthy and successful commercial art career producing realistic private/corporate art commissions, portraits and freelance illustration projects for international clients.
He has been drawing, painting and making art of one kind or another since early childhood. In 1960 that interest and astute guidance counseling took him to the Art Program at H.B.Beal Tech in London
1961 Graduated after one year from Special Art Program at H. B. BEAL ART
1961 - 62 Layout artist/designer at LONDON LIFE INSURANCE CO.
1962 - 64 Layout artist/designer & illustrator at 3M CO.
1964 - 66 Artist/designer, illustrator & cartoonist at The LONDON FREE PRESS
1966 - 68 Appointed Art Director for CFPL-TV Channel 10 in London ON
1968 - 73 Founder and President of GROUP GRAPHICS LTD. (Art Studio producing design,
illustration and photography for the advertising/promotion community)
1973 Sold GROUP GRAPHICS to OMNIBUS COMMUNICATIONS and served as
Creative Director for three years.
1976 - 95 Worked on his own as freelance painter/illustrator, commissioned artist for
Advertising Agencies, Publishers and Corporations
1982 First One Man Show at Howell Gallery, London Ontario
1995 - 99 Started Ad & Design House Advertising Agency
1999 - 04 Merged Ad & Design House into Surge Communications with partners.
2004 Sold interest in Surge Communications to concentrate on personal fine art.
2005 One Man Show at The ARTS PROJECT, London Ontario
2013 One Man Show at The Desert Art Collection, Palm Desert California
2014 One Man Show at Westland Gallery, London Ontario