Alex Bierk

Alex Bierk (Born 1982, Peterborough, ON. Lives and works in Peterborough, ON, CANADA) has presented his paper works in exhibitions in Copenhagen, Paris and Stockholm. He recently completed a public mural project with the City of Peterborough, Ontario and has a book published this past spring by Swimmers Group (Toronto, ON). His work is held in the collections of the Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank and the Art Gallery of Peterborough. In 2013, he was a finalist for the Kingston Prize, a national bi-annual portrait competition, and has since been the recipient of grants from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts. Alex has exhibited his paintings in group and solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States and internationally as well as numerous art fairs: UNTITLED (MIAMI), Art Toronto, Papier 14 (Montreal). He lives and works in Peterborough, Ontario.

Of his practice, Bierk writes, “When I’m driving through the city I notice how the colours have aged – faded greens, faded blacks that look green, inky blues, indigo skies, brick walls, steel, concrete, rust. My windshield gives everything a different hue, and the changes in the landscape make me feel changed.  Looking out can mean looking back. Something happens to the watercolour, too, as it’s laid and dries; it starts off black and ends up blue, or purple. It’s unknown how it will turn out – sometimes how you’ve planned, and sometimes differently. I remember summertime and being a kid, and I see it all over again now, living where I grew up, the same scenes. Memory, memory, memory.”

 

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is open from 11AM to 5PM, Wednesday to Sunday.

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