|Paolo Fortin: Net (detail), 2012, oil on paper, 16 x 14"
||Paolo Fortin: Pink Tower (detail), 2012, oil on paper, 23.5 x 19"||Paolo Fortin: Tower (detail), 2012, oil on paper, 23.5 x 19"|
|Paolo Fortin: Study for Star Crossed Lovers (detail), 2012, oil on panel, 12 x 9"||Paolo Fortin: Lift (detail), 2012, oil on canvas, 48 x 40" SOLD|
Ephemeral qualities of recollection, transience and isolation...
Often working with oil on canvas and paper, Paolo Fortin has also embraced adhesive vinyl, wool duffle and northern sewing techniques to articulate the visual residue that is experienced while travelling. Dividing his time between studios in Norman Wells, NT and Peterborough, ON., Fortin researches and develops his works in various locations. Recent projects were an outcome of his many visits to Norway, Iceland, Japan and the Caribbean. Since early 2008, Fortin has focused on creating thin, ephemeral paintings that build upon the experience of the arbitrary absorption of images in our daily lives. Individually, Fortin's paintings aim to speak to the viewer of the ethereal images and sentiment that surround our existence while addressing the fatigued and transitory moments of travel.
Born in the Kawartha Lakes region of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Paolo Fortin has lived and worked in Inuvik and Norman Wells, Northwest Territories in Canada's western arctic since 2004. After studying at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Fortin concentrated on large scale sculptural constructions at Maine College of Art in Portland for his senior thesis. He spent a year in the MFA program at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax before relocating to Inuvik.
Fortin has participated in numerous national and international group and solo exhibitions. A recipient of a 2011 Art Bank Purchase Award by the Canada Council for the Arts, Fortin has also been awarded Canada Council and British Columbia Arts Council project grants (2002, 2005) and was the 2006 beneficiary of the Canada Council International Residency Program Award to work at CCA7 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. In 2007, he served as Artist-in-Residence at AIR Bergen at USF Verftet in Bergen, Norway and has twice been artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2005, 2009) and the Gil Society Akureyri Artists Studios, Iceland (2007, 2008).
Paolo Fortin is the owner and director of Evans Contemporary, a gallery dedicated to exhibiting internationally recognized artists in Peterborough. He also produces electronic music for "Barcino Sants" a musical collaboration with vocalist/poet/playwright, Denise Kumani Gantt. // Full Statement and Bio