David Gillanders was born in Toronto in 1968. He studied at the University of Western Ontario in London and later at McGill University in Montreal. He currently lives and works in Ottawa. Gillanders has exhibited his work in numerous exhibition centers and galleries including the Grand Rapids Art Museum (Michigan, US), the Bedford Gallery (California, US), Galerie Trois Points, Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, Gallery McClure, Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, and Galerie Port-Maurice, Montreal, as well as at the Stewart Hall art gallery, Pointe Claire, and the John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto. His work is part of public collections, namely the Collection de Prêt d’œuvres d’art of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Québec and the Collection Loto-Québec.
As central to his art practice, Gillanders considers the gap between existence and our perception of it. He works with elements found in our surrounding environment that we often ignore by choice or omission. The immeasurable space between the world around us and the idea we make of it is the starting point of his work.
His canvases invite us viewers to question what we see and push us to ask ourselves why we misunderstand particular elements in our lives. His works embody a world where everything remains unfixed and interchangeable – an incomplete world composed of ambiguous fragments. Flashes of recognition are balanced by zones of abstraction as viewers’ apparent certainties are replaced by a realm of uncertainties..
|2011||Vie des Arts ||
|Sur la piste de nouveaux talents | 1 janvier
|2010||Catalogue d'exposition, Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal | Rafael Sottolichio|
|L'anti-sublime | 2 septembre
|2009||Catalogue d'exposition, Art Gallery of Northumberland | Dominic Hardy|
|Closer to the Sun: David Gillanders’ Paintings of Flight | 3 octobre
|2007||THE GAZETTE | Henry Lehmann|
|On the border of the natural and unnatural worlds | 13 janvier
|2007||The Westmount Examiner# | Stephanie Bento|
|Gillanders’s ‘Blind Spot’ challenges perspective | 7 janvier
It is with the greatest pleasure that we annoucne that works from painter David Gillanders were recently acquired by Collection Loto-Québec who celebrated this year its 30th anniversary. The piece Saint Eloi's Field is now part of this important Quebec institutional collection, as well as Dawn of Reconaissance I and Dawn of Reconnaissance II, all works from 2009.