PORTRAIT AS GERTRUDE STEIN
oil on canvas
signed, titled and dated 2012 on the reverse
30 ins x 24 ins; 76.2 cms x 61 cms
“I am particularly interested in investigating and maybe renovating an early modern notion of the pictorial that draws on painting’s specific syntax and history, while finding expression in the local and familiar.”
A prominent artist in the Canadian Contemporary art scene, the influence of Modernism is apparent in the work of Sky Glabush. Fascinated with symbolism, Glabush works primarily in painting, creating an extensive body of work that incorporates art for art’s sake and abstract ideologies. His work presents a plethora of influence, including Abstract Expressionism, Cubism and Futurism. Portrait as Gertrude Stein (2012) demonstrates the artist’s interest in form and geometric composition. The work seemingly pays homage to Pablo Picasso’s portrait of Gertrude Stein (1905-1906), a representational portrait of the famed novelist rendered before the Cubist movement. Glabush questions our psychological understanding of painting by presenting Portrait as Gertrude Stein as a constructed portrait, demonstrating his interest in abstract principles and historic narratives.
Having obtained commercial success at an early point in his career, Sky Glabush has been featured in many solo exhibitions across Canada, including the Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), the Mendal Art Gallery (Saskatoon), and the Art Gallery of Windsor. His work is featured in many public and private collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, McIntosh Gallery and Mackenzie Art Gallery. He currently resides in London, Ontario where he teaches at Western University.
The Painting Project. “Galerie de l’UQAM Figures of Reality.” Accessed August 18, 2014. http://www.leprojetpeinture.uqam.ca/sky_glabush_citation-sky_glabush_quotation-eng
Private Collection, Toronto