I work primarily in oils, although I’ve painted in watercolour and acrylics. I prefer oils to other mediums because oils not only brighten when they dry, but by working in layers, a painter can cross-link paint layers at the molecular level. This creates a stable painting that will last many hundreds of years. One of the most important things about my paintings is that because I work traditionally, as in working with oils and varnishes, from a technical perspective, I want my paintings to last as long a time as I can possibly get. What I enjoy most about painting is that only I can do what I do in the way that I do it... which means in simple terms, I speak about the world I see around me through my painting. Just as a writer will use words as his voice, my painting is my voice (or eyes, as it were). My style of painting is a modern fusion of my graphic arts, illustration and fine art training. I paint in a stylized realistic fashion. Colour and form is the meat of my style and how I assemble them on the canvas. I like to play with light, such as enhancing it or emphasizing it in one area while pushing it back in others. Many times, I will increase the areas of light around a focal point to ensure the eye goes there. My subject matter has changed over the years, but I still find myself painting both urban and rural scenes and still life. I like to paint people in my scenes and am drawn to images of human interaction between man and nature. The one thing I hope viewers of my art will take away with them is an appreciation of the natural and even the urban world around them and that every moment of one’s life has beautiful aspects about it... everything we see and everywhere we go. This is what I paint.
Biography: Raised in Toronto, Daxx (as his friends call him), was trained at the Ontario College of Art and completed a four year program in painting, illustration and design in 1985. Daxx began in freelance illustration and worked with Rock Express Magazine. During that time, Daxx continued to paint on the side. In 1988, Daxx first exhibited his work in a collective showing at the Vex Gallery and then at Mondale Art and Print the follwing year. In 1990, Daxx showed at the XYZ Gallery in Toronto. By this time, he was working with one of the largest advertising firms in Canada. While his design career was moving into high gear, Daxx began exploring large scale images of city life. Daxx makes no distinction between design and painting. With an illustration background, Daxx is interested in all aspects of daily life and everything around him. His work covers many areas of everyday living, from urban to rural. Specializing in oils, Daxx has also worked in watercolours and acrylics but prefers oils to all other media. Currently, Daxx is working on a series of paintings of Toronto buildings and urban scenes, entitled “Queen Street is Disappearing”. This series illustrates the colourful atmosphere of Toronto’s Parkdale neighborhood that is slowly being gentrified by urban development. Daxx is also working as a freelance graphic designer for web and print and now resides in Sooke, Beautiful British Columbia.
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