Artists Questioned. What is the most unusual space you’ve ever shown in?

Lucy Hogg

Lucy Hogg

All artists have questions they seek answers to. Sometimes they ask themselves the same questions over and over again, and sometimes they seek out friends and mentors who provide answers to their questions. If you ask the same question to several people you will most likely get several different answers, and then it is up to you to select the answer that is best for you. So the question is…What is the most unusual space you’ve ever shown in?

Lucy Hogg “The strangest place I ever showed my work in was the cafeteria at the Malaspina College (now called Vancouver Island University)in Nanaimo, B.C, in 1994. Their actual gallery space was too small to show the work, a 13′ wide painting. Lisa Maclean (who teaches there) suggested the cafeteria, so I thought, having just shown the work at the Vancouver Art Gallery, that this would be the demotic antidote. I don’t think the students liked it that much. The painting eventually found a happy home, now hanging over the bar in a restaurant in Washington DC that a friend of mine, James Alefantis, owns. The art institutions host their events there, so the audience is right. The last time I saw it it was necessary to spot clean what seemed to be some dried ketchup. it is a very resistant painting.” LH

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Sunday night work pile.


I’m moving stuff around in my studio as we prepare for some home renovations. So I must figure out what to do with my work in progress pile. First thing to do is  mix the pile up a bit. See if anything is almost done, or actually done. Mostly it is just rough stuff that might someday be finished Long Series paintings. I’m kind of proud of my large pile.

Cutting day.

wpid-20140216_084636.jpgToday I cut the large drop sheets I use into 12×12 pieces that will eventually become finished Long Series paintings. There are many really ugly, dirty, scruffy pieces, and I can hardly wait to start working on them. They look so good I can almost taste them! The other part of this process is taking all the bits that aren’t 12×12 inches and gluing them back into large sheets that I will continue to use as drop sheets. In this way I can capture all the drops, splashes, marks, and notes that become part of the history of my work process.

Have you met…Phil Delisle?

NSCAD MFA Studio, detail of 2012 acrylic on canvas 72” x 65”

NSCAD MFA Studio, detail of 2012 acrylic on canvas 72” x 65”

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Phil Delisle.

NSCAD MFA Studio 2012 acrylic on canvas 72” x 65”

NSCAD MFA Studio 2012 acrylic on canvas 72” x 65”

2012 Master of Fine Arts in Fine and Media Arts, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
2000 Bachelor of Arts, Honours: Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, Ontario
1997 Art Fundamentals (Certificate Program), Sheridan College, Ontario
Kunsthistorisches Wien, 2013, acrylic on canvas.

Kunsthistorisches Wien, 2013, acrylic on canvas.


Phil Delisle is a painter and writer exploring various methods for representing artistic process. His works explore the conventions of framing; often having many paintings within paintings. In recent works he has sought to leave evidence of process by allowing areas to be fragmented or suggestive.

His short stories and fictional essays feature a cast of recurring characters including fictional theorists, invented artists, characters that his characters have made up, and himself. Philip studied in the Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Waterloo and the Master of Fine Art program at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. He was recently awarded the Joseph Plaskett Award and was a finalist in the 14th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.”

Musée du Louvre, 2012, acrylic on canvas 72" x 48"

Musée du Louvre, 2012, acrylic on canvas 72″ x 48″

Other material relating to Phil Delisle.

Artist website: Phil Delisle.

Canadian Art Junkie: Phil Delisle.

The Walrus: Phil Delisle.

ArtSlant: Phil Delisle.

The Joseph Plaskett Award: Phil Delisle.

The Confederation centre of the Arts: Phil Delisle

Fragmentum Opus

June 8 – September 22

Confederation Centre of the Arts,

145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown

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Have You Met… Dave Meijer?


Introductions can be wonderful things. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends through an introduction. Sometimes you can be introduced to your new favorite food, television show, or artist. I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some are famous, and some not, but they are all artists worth knowing.

The artist I’d like to introduce you to is the Dutch painter Dave Meijer.


Studio of Dave meijer.

“Dave Meijer (1955) belongs to the type of painters for whom painting is a cumbersome process. Slowly the image from matter is wrested. Increasingly, the painter corrects, updates, removes paint, sands, and adds new layers of paint. More than once it happens that the painting reaches a dead end, the openness is lost and the process starts over again.

A few years ago Meijer was tired of the drudgery of repainting. He decided to do everything he could to paint what is in his mind. The result was a series of paintings in the small format of 18 x 25 cm. There are 450 paintings in total (450 is the result of 18 x 25). It took nine months, after which he exhibited the series in an exhibition that he called Zero

Today Meijer repaints less, and he now paints more series. The components of a series of can vary in number from nine to the 450 of the Zero exhibition.”