Robert Achtemichuk

Artist’s Statement

I am curious about visual phenomena happening from my own back yard. The views from my window and from the back door into the yard and beyond have become locations of contemplation and receptivity. I am mostly receptive to colour. It fascinates me. After years of working with these views, I have realized that there are four sides to this experience – east, south, west, and north but it has been mostly the area directly opposite – south that remains a dominant image source. Like Moriandi, I recycle the same elements, referencing the ever-changing possibilities in this limited subject matter. Initially, my interest was the full moon in the sky, the trees and the buildings. Now it has grown to include the effects of the moon, the city lights and the atmosphere. What is the colour of those sodium vapour lights?

Solo Exhibitions

2013 TBA, Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden, Ontario
2012 latitude 43.4519 longitude -80.5005, Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford, Ontario
2011 latitude 43.4519 longitude -80.5005, Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario (catalogue)
1993 Seven Veils and Other Tales, Kitchener/Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario (catalogue)

Group Exhibitions

2010 Canadian Landscape, Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden, Ontario
2009 School of Art, MKG127, Toronto, Ontario
2003 AG Biennial, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario


2012 Award of Excellence, Board of Directors, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
2011 Ontario Arts Council, Mid Career
2010, 2011 Region of Waterloo Arts Fund
2009, 2011 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

Articles and Catalogues

Robert Reid, Homer Watson Gallery Welcomes Autumn, The Record, September 19, 2011
latitude 43.4519 longitude -80.5005, Homer Watson Gallery, catalogue texts with Liz Wylie & Gary Michael Dault, 2011
Bryne McLaughlin, School of Art: Dog Day Lesson Plan, Canadian Art website, August 2009
Gary Michael Dault, Gallery Going – School of Art, Globe and Mail, August 8, 2009
Seven Veils and other Tales, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, catalogue texts by Robert Stacey and Geraldine Davis, 1993

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