"Trip to Parksville"
This canvas print of "Trip to Parksville", by Ian Garrioch, comes on thick (1 1/2") stretchers, with black sides, using the best archival canvas, inks and coating. It is available in four print sizes from our online Artists Gallery store. If you would like a print with dimensions not listed, please contact us directly at 1-250-924-0901. We can custom print to any proportional size.
Biography of Ian Garrioch, BFA, MFA (University of Washington, Seattle)
The artist was born in Canada and lived in the US from 1955 to 1970. Ian joined the art faculty in the Department of Visual and Applied Arts at Malaspina University College (Vancouver Island University) as an instructor of painting, printmaking and drawing, working from 1972 until retirement in July 1999.
My personal creative directions have entailed various printmaking processes, house designing and construction as well as the fabrication of cosmic comic clocks. My primary thrust, however, has been a personal decision to stay engaged in the joy of drawing and within the painting process.
In 1968 my painting “ Atlas Seal” (oil on canvas) led me to abandon the current art trends of the day to explore imagery that would have some connection to my personal thinking experiences and expand my knowledge of the visual alphabet.
I became less interested in following the narrow confines of short term art dictum because it was in vogue. I was not much interested in the lock step path toward the final removal of all skills touted by Post Modern thinking. This decision was not made because of a lack of appreciation of current trends nor out of fear or a lack of knowledge, but rather, it was simply my choice. Painting and drawing became a journey to explore external ideas and internal thoughts and present them as succinct visual statements. This became an indirect path of learning where the painting would be a visual transition to a conclusion or a temporary conclusion at least until a better idea shifted the direction.
For a time, it was vogue to encourage artists to write a message to exhibit with their work, outlining what exactly the viewer may be looking at. The act of converting visual literacy into verbal literacy seems justified because the later is more commonly developed across the population. The verbal device requires less time to ponder something other than the intellectual reasoning applied to the work, while omitting all other elements of visual joy or possibly learning what visual literacy might provide.
The artist continues to work in his studio in Nanoose Bay, B.C. The subject of physics as it relates to our reality on earth and within the solar systems has become an imagery source and guide.