We are proud to present the release of our latest print by renowned artist Graham Gillmore.
This limited edition print, entitled OP OR TUNIST, is based on layering text and imagery over antiquated ledger paper. It captures the artist's ongoing interest in text as image, and how words can alter pre-exiting meanings located within more conventional, figurative imagery.
OP OR TUNIST, 2017
34.5 x 25 inches, edition of 80
archival inkjet and etching on BFK Rives paper
Gillmore is referring specifically to pictures collected from illustrated children's books published in the 1950s and 1960s, when he was a child. The childhood-inspired images exude a quality of playfulness, innocence, optimism, and utopian idealism that disappears as those carefree years pass and we move into adulthood.
Graham Gillmore was born in 1963 in North Vancouver. He pursued a formal art education at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, yet considers himself to be largely self-taught. He credits his friends from art school as having had the most profound affect on his work. Douglas Coupland, Angela Grossmann, Derek Root and Atilla Richard Lukacs all figured prominently in the development of his early career and remain good friends to this day.
Following graduation from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1985, he and his art school colleagues found a studio on Cordova Street in Vancouver and the artistic group "Futura Bold" was born. Within a year, this creative force were included in the "Young Romantics" exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the careers of five of Canada's most outstanding young artists were launched. Riding on the success of this initial exhibition, Gillmore moved to New York City.
He is a painter best known for his vitriolic use of text as an art form within edgy and often controversial work. Graham Gillmore's work can be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections in Canada, the United States and abroad, including The Ghent Museum, Belgium, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, and The Museum Of Modern Art in New York City. Graham's Gillmore's previous edition for AFK, Good Rev/Bad Rev sold out.
We invite you to join us at our print release reception on Thursday, February 22 from 4 – 7 p.m. Welcome remarks will be at 4:45 p.m. with music provided by the Carson Graham Jazz Trio.