Toronto-based artist Charles Bierk uses oil on canvas to create paintings that look like realistic pencil drawings on paper.
B. 1987. Lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
OCAD U, 2011, Drawing and Painting, Toronto, Canada.
Charles Bierk begins with a photograph of a face which then becomes source material for a monolithic, monochromatic portrait. A second identical portrait is also presented. But his one details Bierk’s technical process – his grid, the worn spots his hands and materials made on the source image. Finally, the source image is photographed for exhibition. Zac, the subject of the paintings and photograph, is beautiful and ultimately elusive but Bierk’s process is transparent.
I love my dogs, reading books, and taking great pictures with my battered but still functional digital camera. Taking great pictures with a high end camera is almost too easy, producing fantastic images with an outdated one is an accomplishment by itself.