David Pirrie / Ian Tan Gallery 2014

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Cover: Mt. Philips, Oil on canvas, 32” x 64” Mt. Sir Macdonald 1, Oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″


DAVID PIRRIE

The Mountain Survey Project, 2014

Creating artwork that is multi-dimensional and conceptually layered, Vancouver based painter David Pirrie formulates multi-faceted insight while still producing visually engaging pictures that are elegant and imaginative. Influenced by the rich history of Canadian landscape painters, Pirrie employs bold colouring and opaque dots to create his signature pop art mountains, monumentalizing the majesty of the individual mountain by removing it from the context of its surrounding topography. His paintings draw attention to ideas regarding framing and mapping - a conceptually selfreflexive technique, reminding the viewer of the handmade aspect of complex painting. By bringing the colour of the background into the immediate foreground via the dots, Pirrie abolishes perspective, situating the mountains within and without the picture plane. Pirrie’s work approaches scientific inquiry as his dots reference map coordinates, pointing to the intersection between human time and geological time.


Left: Mt. Monarch, N.E. Right: Mt. Monarch, S.E. Oil on canvas, 30″ x 30″


Mt. Alberta Oil on canvas, 63″ x 88″


Mt. Saskatchewan, N Oil on canvas, 48″ x 54″


Mt. Hooker Oil on canvas, 32″ x 64″


Mt. Sir Macdonald 2 Oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″


Mt. Saskatchewan SE Oil on canvas, 48″ x 54″


Left: Mt. Sir Sanford 1, Right: Mt. Sir Sanford 2 Oil on canvas, 24″ x 24″


Devil’s Thumb Oil on canvas, 30″ x 30″


Mt. Dunkirk Oil on canvas, 52″ x 75″


Left: Mt. Sir Macdonald, Right: Mt. Saskatchewan Oil on canvas, 24″ x 24″


The Devil’s Thumb Oil on canvas, 63″ x 63″


Mt. Saskatchewan SE Oil on canvas, 48″ x 54″



DAVID PIRRIE Selected Biography

EDUCATION Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, 1993 Diploma of Studio Arts, Capilano College, Vancouver, 1988 SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS Mountain Survey Project, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, 2014 Codified Topographies, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, 2008 Western Drift, Simon Fraser University, Teck Gallery, Vancouver, 2006 Risk Analysis, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, 2006 New Works: State Gallery, Vancouver, 2005 Subduction Zone, Verge Gallery, Vancouver, 2004 The Loneliest Highway, Atelier 31 Gallery, Seattle, 2004 New Works: Atelier 31 Gallery, Seattle, 2002 SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS Search / Re-Search, contemporary landscapes, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, 2008 Work’n It: The Drawers, Headbones Gallery, Toronto, 2008 East / West, G.A.S Gallery, Torino, Italy, 2007 Art Fiera, Bologna, Italy, 2007 Toronto International Art Fair, Douglas Udell Gallery, Toronto, 2007 Fall Show, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, 2007 Road Runners, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, 2006


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