Christian McLeod is a male artist born in Canada, currently working in Canada.
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Christian McLeod graduated from the Toronto School of Art in 1992 before moving to Spain where he exhibited locally on the Island of Ibiza. Since then, he has worked and exhibited as a painter for over 15 years. McLeod has lived and worked in Mexico, Spain and Germany and his current studio is a live work storefront that he shares with his son Hamish in Toronto, Canada.
His work can be found in corporate collections, such as MHPM, Halifax, NS and Calgary AB, as well as public institutions such as The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON. He was a participant in Art with Heart fundraiser for Casey House, Toronto, ON from 2005 – 2007.
In 2010 and 2011 two of McLeod’s paintings where chosen to represent The University of Architecture of Valencia, Spain,"Ideas and Visions for a New Concept of Architecture”. Most recently, McLeod’s massive painting ‘Ports Land‘ was purchased by the Indie Ale House in Toronto for permanent display.
McLeod’s works are held in many private international collections.

Painting is my way of remembering and interpreting beauty and destruction. I begin by viewing reality as composed of layers of colour and shape, observing the way light reflects off an object, and the tension objects generate when placed next to or on top of each other. Landscapes from a great distance become a single object. I try to capture the shift between perceiving the landscape as an organic whole, and seeing the particles that comprise it – buildings, rivers, vehicles, birds, harbours, roadways, minerals, machinery, aircraft, farms, data cables, people in movement.

Heaps of paint are placed, plotted and pushed. For some works this process can take years. For others, the image forms within days. I love the tactile movement of paint across the canvas, but fully half my time in the studio is spent looking, searching the surface of the painting for points of entry. Paintings are worked and reworked, images accumulate. I tend to work on several pieces simultaneously, exploring different themes in each one.

My paintings live with the involvement of the viewer, in the transference of colour and movement which forms the narrative. My interest in the shift between macro and micro views – a century and a half ago, photography liberated painting from the task of representation; today, satellite imagery redefines how we perceive our landscape and environment, and thus blurs the line between abstraction and representation. I operate in that gap between abstraction and representation, between the bird’s-eye view and the microscope.

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