Andrew Stelmack​

Artist Statement

Andrew paints with a purpose: to bring to an environment colour, light and imagination – to stir both soul and space. Although influenced by Rothko and Klee for their use of colour and shape, Andrew is definitely on his own creative path of exploration and is, in his own right, an accomplished artist. 

Choosing to play with colour in bright and bold ways, creating a certain harmony and tension in the work, he leaves even hismono-chromatic pieces seeming anything but simplistic. The application of layers upon layers of tones creates a subtle glowing translucency that pushes through to the surface. To play up some tension in his work, he adds bold cuts and lines of paint as finishing touches in order to battle the calmness he has created. 

One can stand before his work and experience what is not often found in life – balance. 

Though some of Andrew’s work may have a story behind it, in the end, the most important thing is that each painting has no boundaries imposed. The painting is always in control of its own destination and 
when completed serves to open unlimited possibilities for the viewers imagination.
As a visual artist, I like to use bold and conflicting colours, shapes and textures to connect to others. To have the viewer journey with me as I explore an obsession of finding the calm within chaos.

I often use strong colours to assault and yet calm the senses at the same time. As well, I combine the opposing effects of texture with smooth luminosity, within the same space, until they find a shared and harmonious balance.

There also is an influence of cubism in my work as I am fascinated in how such perfect shapes as a square or rectangle can so quickly become “imperfect” from the simplest rupture or distortion.

In most cases, there is no story behind any given artwork. My exploration of trying to create calm within chaos with bold colours, distorted cubes, strong cuts and slashes of paint on a foundation of luminescent layers usually means that an artwork decides what it will become all by itself. It is my job as the artist to let that happen and not get in the way.

Sometimes though, a painting can reflect a story I wish to share or is a reflection of my own emotional place at that given moment. But even when that happens, I don’t necessarily want that story or emotion to be its overriding force.

In the end, the most important thing is that I want each painting to have no boundaries imposed. For it to have unlimited possibilities for the viewers imagination to simply take hold and see where it goes.
The viewer and I connecting. Without words. Sharing our own private stories, thoughts and emotions.

Artist's Biography

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Growing up amongst the vast expanses of the Prairies, Andrew first began with a passion for theatre arts. In 1981, Andrew enrolled at The University of Winnipeg, where he studied Theatre and Drama. After graduating in 1985 he attended The Banff School Of Fine Arts to extend his studies in Stage Arts. Afterwards, Andrew received his first opportunity with a theatre role in “The Prairie Boy’s Winter” at the Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg. Andrew has to this date contributed to a large plethora of stage, film and television productions. Throughout this time, Andrew had an inclination to paint, but never seemed to have the opportunity. In 2004 Andrew finally decided to put paint to canvas, considering himself a “prairie boy” his works are emulations of the plains of his home, often sojourning to his cottage in Winnipeg, to take in all the colours in their sheer contrast, from the yellows of the seemingly never ending fields, to the clear blue skies that span far into the distance. 



2016 Cabbagetown Art Festival, September, Toronto

2016 Kingston Artfest, July, Kingston Ontario

2016 Riverdale Art Walk, June, Jimmy Simpson Park, Toronto

2016 ARTandem Inaugural Exhibition, May 17 - July 5, Liberty Place Gallery, Toronto

2016 The Abstructionists, Group Show, March 27th to April 27th, Liberty Market Lofts Gallery, 5 Hanna Avenue, Liberty Village, Toronto

2016 Quantum Colours, Solo Show, Brainstation/Quantum Coffee Gallery, Toronto, April 7 to May 11

2016 Abstractions, Group Show, April 27 to May 30th, Liberty Market Lofts Gallery, Toronto

2015 Kingston Art Fest, Kingston, ON  July 1-3

2015 Riverdale Art Walk, June 6-7th, Toronto

2015 Artcrawl Resident Artist Showcase,  Stax Gallery, Hamilton

2015 The Abstructionists,  Various Pop-up Venues, May and June, Toronto

2015 Exploring Landscape Exhibition, January, Trias Gallery, Oakville

2015 The Artist Project, Toronto  (February 19-22) Toronto

2014 Riverdale Artwalk, June, Toronto

2014 ACTING WITH PAINT Exhibition, May 22-June 15, Qlix Gallery, Toronto

2014 OPENING NEW DOORS Exhibition, June 17 – July 7, Qlix Gallery, Toronto

2014 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, July 4-6, Toronto

2013 North By North East Festival, June 10-16th, Toronto, Canada.  (Featured exhibitor)
2011 Kyeyune! Gladstone Hotel, Queen West, Toronto, June 16-19, 2011
2010 Bloody Beauty-full! (Solo Show) The Citadel, Edmonton, Alberta. May 1-28
2010 Queen West Art Crawl, Sept 17&18th, Toronto, ON
2009 Riverdale Art Walk (Solo Show), Joy Bistro, June 6 – July 7th
2009 Seeing Red, (Solo Show) Petroff Gallery, 1016 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto, ON,
2009 Toronto Art Expo, March
2008 Candlelight, Solo Exhibition, Hangman Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008 Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
2008 Start Your Engines, Solo Exhibition, Fiorano Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008 Toronto Art Expo, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
2007 Little Art Show, BMW Showroom, Toronto, ON
2007 Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto, ON
2007 Testosterone, Snapdragon Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2007 Pure Abstract, Gallery Arta, Toronto, ON
2007 Toronto International Art Expo, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
2006 Little Art Show, BMW Showroom, Toronto, ON, Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto,
2005 Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto,ON,
2005 Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON



University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
Bachelor of Arts, Four Year Program: Theatre and Drama
Banff School of Fine Arts, Calgary, AB

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