Contemporary Art | Gary McMillan

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Technique: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 35x39 in.

Price: $3,475 Cdn.

Artist Statement
Live big cats are always colored and patterned to blend in so that they can jump out unexpectedly and tear something to pieces. Paintings are not so vicious, but they are also designed to blend into décor. A decorous painting with big cats should have an appealing arrangement of the beasts, perhaps around a traditional house plant. I used a snake-plant in this case to lend an air of Mid-Century style. Four big cats in a sedate quadrangle around a dignified snake-plant; what could be a more fitting way to disarm the raw jungle and bring it into the home.

About the Artist

Having grown up in Calgary, Gary McMillan attended the University of Calgary in 1978 to 1980, studying science and fine-art. He exhibited paintings of Alberta landscape throughout the 1980’s, and then attended Alberta College of Art and Design from 1989 to 1991. Holding a double major in painting and printmaking, he received a Diploma with Distinction in 1991. Employing the use of the human figure and landscape, he currently produces themed series of paintings infused with the absurd. He has exhibited in a number of group and solo shows in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. His work is held in various private and corporate collections in Western Canada.

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