Artist member since 2019
Avery Gibbes is a Toronto-based artist and a recent graduate of OCAD University. Working primarily in painting, his current practice revolves around the continual creation and exploration of an imaginary alien world. At the center of his work are imagined narratives taking place in made-up environments, and these are constructed through sketches that experiment with designs and explore scenarios. Each painting builds off of the previous one, giving viewers a deeper look into what exists within the world that he is showcasing.
"I've been exploring the “what ifs” of an imaginary situation where a small population of humans suddenly exist within an alien world. This series is my representation of the experience of entering a new world, and learning how to be a part of it. On a personal level, this narrative is motivated by my own position as a young person learning how to have a presence in the larger world after primarily being a student in school for most of my life. I see myself in the position of the humans in this world, observing and learning alongside my peers how to participate and where I fit in. This narrative sits at the core of the series, and each painting serves to either further explore this narrative or to further build the world within which it is taking place."
How long have you been creating art?
I've been making art for as long as I can remember. As far back as kindergarten and first grade I always felt the need to draw whatever it was that I was obsessed with at the time. Art was very important for me in those early years given how shy I was. My ability to make art was a real source of confidence and gave me an identity to feel proud of.
Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?
Art offers the opportunity for emotional connection. When people fall in love with an artwork of any form, it is because something about it speaks to an experience that they've had, aligns with their view of the world, or represents their perspective on life. Art has the ability to make people feel as though their experience is understood and that they are not alone.
What do you listen to when you work?
I like a lot of older rock and metal. I play the guitar so I'm biased in favour of guitar music.
When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...
outside running, playing my guitar, or following football.
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