We Chair-ish you – Auction

Haldimand Museums Annual “We Chair-ish you Auction” Coming Virtually this May

An exciting exhibition of chairs that have been hand painted with creativity by Cayuga Secondary School Art Students.

Haldimand Museums would like to thank all those who participated in our online Auction.

We would especially like to thank the winners of the auction; who will be contacted shortly by Museum Staff to arrange pick-up and payment.

Student Artist: Marco Lourenco

Artist Chosen: Bob Ross

Art Movement/Period: Romanticism & Impressionism

For my chair’s inspiration I recreated the “Milky Way” by Bob Ross. Bob Ross is an American artist born on October 29, 1942 in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Bob Ross had a well-known tv show called The Joy of Painting which made him a household name as the painting teacher to the masses. Bob Ross used oil paints for his wet-on-wet technique. Bob Ross is known for his incredible serene landscapes with huge mountains and lush forests.

“Milky Way” inspired me because of the scenery. The painting takes place at nighttime, which I tend to enjoy. I like the colours that mix and the beautiful white specks that make us stars.

To recreate the painting on my chair, I knew it would be a challenge. Bob Ross has an iconic look to all his paintings that I wasn’t sure I could recreate correctly. I started by tracing the trees and trying to get the flowy look of them. I then blended the colours on the back to create the sunset.

I personally love looking at landscapes. There is something about them that makes me feel free and overjoyed. Recreating Bob Ross’ piece was important to me.

Student Artist: Mirjana Celic

Artist Chosen: Grant Wood

Art Period/Movement: Regionalism

Grant DeVolson Wood was an American artist (1891-1942).  After graduating high school, Grant attended The Handicraft school in Minneapolis, which was an art school run entirely by women.  This painting “Young Corn” was created in 1931, made from oil.

Regionalism was a movement that included paintings, murals, the lithographs and illustrations depicting everyday realistic scenes.  I chose to recreate, the paintings by Wood, but added extra features by “dabbling” the brush instead of stroking it back and forth.  It gave texture in the trees and where the dirt is specifically to make it my own.

Student Artist: Timi Atitebi

Artist Chosen: Andy Warhol

Art Movement/Period: Pop Art

This artwork was inspired by an artist called Andrew Warhol popularly known as “Andy Warhol”, he was born August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pensylvania. Andy was a successful magazine and ad-illustrator, who became a leading artist of the 1960’s Pop Art movement which is the movement that emerged in the mid 20th century in which artists incorporate commonplace objects e.g. comic strip, soup cans, newspaper, celebrity culture and more into their artwork.

Andy’s work explores the relationship between artistic expression, advertising and celebrity culture that flourished in the 1960’s, some of his best known work includes, the silkscreen painting’s Campbell’s cans[1962], and the multimedia events known as exploding plastic inevitable [1966-1967].

The idea of design on this chair is from Andy Warhol’s iconic coca cola bottle painting in his pop art form, 1962. Coca cola inspired works of Warhol have received widespread attention including the 1962 painting “Coca Cola (3)” which is considered a founding painting of the pop art. Years later Andy Warhol died on February 22, 1987 in New York City.

I chose to style this chair differently from Andy Warhol’s own design because I wanted the chairs design to be bright and stand out that’s why the normal coca cola colour, red and black was not added and I also added some traditional pattern which consist of different shapes, line and well spaced rhythms.

Student Artist: Taylor Kane

Artist Chosen: Tom Thomson & Van Gogh

Art Period/Movement: Tom Thomson: 20th Century Canadian Artist Van Gogh: Post-Impressionism

Tom Thomson was a Canadian artist who focused on artwork of scenes of the Canadian landscape (specifically Algonquin Park) he witnessed or saw in his life. Thomson focused on his brush work in this specific piece as you can see the evidence of brush work throughout.

Van Gogh was an artist from the much earlier Post-Impressionist movement. He painted many subjects, but mainly focused on bold, dramatic brush strokes which expressed emotion and added a feeling of movement within all his works. For this piece I mainly looked at the brush work Van Gogh used and used that to change my piece up in a more fun and creative way without completely changing the original painting by Tom Thomson.

Tom Thomson’s “Northern Lights” was my inspiration and was done in 1918; it was created with oil paint. Tom Thomson created this piece as he witnessed the real Northern Lights and wanted a memorable piece for this beautiful site. Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” was created in 1889 and was made with oil paint as well. He created this piece as it was his view from his bedroom in the asylum he was in at the time.

Student Artist: Lorissa MacDonald

Artist Chosen: Edgar Degas

Art Movement/Period: Impressionism

The Artist I chose is Edgar Degas, he was born July 19th, 1834 and passed away on September 27th, 1917. Before Edgar passed away he became blind from his cataracts, even with his blindness he created a wax sculpture of a ballerina based off of what he could feel. The period Edgar was most known for was the impressionism period because all of his work involved capturing a moment in time, and in the case of ballerinas, a lot of quick movement with lots of colour and textures.

I really enjoyed doing his work because all of it is very beautiful and unique. It also shows a lot of expression and it tells the audience a background story. My techniques presented on the chair show that I put a lot of texture into the dresses the same way he has. Edgar also never really puts full detail into the ballerinas faces but he puts enough detail to know that they are all still beautiful, as did I in my work. I added a medium sized quote that went well with the portrait of the ballerinas and I expressed their beauty just as edgar degas wanted.

Student Artist: Sid Toomer

Artist Chosen: Hokusai

Art Movement/Period: Ukiyo-e

For my chairs inspiration, I recreated “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” which is a woodblock print by Japanese artist Hokusai. The Ukiyo-e movement is a genre of Japanese art from the 17th -19th century. This movement consisted of woodblock prints of beautiful women, folk tales, landscapes and more. Hokusai reflected this by creating an ocean landscape using the woodblock print technique.

I really love this print so I wanted to make it as accurate as possible, but still make it my own. I painted the waves to look just like in the original. However, the original print is fairly dark with neutral colours so I decided to go with a brighter, more exciting colour scheme. The original background is tan, so I added a sunset behind the wave ranging from yellows and oranges to reds and purples. The sunset stretches from the seat and up across the whole back of the chair. For the legs I did an ombre as well with different shades of blue and white splatters and dots to match the waves.

Student Artist: Madison Barlow

Artist Chosen: Claude Monet

Art Movement/Period: Impressionism, Modernism

Monet would often paint series of pictures at different times of day and leave and come back to the same location to capture different effects of lighting and natural change. His paintings always consisted of nine colours, and he loved to build up texture with brushstrokes. Even though he never visited Japan, Monet was inspired by Japanese art because of the freedom he had to express his adventures of modernism through cities and nature.

My chair is inspired by a piece from 1882 called “Fisherman’s Cottage on the Cliffs at Varengeville”. It was done with oil on canvas and depicts a small, orange tinted cottage sitting along water and lots of greenery. During the summertime, Monet loved visiting the English Channel coast. In 1881, he explored Dieppe, around the coast of Le Havre. Monet liked the stone cabins that had been built to observe coastal traffic, but in Monet’s time, they were used by fishermen for storage.

The cottage is an orange hue, complimenting the blue channel and cloudy skies perfectly. The painting has depth and texture, Monet showed by layering colours and shadows.

I personally found the painting very captivating. I loved the colours, and the movement of the water with the many different strokes and colours. I chose this piece because it’s calming. I can hear the noise of f the channel and smell the salty water with one look at the painting.

Painting this piece on a chair, I wanted to represent the feeling you get when you look at Monet’s work. I decided to take some of Monet’s techniques and apply them to the chair. I built up many colours and tried to keep the strokes visible, so that it would present similar to Monet’s. I decided to wrap the painting all around the chair, growing the painting and adding even more depth as Monet would have appreciated.

Student Artist: Kate Fernie

Artist Chosen: Pablo Picasso

Art Movement/Period: Cubism

This piece was finished in 1952, after Picasso’s Cubism style was developed. The choppy shapes remind viewers of a collage, or synthetic cubism. Synthetic Cubism is the use of cut paper fragments, wallpaper, or newspaper pasted into the composition.

Cubist landscapes were a new direction with Spanish art, replacing a gap left by political disagreements that discouraged more traditional landscapes art in the centuries before.

Around 1907, Picasso, along with his friend George Braque invented a new style of painting called cubism. Inspired by African sculpture, Picasso and Braque used simple shaped and small range of colours to paint objects, people, and landscapes.

The choppy shapes and bursts of colours reminded me of trips I have taken to different areas of the Caribbean. I chose to try and capture the style of Picasso in the painting with adding my own touch into the sights of the landscapes. My style of painting is “Abstract” which allows me to have a thought or idea but not having a plan when executing a project.

Student Artist: Erinn Cudahy

Artist Chosen: David James Armsby (Dead Sound)

Art Movement/Period: Realistic Surrealism

David J. Armsby is a British painter, animator, sculptor, and pencil artist currently living in Scotland whose work focusses on themes of the life in death and the death in life. The cruelty of nature and what it takes to survive. He is most well-known for his ‘Autodale’ videos, an animated dystopian series that has spanned many years.

Armsby’s style involves clean lines and subtle shading that have brought to life characters such as The Terrible Hound, Friendly Shadow, and many dinosaurs, a favourite subject of his. He has made surreal scenes such as a house being held apart by vines, the landscape terraforming with disturbed gravity, and giants breaking free of towers.

I reflect his art in things such as subject matter (freaks, eyes, dinosaurs), colours (a lot of greyscale along with much yellow, purple, and blue), and style (many sharp lines, specifically on the freaks). The eyes are surreal as are the vague sketchy houses. The sewer grate has proper shading.

Student Artist: Sophie Gervais

Artist Chosen: Maud Lewis

Art Movement/Period: Folk Art

Maud Lewis was born in Nova Scotia on March 7, 1903. She was a folk artist who painted colourful scenes inspired by happier parts of her childhood. Lewis worked with oil paints and water colours. She used a wide variety of canvases, as she spent most of her life if poverty, she used what she had on hand. Maud Lewis was recognized as a Folk Artist because she painted her entire house with different scenes and paintings on walls, furniturem and appliances (Folk Art is defined loosely as art that is or is on an object that serves a function). Maud’s style is simplistic, she uses bold. unmixed blocks of colour to create cheerful depictions of animals, landscapes, and seascapes. Her use of colour, shape, contrast, and rhythm in her work make it easily recognizable. Lewis’ cheerful art and vibrant pictures inspire people simply by existing, as a woman who lived in poverty for nearly her entire life, it is incredible to see such happy, hopeful depictions of the world through her work. Unfortunately, Lewis died of pneumonia in 1970.

The artist of this chair has demonstrated an accurate mimicry of Lewis’ cheery and colourful style throughout this project. They used a variety of Lewis’ pieces to create a busy menagerie of animals, plants, and people which envelope this functional chair in artwork and easily display the movement of Folk Art.

Student Artist: Nyah Field

Artist Chosen: Vincent van Gogh

Art Period/Movement: Post-Impressionism

Van Gogh was a large part of the Post-Impressionist period of art, which shows heavily in his work – he reflected impressionism with the use of quick, evident brushstrokes and more vibrant colours, but also rejected it with more emotion-invoking paintings rather than artwork focused solely on realism and capturing the fleeting qualities of light.

My piece is a replica of van Gogh’s famous piece “Café Terrance at Night”, which exhibits many of his famous techniques. I hoped to emulate those by using patches of colour to reflect shadows and light, thinner brushstrokes, using colours/brushwork to create a sense of movement, and using as similar  a colour palette as I could create. I’ve never explored a technique like this, as it encompasses a lot of traditional skills as well as some that go directly against it.

Student Artist: Caleb McPherson

Artist Chosen: Robert Davidson (1946-2021)

Art Period/Movement: Renaissance of Haida Art and Culture

This artist creates his work with bold straight lines using bright colourful details such as yellow, along with deep rich colours such as blue. This reflects his passion to him birthing movement of reviving his heritage and culture through art. He is known as “Eagle of the Dawn” which is represented by words such as grace, power, and great intellect. His actions would go to impact many people in Canada about this lost culture coming back to life.

My piece reflects Davidson painting techniques and style with three separate works of art. “There is light and Darkness”, “Raven Bringing Light to the World”, and “Seven Ravens”. The Raven has been given the name trickster by many, but in this culture, it is said to be a complex reflection of one’s own self.

I have given the cool colours the deep, rich tone along with bright, bold warm colours which follow his colour choice. I have copied most of the paintings throughout the chair with minor changes depending on the space available. I went as straight as possible when painting the sharp edges and followed the theme of using ravens. This was to reflect the idea of being one’s own self along with the staying positive even though there is darkness in the world.

Student Artist: Jenna Lynch

Artist Chosen: Salvador Dali

Art Period/Movement: Surrealism

Salvador Dali’s painting “The Ship” and “Birth of a Goddess” (on the back of my chair) use many techniques and are great representations of Surrealism. The Ship is a dream-like scene, as something  such as this is not an object we see in the everyday world. Dali uses watercolour paintings to portray the figure’s translucent dress, as it flows with the sea, creating colour and line throughout the landscaped. The shadows provide the sails with texture, and they give the fabric a lively movement, as it was a breezy day on the shore. The way the figure stands on the shore replicated confidence and boldness, as they stand to face the make-believe winds.

Birth of a Goddess is a symbolic piece referring to creation. The shadows and lines of the mountains make it appear as if the goddess emerged from the earth. Her skin is alive, and full of texture, which makes her seem beautiful and powerful.

My piece represents Dali’s style by using the same colours as his to give the painting that dreamy, yet somber scene, I used a wash to create gentle shadows on the sails, and used blue, turquoise and white throughout the sear for a fresh, flowing water feel. I also extended the colours and textures of the environment of the paintings into the other areas of the chair, such as the sky on the back and the water and beach on the legs and rungs

Student Artist: Kaitlyn

Artist chosen: Lawren Harris and J.E.D. Macdonald

Art period/movement: Western Art

Lawren Harris art is mainly blues, blacks and whites with smooth lines. His is famous for his landscape paintings. He takes the landscape that is presented in front of him and recreates it in a way that is simplified and abstract. The one artwork I recreated was north shore, Lake Superior it is one of the best paintings that he did that accurately represents his style or art with all the blues, and soft lines and everything just blending together.

My art is almost a replica of his artwork with my own twist. I kept the focus the same on the main subject (rock, mountains), but I changed up the background to make it my own such as the clouds and the background colours.

J.E.D. Macdonald’s art is very bright and colourful. His artwork is very abstract by never fully blending his colours, and by changing up the colours to give it an unrealistic look. He’s most famous for his landscape paintings of trees and forests. The painting that best represents his artwork would be turtle lake because it shows his colour choices, and how he chooses to put those colours on his canvas and how it ties the whole painting all together.

In my artwork I attempted to recreate a tree in the style he would where u can see my brushstrokes and where I applied the paint. But made it my own by changing up the shape of the tree.

Student Artist: Raianna Petter

Chosen Artist: Zdzislaw Bekinski

Art Period/Movement: Dystopian Surrealism

He creates his own style by painting things he dreams about, “I wish to paint in such a manner as if I were photographing dreams.” His style was heavily influenced by death and hellish landscapes His work is very clearly dystopian in the way that he does not paint things we would see in this world, but he paints them as though they existed and he was seeing them.

My piece resembles the technique in which he painted, with small brushstrokes and detailed pictures. It also resembles his in the way I tried to recreate the fires seen in some of his work, crated by dotting the brush is a mixture of read and yellows, and lightly dabbing onto the surface

Student Artist: Lincoln Whiting

Artist Chosen: Claude Monet

Art Period/Movement: Impressionism

Monet created his unique style by making all his brushstrokes visible, letting the viewer create the picture out of all the marks and splotches or paint he puts down.  His art reflects the art period at this time by showing all the strokes that make up his art, creating an impression of that exact moment in time of what he is painting, not something always overly realistic as an end result (abstract colours, done very quickly).

My piece reflects Monet’s techniques and style by being a more chaotic mess of brushstrokes and paint, yet still creating an image when seen together. I also made the colours in my piece light and colourful, like Monet does in his works, though I did decide to make them more vibrant, and I went with more of a pastel pink and blue pallet, rather that the original coral-orange and monotone blues Monet used.

Student Artist: Tyler Brooksbank

Artist(s) Chosen: Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet

Art Period/Movement: Impressionism and Post- Impressionism

Van Gogh’s classic and recognizable style is created by using thickened oil paint, then is painted on with thick and slow brushstrokes, to create the chunky textured look. Though short and precise, the brushstrokes look messier and farther apart. The look of the brush strokes reflected on the rapid changes at the time He worked in post impressionism, which is showed in the bright colours, subjects and brushstrokes he used.

Claude Monet’s style was closer together, brushstrokes that put together looked almost hyper-realistic. He focused on the lighting of the outdoors, so a lot of his pieces art the same, but have different lighting which he made into his series. Monet worked in the impressionism era., shown with his small, thinner brushstrokes, his focus on lighting, and his landscapes.

My chair shows woman in a parasol by Monet as the main subject, but in black and white, to pop from the bright colours in the background. I used small brushstrokes and not so much blending to try my best and copy his style. The background is wheat fields with cypresses by Van Gogh, and though my colours are a little off I did use the very thick brushstrokes and tried to make them seem messy as I could. The grass and flowers is also Monet’s style combined with Van Gogh’s, as the paint is thick and blobbed on, but the brushstrokes are small and thin and make it seem like its one big filed.

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