Philip Delisle explores the process of making art – from the role of the artist to the purpose of the work. The paintings on exhibit in Ottawa this month (Metapainting) are vignettes, or windows into the artist’s experience.
These works examine seemingly unimportant moments such as the washing of a brush or the masking of a slide and re-contextualize them as the focal point. The process becomes the subject, as does the act of documenting those processes. Delisle’s intention is to carefully observe his own artistic activities, to reflect on them and to gain insights through making paintings about them. –Exhibition notes
Installation view from previous exhibit, Forest City Gallery
Delisle in his studio, from an interview with The Walrus
Delisle studied in the Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Waterloo and the Master of Fine Art program at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. He was recently awarded the Joseph Plaskett Award and was a finalist in the 14th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.
Philip Delisle’s website, here.
His Flickr Photostream, here.