Art Bytes

Backstories: The Researching Artist as Traveller & Interviewer

Andrew Cheddie Sookrah

In Person: May 11 – July 9, 2022
Online: May 13 – July 27, 2022

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Featured Image: Black Creek Overpass, South to Left Turn, 2022 [detail], Andrew Cheddie Sookrah, Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 24″, $2100

Backstories: The Researching Artist as Traveller & Interviewer Virtual Tour

Feel like you’re in the galley from the comfort of your own home with out virtual 360 tour! Located on our exhibition’s main page, the virtual tour gives viewers a look at how the art pieces speak to each other and gives a better idea of the size of the artworks.

Art Byte premieres May 13, 2022

Art Bytes | The Book of Faces
Andrew’s Return to Portraiture

In early February 2022, Andrew Cheddie Sookrah poured himself a cup of tea and opened the Toronto Star newspaper to start his morning. He came across an article about John Honderich (July 6, 1946 – February 5, 2022), publisher of the Toronto star from 1994 – 2004. In response, Andrew grabbed his newest sketchbook, a gift from his wife, and started to sketch. He completed his first portrait in his new book – a book he now calls the Book of Faces.

Andrew’s interest in portraiture is displayed in our current exhibition: Backstories: The Researching Artist as Traveller and Interviewer (May 18 – July 9, 2022). 18 of the 43 works are portraits, all created during the artist’s work in the live model sessions at the Arts and Letter Club of Toronto. Described by Juan Pascual Leon: “Andrew’s human’s are existential giants. He paints nudes without skin. He paints the flesh and soul of humans wounded by life and full of passion. His paintings tell us how to live without denying ourselves.”

Andrew continues this drawing practice regularly, the inspirations always coming from images of faces (human and inhuman) printed in the Toronto Star. Starting with Honderich, the Book of Faces now has 80+ drawings as of May 2022.

Art Bytes | The Fire Within
Backstories and Inspirations of Andrew Cheddie Sookrah

“Everything inspires me. I can be in a supermarket; I can be in a subway. I am constantly looking at lines and people. I am interviewing that spot; it is inspiring me, I am getting information from it, and I am sharing my history with it.”

Join artist Andrew Cheddie Sookrah in conversation surrounding his work, inspirations, and personal histories. Visit the exhibition at our temporary gallery space at Aurora Town Hall.

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Art Bytes | A Calling to Ragged Falls
Andrew Cheddie Sookrah

Andrew Cheddie Sookrah exhibits 10 paintings of Ragged Falls, Algonquin Park in our latest exhibition: Backstories – The Researching Artist as Traveller and Interviewer.

Clearly, it is one of his favourite places to visit and paint. What is at the root of his obsession with Ragged Falls? Hear from the artist directly in this Art Byte.

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