*Featured image: Black Creek Overpass, South to Left Turn, 2022 [detail], Andrew Cheddie Sookrah, Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 24″, $2100
ANDREW CHEDDIE SOOKRAH
Backstories: The Researching Artist as Traveller & Interviewer
Solo Exhibition & Sale
In Person: May 11 – July 9, 2022
Closed July 1st and 2nd for Canada Day
Gallery Reception: Saturday June 4, 2022 | 1:00-3:00pm
Online: May 13 – July 27, 2022
Andrew Cheddie Sookrah’s vast and varied practice is rooted in geographic exploration and spiritual expression. He is inspired by the essence of a place, the spirit of its peoples, and the inseparable connections they have to each other and the natural world.
Backstories: The Researching Artist as Traveller & Interviewer exhibits paintings, drawings, and sculptures taken from Sookrah’s life as both traveller and artist. Recognized for his bright and expressive technique, Sookrah takes us on a journey through rivers, lands, and into the intimate solitaries of his studio during a time of limited movement; The COVID-19 pandemic. Harnessing media as a tool for visual communication, Sookrah presents an internal dialogue that reflects upon his subjects and their deeper societal connections. In observing his work, viewers are privy to an underlying social commentary that is carefully interlaced into the threads of his canvas.
Andrew Cheddie Sookrah is a painter, sculptor and fine art instructor. His work encompasses painting, illustration, design and advertising. He has twice won the McMichael Gallery Plein Air competition (2016 and 2017), and was Finalist for both Landscape Artist of the Year Competition and Art Battle Toronto @The Artist Project (both in 2020). An avid traveller, he has completed several voyages with Adventure Canada, including a Northwest Passage tour in 2019 as Artist in Residence aboard the Ocean Endeavour.