Alex Bierk

Alex Bierk

review of  2015 exhibition “Keepsake”on Thanir

Canadian Art Magazine Must – See – Shows

In the tradition of personal work, Bierk uses photographs from his everyday and his past as a starting point – a portrait of his wife, a lamp in his grandmothers living room, Chinatown at night, the back room of a church on Bloor St, the bedroom window from the house he grew up in, a quiet intersection at night and a slogan from a twelve step meeting. Though informed by his personal history Bierk is interested in capturing more than a specific place or moment in time. His paintings address the transcendental spaces of memory, nostalgia, loss, longing, addiction, recovery and reconciliation within the rigidity of his labour intensive approach to photo-realism.

In 2014 Bierk’s first successful solo exhibition Pitfalls and Withdrawals received recognition in The Toronto Star and Canadian Art Magazine along with being chosen as Leah Sandals Top 3 Picks in 2014: Canadian Art Magazine. In 2013 Bierk was nominated for the Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture. His painting’s are included in the permanent collection of  The Art Gallery of Peterborough, The Royal Bank of Canada and The Toronto Dominion Bank as well as in numerous private collections. Alex has exhibited his paintings in group and solo exhibitions in Canada and New York City along with numerous art fairs: Art Toronto, Scope (Miami), Papier 14 (Montreal) and Art Southampton.

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Related Reviews:

Pitfalls and Withdrawals: Solo exhibition @ GHC Jan. 16 – Feb. 15, 2014

Toronto Star review by Murray Whyte

Untitled: Toronto Star review

NOW Magazine Must- See-Shows

ArtBitch review

Canadian Art Magazine review

http://www.kingstonprize.ca/finalists

Alex Bierk: Forest City Gallery Blog write up

2 Comments

January 22, 2011 6:32 pm

steven smith

Hi Alex,

It is nice to see someone who is passionate and loves what he creates, nice work Alex.

Happy Birthday!

steven smith

December 13, 2011 12:55 pm

Spencer Cathcart

Had a chance to meet and see Alexs’ work at one of his many showings in Toronto. Not only is his work provocative, stunning and deeply personal; but he’s an amazing guy to meet and a must have in your rolodex.

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