At the heart of Achtemichuk’s artistic practice is repetition: the same back alley, or city street, or roofscape, in succeeding seasons, in all kinds of weather, at different times of day becomes a study of light in its many manifestations. “My backyard stoop offers a place where I sometimes experience deep emotion,” says Robert Achtemichuk. “What I see becomes a sort of visual illumination, like a match struck unexpectedly in the dark, a gift, lighting my path into wonder. The reflection of a moment becomes paint and process.” In painting his own neighbourhood, Achtemichuk has succeeded in finding a subject and making it fully his.
Born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with a fine arts degree from the University of Manitoba and further studies in France and Mexico. Was the Executive Director of Open Studio, the Waterloo Regional Arts Council and the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. Recently received artist grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Waterloo Regional Arts Fund to develop and exhibit new paintings that were shown extensively. Received the Award of Excellence from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2012 and in 2015 received the Machteld Faas Xander Visual Arts Award, KW Arts Awards. Appreciate support from Ontario Arts Council in 2018-2019.
March 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm
One of the most interesting Canadian artists, whose searching paintings are a both a pleasure to look at, and a lesson in looking attentively, every day and every night, at the splendour of ordinary things.