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Artists 2013

Geordie Shephard

My art practice is inspired by things experimental, humorous, speculative and introspective, weaving narratives or extracted snippets into new combinations that explore the grey-zone in-between the real and the unreal, nothing and something, memory and history, and craft and art, ultimately striving for an uncanny balance of double vision. My range of influences is broad and long, with thoughts stored for years before percolating out in disguised form.

Ceramics is the core of my practice, but I’ve also developed extensive works in writing and drawing that blend text and image, a cross-pollination that leads me through rich layerings of meaning and references. I tend to work on a wide variety of ideas simultaneously, mixing popular culture, chemistry combinations, reactions and observations of life’s passages, musical scores, quests for beauty, marks and rhythms.

I received my BFA from Concordia University in 1991 and my MFA from University of New Mexico in 2004 and have exhibited across Canada, the United States, and Europe. I’ve participated in multiple residencies at the Banff Arts Centre, and in 2000 exhibited in the 9e Biennale de Céramique in Trois-Rivières. In 1995 I was the recipient of the Brucebo Canadian-Scandinavian Foundation Award. I have worked as Administrative Director to the Colart Collection, and as assistant to the Montreal artist Yehouda Chaki. Currently, I teach at the University of Western Ontario and maintain a studio in London, Ontario, where I live with my wife and two children.

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