Influenced by a hate crime against him and his partner in 2008 at a music festival, Canadian born London-based artist Andrew Salgado (1982) painted bold, largescale figurative paintings that explore psychological states focusing on ideas of sexuality, masculinity and identity.
His current exhibition The Acquaintance at The Art Gallery of Regina moves away from that particular personal history to reveal stories of others in his familiar Baroque influenced style.
Beth Cavener Stichter is full-time professional studio artist residing in the U.S. state of Washington. Stichter focuses her sculpture on human psychology, stripped of context and rationalisation, and articulated through animal forms. “On the surface,” says Stichter, “these figures are simply feral animals suspended in a moment of tension. Beneath the surface, they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding”. In making these painstakingly modeled works Stichter has learned to read meaning in the subtler signs; “rely[ing] on animal body language in [her] work as a metaphor for these underlying patterns, transforming the animal subjects into human psychological portraits. Something conscious and knowing is captured in their gestures and expressions, both an invitation and a rebuke.
© Beth Cavener Stichter