David Bierk
Paradise Lost II, to Michelangelo, Kensett, Cole, Sarasov and Gauguin

oil on canvas
96 x 108 ins ( 243.8 x 274.3 cms )

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Private Collection, Toronto
Daniel Sharp, “Major Paintings 1987-1994”, In the Absence of Paradise, Ottawa/Peterborough, 1994, reproduced page 54
Using the postmodern strategy of appropriation, David Bierk gleaned imagery from a range of sources to create works that resonated with meaning. With this painting, Bierk used his impressive painterly skill to depict five well-known works in convincing mimicry of the diverse techniques of historical masters. Dramatically enlarging a drawing by Michelangelo, Bierk successfully captured the gesture and energy of a sketch on paper using oil paint. The vertical column of images on the right loosely correspond to the primary colours, creating associations with printing and industrial reproduction. Bierk’s work engages in a complex dialogue with the past, consistently infused with genuine reverence for the great paintings of history.

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This artwork is sold with a copy of the publication “In the Absence of Paradise: The Art of David Bierk” (1994).
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David Bierk
(1944 - 2002)