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David Bolduc

Video © CCCA &Linda Corbett_Eyeris Inc. 2006
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Early Years

David talks about his early years at the Ontario College of Art and the group of writers and poets who galvanized around Stan Bevington and The Coach House Press. In the open-minded atmosphere of the early sixties, this talented group that "had not been able to handle school in some particular way", began creating and publishing. The Press has continued to evolve and thrive for over forty years.

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Collaboration

David Bolduc fulfils a passion for literature through his continuous collaboration with writers and poets such as Victor Coleman and Michael Ondaatje. His most recent suite of watercolour drawings is for the book "The Story", with Ondaatje. All book sale proceeds go to The World Literacy Fund. In this clip, David describes the creative process involved in pairing imagery and language.

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Drawing and Painting

Bolduc sees his drawing and his painting as totally separate. The goal of the abstract paintings is to make images that don’t "look like what it is, but feel like what it is". The drawings, on the other hand, "are a concious attempt to represent the world around me", he says. He finds his models for the paintings in art history and in the textures and colours
of the places he has been.

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Decoration

The imagery of Islamic, Byzantine, and Bauhaus decoration are a central influence in David’s work. In this clip, he talks about the "extraordinarily important visual area" of these abstract forms. Islamic images of plants and flowers, the ancient tribal art of textile weaving, with its sensual use of colour and unique "psychic history", has sadly, been ignored by most modern painting.

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Process

David’s unique approach to painting includes a process that "goes on and on and on". He may begin with a painting of a seascape from his studio in Newfoundland, then turn it on its end and paint over it, layering over and over in thick layers of slow-drying oil paint. The resulting texture is akin to the surfaces on ancient walls, while the layers become like a time capsule, holding the fragments and traces of other ideas and shapes.

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