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Creative Portrait Painting with Justin Ogilvie

Sat, May 26, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

May 22, 2018 – Please note: We are sorry to announce that this demonstration has been cancelled. Thank you for your interest.

In this demonstration, Vancouver artist and educator, Justin Ogilvie will show you how to apply creative approaches to painting the portrait in oils.

His working motto is "Build the form, tear it down, then look for the magic moments while cleaning it up". While working from a photographic source, Ogilvie first builds the portrait utilizing traditional techniques of underpainting, grisaille, and blocking in basic skin tones. Once the form is established, a variety of contemporary techniques (artificial colour, palette knife, squeegee, scraping, textures) will be utilized to disturb the realism of the form making way for new spaces.

Emphasis will be placed upon pushing paint and highlighting its abstract properties, as well as confronting the preciousness often associated with realism. Attendees of this demonstration will learn how to let go, take risks, and adapt the rules in portraiture providing new possibilities for their own practice.

Space is limited and registration is required.
Please visit Opus Langley or contact them at 604‑533‑0601 to register.

Justin Ogilvie is a Vancouver based artist and educator, with an MFA from the University of Alberta, and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Ogilvieā€™s painting practice explores the tension between traditional and contemporary modes of painting; specifically, examining how the 'self' is constituted within interpersonal relationships, our declining connection to nature, and today's digital technology.

Ogilvie exhibits nationally and internationally within commercial, municipal, and artist-run-centre galleries, and is part of private and public art collections, as well as the recipient of numerous juried and provincial awards. Since 2000, Ogilvie has been a devoted teacher, both independently and at multiple universities [Emily Carr, the University of Alberta, Red Deer College, and the Vancouver Film School]. Justin is also the founding member of the upcoming 'Vancouver Painting School' initiative, with a curriculum designed to balance technical and conceptual developments in historical and contemporary painting.


Creative Portrait Painting
Creative Portrait Painting