Daniel Hutchinson is an artist who, for the past decade, has been exploring the artistic possibilities of black paint, sculpted with striations that capture or reflect light in ways that create the illusion of space. The movement of the viewer, back and forth, changes the appearance of the works, either flattening them or creating the illusion of folds, ripples, cavities and projections. While the painting offered at this year’s Art Gems has a lighter palette, it nonetheless features Hutchinson’s signature colourful underpainting, which adds colour to the work, as well as a further dimension.
Hutchinson received his BFA from the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver and his MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax. He has exhibited across North America, Australia and Sweden. Accolades include being a two-time semi-finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and the Brucebo Foundation Artist Residency in Gotland, Sweden. Recent projects include exhibitions in Toronto and Miami. Hutchinson is represented by Angell Gallery in Toronto, where he held his most recent show in November 2019.