Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Overdue Update

It has been a busy start to 2017, and I have fallen behind on my updates. My work has been split three ways recently, divided between large oil and acrylic pieces, watercolours, and now some textile pieces. I will be updating on the textile work once I get some satisfactory photos compiled. Some recent work on panel in the meantime:





Thursday, 10 November 2016

Recent Work Fall 2016

Honing in on basics these days. Colour, translucency, fluidity.







Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Hamilton Supercrawl

I will have four watercolours as part of the Art Gallery of Hamilton's Design Annex exhibition for this year's Supercrawl happening September 11-13 on James Street North. Supercrawl is a one-of-a-kind weekend of music and art. Should you find yourself there this year, take a peek in the Design Annex, conveniently located in the heart of the event.



Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Website Launched

The new website has finally launched! I will continue to keep the blog updated.

Check out JMCGREGOR.CA

Also, the latest exhibition with Marcia Rafelman opens June 4, 2015 and runs to July 10.

Friday, 12 September 2014

News and new work for fall 2014

Here is a look at work framed and hung in a collector's home, care of Art Interiors. I will also be posting photos of the pieces I finished this summer for the new Delta Hotel in Toronto's financial district after the installation and opening in late October, care of Tatar Art Projects.

New work from the summer 2014:







Friday, 25 April 2014

Spring 2014

wc117
watercolour on paper


wc119
watercolour on paper


wc120
watercolour on paper


Fiction
12 x 12 inches
oil on panel


Faction
12 x 12 inches
oil on panel

Monday, 31 March 2014

Sad News

Peter Porcal, the legendary art historian and professor for 20 years with OCAD's Florence program, died suddenly late last week of complications from surgery after apparent heart troubles. It has been nine years since I last saw him, and at that time he had just celebrated his 60th birthday. His funeral was yesterday in Florence at the Chiesa Santissima Annunziata.

There are so many things to recall about Peter, and only those who met him would appreciate them. His memorial in Toronto will be full of stories told by former students - his "children". But the power of Peter was his ability to captivate us, to make history real. He conveyed the passion and the fire that motivated some of the most important artists, patrons, politicians, and muses in European history. And even though his stories must have been told by rote after 20 years, and even though all of us knew we were being seduced, it worked year after year. Our art practices were changed and richer for it, mine included.

I came across a piece of writing that Peter wrote about his students in 2007. Sandy McQueen was in the program the second year I lived in Florence, and her husband Rod is a writer. It is from his website that I found this. Peter's words seem especially poignant now that he is gone:


"You may already not remember, but we have seen this year two famous examples of angels represented without wings. The first image was the beautiful Byzantine mosaic from the late sixth century in the church of San Vitale in Ravenna. In this mosaic we see Abraham surprised in his home by three beautiful young men. Without hesitation he sits them at his table and treats them with lamb and wine. He does not yet know that these three young men at his table are angels. They do not have wings. 
"The second example of angels without wings we saw is famous: they are Michelangelo's angels in his Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican; but now that you are leaving, I am thinking rather about Abraham's angels. Young, gentle, beautiful as you all are. 
"It has now been more than twenty years that I have been with OCAD students in Florence. Year after year, hundreds of students. One can not remember now all their names even if I would like to remember them. One can not remember all of their faces even though some of them suddenly surface in my mind's eye. Although what I do remember is that they were equally young, gentle, beautiful. 
"They say here about Abraham that when the three youngsters left his house, not having any visible wings, Abraham, suddenly and for a long time still, did hear in the silence of his home, flapping of wings. Good flight, children!"