By Adam Brazeau,
CORNWALL, Ontario – Kevin Jude MacDonald fuses three decades of the most cultured cities and fashion modeling scenes on canvass at his first art exhibit: From Paris to N.Y.C.
© Adam Brazeau
Kevin Jude MacDonald at his first art exhibit: From Paris to N.Y.C. at The Art gallery (TAG) Cornwall.
Over 30 pieces hanged at The Art Gallery (TAG) Cornwall creating an international vibe with imagery of James Dean and striking models. Strokes of La Ville-Lumière and The Big Apple were loud, with a lingering movie poster feel.
“This is my first solo art exhibition, so it’s really a lot for me,” said MacDonald. “I’m trying to show you pieces of my work that encompass my experience in Paris and New York with fashion, fashion designers and the beautiful models I worked with.”
MacDonald takes an organic approach to his art, highlighted in the ‘Sunflowers from France’ piece that features parts of his garden and flowers he saw while living and modeling in Paris.
A unique aspect to his ‘Fools for Love’ painting was the dash of his theatre experience, inspired by a quote from American playwright Sam Shepard.
“A lot of my paintings are based on quotes,” said the artist who lived in Paris for eights years, and New York City for five.
In 1985, MacDonald graduated from St. Lawrence College with a diploma in graphic design and fine arts. Then he completed certification for modeling at Sheridan College.
Many paintings were clad with picturesque women MacDonald knew or worked with over his thirty years in the trendiest fashion districts, with top modeling agencies and fashion designers.
“Women are so beautiful. I try to capture the essence,” he said.
From there he was scouted to a top-modeling agency in Toronto. Shortly after he moved to Paris, and became immersed in the language and culture as he worked with the best in his field.
He posed for famous photographers and did fashion shows and editorial work for designers, such as Christian Dior.
Then he moved to New York City, got into theatre and began painting.
His style began with black and white paintings in high contrast, that convey movie poster undertones.
MacDonald is planning on expanding the frame by doing larger pieces, up to mural size. Painting politicians and athletes is another artistic ambition he’d like to pursue. The artist, who was born in St. Andrews West and moved to Cornwall 15 years ago, is also available for commission work.
“Stop by, support fashion, art and the art gallery,” he said.
The Paris to New York City art exhibition is open until Sept. 13 at TAG (http://www.tagcornwall.ca/), at the Pitt and Second Streets intersection.
Contact MacDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.