CCCA Canadian Art Database

The CCCA Canadian Art Database offers an engaging collection of short videos that delve into the artistic journey.

Each video provides a vivid glimpse into the creative processes, career trajectories, challenges, and inspirations of the featured artists. This curated selection aims to illuminate the diverse motivations and personal narratives that shape the artistic landscape.

1950’s Design

Evolution of Graphic Design in the 1950s: The video reviews graphic design trends from the 1950s, focusing on the classical and restrained style prevalent at the time. It contrasts this style with more experimental forms, noting a shift in design practices and the incorporation of bold, abstract shapes, which were not universally accepted or understood by all designers of the era.

Advice to students

Career Advice and Experience in the Design Field: The video features a seasoned designer offering career advice based on his extensive experience. He emphasizes the importance of hard work, willingness to take risks, and the necessity of maintaining a good work-life balance. He also stresses the significance of building trust with professional advisors and colleagues, thorough research, and keeping detailed records for efficient project management and billing.

Arrival in Canada

An Immigrant's Arrival in Canada during Hurricane Hazel: The video narrates an Irish immigrant's experience moving to Canada in 1954 during Hurricane Hazel. It describes his immediate job search and successful employment in Toronto, highlighting the vibrant autumn and contrasting it with the gloomy Irish weather, thus setting a positive tone for his new life in Canada.

Art and Business

The Artistic Side of Business in Canada: The video examines the difficulties of running an artistic business in Canada, where art is often undervalued in commercial settings. It discusses how businesses struggle to justify the financial worth of artistic outputs and tend to cater to medium-sized, entrepreneurial companies whose owners appreciate and support the vision and artistic values.

Bloore: Studio

Artistic Process of a Painter: This video delves into the meticulous artistic process of a painter who meticulously plans each piece before executing it. The artist spends several days designing his next painting, determining colors and composition. Once the design is finalized, it is transferred onto a prepared panel, where he primarily uses scraping blades instead of brushes to apply oil paint. He emphasizes the importance of simplification in his work and dismisses the notion of inspiration, instead relying on deliberate planning and execution to achieve his artistic vision.

Bloore: Theories

Philosophy on Art and Design: This video features an artist discussing his philosophy that design is not just a profession but a way of life. He emphasizes the importance of living and breathing design, being constantly aware and observant of one's surroundings to enhance creativity. The artist shares that he finds joy and satisfaction in the process of creation and client happiness, rather than monetary gain or fame, suggesting that true passion for design transcends traditional work concepts.

Bloore: White

Exploration of White in Painting: This video delves into an artist's exploration of using white paint, which began after feeling dissatisfied with the content provided by color in his previous works. After experimenting with a simple white painting, he found profound satisfaction and continued to develop this approach, focusing on white's subtlety and interaction with different surfaces and forms. His journey included working on different scales and materials, emphasizing the physical engagement and intuitive connection with his art.

Bloore: Winhedore

Art Exhibition Controversy: This video captures the intense reactions and discussions surrounding a controversial art exhibition. It highlights the preparation by the organizers to handle inquiries and critiques, reflecting the divisive nature of the art displayed. The contrast between a visitor's claim of the artwork being "genius" and the director's more tempered view underscores the subjective interpretations and intense debates that can accompany public art exhibitions.

Bolduc: Collaboration

Creative Process of a Book Illustrator: This video dives into the intricate process of a book illustrator collaborating with poets. It showcases the evolution from initial sketches to final pieces, highlighting the extensive efforts that go into creating visually complementary works for textual content, emphasizing the synergy between illustrations and poetry.

Bolduc: Drawing and Painting

Separation of Drawing and Painting: The artist discusses his approach to separating drawing from painting, where drawings aim to represent reality and paintings strive to convey feelings abstractly. He shares insights into his creative struggle with painting the ocean in Newfoundland, aiming for expression beyond mere replication.

Bolduc: Early

Early Influences and Community in Publishing: The artist recounts his early lack of formal art education and how libraries influenced his literary ambitions. He describes his involvement with Coach House Press and the vibrant community that formed around it in the early 1960s, highlighting the collaborative spirit and experimental nature of the publishing projects undertaken.

Bolduc: Early

Early Influences and Community in Publishing: The artist recounts his early lack of formal art education and how libraries influenced his literary ambitions. He describes his involvement with Coach House Press and the vibrant community that formed around it in the early 1960s, highlighting the collaborative spirit and experimental nature of the publishing projects undertaken.

Calzetta

Visual Information and Art Creation: The video explores an artist's approach to creating art driven by visual information rather than textual content. It describes how visual stimuli, both conscious and subconscious, influence the artist's decision-making in the studio, resulting in artworks that are complex assemblies of multiple images and forms, illustrating a dynamic and iterative creative process.

Calzetta: Diner

Scale and Design in Visual Art Projects: This video details an artist's process of creating large-scale works for a diner, starting from sketches to constructing a large styrofoam model of the space. It illustrates how the artist tests the spatial relationships and visual interplay of images within the actual size of the project, ensuring coherence across the artwork.

Calzetta: Drawing

Documentation of Process

Calzetta: Forms

Exploration of Forms and Shapes in Art: The artist discusses his process of manipulating forms and shapes to create dynamic compositions. He explains how working with different shapes leads to new discoveries about their relationships and potential meanings. The process is described as fluid and experimental, with forms evolving and merging with past works to create new visual narratives. This approach results in artwork that challenges traditional perspectives and invites viewers to interpret ambiguous spatial relationships.