Artwork by Derrick Piens,  Smell after rain
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Consignor Canadian Fine Art
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #22

Derrick Piens
Smell after rain

oil on board
signed, titled and dated 2017 on the reverse; unframed
20 x 16 ins ( 50.8 x 40.6 cms )

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Provenance:
Private Collection
Melding sculpture and painting, Derrick Pien’s practice considers the continuous process of transformation that objects, materials, and images undergo throughout time. A departure from his abstract, geomorphic sculptures, “Smell after rain” belongs to a current series of paintings titled “Exiting the cave”. Approaching representation, the works explore notions centred on the story of Plato’s Cave: enlightenment, deception, and perception. Rendering delicate lines and shapes in muted colours with knife and brush, Pien’s painting process is intuitive and encourages deep looking. At first glance, “Smell after rain” depicts an alien landscape, unrecognizable and devoid of human presence. Upon further investigation, however, subtle details come into focus, complicating the viewer’s understanding of the scene. A curtain hanging at the top of the picture plane alludes to some type of performance, bringing about a perceptual shift that places the viewer either in front of, or looking out from, a stage. Like eyes adjusting to light, here layered meaning builds slowly.
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Derrick Piens
(1978)

Born in Chatham, Ontario, Toronto-based artist Derrick Piens received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2005 and an MFA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, in 2007. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in venues across Canada, the United States, and Europe, including the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Parisian Laundry, Montreal; the University of Waterloo Art Gallery; Dallas Contemporary; Angell Gallery, Toronto; General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto; Union Gallery, Kingston; Galleria 5, Oulu, Finland; and LVL3 Gallery, Chicago. His sculptures are included in private collections in London, New York, Dubai, Dallas, Montreal, and Toronto, as well as the Claridge Collection, Montreal; KulttuuriKauppila Art Center, Ii, Finland; the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas; The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa; and the University of Waterloo Art Gallery. He is a recipient of several grants, scholarships, and awards, including funding from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. In 2015, Piens completed a seven-week artist residency at the KulttuuriKauppila Art Center in Finland, and a one-week residency at The Thames Art Gallery in Chatham. He is currently participating in a two-person exhibition at The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario, on view until October 14, 2018.