We love to work with artists. Be it reproducing their work, buying it ourselves, or just admiring. here are a few we’d like to share:
Christa is an all round wonderful person and a diverse artist.
We have been working with her, reproducing her dog and cat eye series of watercolours, but those are only a small part of what she does.
See her work at www.christagampp.com
Born in Winnipeg, but raised in England, Ian found himself missing Canada and the prairies. Three weeks after completing his studies at North Staffordshires’ Polytechnique, Ian bought a one-way ticket back to Winnipeg.
Working as an engineering technologist with Federal Pioneer Electric, he was introduced to photography through the need to document high voltage experiments on 4×5” technical view cameras.
Once his interest was piqued, Ian studied the work of other photographers such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, but also referred to painters such as the old masters, in order to learn what created “art”.
This carried him into a career as a photographer, encompassing many endeavours such as photographing the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, working for the Winnipeg free press and Winnipegs Contemporary Dancers. One of his true passions, The Black Hole Theatre, still produces fine plays today.
Moving on to Ottawa he continued in photo journalism, but branched out into portraiture – photographing many federal Members of Parliament. Canadian Guide dogs for the blind one among many such worthy clients. National Art Center and Theatre Ballet of Canada. The opening of the Weston Hotel, a notable photo shoot with Le Groupe de la Place Royale. Garth Hampson and Christ Church Cathedral Choir among his favourite clients.
This all culminating in a long distance relationship with his now wife in Berlin, Germany. Here he spent some two years commuting between Germany and various Canadian cities.
This is where his current “Doors I have Met”-series was conceived and realized.
After coming to Toronto in 2006, Ian decided to sell his own work, shot throughout Canada and parts of Europe. To this end he opened a small gallery in the St. Lawrence market, which he ran from 2006-2009. Since 2006 he has shown and sold his work in various places such as Ajax City Council, Oakville City Hall, Win Henstock Gallery, Kerr Village Art Gallery etc. He also participates in art shows such as Art in the Park Oakville and Dundas Art in the Park. Select smaller pieces are available in a handful of gift stores thoughout the GTA – Hamilton. Also, his work can be ordered from his website at http://lookslike.ca.
Inspired by the old masters, Ian’s photographs are paintings of light – His favourite subject being the Canadian Landscape in extreme weather.