Brent Cleveland

Brent Cleveland is an award winning contemporary artist currently living and working in Montréal, Québec. He has been recognized academically, winning the FOFA merit scholarship and the Tom Hopkins Memorial Scholarship from Concordia University, where he is presently an MFA candidate in the Painting & Drawing department.

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Artist statement

Duration has become increasingly important to my practice. In my studio I spend countless hours playing with sculptural objects and exploring the limitations of paint as a material. I play with paint and I paint with anything I find. Like exercises designed to develop my creative intuition and responsiveness, tangential studio explorations such as video and impromptu installation also inform my decisions as a painter. I’m interested in resolving the complicated problems and challenges I give myself. I interact with the canvas in a very dancerly way – responding to what is in front of me, then interrogating it repeatedly with counter decisions.

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