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.Read more
Cleveland has exhibited extensively in Halifax, Montréal, and Toronto. In 2018 his work was exhibited in the iconic Darling Foundry Gallery in Montréal for Maureen III, as well as the distinguished and highly regarded Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery for Ignition 14, curated by Tammer El-Sheikh and Michèle Thériault.
In 2016 he was thrilled to take part in Art Mûr’s Fresh Paint/New Construction in Montréal.
His whimsical and mysterious portraits can be found in several private collections across Canada.
Cleveland is a force to be reckoned with as he continues to pursue artistic freedom while pushing his understanding of what the future of art could be.
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.Read more