by Paul Elliott, Toronto, Ontario. Painted in 1988, at 285 East Main Street
(YMCA), 327 square feet. The Mike Burwell Memorial Triathlon, an annual
Welland event, is depicted in this three panel mural. This race is a significant
feature of the summer in Welland, attracting 300-400 competitors. From
left to right, the viewer captures the intensity of the runner, cyclist
and swimmer. The artist used "blobs of colour" to depict form. On one panel,
the artist has painted the triathletes running by the mural on the YMCA.
The result is a mural within a mural.
painting was dedicated to the Burwell Family.
knew about the Mike Burwell Triathlon, and they [Festival of Arts] gave
me a theme of sports. It was so fitting. The sun does bother this paint.
It's the highest quality type of paint in any weather conditions. I particularly
enjoy painting murals because of the 'larger than life' aspect. I like
public art because I feel it's something the community can call their own.
The reason I paint murals is because anyone can see them. You don't have
to go to a gallery and wear a tie."
Virtual Guide's Comments
of the most disquieting mural, Triathlon conveys a starkness in its depiction
of athletes pushing themselves to the limit. Muscles bulge; the faces are
contorted with the immensity of the effort, yet there seems to be something
darker in their expressions as well. In the best traditions of the "trompe
l'oeil" or "eye fooling" technique, Elliott plays visual tricks on us by
placing a mural within a mural within a mural, a rather lighthearted contrast
to the straining athletes.
the Artist: Paul Elliott, Toronto, Ontario
Elliott is a Toronto native who studied animation at Sheridan College and
fine arts and design at Central Technical School Arts Department. He has
completed several large-scale paintings in Toronto including four indoor
works and two outdoor murals.
is involved in a wide range of artistic pursuits, including design of album
jackets and music video art direction. He particularly enjoys painting
murals because of the "larger-than-life aspect."