Bridges by Greg Garand, Toronto, Ontario. Painted in 1988 at 31 West Main
Street (facing Niagara Street), 64' by 15'. Prior to the completion of
the Welland Canal bypass in 1973 to the east of the city, ships from around
the world passed through the heart of Welland, navigating in what today
is a recreational waterway. Lift bridges connecting the east and west sides
of Welland were raised to allow the huge ships to pass through.
having spent a good part of my childhood along the banks of the old Welland
Canal, it has become part of a series of memorable scenes and situations.
This particular scene is ships in the evening when they seemingly glide
through the canal with a ghostly appearance, after the city has calmed.
The mural was an expression of the mood created when ships passed at dusk.
Mural painting requires an artist to be more organized. The process takes
longer, from the time the 'big picture" is analyzed and problems worked
out from a distance, to the time the paint is brushed on the mural. Spontaneity
is obstructed. Noise, traffic, fluctuating light, the immediate environment
in general is an element the artist has to deal with, as opposed to studio
painting where there is a controlled environment."
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is another depiction of the recurring theme of the serenity associated
with night passages on the canal. The painter gives us an impressionistic
rendition of the clouds and the forest. The result is to capture the surreal
ambiance of ships travelling at night in a way that would have been lost
in a photographic rendering.
the Artist: Greg Garand, Toronto, Ontario
graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Greg Garand was born in Welland
and attended Confederation High School. He studied art fundamentals at
Sheridan College and silk screening and drawing at Niagara College. He
now works as a freelance designer and illustrator.
commented "I always dabbled in painting and drawing, but it wasn't until
1982 that I dedicated myself to an artistic career." He is used to working
on smaller jobs such as magazine covers and editorial illustrations but
tackled his first mural in Welland with excitement and enthusiasm. Greg
has also worked as a carpenter.