Graydon Dyck, 1946 – 2011. . .
FAREWELL TO A DEAR FRIEND AND TALENTED ARTIST. Later today many of us will be attending the funeral of one of Winnipeg’s most talented (and least known) artists. I met Graydon for the first time ten years ago, in Winnipeg during the spring of 2001. At that time, all I knew about the man was that he made the dreamiest pictures of jazz singers and movie stars.
The first and only time I walked into his apartment, I knew that he was both a gentleman and an artist. Truth be told, I only saw him maybe once or twice a year over the last decade of his life, but everytime we met, Graydon spoke to me as if we’d known each other for years, and I’ll always feel grateful for the inspirational head-bobs and tobacco-stained handshakes we shared. And seriously, didn’t he look exactly like a movie star himself back in the sixties?
Rest in Peace Graydon. Those who knew you will never forget your humility and good humour — and those fortunate enough see your work will admire your passion and visual genius for years to come.
Read the Obituary. View the Work.
Michael Joyal — Before I Sleep. . .
365 days of work — after work — one sketch every day for a whole year.
That year of constant drawing is over now, but I’ve been told that Michael’s still working very diligently on the project, as each one of those sketches will be carefully matted, then mounted onto large boards depicting the progression of the project, month-by-month.
Michael spent the entire last year documenting an astonishing range of images inside his head, onto the pages of several 4 x 6 sketchpads — using graphite, watercolour, acrylic, inks, and whatever else he found in his pockets it seems. The results are nothing short of charming, with images depicting everything from apocalyptic mayhem, to casual portraits, to humorous takes on everyday experience. My favourites are the animals, which are well drawn in a loose informal style that gives each subject a unique personality.
The showing is scheduled at the cre8ery gallery, with an opening reception on Friday February 10, 2012, from 7 – 11 pm.
Sit back and enjoy the slideshow — and contact Michael for pre-buys when you see the drawing you want to add to your collection!
Check out the Free Press video interview with Michael.