Toronto artist Stephen Andrews has been working with paint for 15 years, but has good reason for not calling himself a painter.
The large oils in his remarkable show at the Art Gallery of Ontario are actually an inefficient form of four-colour printing, done by hand and modelled on the process used for most photo reproduction. Andrews’s source material is mainly photos of banal scenes: a speaker addressing an auditorium, a crowd at the Air Canada Centre, a couple of hard hats walking through Union Station. The canvases he makes from these snapshots, however, have an impact that is both monumental and fraught with uncertainty.
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