Commissioned artwork for Terence Kook

What better way to kick off 2014 than to look back at those golden moments from the previous year. 2013 was pretty great and my gratitude ripples into 2014.

One client who made this past year so great is a man named Terence, a hardworking Calgarian condo owner with a respect for the natural environment and a carefully selected art collection.

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Terence commissioned me last year to bring a little of Alberta’s great outdoors into his home. He wanted something that complimented his already defined style, he also wanted to see our rocky beasts to the west, the mountains. We began working together on a concept for his piece until we both had a clear picture for what he wanted.

A year after the work was installed I caught up with Terence to see how he and the artwork were getting along and this is what he had to share.

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“ The work is a great addition to my home environment and it is something that I look at every morning when I am having breakfast. Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to live so close to the mountains and now the artwork brings it right into my home. The fact that the work is done on wood brings the outdoors inside and gives my place a rustic feel. 

There is something so peaceful and serene about the work that brings an element of calmness into my home. Having something commissioned is a special feeling as you know the work is unique and in a small way is something you helped create.”

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New Video Celebration of my art process

It's finally happened. After weeks of planning, storyboarding, writing and recording I tracked down a videographer, grabbed a map and set out into the rockies to shoot this video. This is a celebration of the summertime road trips and nomadic jaunts we take into the wilderness.

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Here I describe my creative process, experience as an artist and how the natural world is rooted in every project I get into. 

Watch the video here. Enjoy!

In friendship,
Curtis Van Charles Sorensen


P.S New artwork scheduled for mid November is inspired from the road trip filmed in this video.

Artwork featured at UNA Pizza + Wine in Calgary

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I hope you're managing the new chill this fall season carries with it and can still find ways to get out and enjoy all the warm colors the cool weather brings.

I wanted to share with you an installation I recently finished at one of Calgary's favourite restaurants, UNA Pizza & Wine! I'm so excited about this!! It was an amazing project that lead to a memorable journey through the canadian rockies and into the largest installation I've ever done (the artwork is over 24 feet)!

The goal for this project was to create something that reflected Calgary's surrounding wilderness so that customers could experience an outdoor atmosphere inside.
Once the details were ironed out and the project was approved I headed out to Kananaskis Country and spent the next three days exploring and photographing the Upper and Lower lakes. We experienced several memorable moments, most notable and dangerous was encountering a mother moose with her two calves just across a narrow stream. After a brief standoff the moose and our group of three went our separate ways. 

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I took the best moments selected from the trip and combined them into two mixed media artworks. Each piece was then enlarged, mounted, painted and finally installed in the restaurant.

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Another incredibly exciting opportunity that has come out of this project is that the two original pieces which are about 1/4 scale in size, are going to be auctioned off and donated to a worthy cause. I'm excited to share more details about this with you soon, once everything has been hammered out!

If you haven't had a chance to check out the work yet, I would love for you to go and visit. Send me an email and let me know what you think of it! UNA is well known for their delicious menu (my girlfriend and I eat there all the time). Plus these works will be up until mid-november.

In friendship,
Curtis Van Charles Sorensen

 

 

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