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Origins of Ice Painting

halloran under the iceThe artist's first experience with art was a backyard rink.

"In the fall of 1991, while watching a hockey practice, I made a connection I'd never made before - that making an ice rink was probably my first artistic experience!

"As a child in Trenton, Ontario, I spent many hours, in sub zero temperatures, laying down sheets of backyard ice with my dad's old garden hose. I loved to watch the roughness of the snow-packed earth become smooth and shiny. Playing hockey seemed to be the rationale for going to all the trouble, but I remember being reluctant to allow anybody to use the rink -- lest they scrape this magical, shiny, newly-flooded creation.

"Thirty five years later, I began to imagine the entire surface of an ice rink exploding with color; a Zamboni used as an etching device; a flood of water over the surface.

"This is a big country. Why not make big paintings?"

 

Gordon Halloran started his career as an award-winning Canadian illustrator (covers for Macleans, Financial Post, Toronto Life, San Francisco, American Airlines magazines, The Globe and Mail).

His first show of abstract painting at the Nancy Poole Gallery in Yorkville, Toronto, was followed by other international exhibitions of paintings and drawings. In the fall of 1991, while watching a hockey practice, Halloran made a connection which would impact his work for the next decade: that making an ice rink was probably his first artistic experience. He began to imagine the entire surface of an ice rink exploding with color; a Zamboni used as an etching device; a flood of water glistening over the surface. Out of that experience came his exploration, invention and creation of an art form uniquely Canadian. In the early nineties, Halloran introduced Ice Paintings as public art events. These massive, multicolored abstract paintings recaptured community ice rinks and redefined them from competitive to shared community spaces where everyone could experience the joy of art.

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