New works from Guelph natives Derek O’Donnell & Mike Skiperis
Join us for an opening reception on Sat. July 9, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Whitestone Gallery, 80 Norfolk St. Guelph, ON.
Long time friends Derek O’Donnell and Mike Skiperis were both born and raised in Guelph. This show is a collection of new work by these two artists, and is their first time exhibiting work together in their hometown. This collaboration stems from a discussion between these childhood friends regarding their individual work and related themes.
Award winning photographer Derek O’Donnell, a Humber College graduate, specializes in portrait photography. He now lives and works in Toronto. Derek’s interest in portraiture, using the young people that are a part of his life through friendships, work and family, show a talent and quality of photography that is sometimes lost in today’s abundance of “point and shoot” photos.
Mixed media artist Micheal Skiperis holds a BFA from the University of Ottawa. He lives and works in Guelph. Mike’s work focuses on mythology and memory. Pop culture elements add a playfulness that delights the viewer while drawing them into an alternate world. His mixed media works incorporate found material, drawing and painting. The works for this show continue to explore Mike’s interest with childhood ideas of masculinity.
This show hopes to bring together the people that influenced the making of the pieces in a place that inspires the creativity of these two young talents.