The oil and acrylic paintings of Canadian artist Grace Dam are as intriguing as they are stunning. Combining a figurative approach with modern abstract elements, Dam seeks to uncover the emotions and beauty found in familiar settings. For her subjects, Dam seeks out that unforgettable memory or compelling moment, an unspoken emotion, or even a quiet glance between strangers.
Through her art, Dam strives to create a story and convey a message to the viewer. As she explains, “The story can be personal or common, but each is that nagging turmoil we sometimes wish someone could tell.” Focusing on the details, she builds layer upon layer in her painting in the areas of color, line, and composition, all of which work together to develop characters, individuality, and a meaningful narrative. Thus, every component in the tableau has meaning and purpose, and invites the viewer to see the world in an entirely new way.
Grace Dam currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada, where she is enrolled in a BFA program at Ontario College of Art and Design University.