The David Series, Ian McKinnon (Jan-Mar, 2022) – Artist Talks at ARTSPLACE

Livestream - Ian McKinnon Art Talk, The David Series (Jan. 12-Mar. 5, 2022)

The series of 80 drawings began in December 2019 and ended in July 2021. I invited a friend (David) to pose for me. I felt a need to engage in a sustained process of drawing from a nude model – and I wanted the body to be an older male. Our sessions were weekly for the most part with periods of disengagement when COVID-19 restrictions were in place.

From the beginning the goal had been to draw without expectations and, as much as it was possible to do so, to have non-poses. Nothing too heroic, historical or theatrical was desired. David has no background in modelling – and this was an asset. Eventually he would suggest poses that were unique to him ; unique to how he moves and thinks in his body ; unique to his physical limitations. It was a generosity that invited me to see anew through the drawing process.

– Ian McKinnon

The David Series, Ian McKinnon
In residence: Sat 29 January – Sat 12 February 2022
Chapel Gallery Exhibition: 29 Jan – 5 March 2022 (a selection of the larger drawings from “The David Series”)

Artist Profile - Ian McKinnon

  • Headshot of Ian McKinnon, captured from the livestream video

    Ian McKinnon is a Halifax based artist, mark-maker, mentor and pilgrim. His settler origins stretch back at least four generations maternally and paternally along the Northumberland Strait in Nova Scotia’s Cumberland and Colchester counties.

    He earned a BFA from NSCAD (1980) and a MFA from Concordia (1994.) A part-time faculty member, Ian has taught drawing at NSCADU in the Foundation Year program since 2003.

    Baptism and confirmation into the Anglican Church of Canada drew Ian to theological studies at the Atlantic School of Theology (2005/6) He then transferred to the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College (University of Toronto) where he completed a Master of Theology Studies (2011). March 2014 to December 2016 Ian was Parish Artist-in-Residence at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Halifax, Nova Scotia.) Besides pursuing his own work in a studio graciously provided by the church, he established an exhibition program within the worship space of the historic church, curating and writing about other artists’ work.

    A series of large abstract paintings titled Fragments of Glory was generated during his residency at Halifax’s historical St. Paul’s Church.

    In 2018/19 a 15-month project culminated in a drawing series, titled Still/Life, comprising over 150 individual drawings. These contemporary (or “neo”) icons were the components of two different installations/exhibitions, the first at ARTSPLACE, Annapolis Royal, the second at Hermes Gallery, Halifax in the summer of 2019.

    Since then a series of drawings titled Harvesting/Time has been completed and Ian is currently absorbed in a new series of works titled Full/Circle.

    A solo exhibition of works selected from all three of these recent series has been confirmed for November 2021 at The Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, N.S.