Steve Driscoll: Trick of the Light

October 7 - 31, 2021

Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce Trick of the Light, an exhibition of new paintings by Steve Driscoll. The exhibition in the west gallery will open on October 7th and run until October 31st. This is Driscoll’s first exhibition at the gallery.


Guided by his explorations in the Canadian wilderness, Steve Driscoll translates his encounters into visceral, colour-saturated depictions of landscape. Known mostly for his paintings, his work has also taken the form of light-boxes and site-specific installations. His technique embraces painterly spontaneity and experimentation, yet it is measured by his deep understanding of the industrial materials he employs. Often influenced by social media, advertising and architecture, his use of colour and light reflects these everyday experiences.


The element of performance plays an important and evolving role in Driscoll’s practice. Recently, he sent GoPro cameras on inflatable pillows down waterfalls and rapids in Northern Ontario, recording the power and energy of water. Works based on the imagery from the GoPro cameras are included in the exhibition alongside immersive, large-scale paintings rendered in electric colour.


Being Canadian, I love the outdoors, I hike, canoe and camp. Eventually, my earlier abstract work started to shift and everything became about the landscape, especially the feeling of being there.

– Steve Driscoll


This exhibition coincides with the opening of A Light Stolen From the Sun, a 5-year project commissioned for the newly completed CIBC SQUARE in Toronto. It consists of twelve backlit glassworks at the end of elevator corridors on the first two levels of the building. The tallest glassworks extend to almost 40 feet.


To access a virtual exhibition tour, click here.

To access the viewing room, click here.