• CHARLES BIERK: WHAT WAS FOUND

    JUNE 10 - JULY 3, 2021

  • For the last few years, Charles Bierk has focused on painting the everyday objects we display and keep around us. This body of work marks the next chapter following What Was Not Lost, an exhibition at the gallery in 2019 including small paintings of objects, arranged into grids. Known for his large, black and white portraits with intense gazes and arresting detail, these more recent works command our attention in a different way.

     

    The scale of the individual object paintings is intimate, approximately life-sized, and they remind us of our own miscellaneous collections that often have sentimental attachment. The objects Bierk has painted in the exhibition including a candelabrum, a box of restaurant matches and a BIC lighter, belong to himself, a loved one or have been discovered and adopted. Just as Bierk accentuates every pore, freckle and hair follicle in his portraits, the wear on the objects is carefully documented and tells the story of a life lived.

    • Charles Bierk Match Box (E.B.), 2021 oil on canvas 7 x 5 in.
      Charles Bierk
      Match Box (E.B.), 2021
      oil on canvas
      7 x 5 in.
      $ 3,500.00
    • Charles Bierk Corkscrew (B.T. + C.T.), 2021 oil on canvas 8 x 6 in.
      Charles Bierk
      Corkscrew (B.T. + C.T.), 2021
      oil on canvas
      8 x 6 in.
      $ 3,500.00
  • Charles Bierk, Lighter (C.B.), 2021

    Charles Bierk

    Lighter (C.B.), 2021 oil on canvas
    7 x 5 in.
    $ 3,500.00
  • Charles Bierk, Stretching Hammer (C.B.), 2021

    Charles Bierk

    Stretching Hammer (C.B.), 2021 oil on canvas
    14 x 11 in.
    $ 6,000.00
  • Charles Bierk, What Was Not Lost, 2019

    Charles Bierk

    What Was Not Lost, 2019 oil on canvas
    36 x 84 in.
    $ 22,000.00
  • Charles Bierk, Lock (Bob + Carol), 2021

    Charles Bierk

    Lock (Bob + Carol), 2021 oil on canvas
    14 x 11 in.
  • Charles Bierk, Studio Screwdriver (D.B.), 2021

    Charles Bierk

    Studio Screwdriver (D.B.), 2021 oil on canvas
    8 x 6 in.
    $ 3,500.00
  • Charles Bierk, Key (C.B.), 2021

    Charles Bierk

    Key (C.B.), 2021 oil on canvas
    7 x 5 in.
    $ 3,500.00
  • Charles Bierk was born in 1987 in Peterborough, Ontario. He has exhibited in Canada and the United States. In 2017,...
     

    Charles Bierk was born in 1987 in Peterborough, Ontario. He has exhibited in Canada and the United States. In 2017, Bierk had a solo exhibition at the Grinnell College Museum of Art, Iowa for which a catalogue was published. Bierk’s paintings are included in many prominent collections across the country including a major commission for the Ivey School of Business at Western University in London, Ontario.