Opening Reception: Thursday April 7, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: April 7 – April 24, 2016
With his latest series of paintings Ted Zourntos continues to probe and interrogate the inner workings of consumer culture. Spolia Opima or “rich spoils” is an ancient Roman term referring to the plunder and riches striped from a defeated combatant in mortal combat. These complex still life paintings connect consumerism, the oil economy and military conflict through subtle and satirical juxtapositions of throw away dollar store trinkets and novelties. Through his paintings. the artist dismantles notions of value to reveal the systematic dysfunction within contemporary consumer culture.
Ted Zourntos is a professional artist and educator with a versatile and accomplished painting practice that encompasses both abstract and representational work. He has exhibited in North America including a solo exhibition at Sloan Fine Art in New York City. Ted completed his undergraduate studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD University) and his Master of Fine Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He is the recipient of several academic and professional awards and his work has been featured in international art publications. Several of his paintings are in private collection.
In addition to his art practice, Ted is a professor in the Illustration program at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. He has published articles on drawing education in the peer reviewed journal of the National Art Education Association in the US.
Project Gallery (1109 Queen St E)