Derek Dunlop, Canadian b. 1978, Detail from Untitled, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50.8 x 50.8 cm, courtesy of Michael Gibson Gallery (Derek Dunlop)
This painting started with a square. I didn't think about the grey rectangles or squares that cover graffiti when I painted the painting, but I think it is a good entry point for thinking about the work.
—Derek Dunlop, artist
The School of Art at the University of Manitoba is mounting an exhibit that will feature works by four prominent artists who have some connection with the School of Art.
The exhibit is called Re-Configuring Abstraction. According to gallery director and curator Mary Reid, Winnipeg had a strong reputation in abstract painting from the 50's to the 70's. "I find it exciting that in 2012, each of these artists is exploring this form or type of painting with a fresh perspective."
SCENE invited each of the four artists to describe one of their paintings.
Derek Dunlop grew up in Winnipeg but he studied art in B.C., at Simon Fraser University and U.B.C. His is a socially engaged approach and his influences include phenomenology and psychoanalysis.
Here is Dunlop's description of his painting: