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CLIFF KEARNS

NUMBERING & IMMORTAL DIAMOND

 

Numbers are simple in form, yet intricate and complex in meaning. They measure just about everything!  They pervade our days and often dictate our life direction and worth.  Life and, in fact, Art can become a numbers game.’

 

 The more I explore their shape and meaning, the more I discover how important each numeral can be. This exploration can result in interesting, strong and limitless possibilities as statements of Art.

 

When not creating individual numerals from zero to nine as finished paintings in their own right, I've been incorporating sequential numbering into all my series of personal fine art works beginning with IMAGE Number One about 20 years ago.

 

Relatively obvious in the colorful Celebrity Series and my first two hundred or so paintings and constructions, it is more subtle but still there in this recent impactful Diamond Series #212 - #225. This becomes an important marker in tracking my history and evolution as an artist.

 

As an over arching theme, the numbering helps to hold this journey of discovery together. Another subtle underlying take away is a conceptual inference that the commoditization of Art becomes the measure of one's success... and minute by minute - time is passing us by. 

 

This Painting of Numbers and Diamonds have been inspired by the writings of Richard Rohr, especially his book on ' The IMMORTAL DIAMOND' and 'The Enneagram' - a Christian Perspective.

SELECTED  EXHIBITIONS

 

2023 - Parker Art Salon - Pendulum Gallery - Waddington's - May - Vancouver BC - Group

2022 - Eastside Cultural Crawl - November - Vancouver BC

2022 - Pendulum Gallery - November - Vancouver BC - Group

2021 - Eastside Cultural Crawl - November - Vancouver BC

2020 - Eastside Cultural Crawl - Virtual - November - Vancouver BC

2019 - Parker Art Salon - May - Vancouver BC

2018 - Eastside Cultural Crawl - November - Vancouver BC

2017 - Farewell London Exhibit - June 1-30  - Fringe Gallery,  London ON  Canada

2017 - 'Name. Brand & Number' - Mar. 3-17 - Desert Art Collection - Palm Desert, CA, USA

2016  - St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre - Aug. 6 - Sept 17 - ‘One, Two, Three, - I Paint & See’ - One Man - London ON, Canada

2015  -  Westland Gallery - Oct. 6 - Oct 24 - ‘Realism Revisited’ - London ON, Canada

2015  -  Marten Arts - June - Sept - Bayfield  ON, Canada

2015  -  Westland Gallery - Jan 27 - Feb 14 - London ON, Canada

2015  -  Desert Art Collection - March - Oct. - Palm Desert, CA, USA

2014  -  Westland Gallery - Jan 28 - Feb 15 - London ON, Canada

2013   -  Desert Art Collection - March - Oct. - Palm Desert, CA, USA

2011    -  Redstone Art Gallery – Park City Utah, USA

2010   -  New York Art Expo, Part of Solo Exhibit, New York, USA

2009   -  Java, Jazz & Juried - London Art Museum, London ON, Canada

2008   - THE STORY OF CREATION, Digital Exhibition - Frankfurt. Germany

2008   - TRANCENDENT SPIRIT, - Arta Gallery, Distillery Dist, Toronto, 

2008   - The Art Exchange, London ON, Canada

2007    - Toronto Art Expo, Toronto, ON, Canada

2006    - THE GAME OF ART, Galerie Luz, Edifice BELGO, Montreal, Canada

 

 

CORPORATE, PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

 

• St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre

• Dashwood Industries, Dashwood, Ontario, Canada

• General Motors of Canada - Oshawa ,Ontario, Canada

• General Motors of Canada Diesel Division, London, Ontario, Canada

• London International Airport

• Roman Catholic Diocese of London, London, Ontario, Canada

• 100 PLUS Private Collectors

  

PRIVATE, CORPORATE & PUBLIC COMMISSIONS


• Henry Faubert, Chatham, Ontario, Canada

• Huron Anglican Diocese of London, London, Ontario, Canada

• RM Classic Cars, Chatham, Ontario, Canada

• St. Peter’s Seminary, London, Ontario, Canada

• Canadian Cancer Society, and endorsed by Terry Fox, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  

BIBLIOGRAPHY (* Articles & Reviews)

 

• Jewellers Blog
-https://thejewelerblog.wordpress.com/2021/12/09/vancouver-based-artist-cliff-kearns-explores-the-immortal-diamond/

• Artsy -  https://www.artsyshark.com/?s=Cliff+Kearns

• Lorie Lee Steiner - 'Making It Count' - Arabella Magazine, Jan. 2014

• Joe Belanger - 'Kearns Plays Numbers Game In New Exhibit', London Free Press, Feb. 2014

• Gary L. Willhide - 'Canadian Artist to show at Desert Art Collection', Canada South Magazine, March 2013

• Natalie Hegert – 'Cliff Kearns – And So We Soldier On',  Artslant Worldwide, Jan. 2010

• Susan Scott, Arts writer, 'Art with Hearts & Numbers',  Artscape Magazine, Nov. 2008

• Jennifer Dulin Wiley, Managing Editor,  'New Editions',  Art Business News, Jan. 2008

• Maurice Taplinger, 'Cliff Kearns Probes the Meaning in Numbers',  Gallery & Studio, New York: July 2006

• Erin Siegal, 'Cliff Kearns',  Artispectrum Magazine, November 2005

• Ben Benedict, 'Bits and pieces make for an unusual art exhibition',  The Londoner, June 8, 2005

• Mike Roelofsen, ART - 'Clay mural depicts life in Chatham, Kent County',  The London Free Press, June 1992

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