Exertion

GOLD SUN

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Brook View

2021

Mixed Media on four wood panels

25CM x 25CM

ARTIST

STATEMENT

As visions of the invisible, my original paintings, mixed media, drawings, and writings, let audiences relieve their habitual perceptions, by inviting creativity and contemplation into contemporary spaces.


The creative process often involves an archeological approach, firmly rooted in personal experiences of place and time, where preliminary images are excavated many times over in order for something buried within to emerge. Sometimes a score of action or palette is devised, other times a sticky phrase or memory be a prompt. Even when working by observation the work assumes a supranatural quality imbued with found objects and emotions that present themselves during the process, improvisation, and brut experimentation.


The results are layered textural artworks, beckoning audiences to peek through the fringes of possibility. Through myth and revelation. a signature freedom in mark making and figuration, my work and studio practice offer a transcendence of cultural memory and inescapably human creations.


BIO

Exertion Gold Sun is an artist from Shantigar, a tiny kingdom, established on the belief that art can transform life: by giving voice to the silenced, making the invisible visible, and provoking wonder.


His mentors include the American figurative master, Lennart Anderson, Native American painter and street artist, Yatika Starr Fields, and playwright and calligrapher, Jean-Claude van Itallie.


After fifteen years in New York City, followed by time in Los Angeles and Santa Fe, Exertion now lives and works in the Laurentians of Quebec.

SELECT WORKS

Mindfield / Bubbleverse

2015

Mixed Media on industrial cardboard

122CM x 152CM

JUAN PACO

2015

Mixed Media on industrial cardboard

122CM x 152CM

Parc des Amoureux

2020

Acylic on wood panel

41CM x 23CM

Riviere du Nord (Km 36)

2021

OIl paint on wood panel

41CM x 23CM

Laurentian Views

2021

OIl paint on wood panel

2 x 10CM x 10CM

Wind Farm

2022

oil paint on two Wood panels

91CM x 101CM

Zuni Dancer

2018

Mixed Media on paper

61CM x 71CM

Untitled (Breaking Through)

2023

Mixed Media on wood panel

122CM x 152CM

Death in Blue (Brownstone)

2014

Mixed Media on CANVAS

46CM x 41CM

Interdit

2021

Mixed Media on paper

31CM x 23CM

River View

2021

Mixed Media on paper

31CM x 23CM

Biophilia (Costa Rica)

2016

Mixed Media on four Canvas panels


Manzanillo

2016

Mixed Media on four Canvas panels

51CM x 40CM

San Jose

2016

Mixed Media on four Canvas panels

51CM x 40CM

Limon

2016

Mixed Media on four Canvas panels

51CM x 40CM

Altos del Monte

2016

Mixed Media on four Canvas panels

51CM x 40CM

Shared Earth

2018

Mixed Media on paper

71CM x 61CM

Solsticio

2021

Mixed Media on wood panel

41CM x 23CM

Zhang Daqian

2016

Oil paint and aerosol on canvas

25CM x 30CM

Moineau

2021

Mixed Media on paper

10CM x 10CM

Compost

2021

oil paint on wood paper

10CM x 10CM

Water Bearer

2017

acrylic paint on canvas

122CM x 66CM

Koi Over Cutouts

2014

acrylic paint on styrofoam block

30CM x 40CM

Dome Under Fire

2015

acrylic and oil paint on canvas

101CM x 91CM


Collaboration with @BATLAzarus

Silly Goose

2013

mixed media on canvas

61CM x 51CM

Your New Swan

2013

mixed media on canvas

61CM x 51CM

Overlooked Edges

2012

acrylic paint on gesso board

30CM x 20CM

Post Glacial

2014

acrylic paint on framed polytarp

40CM x 30CM

Flood on Furman

2017

oil paint on industrial cardboard

30CM x 25CM

Elephant Cave

2014

mixed media

40CM x 30CM

Portales

2020

Mixed media on canvas

40CM x 51CM

Whale on the Lawn

2014

acrylic paint on Canvas

35CM x 30CM

Atalya Mountain

2018

mixed media on paper

30CM x 30CM

Birchface

2013

acrylic paint on wood panel

244CM x 122CM

DRAWING

COLLABORATIONS

Borealité

2021

Acrylic paint on concrete


with @Helena.vd


Impossible Forest

2019

chalk on concrete

with @Helena.vd

All in the Same Boat

2020

marker on glass panel

with @Helena.vd

WRITING

C.V.

Exhibitions

Les Atelier, QUEBEC, 2021

The Ocean Within, RAM Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC, 2017

Picture IS, Good Faith Space, BROOKLYN, NYC, 2013


Honors

Artist-in-Residence, Les Ateliers, QUEBEC, 2020 & 2021

Artist-in-Residence, Santa Fe Art Institute, 2018

Poet​-in​-Residence, U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, 2015-2017

Artist-in-Residence, Chashama North, 2013

Featured Emerging Artist, ArtSlant.com, NY, 2013

Artist-in-Residence, Shantigar Foundation 2010​-present


Publications

The Rain, 2015

Don’t Honor Your Poets, 2015


CONTACT

ExertionGoldSun [at] gmail [point] com

Exertion at les ateliers, 2021

photo by @Helena.vd