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Online Gallery / Eric Davy

E. J. Davy - Glass
Studio Address: 167 White Chapel Rd., Picton, ON  K0K 2T0
Mailing Address: 28 Eastbourne Ave., Toronto, ON  M5P 2E9
Tel: 647.868.4381
Email: Eric@DavyGlass.ca
Website: DavyGlass.ca


Artist Statement
The driving force behind my art is the desire to boldly and aggressively colour the world we live in. My passion for glass is motivated by the tangible expressions of my loud and colourful self that result from my studio work. The heat in the shop and the physical intensity of the process make for an invigorating dance. Glass has taught me to be zen; it takes time to produce a beautiful piece and only seconds to ruin it. Nothing lasts forever... and glass is an exquisite representation of this life truth. Its inconstant states (fluid, solid, broken, and ultimately fluid again) embody the ever-changing nature of myself and the world around me.

Stark contrast and impressionistic renderings of the natural world feature heavily in my work, and I experiment extensively with obscure aesthetics in form and concept. My drip and comet collections are illustrations of these endeavours. I also enjoy taking risks with colour that occasionally result in chemical reactions that render unexpected and stunning results. In my casting work, I am developing pieces that play on the idea of fragility as it relates to transportation, with unexpected combinations. A perfect Davy piece is technically exact and aesthetically balanced in its use of colour, shape, and pattern (featuring consistently random, organized chaos).

I am constantly working to push the limits of my technical and artistic abilities. Perfection is an illusion... but practice does afford an artist bountiful results. I believe that technique is the servant of artistic expression, and I am dedicated to spending as much time as possible in the studio honing my craft. Fresh twists on old ideas, using a medium in unexpected ways, and transforming narrative elements can provoke, enlighten, and shift one’s paradigm into something new and wonderful.


Biography
Born in 1986, E.J. Davy grew up as the youngest of three in an Austrian-Canadian family. Growing up in Toronto, Davy was exposed to a diversity of people, culture, and aesthetic. Finding his passion at a young age in the art of hot glass, Davy’s first teacher, Alfred Engerer, taught him glass blowing and casting and to this day is his mentor.

In 2004, Davy worked with Catherine Hibbits out of the Distillery District on large blown installations. In 2006, he enrolled in the Hot Glass program at Sheridan College, where he studied forming and casting hot glass, and spent his free time assisting Alfred Engerer on a variety of projects.

After graduation, Davy was hired by Robert Held in Vancouver, British Columbia to make solid pieces and assist blowers. Since 2009, Davy has spent his summers as the resident glassblower at The Red Barns; An Artisan’s Playground in Picton, Ontario. In 2010, Davy decided to bring his work to a larger audience, acquiring nationwide gallery representation and exhibiting at art shows across Ontario. Davy has been honing the technical aspects of his craft while working on commissions – everything from funerals to weddings – and playing with the possibilities of the medium to create new works for shows. The summer of 2013 will be the fifth consecutive year that Davy fills The Red Barns resident glass artist position.


Education
2009 Sheridan College, Craft and Design, Glass


Representation
After Stonewall – 370 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Gallery on the Lake – 31 Gallery on the Lake Rd., Buckhorn, ON
The Red Barns – 167 White Chapel Rd., Picton, ON


Shows/Exhibitions
One of a Kind Spring Show – April 2011/12/13
One of a Kind Christmas Show – December 2011/12
Signatures – November 2011/12
Rotary Christmas Arts & Crafts Show – November 2011/12
The Makers Hand – November 2012
Harvest Colours – October 2011/12
Danforth East Arts Fair – September 2012
Cabbagetown Art and Craft Sale – July 2012
Kawartha Arts Festival – September 2011/12
ArtFest Kingston – June 2012
Fairy Lake Artisan Festival – June 2011/12
Beaches Arts and Craft Show – June 2012
Made By Hand Show – November 2011
Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale – September 2011
FANfayr – July 2011
Burlington Fine Art & Craft Show – June 2011
Hot and Cold – Silica Forge – September 2010
Frozen Liquid – Red Barns – June 2010
Unchecked – Cryptic Canvas – May 2009
InMaterial – Gallery 129 – April 2009
Glass Under Glass – OCC – May 2008
The Secret Life of Sand – OCC – May 2007
The Opera of the Swan – It’s Not a Deli – September 2006

Awards
Viewers Choice Award - Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale – September 2011
Viewers Choice Award - Danforth East Arts Fair – September 2012
Pastoral Sunset, blown glass, sandblasted, 
8.5" x 5.5" - 10" x 7"


Colour Wars (series II), blown glass,
8" x 4" - 12" x 7.5"


Betelgeuse, blown glass, 
7.5" x 4.5" - 9.5" x 5.5"


Underwater Volcano, blown glass, 13" x 6.5"


Confused Silver, blown glass, 6" x 4.5" - 9" x 5"


FUSION gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, and the Ontario Arts Council. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario. 

    

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