The Boys on the Beach

Richard Cullis, The Boys on the Beach, acrylic, 91 x 122 cm, $2500

1. Tell us about the artwork you have in the VAM 2011 Juried Show.

The Boys on the Beach is an image from Vancouver Island.  While at this beach, it was the trees that kept drawing my attention.  They are each so different from the others.  After I noticed the boys playing on the beach it occurred to me that the trees looked like a bunch of “Boys at the Beach”.  Each one has a different personality and they all look like they’re quite happy to be there, so I decided to put both groups of boys on the beach.  This allowed me to use scale to indicate how tall these trees are, but to make sure they weren’t “looming” over the scene, I had to allow a good amount of sky above them to give them a “kid” look.

2. How and when did you first become interested in creating art?

In 1980 my wife (Catherine Cullis, whose work Low Tide is also in the show) and I met through a common interest in art and it was then that we both began seriously studying how to create images through various media.  Between 1995 and 2010 “life” kept me from producing work and now I find I have been able to get back on track.

3. What do you think of the art scene in Mississauga? Where do you see it heading in the next ten years?

I have always been impressed with the state of Art in Mississauga, while watching my wife’s involvement in VAM.  Mississauga draws an a pretty diverse source of artists, which to me only bodes well for the future.  I would only hope there can be more ways for these artists to be able to feature their work, as time goes on.

4. What advice would you give young people who want to become artists?

Young people looking to become artists should study Art History.  There they will find artists, periods, styles, media, movements, groups, that will inspire them, among all the others they don’t like.  They will also have to define what they mean to become;  full time – hard life, part time – hobbyist, with a day job, or somewhere in between.  Life just ain’t a “box of chocolates”.

5. What do you have lined up after the VAM Juried Show? For people interested in finding more of your artwork, do you have a website, blog, Twitter account or gallery?

After the VAM show I will be continuing to work to build somewhat of an inventory of work for future shows and for sale.  I do not have a web site, although a recent inquiry has made me realize this is something I will have to consider doing in the near future.

See Richard Cullis’ The Boys on the Beach at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in the VAM 33rd Annual Juried Show until February 26th.

Voting for People’s Choice Award ongoing until February 26th. Ballots available at Gallery reception.

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