GREGORY RICHARD CURNOE
oil on masonite
indistinctly inscribed on the reverse
36 ins x 24 ins; 91.4 cms x 61 cms
“And since you know you cannot see yourself,
so well as by reflection, I, your glass,
will modestly discover to yourself,
that of yourself which you yet know not of.” – Act I, Scene II, Julius Caesar
Curnoe spent the majority of his life in London, Ontario but travelled to England on occasion. Using a warm, vibrant palette, Curnoe captures a Shakespearean actor in a style reminiscent of Matisse’s Fauvist portraits. “Curnoe’s art was about momentary experience, about pausing to look at something or someone,” and he tended to spontaneously create forms rather than employ a methodic rigour to his work. Alongside his collages and lettered works, Curnoe’s portraits were always autobiographical and marked important relationships that the artist made throughout his life.
Dennis Reid and Matthew Teitelbaum (eds.), “Some Things I Learned from Greg Curnoe,” in Greg Curnoe: Life and Stuff, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2001, page 119.