WHO: Artists on Show
WHAT: ARTrageous 2003
WHERE: Chateau Whistler
WHEN: Saturday, July 5
Meet Whistlers very own "Rat Pack": Dave Petko, Scott Johnston, David Currie, and Chili Thom four young locals who are on the tips of everyones tongue in Sea to Sky art circles. They may not be doing the rounds of Vegas casino lounges like cocky Frank Sinatras and Dean Martins, but they are the fresh blood rising through the ranks of the local art scene to an appreciative audience of all ages.
Word has it these guys are destined for big things thanks to their youth, their confidence and their natural gifts with a paintbrush.
Whether its on canvas, on nightclub walls, at parties or even on skateboard decks, wherever they choose to work, they are certainly making the right moves.
And Petko, Johnston, Currie and Thom are starting to garner worldwide acclaim for their unusual, bold and daring collections. At home, they have everyone wondering just how far theyll go.
"This young crop of artists is really exciting," said Whistler Arts Council executive director, Doti Niedermayer.
"Whistler has always attracted creative people but its rare we tap into a group so young and yet so eager and talented. I believe all four of these guys have the ability to go all the way if they make art their career choice. They are all doing things weve never seen before. Its fresh and exciting."
Petko is perhaps the most buzzed about name in the group. His abstract paintings and colourful skate decks demand a second look. You may have seen his stuff on the walls of the Amsterdam Café recently and hes definitely one to watch. "Dave doesnt follow the rules. His work is so different and so vibrant," said Niedermayer.
Johnston is making jaws drop with his myriad of colour and lines in acrylic and oil. "Scotts work is intelligent and unusual. He often puts comments about the world today or the environment in his work which really makes you think," said Niedermayer. His work is housed in several Japanese galleries, including the Niigata Kaede Gallery, Eya Gallery, and Immigrants Gallery Tokyo. His latest project is Amoeba, his design company, where he paints on canvas, skateboard decks and mugs.
David Currie is a local Whistler artist whose paintings mix West Coast
landscapes with Pacific themes. His paintings are full of colour and are
painted in a mosaic style that will brighten any room. "David is setting new trends when it comes to painting landscapes. Very unusual and eye-catching work," said Niedermayer.