Magazine article Queen's Quarterly

Painting the Shapes of Life

Magazine article Queen's Quarterly

Painting the Shapes of Life

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"When I was young, my father used to give me a return ticket to leave Toronto for a couple of days, just so that I could wander through New York's Metropolitan Museum," recounts Gerald Zeldin. "From this experience, I came to know that I would disappoint my dad--in his dreams that I would make a life in medicine--by becoming a painter."

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Influenced by the American abstract impressionist school, Zeldin recalls that he quickly developed his own independent ability to describe the world on a canvas. "I loved Edward Hopper and Ben Shahn, but the story I wanted to tell had to be an original one." An eminently creative mind, Gerald Zeldin has produced a wondrously particular way of describing the world--one where colour, animation, and boundless optimism all mix to produce a unique style in figurative painting.

Today, at Sheridan College, he is teaching a new generation of animators. The portfolio shown here reveals why Gerald Zeldin is recognized by his students and peers as an original inspiration. …

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