Gary Cody

Press Release
June 26 - July 12, 2003
Artist Reception: Thursday, June 26, 6-8 pm

Diane Farris Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of still life paintings by Gary Cody.

Since studying painting at the University of Alberta, Gary has been intrigued with the precision and accuracy in which still life painting entails and with the notion that - the simpler the work becomes, the more complex it becomes. His attention to detail was further developed when he spent twelve years as a Medical artist drawing anatomical parts.

A common motif seen in his paintings is glass bottles. He is fascinated with glass because its character derives from what is around it and not from itself, "I'm continually surprised at the visual complexity and richness of something as simple as an apple refracted through a glass jar - 'worlds within worlds'..." His compositions of fruit jars, letters, and vases invite the viewer to see the reflections, shadows and distortions found within these objects.

Gary Cody was born in Lethbridge, Alberta. He completed his bachelor of fine art from the University of Saskatchewan in 1976 and his masters of visual art from the University of Alberta in 1981. He had a full time career as a medical illustrator at various Canadian Universities. In 1986 he became a free-lance illustrator and computer animator in Vancouver and returned to painting on a full time basis in 2001.

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