Concordia University (Montreal, QC)
Fred is a character that has been living rent-free for a few years in some of my paintings. He stands out quite a bit, and I’m not entirely sure if his pinocchio nose and dark circular eyes are a mask or his actual face. Fred has become a vehicle for some of the darker and zanier stories I’ve told as a painter. He’s failed polygraph tests, impersonated Don Cherry, and even spent 7 paintings lying in bed (like Brian Wilson did). Depressive thoughts are like a snake that is trying to tighten its grip on consciousness. Fred performs a type of psychic jiu jitsu on that snake, transforming it into a draft horse that plows the field of creation.
David B. Stewart is a first year MFA student in drawing and painting at Concordia University. After graduating from Emily Carr University in 2009, he spent most of the next decade travelling and teaching English in China and South Korea, returning to his hometown of Vancouver in 2017. Stewart’s narrative approach to painting is informed by his interest in art history and the colorful adults and children he’s met while travelling.