Listening to Art, by William Denton.
Volume eight, number three: Changing Climate by Andrew Cheddie Sookrah.
Hello, and welcome to Listening to Art. I’m William Denton.
In this issue I’m delighted to present a new painting by an artist I know. I met Andrew Cheddie Sookrah about fifteen years ago at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, where we are both members. He has been very active in the club and ran the Sunday life drawing sessions in the third floor studio for years. At many events he would do a painting—perhaps a portrait—live in front of an audience, often with other things going on at the same time, making a sort of Happening. He’s been so good at live painting that earlier this year he was a finalist in Art Battle Toronto at The Artist Project and on television in Landscape Artist of the Year Canada.
In 2012 Sookrah created and directed an event called In Fear We Trust for Nuit Blanche in Toronto at the Arts and Letters Club. I had a small part: I ran a site-specific wifi hotspot with information accessible only to people attending the show, and I helped run the lights. The show ran about twenty minutes, with projections and live music and dance; the subject was science and society. We did it twenty-four times that night, starting at dusk and ending at dawn. It was a wonderful work, admired by all the full-house audiences, and was one of the best shows I’ve ever worked on.
Generally Sookrah is a painter, however. He is a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, the Society of Canadian Artists and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. He has a very personal style, often using a particular set of colours in his palette that make his work instantly identifiable. That is the case with Changing Climate.
This is a painting, acrylic on panel, 121.9 cm wide by 101.6 cm high.
Now let’s listen to Changing Climate by Andrew Cheddie Sookrah, recorded at the Art and Letters Club of Toronto, in Toronto, on 19 November 2020.
That was Changing Climate by Andrew Cheddie Sookrah. I hope you enjoyed listening to it as much as I did.
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