Sequence 4 • 2005–2010
Timothy Comeau Projects Sequence 4 encompasses work made between the years 2005 and 2010.
The Rebbecca PortraitI also painted one of my art school classmates, Rebbecca Young, based on this photo I took in March 1999 at the Khyber, which captured her in the background.
Inspiration to paint this portrait came after attending a talk in Sept. 2000 by artist Tony Scherman who painted Gillian Anderson’s mouth. In his talk, Scherman said that he'd thought Anderson had a “very American mouth”. This in turn reminded me of how Rebbecca talked about being compared to Anderson while we at school, having acquired the knick-name “Scully”.
Having already been struck by the accidental pose in this photo, I made an under-painting cartoon in Autumn 2000 and sat set it aside for five years, taking it up again in 2005.
I exhibited this in November 2006 at the local Ajax community centre and won an award. I considered this my art world G.E.D, since growing up in Nova Scotia, I didn't have an opportunity for recognition at a local level.
Meanwhile, by this time I had begun mostly drawing, filling my notebooks, as examplified below.
In the summer of 2008 I moved from Ajax to the Toronto neighborhood of Parkdale. I began attending figure drawing sessions at the Gladstone Hotel on Wednesday nights, something I've done off and on since then.