Alfred Muma

30 Years of PAINt

 

This vignette of my painting career represents a very small retrospective of my art. This 30 year marker starts with my first solo show in 1975 while I was still an art student in college. I started painting much earlier and had my first art lesson in 1964. The earliest painting in this show was painted on location in Algonquin Park , Ontario , in 1972 while I was on my first solo painting trip. In 1973 on the steps of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) at a student open air art show I made my first art sale from that solo painting trip. The painting sold for the grand price of $ 7.50. So who is to say when my art career started, during my first art lesson when I was 11 or as a teenager on the steps of the ROM? As I have been showing my work regularly since 1975 I decided that this was the starting point of my career.

Yes, there has been a lot of pain on this 30 year journey but as in any journey of discovery the pain in evolving is part of the process. There have been many high periods and many low times through the journey of becoming a visual artist, a process which never ends until the brush is laid down for the last time.

Not all of my styles, media, or painting trips are represented in this show, just a select few. I have long lost count of the number of paintings I've created but from my old records of sales in commercial galleries, my painting logs and what I have in my studio I have painted between two to three thousand.

I hope you enjoy this celebration of my PAINt.

 

Broken Consort performing at opening.................. guest book and northwest and north walls ..................north and east walls

 

south wall ..............................................................8x10 oils 1980's Algonquin Park, Ontario

 

18x24 oils, Lake Kameskameg ................................Hills and Snow behind our house, Bancroft...............City of Auckland by night

 

18x24 oil, Scotland...just about half of the exhibition...........enthusiastic supporters.

 

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