If you happen to be downtown in the vicinity of St. Lawrence Market, check out a painting exhibit by emerging artist River (Damian Oliver) at the Rainbow Cinema Market Square, 80 Front St. E.
With support from Art for All Canada (AFAC), four of his pieces are on display for Black History Month.
AFAC works with local artists and sponsors to produce and maintain changing original art collections for display in public spaces. These art pieces, which can vary in size and theme, provide a continually changing supply of beautiful images to adorn selected walls and display cases.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to showcase my work in this particular cinema in the month of February,” said River. “This is one of my favourite cinemas because it’s artsy and relaxing. Even though I live in Scarborough, I come here for the ambience.”
The large pieces on display include a painting of Michael Jackson who was one of River’s favourite performing artists.
“I put a lot of work into this piece which replicates costumes and accessories during his Victory tour,” added River. “The jacket is extremely detailed and there is a nice silver glaze in the painting.”
River said his passion for painting and drawing was ignited while attending post-secondary school in Trinidad & Tobago.
“My preference is oil paintings on large canvasses,” he said. “I like to leave an impression on people who view my artwork that come from just observing things in society or experiences I have had.”
Migrating to Canada in 1996, River spent nearly four years in Atlanta dabbling in music before returning to this city to concentrate on painting. He has also been exposed to theatre and film.
Five years ago, he appeared in The Jack Squad, a comedy drama that tells the story of three women who have nothing but money on their minds after suffering financial losses.
Individuals interested in securing additional information about River’s artwork can contact him at lovemyart2@gmail.