Okanagan artist pumps out 100-painting project

Kyle Poirier’s mantle currently boasts a growing collection of original, 10x10 inch paintings.

Kelowna artist Kyle Poirier has started an ambitious art project for himself.

Kyle Poirier’s mantle currently boasts a growing collection of original, 10×10 inch paintings.

Included in the line-up is a colourful fish, a couple of vintage cars, the family dog, a few flower studies and a Ducati Monster.

The Kelowna-based artist and graphic designer launched this ambitious art collection project last July because he felt he needed motivation.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UBC Okanagan in 1999, Poirier has produced only a little bit of art, as work and life have competed for his attention.

Now a husband and father of two, Poirier decided he needed to give himself a challenge if he was going to be serious about putting paintbrush to canvas.

“My goal is to paint 100, 10-by-10 inch acrylic paintings before the calendar turns over to 2012. Each one will be sold for just $100—100 for $100,” Poirier said.

In addition to giving himself a goal, the project gives art lovers and collectors a chance to own an original piece of art by an emerging artist, at an affordable price.

The subject matter he selects is diverse, as scenes or objects catch his eye. A uniting theme that so far runs through the collection, however, is vibrant colours and a whimsical, almost illustrative look.

As the works are completed, they become available on his blog, www.thepeartree.ca/kyle.

“I love how technology is empowering the art world, giving the artist the ability to get their work out to the masses,” Poirier said.

Using a web site to sell his work means he will reach a broader audience, but using a blog format also gives readers a chance to get a glimpse into the artist’s life and the process of creating a work.

They can also interact with the artist through comments—or even critique a work online.

“It’s the way sites are working nowadays. People want the information fast, and accessible,” Poirier said.

“And this way, if they like what they see, they can purchase it, as well.”


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