Daniel St-Amant’s paintings always start out in the streets and not in the studio. Using roadways to emphasize our global footprint he captures tire tracks from climate-affecting technologies by laying them out on the street for vehicles to run over, leaving their literal markings across the prepared canvas. Once in the studio, using these distinct markings as the backdrop, animal portraits and landscapes are formed and painted. Running Forward is a showcasing exhibition of new paintings alongside older pieces presenting a timeline of the artist’s unique process.
Industrialism, urbanization, and the over-use of resources are changing people, animals, and habitats everywhere. The method of creation, deliberately including the fingerprint of the subject matter, situates the paintings as a reflective community challenge on these themes. Within the conversation, the paintings are the spotlight in addition to the highlighted subject.
The paintings often include found objects in nature such as twigs, leaves and moss that are mixed into the paint creating beautiful textures and natural palettes. Yet, the presence of the motorized vehicles – no matter how ghostly – remains as a scar and reminder of the power, influence and responsibility humans have moving forward.
Majoring in Fine Art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Daniel St-Amant completed his BFA degree in 2005, and shortly thereafter went on to receive a graduate diploma in Visual Effects for film and television from Seneca College at York University. Daniel currently divides his time between teaching as a professor at Max the Mutt College of Animation, digital painting at visual effects studio Soho VFX, and working on his own practice.