Yellow Pills

Mixed Media; Digital Inkjet Reproduction, 2010

Artist Statement

My work usually involves a fair amount of planning, but in this series I had no sense of what the outcome would be. Instead of beginning with a specific message or mental image I started by using a Mexican "Lotería" game board as a painting surface. The process involved gradually covering the iconic imagery without obliterating it entirely. I also added to these images and adulterated them with layer upon layer of egg yolk, linseed oil, pigment and damar varnish.

En Español

Normalmente, existe una buena cantidad de planeación en mi trabajo pero en esta serie no tenía una noción lo que sería el resultado. En vez de empezar con un mensaje especifico o una imágen mental, usé un cartón del mexicano juego lotería, como superficie para la pintura. El procedimiento fue una aplicación paulatina de pintura sobre las imágenes icónicas, sin cubrirlas completamente. También añadí a estas imágenes y las adulteré con multiples capas de yema de huevo, aceite de linaza, pigmento y barniz damar.

Yellow Pills

Mixed Media; Digital Inkjet Reproduction, 2010

     
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These editions are printed with archival pigment inks on a matte Fine Art paper. The ink and paper combination have a display permanence rating of 200+ years.

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Alec Dempster

b. Mexico City, 1971

Short Bio

Alec Dempster was born in Mexico and is now based in Toronto. He has gained notoriety for his multi-disciplinary projects related to Mexican popular culture. They combine printmaking, oral history, field recording, music and performance. This work has been collected and exhibited internationally, featured in numerous publications and is now part of the iconography associated with jarocho and huasteco culture. However, his thematic and conceptual exploration extends far beyond these parameters.

In addition Alec is an illustrator and an accomplished musician in the son jarocho genre, performing with the group Café Con Pan which he formed with his wife Kali Niño.

Website

www.alecdempster.com

Alec Dempster

Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), York University, Department of Visual Arts, 1994

Solo Exhibitions

  • Index G Gallery - Toronto Canada, 2010
  • Galería La Iguana - Hervas, Spain, 2007
  • Meztli Galería - Chicago, Illinois, 2007
  • Inst. Mexicano de Planeación e Investigación - Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, 2007
  • Mexic-arte Museum – Austin, Texas, 2006
  • International Airport – Austin, Texas, 2006
  • El Agora de la Ciudad, Xalapa, Veracruz, 2005
  • Louche Gallery – Toronto, 2004
  • Jardín de las Esculturas – Xalapa, Veracruz, 2004
  • Espace Latinos – Lyon, France, 2003
  • Galería Marie Louise Ferrari – Xalapa, Veracruz, 2003
  • Pinacoteca Diego Rivera – Xalapa, Veracruz, 2001
  • Galería Universitaria Alva de la Canal – Xalapa, Veracruz, 2000
  • Galería AP de la Universidad Veracruzana–Xalapa, Veracruz, 1999
  • Open Studio Gallery – Toronto, 1997
  • Tableau Vivant Gallery –Toronto, 1996

Awards and Achievements

  • Public Commission for the Liberty Village Public Bench Art Program, 2010
  • First prize, International Ex-libris Competition in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, 2007
  • Exhibition Assistance Grant from the government of the State of Veracruz, 2006
  • Visiting Artist in the Serie Project at Coronado Studios in Austin, Texas, 2006
  • Emerging artist grant from FONCA (National Fund for the Culture and Arts), 2005
  • Emerging artist grant from FONCA (National Fund for the Culture and Arts), 2003
  • Visiting artist at St. Michael's Printshop, St. John's, NL., 1995

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Alec Dempster
Yellow Pills, 2010
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