Brian Mazoff

Painter

Canada

Montreal native Brian Mazoff paints contrived scenes, displaying saturated tones or exaggerated, skewed features, reflecting the cognitive dissonance established by memories tainted by fear, anger or enthusiasm. His own struggle with over 25 years of chronic pain has long been the dominant lens, though, as he has now entered a period of recovery, there is a greater sense of hope in some of the works, accompanied by a willingness to explore a fuller range of emotion. While he initially began painting as a creative outlet at a melancholic time and as a way to remain connected to nature (having had to stop his work as a canoe guide as his illness progressed), as the work evolved, his practice developed into an exploration of medium. He tends to employ a slightly wild and erratic brushstroke, as his chronic condition had made consistency and precision unattainable. Embracing spasticity has provided an opportunity to develop a more fluid, natural style. There is a distinct appreciation for these accidental moments, as they inform his work with another, more direct form of struggle and distortion. In addition to numerous group and solo shows, his paintings have been exhibited at numerous local galleries. His work is featured in private collections from coast to coast, nationally, as well as in the US and U.K.

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