Menunkind: New Iron Men Paintings - John Scott, Gary Michael Dault, Matthew Varey - reception
The Iron Men have been painting together since 2005. The creation of their works is an act of continual, consensual critique, with each of the artists taking the suggestions and actions of the other two seriously until some mutual agreement is attained -- which brings the work to its final form.
The Iron Men work midway between the realms of abstraction and the generation of raw, gritty paintings often built upon strongly realized shapes or images -- usually reinforced by spontaneous applications of text.
Gary Michael Dault is a writer, art critic and visual artist. He has written for numerous newspapers, journals, and magazines including Canadian Art and the Globe and Mail.
John Scott received the first Governor General's Award for Visual Art in Canada in 2002. His work is held in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the National Gallery of Canada.
Matthew Varey is the Head of the Visual Arts Department at the Etobicoke School for the Arts, and has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally for over twenty years.