Although generated through a series of random processes, at a certain point the germ of an idea was suggested by the forms on my screen. From that moment on I worked to enhance this “thematic” kernel—further developing the formal means in a way that strengthened the work, while remaining as faithful as possible to the original “discovery.” Throughout this phase various narrative possibilities presented themselves, and these contributed in different ways to what would become the final painting. Abstraction allows each of us to create a different story from the same image. By alluding more to a sensation than to a definitive meaning, my title seeks to maintain this space of freedom for the sensibilities of others.
Barry Allikas was born in Montreal, and studied cinema at Dawson College. Shortly thereafter he began painting. His first solo show was in 1979, and since then he has exhibited across Canada, as well as in France, Germany, Mexico and New York. His work is in many important collections, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; Hydro-Québec; Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec; and Osler, Hoskin, Harcourt. He currently lives and works in Montreal, and is represented by Division Gallery (Montreal) and Angell Gallery (Toronto).