Gulper Man was created during a spree of intensive life-drawing sessions in 2010. For these works, the artist experimented with merging observations of human models with images from natural-history texts. In this drawing, a person has metamorphosed with a gulper-eel, deep in the ocean’s abyss.
Jim Holyoak is a Montreal-based artist and writer (born in Michigan, raised in BC.) His discipline is composed of book-works and room-sized installations, with a focus on the ecologies that link the human and the non-human, the imaginary and the real, and our present myopia with geologic deep-time.
In parallel to his solo practice, Holyoak has orchestrated numerous collaborative drawing projects, often with fellow artist Matt Shane, and sometimes involving hundreds of people drawing together. Holyoak received a BFA from the University of Victoria, an MFA from Concordia University, and studied as an apprentice to master ink-painter Shen Ling Xiang in Yangshuo, China. He has attended artist residencies in New York, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Banff, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, and Norway. His work has circulated widely in Europe and North America, including the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the GEM Museum of Contemporary Art (The Hague), Tegnerforbundet (Oslo), and the DRAW2014 International Drawing Symposium (Pittsburgh). His work was recently featured in the “We Are Monsters” issue of Border Crossings magazine and the “Feminisms” issue of esse. His Book of Nineteen Nocturnes was recently on view at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art.