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Gan artists sets sights on the world

Corey Ceccarelli has left a colourful impression on the town through his paintings after creating a work for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; he is now preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition art show early next year.

For the next month Ceccarelli will be spending many hours in his two-car-garage-turned-art-studio creating new paintings for the future exhibition at O’Connor Gallery.

Ceccarelli isn’t the usual pencil-on-paper-type artist; he often expresses his personality through some of his art and he’s no stranger to experimenting with different media, from sculptures, mixed media, instillation art, to optical illusion art on canvas, and abstract geometricalist paintings.

“I love the energy flow and the experimentation of art,” said Ceccarelli.

From canvas to mannequins, the self-taught artist’s work knows no bounds as he experiments with different colours, textures, and styles throughout his works of art, whether that be dashes of colour, splashes of spray paint or carefully-painted lines that can been seen in many of his crafted pieces that reside in his studio.

The stay-at-home order and lockdowns because of the COVID-19 pandemic came as a blessing in disguise for Ceccarelli; when his business was forced to shut down so many times he took to art.

“I spent 10 hours a day, six days a week in my garage doing art. I didn’t know where it was going to take me but I just did it because I needed my mind to go somewhere that was awesome and creative … and I haven’t stopped since.”

He creates art like it’s his full-time job, because it pretty much is. Ceccarelli said he paints for most hours of the day, with the exception of a couple of hours for his training and rehabilitation business that is now back up and running.

Not all of his pieces are paint on a canvas.

He has painted many mannequins for various different series, including a mannequin covered in thousands of Canadian pennies called “Penny Quin – The Black/White Economic Gap,” and an old door painted blue with melted 45 rpm vinyl records glued onto it.

He has been told that his art style could be described as pop art contemporary. He hasn’t defined his own work yet but continues to go for the pursuit of creativity.

“I want to use experimentation, and contemporary,” he adds. “I want to use wild and I want to use creative.”

Ceccarelli has always been exposed to some kind of artistic elements in his life, despite not having any formal training in this type of art. He has experimented with photography, and created short and feature films while studying at McMaster University and Ryerson University.

“I’ve always been inspired by my mother,” added Ceccarelli. He grew up around his mother’s artwork, and now she is currently focused on creating oil paintings.

Ceccarelli explained that he hasn’t been with O’Connor Gallery long but met owner Dennis O’Connor during another art exhibition and things started to snowball from there. He now sees O’Connor as his mentor despite only knowing him for a short period of time.

“I want to have exhibitions all around the world. I want to James Bond my artwork around the world and I want it to inspire people, I want people to feel like they can do anything,” said Ceccarelli.
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