Artist Andre Petterson is inspired by an endless fascination with script, notation, the exploration of lines, splatters and mark-making. He is interested in old machines and communication devices of the past that served as vehicles from which language emerges. This piece is an expression of those interests.
Andre Petterson attempts to capture the essence of a split-second in time. His current photography-based work explores various themes of lighting to create elements of mystery. Rembrandt and the Dutch masters’ use of light have strongly influenced Petterson; important elements are highlighted and the mind must fill in the rest.
Fabric and movement are also subjects of fascination for the artist. He believes that the integration of movement and fabric are similar to brushstrokes. The chance and artistic freedom involved in motions of dance and similar movements are also reflected in his mixed media work.
Petterson has exhibited in private and public galleries in Canada and the United States. He is the recipient of The National Film Board of Canada Award, and has work featured in numerous private and public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, Canadian Airlines, Vancouver General Hospital, Claridge Investments, Duracell Canada, Esso Resources Canada, Pan Pacific Seattle, Polygon Group Ltd., Richmond Public Art, St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and the Wall Centre Garden Hotel.