Holyoak suffers from a persistent sense of being lost. In order to cope reach within himself and find his home, he has searched the world for a place to set his roots. During his adventures, he explores and describes the limbos between fantasy, perception, dreams, memory, and imagination. Even though his work varies greatly in subject matter, most of his work depicts his love for the British Columbian rainforest where he grew up.This exhibit will show the best works from each of his experiences by creating an suggestive “world” installation with pieces from all round the world. He observes art residences of each region and connects them to his work, representing the main features of the integration of human beings in a natural environment. This show causes you to travel countries and different regions through the eyes of someone who has experienced them.
Jim Holyoak’s work explores the bridges and boundaries between perception and fantasy, humans and other animals, the biological and the phantasmagorical, deep time and present.
Jim Holyoak is a Montreal based artist/writer who specializes in drawing-installations. 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. From 2012-13 he was a Professor of Drawing at Sheridan College. He has attended artist-residencies in New York, Los Angeles, Banff, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, The Netherlands, India and Norway.