Artist Statement

Gordon Belray photo Om dat de werelt is soe ongetru
Daer om gha ic in den ru

In that the world is so untrue
Therein I go in rue.1

I work from historical and contemporary film and photographic sources to create narrative compositions of significant social and political events, the tragedies, histories and comedies of the 20th and 21st-centuries.

The work employs the compositional techniques of history paintings - "story painting" - using a palette2 of electronically manipulated documentary fragments of people, architecture and landscapes, meticulously selected from stills, photographs, crime scene documents, maps and street views to create the final tableaux.

I employ as many sources as are available and relevant to the composition and strive for historical accuracy, taking poetic license in the deliberation of images to present a singular perspective.

It is hoped that these classical recreations reveal the greater mythology of their stories.

The work is indebted to the intrepid documentarians who recorded these events for posterity.

N.B. Measurements indicate maximum print dimensions but are variable.

1 Flemish inscription from The Misanthrope, Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Rue - sorrow, mourning.
2 Usually hundreds of stills and photographs but as little as three and upward of a thousand.

Contact

For inquiries about exhibiting, publishing or commmissions please contact:

email gordon.belray@utoronto.ca
Instagram @gordonbelray
Twitter @gordonbelray

Exhibitions & Publications