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Justin R. de Lima

Found Night

mixed media on reclaimed wood, 2013, 42"w x 30"h

The city is where ideologies and identities fight for space. As I am originally from the suburbs of Toronto and currently living in the very same neighbourhood my mother grew up in when she first immigrated to Canada, I am very much interested in diversity and diaspora. My work attempts to explore the relationship between people and their urban environment by painting portraits on reclaimed material. The portrait is inspired by a photograph taken on a night out on Queen Street West in Toronto, and the wood panels were gleaned from the same neighbourhood. The painting is of a found image on found material and reflects the liminality of the urban identity.

Justin R. de Lima - Found Night

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