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Graeme Skelton


2011, Oil on canvas, 90"w x 66"h

My work finds its basis in Realism; specifically the industrial Realism of Southern Ontario and Michigan. It has recently come to my attention that the fastest growing export from the United States falls in the ‘not-so-glamourous’ category of “Scrap and Trash” and plays a vital role on the global economics. Such a revelation has caused me to consider trash and discarded objects as one of mankind’s most lasting impressions on our planet.

Growing up in Windsor, Ontario, a city which relies heavily on its industries economically; factories, manufacturing plants, scrap yards and other industrial sites have become commonplace in my daily scenery. However, it was not until visiting the city dump and local scrap yards, that I began to look at these sites artistically. The forms that are created by these heaps of refuse create a haunting scene that is both emotionally disconcerting and aesthetically sublime.

Graeme Skelton - Interim

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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.