Steven Chmilar’s Paintings Mix Renaissance-Era, Contemporary Sensibilities

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Steven Chmilar, a Toronto-based artist, creates oil paintings that appear as scenes that are blends of surrealism and Dutch Renaissance influences. In both his paintings and his drawn “ad series,” the artist blends humor and subtle narratives that unfold upon inspection of each corner in a given piece. An upcoming solo show at #Hashtag Gallery, titled “Wrong Century,” collects his latest works. The show opens June 23. Chmilar was last featured on here.

Both the rustic and storytelling-based aspects of his work can be rooted in his background, as stated: “Steven was born in Grande Prairie Alberta where he spent most of his childhood on a farm, helping with chores, drawing and building imaginary civilizations in the woods. While living in Calgary from 2000 [to] 2008, he played music professionally and won a national songwriting contest in the spring of 2006 at CanadaMusicWeek in Toronto. From 2008 until 2012, he lived in Victoria BC, where he painted and performed as a solo musician.”

Today, Chmilar focuses primarily on his work in painting. He’s been part of a few group exhibitions in recent years in Toronto and San Francisco, but the upcoming #Hashtag show marks his debut in exhibiting solo.

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