David McClyment: Bleeding Daylight


Rage Over Lost Keys (detail). Image provided by artist.

Bleeding Daylight
David McClyment

January 4 – 28, 2023
Opening Celebration: Thursday January 5, 2023 from 6-8pm. Artist will be present.
Artist Talk and Official Book Launch: January 14, 2023 from 2-5pm.

The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present Bleeding Daylight Red Head Member David McClyment’s first exhibition at the gallery!

“You have to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight” – Bruce Cockburn

In his own words, McClyment states “Working primarily in charcoal, I cannot avoid charging my imagery with darkness – both physical and emotional. Appropriate for this so-called post pandemic age full of economic, cultural and political upheaval. So, darkness, yes! But also, I hope with glimmers of positive daylight leaking through.”

With Bleeding Daylight, McClyment presents a series of little stories. Some from imagination, some from experience, some from headlines. As a relentlessly optimistic person, he does his best to navigate the darkness – all that currently pervades the news, social media and a lot of personal interactions coming out of COVID. In particular, the tangle of pernicious conspiracy theories that have moved from societal fringes into mainstream consciousness.

Bleeding Daylight will be an installation of 14 honking big drawings. Below is a small sample for viewers.

Images (top to bottom): Girl in the Park, Bleeding Daylight Title, and Not Polite to Stare. Images provided by the artist.

David McClyment has been obsessively drawing for almost 70 years and professionally for 40. He has exhibited primarily in the GTA, but also throughout Ontario and across Europe. McClyment has shown his work through exhibitions with commercial co-operatives, public galleries, artist-run centres and commercial galleries, as well as organizing his own initiatives. In addition to his career as an artist, he has mentored hundreds of emerging artists: first through his role as a project officer in an arts service organization, and most lately as a professor in the Fine Arts Studio program at Centennial College. In that capacity he has received a number of awards for teaching excellence.

He is inspired daily by his long-time reason for living, Sue Bracken, and their multi-talented son, Jaimie.

In addition to this exhibition there are TWO other exciting initiatives happening for McClyment: A new book and showcasing Alice Gong in the “Fox Den”!

Left image provided by Alice Gong, right image provided by David McClyment.

“The Fox Den”
McClyment invites artist Alice Gong to show case her works in the “Fox Den. The “Fox Den” is a new project at the Red Head Gallery that features invited emerging artists to showcase their work on a small exhibition plinth. McClyment is excited to present spectacular miniature paintings by Alice Gong.

A New Book!
David McClyment is celebrating the launch of his new book “So YOU Want To Be An ARTIST?”. At long last his book on professional practices for emerging artists is being launched. After 40 years of active art making, everything McClyment knows about how to get people to pay attention is in written format! Join us for the launch, January 14, 2023. Books will be available for purchase in the gallery.

For more information on this exhibition and its initiatives, or how to get in touch with David McClyment please contact us below:

401 Richmond St West Suite 115, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8
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