2016 Exhibition: "The Gold Coast of Africa"
In the spring of 2013 I stayed in a number of small fishing villages along the ocean coastline of Ghana. There, I found the village's shoreline to be a raucous place, pulsating with movement, colour and sound. It is where community, social interaction and commerce meet. It is where men repair sails, mend nets and build their dugout canoes. It is where children swim, work and play, and where women sell an array of sea life. Alarmingly however, these people are attempting to sustain themselves from what is now a rapidly depleting resource.
-Allen Smutylo 2016
Allen Smutylo was born in 1946 in Toronto, Ontario. He was one of the founding members of
Circle Arts Gallery, which opened in Tobermory in 1969. In 1970, he graduated with honours from the Ontario Collage of Art and Design.
Smutylo's work is included in numerous public, corporate and private collections in Canada and abroad including the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford; the Tom Thomson Art Gallery,
Owen Sound and the University of Saskatchewan. Smutylo has won numerous awards including the prestigious Sapporo International Print Biennial in Japan.
For the last 30 years his work has been based exclusively on experiences from his extensive travels. These trips include over 25 kayaking and backpacking working expeditions in the high Arctic, the Amazon jungle, the Himalayas, Varanasi; India and Antarctica. Most recently, Smutylo's travels have taken him to Ghana and Morocco, Africa.
Allen Smutylo lives and works in Big Bay, Ontario.
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