About the Artist:
Curtis was born in Elora Ontario, Canada about two hours northwest of Toronto Ontario. He grew up playing sports such as hockey and lacrosse. However; Curtis made time every day to draw. Curtis was educated in Toronto and London Ontario for illustration. He currently lives and works as an artist in Toronto.
Curtis works towards high realism through coloured pencil crayon and watercolour. Curtis has studied at Fanshawe College and Max the Mutt Illustration School (Toronto). His strong roots in Canadian culture shine through in his realistic renderings of Ontario mills and historic hockey figures. Amoung Curtis's many accomplishments, he has run his own beginner art class for children, and has worked as a private tutor for young artists.
Most of Curtis’s works begin as a photograph, which he took. After Curtis chooses one of his photographs, he begins to draw them. Curtis works mainly with coloured pencil and acrylic on paper.
Curtis's Artist Statement:
“My artwork examines regional artifacts and Canadian culture. I vehemently focus on subjects that personally resonate. The goal is to connect with the memories of locals and inspire the unfamiliar. My Photorealist methodology is focused on enhancing the reality of the subject in accurate pencil crayon and acrylic. In sharp contrast, I also create graphic works in ink and watercolor, subtracting details until only the essentials remain.”
Comments by the Assistant Curator
Montgomery’s drawings are quaint and remind the viewer of small town life. Clifford Mill, with the horse drawn carriage, provides history for the Canadian town. However; the green street signs are hint that the image was created in modern times, which makes the viewer wonder if times have truly changed.
It is a wonderful and entertaining interview.