“Whether representational, expressive, abstract, every instance of my artistic expression is the result of an interview. And as such, at the moment of confronting a thought, idea, thing, person, or landscape, the interview begins.
A greeting, exchange of pleasantries, a search for connection. The search. Then the simultaneous opening. At times tentative, at times confident. More often than not without thought. An opening up to the two-way free flow of information, sometimes accurate, at times not. And yet with some holdback. More exploration, much more. Then the agreement.”
Andrew Cheddie Sookrah was born in Guyana, South America and emigrated to Canada in 1974. He has been living and working in Toronto since. He paints in oils, acrylic, watercolour and mixed media. He is also the president and creative director of Engine Room Creative Inc, a creative and design development boutique studio for marketing campaigns for clients in Canada, US and UK.
An active member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, Andrew Cheddie Sookrah has served several terms on their Art Committee. He is currently the convenor of the Sunday Figurative Painting Sessions at the Club. He is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and The Society of Canadian Artists.
Andrew Cheddie Sookrah has displayed his work at the Outdoor Art Show at
City Hall, Distillery District Art Shows, and group shows with Arts Scarborough. He has been included in many juried group shows at the Arts And Letters Club of Toronto. In 2004 he staged his first solo show of figurative work at the Club – Interviews From The Third Floor – Various Positions. His work has been included in two juried shows put on by the SCA, the 38th Annual in Montreal and the Spring Show at the Art Gallery of Northumberland in Coburg. In 2005, his second
solo show, Parallel States Of Being, was staged at The Lodge on Amherst Island. In 2006 Andrew participated in the Annual Queen West Art Crawl at the Gladstone Hotel as well as Arctic Quest 06 group shows at the Win Henstock Gallery, the Georgina Art Gallery, the Gallery on the Grand in Waterloo Ontario, and the Linkway Gallery at the TD Centre and The Westburn Manor Gallery in Toronto. 2006 also included two solo exhibitions, the Lawless Gallery in Grafton and the Engine Room Creative Gallery. He recently (summer 2007) staged his third solo show “Darkened Spaces Full of Light” at The Lodge on Amherst Island.
Andrew also presented a body of work “In Fear We Trust, An Exploration of Blind Acquiescence in Society” as part of Nuit Blanche 07.
He is currently the owner and creative director of Engine Room Creative, a creative and design development studio in Toronto.
His work is currently in Corporate and Private Collections in
Canada and the US.
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|Oil on canvas
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