Original inspiration: Jan van Eyck - The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434
C.M. Duffy is a visual artist working in Toronto, Canada. He holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2021 he collaborated with the Department of Canadian Heritage to bring a large installation of his work to both Ottawa's Confederation Park and Frankfurt, Germany to celebrate Canada's Guest of Honour status in the Frankfurt International Book Fair.
His current work blooms from the buds of daydreams that reveal an observant love of nature and overlooked liminal worlds where the real becomes surreal and illusion delves into allusion. Also, sometimes there are puns.
His visual musings are inspired by Mother Nature’s handiwork, her creative cast of characters, natural settings and the stories that unfold in under-explored wildernesses. The work often playfully explores themes of camouflage, illusion, and survival to impress upon the viewer an acknowledgement of humankind’s fallible perceptions, delusions and beliefs. The trickery and visual wit in his work act as a reminder that we must be vigilantly cautious in our obsessive seeking of objective truth and concrete understanding because there still are elements of magic left for us in this world to discover.
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