Sloan Fine Art is pleased to present, in the project room, “The Strangers” by Brad Woodfin. The magnificently rendered wildlife creatures in Woodfin’s paintings delicately emerge from a deep black background. Barely breaking the glossy surface shadow, they exist in a no man’s land between darkness and light, mystery and revelation, power and vulnerability. These majestic creatures are familiar to us through nature shows and childhood education. Yet they are strangers, forever unknown. Each lone figure represents the little ease of those among us who are strangers, with moods inspired by the wearing of masks, Noh theatre and Fever Ray, as well as by the animals themselves.
Brad Woodfin was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1970. He headed west in 1991 and eventually studied printmaking and painting at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. While he has previously exhibited in Vancouver and New York, “The Strangers” is Woodfin’s first solo show in the U.S. Brad Woodfin lives and works in Montréal, Canada.