Following on from the success of his previous and ongoing collection – ‘Pop Art Mountains’, his new body of work reflects his continued reverence to mountains and his ever-growing concerns regarding the depiction and understanding of mountain geography, cartography, and the way we employ technological filtering to suit our perception of seemingly wild, unattainable places. For this show, Pirrie focuses on the Canadian Rockies.

Three lines of investigation form the basis of the show: The ‘Map series’ –  exploded contour maps of the ice fields the artist uses to navigate complex mountain environments; ‘Mountain series grids’ – portraits of mountains he has skied or climbed with grid overlays,  extending the concept of relief and travel;  ‘Mountain Series dots’ – portraits of mountains with dot overlays as a form of plotting.

Still perhaps in an experimental stage, the ‘Map series’ takes on an almost abstract quality, while retaining the artist’s rigorousness for details.

In ‘Mountain series’ (grids and dots), Pirrie removes the individual mountain from the surrounding range thus decontextualizing the subject, making it symbolic rather than representational. His use of bright monochromatic colors as well as the dot and grid overlays draws aesthetic and conceptual comparisons to Pop Art and continues his investigation of how we perceive the mountains; examining the function of representation and how preserving something in imagery can make it iconic.

David Pirrie, comments, “ I have been climbing these mountains all my life. The sediment stratification of millions of years cannot go unnoticed, and over years of personal inquiry through mountaineering exhibitions, I feel I have developed an intimate sense of geological time, a special relationship with its complexities that I try to convey in my art.

I use the dots and grids to represent coordinate plotting, metaphorically pointing to the impermanence of their man-made structures that attempt to prescribe location at the intersection of human and geological time. I also paint evidence of erosion, hoping to remind us of the temporal nature of the mountains which, seemingly anchored in time, force us to acknowledge our transient existence on this earth.”

In addition to residential patrons, David Pirrie’s work has been sought out by Cathay Pacific Airlines – VIP Lounge, YVR, The Four Seasons Resort, Whistler BC, Simon Fraser University as well as Google headquarters, California.

 

David Pirrie’s CV

 

Grid Series:

David Pirrie Mt Phillips BC Rockies 24x24

Mt Phillips, BC Rockies  2016
Oil on canvas  24″ x 24″
$2,200.00

 

David Pirrie Mt Edith Cavell Rockies 24x36

Mt Edith Cavell  2016
Oil on canvas  24″ x 36″
$3,000.00

 

David Pirrie Mt Garibaldi, Warren Glacier 30x36

Mt Garibaldi, Warren Glacier  2016
Oil on canvas  30″ x 36″
$3,400.00

 

David Pirrie The Black Tusk, BC South Coast 30x36

The Black Tusk  2016
Oil on canvas  30″ x 36″
$3,400.00

 

Dot Series:

David Pirrie Mt Robson Icefall BC Rockies 62x62

Mt Robson, Ice Fall  2016
Oil on canvas  62″ x 62″
$8,100.00

 

David Pirrie Mt Robson, Emperor Face 62x84

Mt Robson, Emperor Face  2016
Oil on canvas  62″ x 84″
$10,000.00

 

David Pirrie Mt Sir Sanford 48x60

Mt Sir Sanford  2016
Oil on canvas  48″ x 60″
$6,600.00

 

David Pirrie Mt Columbia Rockies 48x60

Mt Columbia  2016
Oil on canvas  48″ x 60″
$6,600.00

 

David Pirrie Mt Alberta South Face Rockies 48x60

Mt Alberta, South Face  2016
Oil on canvas  48″ x 60″
$6,600.00

 

Glacier Map Series:

David Pirrie Columbia Icefield 1_125,000 Rockies

Columbia Icefield, 1/50,000  2016
Oil on canvas  62″ x 62″
$8,100.00

 

David Pirrie Peyto Icefield 1/150,00 24x24

Peyto Icefield, 1/150,000  2016
Oil on canvas  24″ x 24″
$2,200.00

 

David Pirrie Tonquin Valley 1_50,000, Rockies 24x24

Tonquin Valley,  1/50,000  2016
Oil on canvas  24″ x 24″
$2,200.00

 

David Pirrie Columbia Icefield 15.5x21.5

Columbia Icefield, 1/125,000  2016
Oil and graphite on mylar  15.5″ x 21.5″
$2,450.00 (framed)

 

Whitehorn, 1/50,000 21x15.5

Whitehorn, 1/50,000  2016
Oil and graphite on mylar  21″ x 15.5″
$2,450.00 (framed)

 

Mt Edith Cavell, 1/50,000 21x15.5

Mt Edith Cavell, 1/50,000  2016
Oil and graphite on mylar  21″ x 15.5″
$2,450.00 (framed)

 

David PirrieCascade River, 1/125,000

Cascade River, 1/125,000  2016
Oil and graphite on mylar  10.5″ x 16″
$2,000.00 (framed)

 

Small Drawings:

David Pirrie Continental Drift 1 mylar 8x8

Continental Drift 1  2016
Oil and graphite on mylar  8″ x 8″
$650.00

 

David Pirrie Continental Drift 2 mylar 8x8

Continental Drift 2  2016
Oil and graphite on mylar  8″ x 8″
$650.00

 

David Pirrie Continental Drift 3 mylar 8x20

Continental Drift 3  2016
Oil and graphite on mylar  8″ x 20″
$1,000.00

 

David Pirrie Lost in the Mountains 1 mylar 5x5

Lost in the Mountains 1  2016
Oil and graphite on mylar  5″ x 5″
$500.00

 

David Pirrie Lost in the Mountains 2 mylar

Lost in the Mountains 2  2016
Oil and graphite on mylar  5″ x 5″
$500.00

 

David Pirrie Ridgeline 1 mylar 5x5

Ridgeline 1  2016
Oil and graphite on mylar  5″ x 5″
$500.00

 

David Pirrie Ridgeline 2 mylar 5x5

Ridgeline 2  2016
Oil and graphite on mylar  5″ x 5″
$500.00

 

View 2014 Exhibition Catalogue

 

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