Randy Hryhorczuk is a self-taught artist working in oil painting and linocut printmaking. Painting from his studio in Whitby Ontario, Randy produces artwork in subjects including portrait, abstract, still life and urban landscape billboards. Randy’s art that has been collected throughout Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Guatemala, and has shown paintings at art galleries and fairs since 2000 in Canada, The United States and Germany.
In addition to his personal practice, Randy conducts art workshops as an established artist member with Vibe Arts in Toronto, and teaches painting at Station Gallery in Whitby, Ontario. Randy is also a collector of artists work, believing that supporting other artists’ builds a stronger creative community.
Randy Hryhorczuk’s art is available at Canvas Gallery Toronto, and online through Saatchi Art and Etsy. T-Shirt designs are available on Teepublic and Threadless.
I grew up in the wild, rural countryside of B.C’s lower mainland. Forests and rivers were my childhood playground; endless summer days were spend exploring the woods, playing make-believe among the trees. A Love of comic books, Saturday morning cartoons and music fuelled creativity.
I rented my first art studio in Vancouver in the late 1990’s. Tucked in a loft beyond the stage of a former ballroom, accessible through a narrow hatch atop steep, makeshift stairs. The building was later consumed by fire.
Leaving British Columbia for Ontario, Toronto’s welcoming visual arts community was an inspiring change of direction. I connected with like-minded artists and galleries, intent on building a community by artists for artists and art lovers alike.
In 2007 I relocated to Guatemala City, Guatemala with my wife. I spent time drawing, painting, reading, visiting museums and exploring Central America; frequenting airports on trips to Canada for art exhibitions and deliveries. Guatemala City re-ignited my interest in the urban landscape. Marvelling at towering billboards lining city streets, I began producing a body of urban landscape paintings with the billboards as my subject. I replaced advertising with words of encouragement, hope, and social commentary.
Returning to Toronto in 2009 with a renewed interest in unusual subject matter. Urban and suburban life influenced exploration of mall rides, vintage cars, pay-phones and other mundane subjects that drew on deep rooted fascination with memory and childhood. Everyday objects and structures that are often overlooked or exist outside of our periphery continue to draw my interest.