Kirk Sutherland

Artist Statement

I feel my creative process bridges, and somewhat amalgamates both intuitive, and conscience realities. My paintings do not imitate life, but perhaps harness the energy and the essence of life.

In life we are conscience of present realities, yet travel forward with no actual conception of what to expect. My art making process seems to find itself in the same unpredictable reality. For I surrender a degree of control, yet I feel profoundly that my work does not fall into what could be defined as random or chance.

I feel the process is equally as important as the finished piece. It is a spiritual experience. I find myself channeling to a higher energy or light, in which the medium, the action, and the paintbrush in a sense are umbilical’s between the soul, the essence and that of the material world.

About the Artist

Kirk Sutherland is a Toronto based artist and art teacher. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design(OCAD) in 1991. Sutherland holds an Associate of the Ontario College of Arts Honours (AOCA Hons.)

He has exhibited his work for over 25 years under the representation of many art galleries. Many of Sutherland’s works are represented in both private and corporate collections throughout North America and Europe.

Sutherland is an accomplished, innovative, well versed educator as well. His experience as an artist has provided students with knowledge and skills in painting, sculpture, contemporary, and fine art studies.


Critically, Kirk Sutherland could be defined as being influenced by the likes of Monet, Matisse, Hofmann, Abstract Expressionism, Post-Painterly Abstraction, and Lyrical Abstraction.  Sutherland study under François Thepot, Graham Coughtry, Gordon Rayner, Paul Sloggett, Dan Solomon, and Robert Hedrick at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He is influenced consciously, and sub-consciously by his surroundings as well as and the formal elements of art, and the materials he creates with. The two predominant elements in Sutherland’s work hinge between his keen sensibility to colour, and his use of pictorial space.