Durbano explores topics of masculinity in art to be shown Sunday

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Tyler Durbano is one of 10 artists who will be featured in the inaugural exhibition of the Margaret George Gallery in the Celtic Circle, New Glasgow which opens Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Editor’s Note: The News is profiling the 10 artists who will have art showcased in an upcoming exhibit at New Glasgow’s new art gallery at The Celtic Circle. The inaugural exhibition of the Margaret George Gallery will open April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.


NEW GLASGOW – Tyler Durbano, one of the Town of New Glasgow’s artists-in-residence, will be featured in Sunday’s inaugural exhibit at the new Margaret George Gallery in the Celtic Circle.

Durbano recently graduated from NSCAD, a school that he said exposed him to various art forms and expanded his artistic skills.

“They encourage you to explore textiles, photography, drawing, painting, fashion, everything. So, that’s played a big role in my art making right now,” he said while sitting in the residency studio behind the New Glasgow Library. “A lot of my sources come from photography, video and I include some charcoal in my paintings, so there is drawing elements in there as well. So, it definitely made me a more well-rounded artist.”

Durbano creates mixed media paintings. He said the largest one he’s working on now is seven by five feet, but he works on smaller pieces as well.

“Right now, I’m trying to explore topics of masculinity and how things are changing from the older generations to new generations or just through time in general,” he said. “I’m really interested in figurative art, so there is always a figure in my work or at least a situation that would suggest that a figure was there or had some part in the setting.”

He will have three paintings shown in the inaugural exhibition this weekend.

“They’re self-portraits, but I don’t like to think of them as purely self-portraits,” he said. “They deal with themes of masculinity combined with identity and insecurity and sort of how identity and insecurity play in with masculinity at this time in history.”

Durbano said he’s enjoying his time in the New Glasgow residency program and said he has been working with students in the schools that will amalgamate into the new Primary to Grade 8 school, New Glasgow Academy, in 2014 to paint tiles for the inside of the school. 

Organizations: New Glasgow Library, Grade 8 school, New Glasgow Academy

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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