24 Bathurst St., N6B 1N7
Beside a train track near the river in an old building settled and secure, you’ll find the bdirks studio. It’s a rough space that contains a complex of tools and materials. Brian Dirks paints in oils and acrylics on stretched linen canvas and also works in egg tempera, encaustic and ink on paper and wood. Brian paints neither intending to have his pieces fit into some other narrative nor with the certainty that all his efforts will succeed. Nonetheless, he chooses fine materials and best practices to pay due respect to time spent with familiar subjects. In consequence, older passed-over pieces survive to inform the more recent. Confidence in the integrity of material underpins the liberty and freedom painting provides. There is comfort in the wellbeing of old friends.