Brian Rideout makes paintings about pictures. His work investigates contemporary images, sourced from print and online, for their art historical relevance, and examines how these images interact within the compendium of painting and image production. He is interested in art as document, as decoration, as an ideological accessory, and as technological/functional support. In his series American Collection Paintings, Rideout culls images of lush interiors dating from the second half of the Twentieth Century. These references are from printed matter: interior design magazines, how-to books. As a painted translation of the photographic, realism here is not only stylistic but also fundamentally significant at the level of content. For Rideout’s paintings not only represent the history of taste through objects, they too consider the decisive role of the archive in the organization of this history. By rendering the photographic in paint, Rideout is able to conflate media and time; processes of documentation, collection, and preservation are fused across historical boundaries.
Rideout (b. 1986) lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. He was the 2017 recipient of The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts (Emerging). He studied at Georgian College (Barrie, ON) and is represented in Canada by MKG127 (Toronto) and in the USA by Tile Blush (Miami). Recent solo exhibitions have occurred at MKG127, Tile Blush, Parisian Laundry (Montreal), AC Repair Co. (Toronto), and Georgian College (Barrie). Recent fairs include UNTITLED Miami Beach (Miami), Chromatic Festival (Montreal), Spring/Break Art Fair (NYC), Art Toronto (Toronto). He has shown in group exhibitions at MAW (NYC), Clint Roenisch Gallery (Toronto), and Mercer Union (Toronto). Writing on Brian’s work has been featured in publications like Canadian Art, ICON Design, Sight Unseen, Artspace, Artsy, It’s Nice That, and others. His work is included in the private collections of TD Bank, RBC, National Bank of Canada, and Estée Lauder.