Les Ramsay creates his works by recycling the excess of everyday domestic objects and uses both constructive and deconstructive strategies. Considering Modern traditions while exploring the frontiers of contemporary painting, he uses collage methodologies to develop formal compositions. Merging unexpected connections of domestic materials in relation to painting generates layered formal outcomes, which operate as metaphors for evocative tendencies.
Les Ramsay was born in Vancouver and studied fine arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Universitat de Politecnica in Valencia (Spain) and completed his MFA at Concordia University in 2015. He has taken part in group and solo shows such as A motion for a notion commotion, presented at Chernoff Fine Art in Vancouver (2018); Li Salay, at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton (2018); MICRO-WAVE, at Mr. Lee’s Shed in Vancouver (2018); Border X, at Winnipeg Art Gallery (2016); Retreat of the Horstman, at the Field Contemporary in Vancouver (2016); Ignition 10 at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery Montréal (2014); and Keep the Glove at Sunset Terrace in Vancouver (2014). His works can be found in many private and corporate collections such as The Claridge Collection, Medcan, the TD Bank and RBC collection. He has exhibited in Canada, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, as well as in the US.
TD Bank Collection, Montreal (Canada)
Majudia Collection, Montreal (Canada)
Claridge Collection, Montreal (Canada)
MFA in Painting, Concordia University, Montreal (Canada)
BFA Graduate in visual arts, Emily Carr University, Vancouver (Canada)