Artist Profile: Gord Halloran
Gord Halloran is well known to world audiences as the creator of Paintings Below Zero, monumental public art installations created in and with ice.
The Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games hosted a huge installation, Picture Sotto Zero where Halloran was Canada’s official representative of the Cultural Olympiad. Halloran’s installations in ice have since been hosted by City of Toronto (2007), Niagara on the Lake (2007), City of Chicago at Millennium Park (2008), and the City of Richmond for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
The Torino Collection
Artwork created by the artist from raw images of
Pitture Sotto Zero, Italy, 2006
Paintings Below Zero is an installation of boldly coloured, abstract paintings in ice – enormous in scale and yet intricate in detail – with stunning patterns created by pigments combining with the crystal structure of the ice. This uniquely Canadian art form was created by international artist Gordon Halloran. These “big paintings for a big country,” were inspired by Canada’s vast winter landscape of ice and snow. In 2006, Halloran’s Pitture Sotto Zero was a highlight of the Cultural Olympiad in Turin, Italy, at the Fortezza di Fenestrelle, in the small town of Fenestrelle. The artwork displayed here is collection of close up images created from raw photography (by Al Burns) of the Turin installation. These images have been individually layered, cropped and enhanced by the artist. The design of the framing presentation on Sintra ground and acrylic-laminated was created by the artist to resemble the smooth surface of ice and yet preserve the artwork.