David McClyment: has been obsessively drawing for almost 70 years, and professionally for over 40 years. He has exhibited primarily in the GTA, but also throughout Ontario and across Europe. His work has been the focus of many grants from all levels of government, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. McClyment has shown his work across a wide range of venues: commercial co–operatives, public galleries, artist–run centres and commercial galleries, as well as organizing his own initiatives. His exhibitions have been reviewed in many major media outlets, including CBC (radio 2), Rogers TV, Globe and Mail, the Toronto Daily Star, the National Post and the Winnipeg Free Press. He is currently a full member of Red Head Gallery, an artists’ co–op in Toronto.
In addition to his career as an artist, McClyment has mentored hundreds of emerging artists; first through his role as a project officer in Visual Arts Ontario, an arts service organization (now closed), and most lately as a Co–Ordinator and professor in the Fine Arts Studio program at Centennial College. In that capacity he has received a number of awards for teaching excellence.
Recent exhibitions include “Bleeding Daylight” at the Red Head Gallery this past January; “Just Part of the Story” at the Corner Gallery in Haliburton Village opening on the long weekend; and the launch of “One for Sorrow”, a virtual reality exploration in collaboration with Lynne Heller at the Beaver Hall Gallery in Toronto at the end of Mayb.
He has also recently become an author, publishing “So You Want To Be An Artists”. A 500 page print resource on professional practices for emerging find artists. As he writes: “Forty years of learning the hard way so that you don’t!”.
McClyment is inspired daily by his long–time reason for living, Sue Bracken, and their multi–talented son, Jaimie.