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Jeffrey LeclairBiography: BIOGRAPHY Artist and Composer Jeffrey LeClair was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He moved to Toronto in 1979 to study drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art. Along with designing the album cover for Rita Coolidge's Fire Me Back he has contracted to the Okee Dokee company. His music has been released internationally under the pseudonyn SHIRTLIFTER. With three albums to his credit, Dirty Funky House, Fuel, and Fans In The City, his music has also been included on various compilations and has been broadcasted worldwide. In 1984 Jeffrey launched an original clothing line, Jeffrey LeClair Funwear which featured hand-painted leather jackets, sweat shirts, tee-shirts, and parachute pants. The one-of-a-kind designs were available through over sixty stores in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, New York, Winnipeg, Florida and California. His permanent public works include a large canvas, "Crowd", at Toronto Skydome and "Blah Blah Blah" on display in the Main Reception of CJRT FM, Toronto. In 1982 he was commissioned by Jacob Harary of Lidchi International to produce paintings and other works of art. Jean Boudreau commissioned him the following year to produce canvases for the Soho restaurant, Statlander's. Jeffrey LeClair has been interviewed on City Line with Marilyn Denis , CITY TV with Michele Gibson, CFTO TV with Glen Cockrane, CBC Television's "Switchback" with Howard Bussgang, CHCH TV's "Backstage" with Jennifer Nelson, CFRB FM with Bob Bratina, and CJRT FM with Tom Folton. STATEMENT Programmed. Paint to uncross wires. Taught not to poke a fork into light socket. Painting feels invigorating. A piece evokes a smile. Energetic. A way to climb out of problems -- into new. Civilization, Spirituality, Technology, Iconography. Spontaneity. My younger self. My inner voice. Passionate and optimistic. Rich colors. Brush as magicianís wand. Paint as candy. Violet flame. Saint Germain. Physical. Bold slashes. Scribbling. Scratching. Mood loose. Covered in paint. Tools for exploration. Light from within. Texture from life. Balance depends on manifestation. Three-dimensional bridges to the exterior world. Remembering to try. Purity and Destiny. Blessed. Acrylic and mixed-media. Art and music. Exploring the possibilities. Utilizing canvases for each piece in More Songs About Gods. Attempting a relationship. A cross-platform experience and the challenge to link. Country: Canada Birthyear: July, 27, 1959 Galleries: GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2003 Collage 2003, works on canvas, Toronto. 1998 Trias Gallery, Toronto, works on canvas, paper, and sculpture. 1998 The Lumiere, Toronto, works on canvas. 1995 Joey Dean Fine Art, Toronto, works on canvas & paper. 1993 Schieder and Associates Gallery, Toronto, works on canvas, paper, and sculpture. 1992 Joey Dean Fine Art, Toronto, works on canvas. 1989 Lato Design, Toronto, works on canvas and paper. 1989 Aston's, Toronto, works on canvas and paper. 1989 Bonnie Kagan Gallery, Toronto, sculpture. 1986 Woodworth Gallery, Toronto, works on canvas. 1984 Robert Powell Fine Art, Toronto, works on canvas and paper. 1984 Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery, Toronto, works on canvas and paper. 1984 Dunkelman's, Toronto. works on paper. 1983 Stadtlander's, Toronto, works on canvas. 1981 Fine Art Of Canada Collection, Toronto, works on canvas and paper. 1980 Powell / Roberts Fine Art, Toronto, works on paper. 1978 Saw Gallery, Ottawa, photographic projection of ectachrome transparencies. 1977 Nicholas Gallery, Ottawa, works on paper. SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2006-1999 Shirtlifter (music project) 2003 Doorways of Mexico, WWW, photography. 1998 Cities Restaurant, Toronto, works on canvas. 1991 Gallery 782, Toronto, works on canvas, paper and sculpture. 1990 Body Blue, Toronto, works on canvas. 1989 Barolo, Toronto, works on canvas. 1988 Barolo, Toronto. works on canvas and paper. 1986 P.M. Toronto, Toronto, works on canvas, painted fashion. 1985 Woodworth Gallery, Toronto, works on paper. 1984 Big City No Problem, Toronto, works on paper. CORPORATE COLLECTIONS Skydome Corporation, Toronto Amtax Corporation, Toronto Dom A City Corporation, Toronto Back On Bay Fine Cars, Toronto CJRT FM, Toronto PRIVATE COLLECTIONS Rita Coolidge, California Jack Pollock, France Redd Fox, California Linda Latner, Toronto Shirley MacLaine, California Clair Walker, Toronto Stuart Aikins, Vancouver Dr. Norman B. Rasky, Toronto Media: acrylic Style: spiritual Subjects: cityscapes
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