“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir
Gary Landon was born in the small town of Grimsby along the Niagara Escarpment and was raised in Caledonia Ontario. His love of nature was inspired in childhood exploring the wild spaces surrounding the Grand River. The curiosity and admiration for nature was taken indoors and became exemplified through paintings and drawings that resulted in many art awards beginning in childhood, including an award initiated by Pierre Trudeau to celebrate Canada’s centennial. This saw his art work travel across the country at the age of twelve. He also won the Ron Young Art Scholarship before attending Guelph University’s fine art program.
Along with painting and sculpting, a passion for photography and adventure developed assuring a constant source of inspiration. In Gary’s words “ enjoying the peacefulness of the, one on one, in solo expeditions, such as paddling the Florida Everglades, the western coastline or northern Canada allows him a better understanding of the intimate relationships in these environments” Experiences like these give his representational art a level of authenticity. Art, photography and wilderness exploration, in his words, have become one.
Gary continues to be inspired by a genuine respect for nature and he is compelled to celebrate her seemingly endless connections through painting, sculpting and compulsive photography.
Gary has donated his works to organizations such as The Haldimand-Norfolk Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Pelee Island Bird Observatory (PIBO), The Stephen Lewis Foundation and Ducks Unlimited; as well as sales to private collections.
Projector Gallery Jan 2016
Westmount Gallery March 2017
Buckhorn Fine Art Festival Aug 2017