Bad People: Portraits of the Punishable
featuring Phantoms in the Front Yard
March 2–18, 2017


In our fantasies and our phobias. Onto our streets and into our mirrors. Down our alleys and our angers, under our bridges and our skins. In the prisons we fear and the cells we can’t escape.

Bad people.

Celebrating the final exhibition at Hot Art Wet City, Phantoms in the Front Yard reveal their dirty little pictures.

Come see the worst, the naughtiest, the darkest, the damnedest, the shady, the skittish, the last and the least, yourself. We know you’ll take a thing or two away. With miniature pieces and their miniature prices, it may even be some art. Miniature works from $250–600.

Phantoms Members: Michael Abraham, Jeremiah Birnbaum, Andrea Hooge, James Knight, Paul Morstad, Jay Senetchko, Jonathan Sutton & Caroline Weaver.

With guests: Matt Bowen, David Haughton, Norman Yeung, Sara Khan, Ilya Viryachev, Maria Margaretta and Taizo Yamamoto. Curated by: Pennylane Shen.

Click her to see photos from the show on Flickr >

Michael Abraham began his studies in life drawing and compositional painting at the Ontario College of Art (1984-88). His personal coups have included sold out shows and shining reviews in the Vancouver Sun. He has had numerous one-man exhibitions, including at the Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles, and Gallery Jones in Vancouver. He has also won numerous awards, including his recent title of Senior Signature Status SFCA, in recognition of Extraordinary Achievement in the field of Visual Fine Arts.

Having studied Classical Animation at Vancouver Film School, Jay Senetchko apprenticed under Gideon Flitt for three years, and Odd Nerdrum for one. He has exhibited extensively in both group and solo contexts in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Berlin. Jay Senetchko also teaches film, painting, and drawing at Vancouver Film School and in his private studio. In 2011 he was nominated as a finalist for Canada’s Kingston Prize.

A practicing artist based in Vancouver, Jeremiah Birnbaum studied at the Victoria College of Art (2001-2003) before earning a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2006.  Since graduating Birnbaum has exhibited extensively in both public and private galleries in Vancouver, British Columbia as well as Edmonton, Alberta and Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2011 he was nominated as a finalist for Canada’s Kingston Prize.

James Knight has shown a high spatial aptitude from an early age. Transferring a fluency with spraypaint acquired from painting graffiti into fine art practices has led to cutting edge visual renderings. Self taught, James now works out of his studio in Vancouver, having gained collectors internationally as well as across Canada.

Paul Morstad was raised in the Western Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. The landscapes, people flora and fauna of these places deeply influence his paintings and films. Having worked previously for the NFB in Montreal for ten years, he currently lives and works in Vancouver, exhibiting at the prestigious Gallery Jones.

After earning a BFA in Theatre from UBC, Jonathan Sutton worked as an actor, director, writer and producer in theatre and film for over a decade. The visual art practice that was to become his main artistic focus evolved through these media, and he continues to draw on dramatic, literary, and narrative influences. He has exhibited in Vancouver and Toronto, and won awards in both cities.

Caroline Weaver is a self-taught painter from Vancouver who has spent the last six years painting in and around the Americas. The ever-growing list of locations in which she has shown includes Ottawa, Calgary, Portland, Philadelphia, Montreal, San Luis Potosi, Philadelphia, Vancouver and some forgotten places.
Oil paintings of the, perhaps, secret lives of animals, how they might be arranging themselves, relating, and celebrating when we’re not looking.

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