For the remainder of this year our Restaurant is featuring a Fine Art Photographer:
WorldScapes Fine Art Photography by Serge Chriqui
Many of his pieces are on display and available for purchase throughout our Restaurant. On your next visit make sure to spend some time admiring his work.
GET TO KNOW THE ARTIST:
The one constant in Serge Chriqui’s life through the years has been his photography.
The photography bug caught him early when he found his father’s old 35mm Yashica and fiddled with it for a bit (it was the summer of 1977 and he was about to turn 11). When his father brought home a new SLR sometime later, he adopted it as his own.
Rock concerts, usually at the old Ontario Place Forum on Toronto’s waterfront were his first fascination during his teen years. Later, he read a number of photography books and wondered at the mastery of Ansel Adams. Photography ultimately became a means of documenting his travels.
2005 was the year Serge endeavoured to carve out a career as a Fine Art Photographer. Toronto’s Distillery District Artisan Marketplace served as the launching pad for the venture. On May 21, he sold his first prints. The exercise was repeated again in 2006 with a refined offering to greater success.
In the time since then, he has maintained his involvement in the art world as an art gallery owner (Scollard Street Gallery in Yorkville – Toronto), a gallery co-director (Art Avenue Gallery – Toronto), an art dealer and an exhibiting artist at every opportunity. He is proud to have had the opportunity to present a solo show at the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, Ontario during the fall of 2016.
Thankful that he has had the privilege and good fortune of continuing his travels at every opportunity; Trinidad and Tobago, Newfoundland, the California Coast, Western New York and the Niagara Region have all provided wonderful opportunities to see and capture wonderful scenes in the last few years.
Today, he continues to focus on his craft; not only producing artistic photographs, but also his latest endeavour, the Positive Light Abstracts Series – a digital process that results in wonderful and mesmerizing colour bursts.
Arriving in Canada at a mere 6 months of age, Serge’s childhood was spent in Montreal until the age of 10. He turned 11 in Toronto and lived there until he graduated from York University in 1990. He moved to Vancouver that summer, discovered the beautiful west coast and made it his home until it was time to come back to Toronto with a family in tow in late 2003. In 2013, he was fortunate enough to experience life in the Caribbean, in the twin-island republic of Trinidad & Tobago. A move back to Canada ensued during the summer of 2015, settling in St. Catharines, Ontario.
ps. if his surname looks familiar – yes, she is his baby sister…