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09/26/2016 00:00:00 The Artist Unmasked Central East Free

Artworks by Grace Dam. Grace Dam is a Toronto-based artist and proud Canadian, who gave up a career in finance to realize a lifelong passion for art. She works in oils, acrylics and other media. Her art reflects the complexity of life, the challenge of relationships –and the connections between earth and sky. “My approach combines figurative and abstract elements to explore the emotions and meaning inherent in my surroundings. My subject matter, sparked by the mood and politics of the day, is then researched and studied before I attempt to capture it on canvas. My message may appeal or it may provoke –my aim is to tempt the viewer to linger long enough to tease out the meaning.”

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