VBlake - nom de plume for Kelvin Landolt
Kelvin Landolt was born – April 18, 1964 - in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, but spent his early years in the Vernon, B.C. and on Vancouver Island (Duncan and Victoria). Since high school in 1982, 'VBlake' has been the pseudonym use by Kelvin for nearly all of his artistic ventures – writing, painting, photography, performance, interior, fashion and costume design. His painting has been influenced by native art and the Group of Seven. Kelvin studied fashion design, by certificate program, at Parsons School of Design in New York City, 1986. Design, in general, remains his passion during his working career as a graphic artist.
The Voyeur Series is a work in progress; intended to be 24 large water colour paintings. VBlake has taken the stance as the voyeur who watches, somewhat secretly, the human body indulging in nature.
The Facing Death Series is a lives work in progress. In every way, these works are therapy or ways of dealing with death – some are celebration of lives while others are mournful expression. The images are in water colour in various sizes.
Photography has been an opportunity to capture living art and design. ‘Island Sands’ and ‘PotHoles' both celebrate nature in all its wonder and glory. ‘Bike Trail Summer’ & Bike Trail Fall both celebrates an artistic vision of mountain/trail biking and visit a unique natural and artistic setting around Toronto. ‘Mother Nature at Her Best’ celebrates the strength of nature while living in contest with metropolitan sprawl. 'Lost Castle' has captured a part of native history in Sooke, B.C.