Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Gary Langman, ASA

Gary Langman, Frozen Terrain

Gary Langman, Frozen Terrain


The personal journey of Gary Langman, ASA as an artist began in his childhood. Born in Montreal in 1947 Gary showed an aptitude for art at an early age, and remembers his parents buying him an oil paint set while he was around seven or eight years old,and this medium has remained his first love ever since.

While attending high school Gary had the privilege of studying art under Eric Weselow who introduced Gary to using plastics as an art form. The strong use of bold shapes, transparent colors,and a cinematographers sense of scale and drama ,continue to this day as elements that are expressed in his work.

Gary Langman, First Snow

Gary Langman, First Snow

After High school Gary completed four years studying a Commercial art course at the Canadian Art Academy of Montreal. Graduating with honours, Gary was invited to work for Studio B as a commercial artist. Rewarding as this was, Gary had dreams of going to the Ontario College of art to pursue his ambition to study fine art, so he enrolled in the experimental art program which he completed in 1976.

Studying under such well known artist as Graham Coughtry, Ross Mendes, Tom Hodgson and many others, influenced Gary to experiment with all sorts of materials and textures. Gary Langman is a versatile artist acquainted with the use of oil, acrylics, watercolor, plastics, resins, cloth, tension structures, stained glass and welding steel.Many of his learning process had come through hand on experience of working in a plastics company and also working for steel companies as a welder to support the cost of schooling.

The source and inspiration behind Gary’s oevre reveals an artist who has deftly marshaled passion, meticulous rigor, and solid technique to create a genuinely original body of work.

Gary Langman, Rocks and Spray

Gary Langman, Rocks and Spray


ASA: Could you tell us about your influences?
Gary: I have been influenced by such artist as Andy Goldsworthy, whose collaboration with nature totally inspires me to experiment with texture and I’m also greatly influenced by the primal forces that are demonstrated by nature.

ASA: Which body of your work would you consider most successful to date?
Gary: The body of work most successful to date are the ones which contain an element of mystery which provoke the question of “how did you do that?” This has been said to be the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and science. My most successful body of works are those simple close up paintings that capture the texture of water lace,frozen snow and ice, isolated splashes of water and anything that would contain a sense of scale and drama.

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