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Todd Tremeer

Small Worlds

Wall Writing  - Oil tempera on panel, 2018, 8” x 10”

Wall Writing - Oil tempera on panel, 2018, 8” x 10”

“As a kid I liked history and its stories. I had a train set and built model kits. Ultimately the train outgrew its table, wrapped itself around the room and was overrun by Hot Wheels cars and small soldiers. Today I continue to think about model building―albeit the dioramas found in museums, model train club landscapes, dollhouse miniatures and pop-up books.”

The unbuilt model kit promises perfect realism, yet the completed model inevitably falls short of expectations. The model, finished or unfinished, eventually becomes dusty, broken and abandoned—yet the box survives—an artifact in its own right. Painting upon these model box lids plays with history by colliding military history with narratives of youth and model building.

Other paintings seen here began with close observation of miniatures. Miniature model railroad club landscapes recreate an idealized world. Under the pretext of realism: industry, agriculture, community and wilderness co-exist harmoniously together. In my studio, I pile and rearrange dollhouse furnishings to reconstruct imagined spaces otherwise unpaintable through direct observation. Overall, my paintings recall multiple pasts: narratives of model making, childhood play and history as represented by the object itself.


Todd Tremeer is a painter and printmaker. A graduate of OCAD and its one year Florence, Italy program; B.A. University of Guelph where he studied history, B.Ed. Brock University, MFA. from Western University. Tremeer has exhibited across Canada, in the United States, Italy, France and China. He was awarded the Joseph Plaskett Prize for painting in 2007 and numerous Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants over the years. Also Best Watercolourist: Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (2008, 2009, 2011).

Tremeer’s art oscillates between themes of history and landscape. These apparently disparate genres merge and inform one another. A sense of close observation, use of miniatures and attention to craft underlies all his projects. He lives and paints in Bowmanville, Ontario.

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 9th from 2 pm to 5 pm
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Solo exhibition by Todd Tremeer

Earlier Event: March 9
Sarah Nind
Later Event: May 4
Sean Mundy