"McCallum" 106cm x 152cm McCallum is a small hamlet clinging to life on the ege of the sea where fishing is the lifeblood. there are no roads, vehicles, or cellphone service.
Photo Credit: artist- Michael Fantuz

ARTS- Michael Fantuz- artist painter

This week another of Canada’s wonderful painters whose artwork is more than worthy to collect and admire

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Last week we spoke to Christopher Walker and his Pacific west coast inspired artwork and this week we travel several thousand kilometres across Canada to the Atlantic and the island of Newfoundland. Gander is where Michael Fantuz is now based.

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Artist Michael Fantuz in his studio in Gander Newfoundland © supplied

Fantuz, who was a featured artist in the prestigious Arabella magazine, works mostly on larger canvases often in the range of 60cm x 128cm.

He has mastered several styles from monochramatic realism, to wonderfully colourful interpretations.

Originally from Ontario, he was surrounded by creative people in his family, but his love of art took a downturn as a teenager due to a rigid art teacher and he put it aside for awhile.

"Garrison Hill" a street in St John's Newfoundland Garrison Hill 60cm x 76cm oil on canvas CLICK to ENLARGE

“Garrison Hill” a street in St John’s Newfoundland Garrison Hill
60cm x 76cm oil on canvas CLICK to ENLARGE

He regained his fascination and desire to create and his passion for art during a trip to Italy where he said, art was everywhere in the architecture, paintings, sculpture and even food.

After a period on the west coast, life and a air traffic control job took him to the Atlantic province of Newfoundland. There he met his future wife who pushed him to pursue his art.

"Through Another Door" 121cm x 152cm CLICK to ENLARGE

“Through Another Door” 121cm x 152cm
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For that we must be very grateful.

Michael Fantuz has produced works that are evocative and philosophical, while others, retaining some of the philosophical aspect are also joyfully colourful interpretive images of both city  life and especially of the tiny outport communities of Newfoundland.

He continues to explore materials, methods and styles all while creating works that are wonderfully collectible.

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