Quality Painters want to get their name 'out there'. They want people to recognize their name and their work. 'Odysseus' is a broad, big, bold introduction to Alberta. But it is massive in scale. The duo has been fortunate to be recognized by a few publications. So, to get their work 'out there'; Craig and Dave created nearly 300 original works for sale at Calgary's Market Collective.
Not only did they make nearly 300 original panels for sale, but they created them all in 5 weeks. It was a creative flurry, that had both artists digging in deep and joyfully producing. A sample of these panels can be viewed in the 'New Work' section of this site.
Quality Painters believes that everyone should have access to original art for affordable prices. Their desire was to create art for those just starting their collections, or adding a QP cherry on top of their already existing collection. As Craig and Dave are two galleried artists, they were frustrated by the limited access their work has to the general public. By participating in Market Collective, the people of Calgary could be introduced to Quality Painters and vice-versa.
From the onset, Craig and Dave wanted to see if they even could create as many 8"x12" panels as they could that were one-of-a-kind. They did not want to rely on stencils or prints.
The process for each panel is fresh and unique. Each piece starts with an abstraction done by both painters simultaneously. This first stage is known as 'blizz blazz'. The boards are then divided for their 'second pass', where one artist lays down a 'drawing' in paint. The 'third pass' sees the panel going to the other artist. There, Craig or Dave will interpret, react and draw on the panel. There is a nod to the 'Immaculate Corpse' and 'Free Writing' of the Surrealist movement. Sometimes, just stumping the other artist with a juxtaposing image was the goal..and the joke. Finally all the boards were assembled together for a 'naming ceremony'. Together, Craig and Dave would look at each panel, and simply find the connective tissue between each image - and come up with it's title.