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Tessar Sebastian Lo (Jakarta, 1984)
Tessar Sebastian Lo is always searching, driven by a desire to work freely, outside the boundaries of convention. As he reaches with an open heart toward that mysterious place where dream-reality and waking-reality merge, his vision is perpetually evolving.
Born in Indonesia and raised in Toronto, Tessar blends themes endemic to his Asian heritage with the pursuit of primal expression that motivated primitivists like Gauguin. Working in mixed media on canvas, he builds compounded layers of deep, dusky color and unusual textures, drawing the viewer inward and creating an almost sensual awareness of surface.
By stripping his work of artifice and surrendering to instinct, he aspires to turn seemingly mundane subjects – a corner of the back yard, a walk in the park, a childhood toy – into powerful sources of inspiration and potential. Around these familiar landmarks, he constructs unfolding mythologies that stir the reservoirs of childlike wonder that lie buried within us all.
Over the four years since his graduation from Ontario’s Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning with a BAA in Illustration, Tessar Sebastian Lo has exhibited in galleries worldwide, from Show & Tell Gallery and Narwhal Art Projects in Toronto, to solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, Barcelona, Tokyo and Amsterdam (Jaski). He lives and works in Toronto.