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ABOUT

Andrew Cheddie Sookrah is a Toronto-based painter, sculptor and fine art instructor

Andrew Cheddie Sookrah was born in Guyana in 1956. In Georgetown he attended Queen’s College where he was recognized for his artistic expression from an early age having won the school’s art prize in 1971. At age 16, Sookrah started working as a designer and illustrator at Ace Advertisers (Georgetown, Guyana), and quickly moved into the role of the company art director.

In 1974 Sookrah immigrated to Canada and attended multidisciplinary continuing education programs at the Ontario College of Art (OCA), George Brown College and Ryerson University. His beginnings in design and illustration opened a life of parallel passions. While continuing to paint and carve out his artistic existence, Sookrah involved himself in advertising and opened Engine Room Creative, a successful design development studio and advertising & marketing agency in Toronto. As the Creative Director of Engine Room, he has worked on provincial and national campaigns, as well as international campaigns in the US and UK.

Sookrah’s technical knowledge and might of communication lead him into fine art instruction. Today he conducts workshops and teaches painting techniques in oil, acrylic and watercolour at various institutions including including Loyalist College, Richmond Hill Art School and The Lodge on Amherst Island.

An active member of the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto for twenty-four years, Sookrah served many terms on the Club’s Art Committee and was the convenor of its 3rd Floor Sunday Figurative Painting Sessions for nine years. Over the years his work was included in various juried group exhibitions at the Club.

A renowned philanthropist, Sookrah regularly donates work to charitable auctions and foundations including Creative Art GEMS Auction, Gilda’s Club, KidSport Canada, and the Roseneath Foundation. He was also a sponsor of the Student Drawing Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE) at City Hall for five consecutive years.

Sookrah’s work is in Corporate and Private Collections in Canada and the US.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Born 1956, Guyana

Emigrated to Canada, 1974, Canadian Citizen, 1978

EDUCATION

1967 - 1972, Queen’s College, Georgetown, Guyana

1977 - 1984, Ontario College of Art (OCA), Toronto, Part time, Fine Art Advertising & Design (Various courses), George Brown College, Toronto, Part time, Fine Art, Illustration, (Various courses), Ryerson University, Toronto, Part time, Print Production Management (Various courses)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 Raw Stimulations: Dingle, Ireland & Killarney, Ontario, Rawlicious, Toronto

2012 Interviews From The Third Floor Plus 2, Arts & Letters Club, Toronto

2008 Heat Rising In A Cold Place, Arctic Landscapes, Santaguida, Toronto

2007 Darkened Spaces Full of Light, Arctic Landscapes, Engine Room Creative Studio, Toronto

2005 Parallel States of Being 1, The Lodge, Amherst Island

2004 Interviews From The Third Floor, Arts & Letters Club, Toronto

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 The Canadian Landscape,Members’ Lounge, The Grange, Art Gallery Of Ontario

2015IMPACT 2015, Neilson Park Creative Centre

2014 Art of The Real, Todmorden Mills Papermill Art Gallery, Toronto

2012 IN FEAR WE TRUST 2 Exploring the power of religious belief, NUIT BLANCHE, Toronto

2011 / 2013 Through The Eyes Of The Artist, Lakeshore Arts, Toronto

2009 Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) Summer Exhibition at the Win Henstock Gallery, Oakville, Ontario and the Pentimento Fine Art Gallery, Toronto

2010 Society of Canadian Artists’ On The Scene, Exhibition of Landscapes, The Leighton Art Centre, Calgary, Alberta

2011 Ontario Society of Artists (OSA)Continuum, Arts & Letters Club, Toronto

2008 IN FEAR WE TRUST, Exploring the power of political belief, NUIT BLANCHE, Toronto

2008 Spillage! Installation Art on Elm Street, Toronto

2009 Society of Canadian Artists’ Roots, Saint John Arts Centre, Saint John, New Brunswick

2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 Society of Canadian Artists’ Annual Open Juried Shows (38th/39th/42nd/43rd/44th)

2006 Annual Queen West Art Crawl, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

2006 ARCTIC QUEST Exhibitions:

  • Win Henstock Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
  • The Georgina Art Gallery, Sutton West, Ontario
  • The Gallery on the Grand, Waterloo, Ontario
  • The Linkway Gallery, TD Centre, Toronto

2007 Society of Canadian Artists’ Integration, Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH)

Memberships (Elected)

  • Society of Canadian Artists (SCA)
  • Society of Canadian Artists - Vice President, Chair of Exhibitions
  • Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour
  • Portrait Society of Canada
  • Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario
  • Certified Graphic Designers of Canada

Memberships (Supporting)

  • Art Gallery Of Ontario
  • Gardiners Museum of Ceramics

Awards

First Prize, IMPACT 2015, Neilson Park Creative Centre

Third Prize, Through The Eyes Of The Artist 2011, Lakeshore Arts

Honourable Mention, Through The Eyes Of The Artist 2011, Lakeshore Arts

Honourable Mention, Watercolours, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, 1981

Best in School Art Prize, Queen’s College, 1971 (age 15)