This week’s AGH Magazine article features two exciting new videos peeking behind the scenes of our stunning new lobby exhibition, Lester Coloma: Masquerade. Enjoy an interview with the artist himself, as well as a time-lapse video capturing the multi-day process of painting the work directly on the wall of our lobby.
Lester Coloma (Canadian-Filipino) is a Hamilton-based artist and muralist. After starting out over thirty years ago as a painter studying at OCAD, becoming a street artist in Hamilton making outdoor art in the evenings, while pursuing a day job as a scenic painter for film and prop companies, his career contributions as Senior Designer and Painter encompass over 100 large-scale murals across North America.
Masquerade, 2020, is designed specifically for the AGH lobby. A lush, rich, and wholly engaging portrait, its meaning is equally abundant and involving. On the one hand, we experience a dramatic, over life-size figure seemingly overwhelmed by the vivid flora that occupies half the composition. But the sheer beauty and splendor of the mural belies a much more complex and timely origin story.
While we remain temporarily closed to the public, we hope you continue to engage with us online with AGH at Home and the Shop at AGH Online. Until February 3, art enthusiasts can also enjoy a special free online presentation of Nora Hutchinson: Rebel Opera, along with live tours of our recently-closed Early Snow: Michael Snow 1947-1962 and The Artist’s Dream: Works of French Symbolism. For up-to-date information about our closure status and hours, head to our Plan Your Visit page.