Fall Artist Talks: Stephen Altena & Chris Perez

Fall Artist Talks

Stephen Altena
Join us on Tuesday, October 15
at 1:00 p.m.

A graduate of the Independent Study Program at DVSA, Stephen is co-founder and co-curator of Hundred Dollar Gallery/The Hamilton Art Gallery with Andrew McPhail. He is also one of the founding members of the Hamilton artist-run collective, The Assembly Gallery. 

Growing up on a dairy farm outside of Hamilton, Stephen’s art aesthetic was informed by the Victorian farmhouse of his childhood with its pressed tin ceilings, patterned wallpaper and china cabinet brimming with ornamental “fancies.” Join us as he shares more about his work and process and the life experiences that inspire his art practice. 


Chris Perez
Join us on Friday, November 15
at 1:00 p.m.

Chris is a Hamilton based Filipino artist practicing in abstract painting and mural art. He pushes moments of arbitrary movement to create an inner dialogue with material and environment, like that of an abstract dance with painting. His influences are derived from street art, graffiti, murals, abstract art and expressionist painting. 

Exploring ideas behind personal and cultural identity, Chris uses abstraction that touches on the aesthetics and shapes of florals. Latex, acrylics and spray paint serve as his main mediums. Currently, he is developing an artwork series around public art and accessibility. Learn more about this project and Chris’s own art practice during this engaging afternoon talk.



Learning from other artists is one of the key elements in an artist’s training. These free 1-hour talks presented by Dundas Valley School of Art are an excellent opportunity to hear from artists themselves as they share information on their careers, inspiration, techniques and the work they produce.

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