About the Artist
I was born Floyd Sinclair Sandiford, to celebrate / honour a great man (my father) who loved to call me by my middle name (Sinclair). For this reason I have chosen to use Floyd Sinclair as my artistic name. A lasting tribute to the positivity he inspired, coached and nurtured in me. Thanks Charles Cathcart Sandiford, for helping to shape the man I am today.
For me, intent and purpose define art. I want to be known as an artist who portrays the resiliency of the human spirit. We all experience internal struggles, frustrations, despair, and a sense of hopelessness at times. The message in my works is that, despite these dark forces, there is always potential for love, joy, and empowerment.
The human form has always captured my imagination as being the perfect vehicle to represent human complexities. My art uses the human form, layered content, mixed media, and composition to represent these complexities. My intent is to spark an internal dialogue within the viewer. Their life experiences then determine the direction and course of that dialogue.
I want people to consider their condition. I want my art to inspire action. I think that is the purpose of art - to shake us up, to disrupt our complacency.
The challenge is to do it in such a way that the viewer can live with the art on a daily basis - art that simultaneously inspires and confronts them. In the end, if intent and purpose are aligned, then the art serves as a catalyst for action.
Born the second of three boys to Charles and Grace Sandiford. Floyd Sinclair Sandiford grew up in Montreal's west island, in the suburb of Pierrefonds.
The influences on Floyd’s art are numerous. At an early age it was found that Floyd suffered from Sickle Cell Anemia (SCA). He cites SCA as one of the primary catalysts for his creativity. SCA imposed periods of intense introspection and forced quietude. Art became a method of pain management as well as a form of self-expression.
Floyd heavily immersed himself in popular media during his formative years. Fantasy as well as sci-fi novels and movies, graphic novels, and rock and blues music account for the mythical, heroic, virtuous, spiritual content in Floyd's art. Historical events (civil and human rights) that were recounted in non-fiction media focused his attention on the human spirit and condition. This was further enhanced by the cultural and social perspectives Floyd gained with time spent in Brooklyn and Barbados.
When Floyd sought inspirational art, he turned to the sketches of Da Vinci and Michelangelo, and the paintings of Frank Frazetta for their ability to infuse life into their art. Then Floyd discovered his love of the 3rd dimension during his mid-twenties. Like Roden and Giacometti Floyd is inspired to bring life and spirituality into his sculptures. Indeed, Floyd feels that once his art takes on a life/ essence of its own, then the work is complete. This is true of a doodle, sketch, painting, or sculpture.
Floyd's art career began in high school (John Rennie HS), where he was commissioned by students and teachers to create portraits and murals. His first exhibit came some 10 years later during his university years (Concordia University 1984 - 90). Since that first exhibit Floyd has had numerous solo and group exhibits in Montreal (QC), Toronto, Peterborough (ON) and New Westminster (BC).
Floyd's art has also been commissioned by collectors internationally. Film productions have employed his works as props. Throughout the years Floyd has continued to produce visual art for self-actualization and on commission.