About The Artist
Born Brantford, Ontario. Studied Advertising Art/Design Mohawk College,
Hamilton. First full-time job as a graphic artist and later Art Director for a
design/print firm in Paris, Ontario. After moving to London, Ontario and putting
in a stint as a writer/producer at CBC affiliate CFPL-TV, Dennis returned to
painting. He later opened and operated a gallery from 1987 to 1992 that
showcased paintings and sculpture of local and regional artists. Lives in St.
Thomas since 2001.
Dennis is a multi-media artist who tends to work in series. He has completed
a series of bold watercolour paintings that tried to capture the sensation of
movement of birds and animals. “To accomplish this I used colours and
abstracted backgrounds, merged with the subject, of what I imagined to be the
aura of energy created by the moving bird or animal.” That series comprises
over 200 paintings.
The artist is now applying a similar technique to capture the energy of music
performance and sport in his series of bold concert and baseball original
Dennis' other works include a series of simplified and stylized landscapes.
Preferring to work from memory or field sketches, the elements in the scenes
are depicted as simple, pure shapes.
Kalichuk’s work also includes semi-abstacted sculptures from Brazilian
soapstone. And in 1998 he began a series of art bikes built from a collection of
one-speed cruiser bicycles, mostly from the 30’s and 40’s.
iN 2011, Kalichuk created a number of custom painted "art guitars"
and released a CD of his original music, writing and
recording as Jumbo Train.