Born in 1975 in Toronto. Lives and works in Toronto.
Known for the production of monumentally large paintings—one measures 18 feet high by 12 feet wide—FitzGerald has built a place for himself in the front ranks of contemporary Canadian painting. Matching the size of his painting is a taste for thematic material that relates to the culture of materialist excess that marks consumer society. His subjects have included the dining room of designer Stefano Gabbana’s yacht; a throne room of a palace in Lisbon; table decorations for a party thrown by Oprah Winfrey; a Fabergé egg; a Cartier bracelet; and Elton John’s sunglasses collection. The vivid presence of FitzGerald’s acrylic works is the result of a complex process of pouring paint into caulked line segments that aggregate into finished images derived from source photographs. Combining fractal-like forms with imagery celebrating opulence and luxury, FitzGerald’s paintings manifest a critically conceived parallel wealth that transcends the economic and experiential barriers that separate the super-rich from wider society. His work is in the collection of the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, among other institutions.