Photo Credit: John Quin
About the Artist
KC Hornsby is a visual artist, living and working in Guelph, who uses photography as a medium of fine art.
He likes to work with traditional film photography, “I love the mood and the sense of depth in an image captured with film”, he said.
Overall, his photography represents a diverse range of subject matter, style and technique. A recurring and noteworthy element of this is documentary, a genre of visual storytelling he concerns himself with. Self-educated in art history, his influences come from both painters and early masters of photography. He admires the minimalist, impressionist and abstract painters. Traces of an energy gleaned from paint can be found throughout Hornsby’s work. Currently, the portrait is his preferred subject, consuming ongoing development and inquiry.
Born and raised in Toronto’s west end, Hornsby is the second oldest of 7 children. An early-life introduction to art came by means of his mother, a then aspiring oil painter. Art and the art world continuously intersected with life when as a young teen delivering newspapers he discovered photography. Fixated with the photos and the story told, he acquired a camera and began honing his craft.
After leaving school, he secured employment with a Canadian photographic equipment supplier where he trained as a camera and instrument technician. Ultimately, exposure to this industry and its environment significantly elevating his photographic skills. Seven years on, and after working with a number of leading manufacturers of photographic equipment, he and a financial partner, established a business offering service and technical support in Toronto’s Queen and Church neighborhood, the cities photographic retail hub. Their list of clients and associates grew to include some of Canada’s most prominent photographers, studios, retailers and academia. Parallel to this, Hornsby’s personal photography was maturing, seeing sales and finding acceptance on gallery walls.
Then with the early 90’s came an economic downturn that changed the landscape of the industry, followed soon after with the arrival of digital photography. By late 1996 the Toronto business was closed.
Pivoting to his creative passion, photography as art, Hornsby relocated to Guelph. He is occupied with his artistic practice, engaged with the community of local artists and, participates in exhibitions and group shows.