Cobo, Chema

Chema, Cobo

Bio

Chema Cobo (Tarifa, Cádiz, 1952) is a key painter in Spanish contemporary art. At the beginning, he was strongly related to the ‘Nueva Figuración Madrileña’ (New Figuration in Madrid). In the seventies he works in a playful way, but in the eighties his painting is based on rhetoric of sublime and in baroque allegory, which performs the relationship between culture and memory. In fact, from eighties, Cobo takes distance with his initial influence and connects with international art movements such as neo-impressionism and transavantgarde.

The artist insists on using conceptual approaches for creating his paintings. Cobo’s art is both intense and extensive so it must be organized into different stages. In each of the stages, he employs a wide range of stylish resources. He is attracted to the verbal as well as the visual. The starting point for his works are thoughts and written statements, which can be appreciated in his book “Aforismos” (Amnesia I and II).

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Machine of Invention, 1988
Oil on canvas
82.25 x 70.75 in (209 x 180 cm)

Geoffrey Hunter

Bio

For Geoffrey Hunter, the process of painting is archaeological. Archaeology is the uncovering of what has been lost: all the conceits of modernist purity, transcendence, and identity. The archaeologist transforms remnants into treasure: the debris of civilization is categorized, named, and classified, until it finally becomes Art. These works are a conglomeration of mistakes, erasures, forgotten gestures and the debris of a visual culture found in books, manuals, science, video games, even the Internet.

Similar to the society’s reliance on the computer, the computer has become an important tool for the artist. While the computer becomes the inward focus to a microcosmic realm, Hunter’s paintings reach outward to a macrocosmic phantasmagoria. Painting becomes the outward convergence to a macrocosmic combination of real and imagined images. This evolution from copier, to projector, to computer has fueled Hunter’s fascination with the cultural and aesthetic importance of imagery.

Hunter’s most recent paintings continue his exploration of the relationship between painting and digital media through color, texture, and surface. The first step of the process begins with older paintings or past images – sometimes historical images, sometimes the artist’s own work. Through a series of underpainting and overpainting, adding and subtracting, canceling and editing, the final work emerges.

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New Toy, 2013
Oil on Canvas
60 x 60 in (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
Provenance: Purchased from the Artist

Lochhead, Kenneth (1926-2006)

Bio

Kenneth Lochhead was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1926. He spent a summer studying with the Art School at Queen’s University (1944) before attending the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1945-1948) and the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania (1946-1948).

Lochhead was hired to direct the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Art at Regina College (now the University of Regina) in 1950, as well as to administer the Mackenzie Art Gallery, which he did until 1958. Lochhead’s contributions to both the school and the gallery were substantial. He also played a part in developing the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops, inviting artists including Jack Shadbolt, Joseph Plaskett, Clement Greenberg, Kenneth Noland, and Jules Olitski.

Lochhead’s work was part of over 300 exhibitions in Canada and the United States, and he received commissions including a mural at Gander Airport (Newfoundland, 1958), and work for the Canadian Chancery Building (Warsaw, Poland, 1970), the Centennial Concert Hall (Winnipeg, 1966), and the Department of External Affairs building (Ottawa, Ontario).

Lochhead was part of the Regina Five, a group of Regina painters including Art McKay, Ron Bloore, Ted Godwin, and Doug Morton, who drew attention to Regina’s art scene after the National Gallery of Canada’s 1961 show “Five Painters from Regina.”

Lochhead was the first of the Regina Five to leave Regina, in 1964. He went to teach at the School of Art (Manitoba, 1964-1973), York University (Toronto, 1973-1974), and the University of Ottawa (1975-1989). He retired from teaching in 1990.

Lochhead has received many awards and grants, including Canada Council grants (1966-1967, 1968-1969, and 1971-1972), the Order of Canada in 1971, and an honorary degree from the University of Regina in 2001. His works are part of numerous collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum (Charlottetown), Saskatchewan Arts Board (Regina), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon), Vancouver Art Gallery, and Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Lochhead’s brother, Douglas Lochhead was a renowned poet. (Jeff Poole took a Canadian Poetry course from Professor Lochhead in 1975.) Douglas Lochhead’s Looking Into Trees (2009) is illustrated with paintings from the Aboretum series.

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Arboretum #26, 1979
24 1/2 x 38 1/2 in 62.2 x 97.8 cm
Pastel on Paper

Provenance: Mary Kay Cosmetics, Xerox of Canada Limited

Blackwood, David (b. 1941) O.S.A., R.C.A., Order of Canada

Bio

Born in Newfoundland, David Blackwood uses his background a Newfoundlander and son of a sea caption to create grand visual narratives. These narratives reflect both the landscape and culture with an emphasis on combining the history, legends, and myths of Newfoundland into a print that tells a story. He is best-known for his colour etchings with aquatint. Blackwood was awarded a Government of Newfoundland Centennial scholarship to study at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and went on to become Art Master at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. In 1969, Blackwood became the first artist-in-residence at Erindale College, University of Toronto, Mississauga.
Blackwood was awarded the Order of Canada in 1993 in recognition of his work contributing to and preserving the cultural life and heritage of Canada through his artwork. At the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Blackwood Research Centre within the Morin Gelber Print and Drawing Centre was created after a major acquisition of the artists works in 2000. The museum also elected Blackwood as its honourary Chairman in 2003, the first practicing artist to hold this position.

As one of Canada’s most celebrated print-makers, David Blackwood’s works are part of significant Canadian and international private and corporate collections including The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada. Blackwood currently lives in Port Hope while maintaining a studio in Wesleyville, Newfoundland.

The Burning of the S.S. Diana is from The Lost Party Series one of the largest thematically linked series of Canadian prints in Canadian history.

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The Burning of the S.S. Diana
A triptych, signed, titled and dated 1968 A/P

Colour etching and aquatint
56 by 175.5 cm.
22 by 69 in.

Provenance

Private Collection, Toronto

Public Collections

Art Gallery of Windsor Ontario
The Royal Collection Trust, London, United Kingdom
Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Literature

William Gough, David Blackwood, Master Printmaker, Toronto, 2001, pp. 136-137, for The Burning of the S.S. Diana, reproduced in colour

Farley Mowat, Wake of the Great Sealers, Prints and Drawings by David Blackwood, Toronto, 1973, p. 86 for an account of the S.S. Diana and p. 87 for The Burning of the S.S. Diana, reproduced in colour

The Story of the S.S. Diana

The Diana began her life in 1869 in Dundee, Scotland, as a whaling ship known as Hector. Each February, she was sent from Scotland to St. John’s Newfoundland in order to participate in the seal fishery. This lasted until May, at which point she would discharge the seals and sealers in St. John’s and head northwards to Davis Strait and Baffin Bay, cruising the icy waters for bowhead whales. When the autumnal gales began, she would return home to Dundee, weary from her travels. Though overworked, she was kept in good condition by her owners while at rest.

In 1892 she was bought by a St. John’s firm, renamed Diana, and given over completely to sealing. She spent a few months on the hard waters, and for the remainder of the year was neglected, receiving cursory attention and minimal repairs. By 1922, she was fifty-three years old and had fallen into such disrepair that everyone, including her owners, knew that she was unfit to sail. Despite this, and partially due to lack of other viable ships, Diana set sail one fateful day in 1922 and caught fire,

Diana’s crew had mutinied, and burned their own ship. Rumours of this circulated throughout St. John’s and the island, but it wasn’t until George Allan England, an American journalist, published “Vikings of the Ice” in 1924 that any witness described what happened. England sailed to the ice on March 8th, 1922 aboard the Terra Nova. On the 16th, news came by wireless that the Diana was ‘in an awful fudge,’ jammed and unable to move, with her propeller shaft broken and her bows ‘bet in.'”

A few days later, he continued, “Mid-morning brought news that the crippled Diana was
beginning to have trouble with her crew and that mutiny threatened. A few of her hunters were still ‘working scattered seals on the sheet’ [of ice] in which, with broken tail shaft, she lay imprisoned; but most were beginning to demand relief from other ships.”

And then, on March 24th, “An urgent message from the crippled Diana drove out all of the discussion. The Diana reported dire distress and demanded that some ship stand by and rescue her rebellious crew.”

The end came quickly: “Night brought news of the final scene in the crippled Diana’s career, a message that her crew had had abandoned her in a sinking condition, and burned her with all her thousands of sculps [seal pelts] still aboard.” She sank that night.

The ship’s crew had left the ship, and were standing on the ice surrounding her. They wanted the seals — their season’s work — unloaded. The ship’s officers refused to do this.

David Blackwood’s depiction of the Burning of the S.S. Diana captures the reaction of the crew to the loss of the ship and their season’s work. While no boat is represented, the flames in the distance, red tones of the image, and onlooker’s accusatory faces allude to tragic nature of this event. Blackwood’s various images of sealers often reference the danger associated with this occupation; however Diana documents not just the natural threat of icy waters and foul weather, but the man-made threat of corruption and greed.

Gregory Pyra

Bio

Greg Pyra, B.F.A., M.F.A., B.Ed. M.Ed., is an artist and educator who lives in Hannah, Alberta. His work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe. Painting is a life passion for Pyra; a passion he continues in his practice and his creative endeavours with his students. The Dancer is a very large diptych which barely made it through the doors to the Poole Lawyers offices!

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The Dancers
Oil on canvas, Diptych
94 x 82 in (239 x 208 cm)
Provenance: Levis, The Bumper Collection

Takao Tanabe (b. 1926)

Bio

Takao Tanabe was born in British Columbia. Of Japanese ancestry Tababe was, with his family, interned during World War II. After the war Tanabe attended art school and since then he has sometimes taught but in the main he has made his way as an artist first and teacher second. Now mostly known for his sweeping West Coast landscapes he was for the ten years he was with the Banff Centre in the 70’s the pre-eminent landscapist of the prairies.

In 1980 Tanabe took up permanent residence on Vancouver Island and he has lived there ever since. There he turned his attention to the coastal landscape. Tanabe’s coastal images, like those of the prairies, illustrate his exemplary powers of observation. He pays strict attention to composition creating with light and exceptional colour control images that are detailed and yet transcendentally simple.

Tanabe is one of Canada’s leading painters and printmakers. Tanabe’s work is found in many public collections including the Glenbow Museum, the Tate Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada.

Cook Channel, Nootka Sound, 1996 is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Nootka Sound is on the West Coast of Vancouver Island but for us the image could well be from where we have kayaked off Cortez Island off the East Coast and that is why we bought it. Many of us who love the moisture laden atmosphere of the Canadian West Coast landscape have a tendency to speak of scenes we see and photographs we take as “Tanabes” . A Tanabe is a feeling as much as it is an image.

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Cook Channel, Nootka Sound 1996
57/70, Etching and Colour Aquatint on Wove Paper
Printed by Peter Braun
19.3 x 22.5 ins (48.9 x 57 cm)
Provenance: Heffel, Private Collector who received it as a gift from the Artist

Donald Sultan (b. 1951)

Bio

Donald Sultan was born in Asheville, North Carolina. After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina and a Masters in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago Sultan moved to New York in 1975 to pursue his career. He has since received honorary doctorate degrees from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C., the New York Academy of Art and the University of North Carolina.

Sultan’s work is represented in numerous museums throughout the world including the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Museum in London.

Apples and Red Pear were both purchased after a very special afternoon spent by Jeff and Carolyn at Parasol Press in New York.

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Apples, 1989
H.C., Colour Screenprint on Arches 88 Paper
12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Provenance: Parasol Press

Red Pear, 1989
49/125, Colour Screenprint on Arches 88 Paper
12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Provenance: Parasol Press

John Snow (1911-2004)

Bio

John Harold Thomas Snow was born in Vancouver. His family moved to England but returned to the Olds/Innisfail area of Alberta in 1919. He had a forty three year career with the Royal Bank of Canada that was briefly interrupted with his enlistment and overseas tour during the Second World War. On his return to Calgary, again working for RBC, he pursued a second professional interest – art.

In 1953 Snow and his friend, architect/artist Maxwell Bates, acquired two presses and began to explore fine-art lithography. This is what Snow is now best known for. No one in Alberta was producing fine-art lithography at the time, so the two men taught themselves. Snow mastered the form and essentially established Alberta as a printmaking centre.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in many institutional collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Glenbow Museum, the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. Red Flowers is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

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Nocturne Red Flowers
23/50 Colour lithograph on paper
26 x 18 in (66 x 45.7 cm)
Provenance: Hodgins, Private Collector

Red Flowers (1965)
Colour lithograph on woven paper
62 x 52 cm: stone 55.9 x 40.4 cm
Provenance: Hodgins, Private Collector

Arnold Shives (b.1943)

Bio

Arnold Shives is a Vancouver painter and master print maker. He has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Masters in Painting from Stanford University. His work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, South Africa, Europe and Japan. Arnold Shives’ work can be found in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the San Francisco Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Tate Museum in London.

We first started buying Arnold’s work in the late 80’s. He is an avid mountain climber and hiker. We bought Stein Lake XVI because the image reminded us so much of Kananaskis Country where Carolyn’s family have a cabin. Stein Lake XVI is from a series of watercolour monotypes Arnold did based on a trip he did to Stein Lake which is west of Lyton, British Columbia. The technique he used involves painting in watercolour on frosted plastic sheets and wiping out sections that need adjusting and repainting those sections. The paintings were then transferred onto dampened paper utilizing a press. The fine white lines on the image were created by using a utility razor blade to scratch through the dried watercolour. Arnold’s friend Toni Onley also painted Stein Lake. The lake is important to the First Nations People and now a protected area due in no small part to the activism of artists like Shives and Onley.

River and Blossoms shares, for us, some of the imagery of Riopelle’s Paiellettes and Arnold has published a book called Homage to Riopelle which contains a number of monotypes in homage to Riopelle. River and Blossoms is in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Arnold says that Northern Lights, Nass Valley “I think it’s one of the boldest of my block prints.” We agree. Northern Lights, Nass Valley is a masterpiece. It is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Nickel Arts Museum, the Concordia University Contemporary Collection and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

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7 Orbs 1, 1977
11/15 Ink Etching
4.5 x 4 in (11.5 x 10.2 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

7 Orbs 2, 1978
8/10 Ink Etching
4.5 x 4 in (11.5 x 10.2 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Four Pots
Monotype on Paper
13.5 x 17 in (34.5 x 43 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Northern Lights, Nass Valley 1981
Linocut on Paper
41.7 x 25.2 in (106 x 64 cm)
Provenance: Maynards, Private Collector

River and Blossoms 1983
22/40 Lithograph
7 x 6.6 in (17.6 x 16.5 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Stein Lake XVI
Monotype on Paper
48 x 30 in (122 x 76 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Jack Shadbolt

Bio

Jack Shadbolt is one of Canada’s most important artists. He is known for his painting and murals that draw from his personal experiences and from the social and political conflicts that have taken place in British Columbia and the world including the struggles of the First Nations, the Second World War, and the environmental movement.

Shadbolt was born in England and with his family came to Victoria, British Columbia in 1921. He lived and taught in Victoria, Duncan, Vancouver and Burnaby. His work is represented in all of the major public collections in Canada as well as corporate and private collections throughout the world. In 1987 Shadbolt and his wife, art historian and curator Dorothy Shadbolt, established the Vancouver Institute for Visual Arts, which supports and recognizes the achievements of artists in British Columbia.

Winter Sun Trap and Captive White are two of four prints made by Shadbolt with master print maker Torrie Groening. Both prints are in the in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery and Winter Sun Trap is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

 

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Captive White, 1993
132/150 Stone Colour Lithograph on Wove Paper
Printed by Torrie Groening
27 x 36 in (69 x 91.5 cm)
Provenance: Maynards, Private Collector

Winter Sun Trap, 1993
115/150 Stone Colour Lithograph on Wove Paper
Printed by Torrie Groening
27 x 36 in (69 x 91.5 cm)
Provenance: Maynards, Private Collector

Bryan Ryley (b.1952)

Bio

Bryan Ryley is a Canadian artist and educator based in Vernon, British Columbia. Educated at the University of Victoria and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Ryley is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Throughout his artistic career, Bryan Ryley’s work moves back and forth among three media – painting, drawing, and collage. Ryley exhibits in both Canada and The United States. His work is found in numerous private and public collections, such as, The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa; Kelowna Public Art Gallery, Kelowna; Vernon Public Art Gallery; The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York; Petro Canada Collection; Shell Collection in Calgary, Alberta.

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A Night for a Day
Mixed Media on Paper
7 x 7 in (17.5 x 17.5 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Rocking Chair
Mixed Media on Paper
7 x 7 in (17.5 x 17.5 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Otto Donald Rogers (b.1935)

Bio

Otto Rogers was born in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan. He received his Masters in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin in 1959. In the same year he began teaching in the Fine Arts Department of the University of Saskatchewan where he taught until 1988. Rogers is one of Canada’s foremost contemporary practitioners of colour field painting and assembled steel structure. Otto Rogers work is found in the collections of national and international public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada.

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Untitled, 1985
Acrylic on Paper
30 x 22.5 in (76 x 57 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Lupe Rodriguez (1953-2008)

Bio

Lupe Rodriguez was born in La Linea, Spain. She moved to Canada as a young child. She graduated with an honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University. During her life she exhibited widely in private and public galleries in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Spain.

In 2009, after her death, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto had a special exhibition entitled Radiant Passion as a tribute to her work and her life. The MOCCA notes to Radiant Passion say:

As artist, educator, arts reporter, world traveller, cultural celebrity and serious aficionado of historical and contemporary art, Lupe Rodriguez shared her extraordinary passion and remarkable insights with thousands of people in Toronto, the GTA, across Canada and around the world. Her vivacious personality and love of art and life was infectious. Many of those who have known her have remarked that her exuberant and colourful artwork directly reflected the radiance and passion of her character.

While we never met Lupe in her life, through her art we feel that we have gotten to know her and that this is an apt description of a truly Renaissance woman. After we discovered Lupe’s work in 2013 we purchased a total of four of her paintings. In January 2014 Jeff had the privilege to spend one of the great afternoons of his life at the home of Lupe’s husband Danny Cushing with Danny and their son Sebastian. Over a couple of hours Danny and Sebastian shared remembrances of Lupe whilst looking at paintings and works on paper spanning her life as an artist and their life as a truly remarkable family. Luna Andaluz and Sierra Roja were purchased that day and form an invaluable part of our collection.

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Artwork Information

Luna Andaluz 1983
Goache and Pastel on Japanese Rice Paper
23.5 x 32.5 in (59.5 x 82.5 cm)
Provenance: Purchased from the Estate of the Artist.

Piedra Rosada 1989
Acrylic on Canvas
38 x 48 in (96.5 x 121.9 cm)
Provenance: Heffel, Private Collector, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

Sierra Roja, 1988
Acrylic on Board
30 x 35 in (76 x 90 cm)
Provenance: Purchase from the Artist’s Estate

Untitled
Mixed Media on Handmade Paper
23.5 x 32 in (59.7 x 81.3 cm)
Provenance: Waddingtons, Private Collector

Untitled 
Watercolor and Pastels on Paper
23.25 x 31.25 in (59 x 80.6 cm)

Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002)

Bio

Jean-Paul Riopelle was born in Montreal. Riopelle was a painter and sculptor who attained world wide acclaim. In 1947 Riopelle moved to France where he continued his art career. He returned to Canada in the late 60’s lived at Île-aux-Grues, an island situated in the St. Lawrence River.

From 1949, he held many solo exhibitions in Canada, France, Italy, Spain, England, the United States and Sweden. Subsequently, Riopelle’s work has been extensively exhibited internationally, including the Guggenheim International and the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York; Museum of Modern Art in Brazil; the Galerie d’Art Moderne in Basel, Switzerland; the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; the XXVI Venice Biennial in Italy, and the XXXI International Biennial of Art in Italy. His work is in the collections of most of the major museums of the world.

Paillettes ou Sur la Berge (Flakes on the River Bank) is for us a more figurative landscape than most Riopelle prints and quite distinct from his paintings. It is colourful and we see the river running through the forest. Riopelle’s Canadian geese, an image you see in a lot of his later Canadian work, inhabit the piece quite naturally. Paillettes is from an edition the artist produced in honour of Walter Homberger’s retirement from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1987.

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Paillettes ou Sur la Berge
Lithograph on Arches paper
25.37″ x 35.87″

Charles Ringness (b.1946)

Bio

Charles Ringness was born in 1946 in Wilmar, Minnesota. He studied printmaking at the Minneapolis School of Art (1967) before completing a Bachelor of Science at St. Cloud State College (1968) and taking further printmaking studies at the University of New Mexico and in Los Angeles and San Francisco. His formal education culminated in the completing of a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1983. Ringness moved to Saskatoon to teach at the University of Saskatchewan in 1976.

Ringness’ work has been exhibited widely since the late 1960s, both in the United States and Canada. His work is represented in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Art Institute of Chicago, Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon), MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Saskatchewan Arts Board, Art Gallery of Ontario, Edmonton Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, University of Saskatchewan, University of South Florida, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Pasadena Art Museum.

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Artwork Information

Review, 1981
Triptych, Mixed Media on Paper
46 x 77 in (116.8 cm x 195.6 cm)
Provenance: Heffel, Private Collector

Malcolm Rains (b. 1974)

Bio

Malcolm Rains was born in Bristol, England. He immigrated to Canada in 1955. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1974, where he received a conceptual art education and concentrated exclusively on sculpture. He has had many solo exhibitions the most prestigious museums in Canada. His work is contained in many public and private collections.

The exquisite still lifes of Malcolm Rains seem at once classic and utterly contemporary. His rich glazing and warm, precise lighting are reminiscent of the old masters, while the minimalist presentation of fruits, flowers, and other objects is thoroughly modern.

Yellow Pear was a gift by the artist to Mira Godard who was then Malcolm Rains’ dealer.

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Artwork Information

Yellow Pear, 1997
Oil on board
6 1/4 x 5 1/2 in (16cm x 14cm)
Provenance: A.H. Wilkens Auctions, Mira Godard

James Stanford Perrott (1917-2001)

Bio

Stanford Perrott was watercolourist and art educator. He had a terrific impact on the Alberta art scene through fifty years of teaching and painting. He spent thirty seven years as an educator at the Alberta College of Art (and its predecessor within the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology). He is acknowledged to have been a master water-colourist. His work is in many collections including those of the Glenbow Museum and the Alberta Foundation of the Arts. Row Houses is an interesting piece in that it is a collage of individually painted pieces carefully assembled so that from a distance it appears to be a three dimensional painting.

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Artwork Information

Row Houses, 1943
Mixed Media Collage
13.25 x 19.5 in (22.7 x 49.5 cm)
Provenance: Estate of Jean Middleton

Toni Onley (1928-2004)

Bio

Toni Onley was born in Isle of Man and came to Canada in 1948. In his lifetime he attained great fame for his West Coast serigraphs, etchings, drawings and paintings. He did do fine abstracts but what he is known for is his vision of the West Coast of Canada as a natural, still and beautifully serene place. His impact as an artist is such that natural scenes observed in his beloved British Columbia will be described as a “Toni Onley”. His work is in the collections of major museums of the world including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in London.

White Sea is in the collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The image in White Sea can also be found in White Sea, an oil on masonite painting in the collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

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White Sea
AP IV/IV Serigraph
11.25 x 15.25 in (28.6 x 38.7 cm)
Provenance: Consignor, Private Collector

James Norton

Bio

Glass Artist Jim Norton was born in Calgary, Alberta. He studied art and glassblowing at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Alberta and Pilchuk Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. From 1986 to the present he has been a glass blowing professor at the Alberta College of Art.

Norton has exhibited his work across Canada in group and solo shows, and it is represented in private and corporate collections. A piece of Norton’s Glass was presented by the City of Calgary to Queen Elizabeth II.

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Glass Sculpture
Press Molded Glass mounted on a Shaped Slate Base
10.5 in High (26.7 cm)
Provenance: Rubaiyat Gallery

Barbara Milne (b. 1956)

Bio

Barbara Milne is a Calgary painter. She has a BFA from the York University in Toronto. Christine Sowiak writes, “The paintings are seductive – textured and layered images where delicate skeins of colour build to the density of details or evaporate to nuanced atmosphere. Almost all are landscapes, rendered in such a way as to skip back and forth between the solid and the fleeting, as if no one scene will ever quite materialize or become solid enough to name. These worlds, these elusive vistas live on the edge of our vision, scattering when we try to fix our gaze directly upon them. Like words slipping just off the tip of our tongue, we are almost in these places and yet they avoid our grasp.” Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections including the the Glenbow Museum and the University of Calgary.

Milne’s work is wonderful to live with. As the light changes during the day or the season so do the images in the paintings. Gate is in the Poole Lawyer boardroom. It is from a series Milne did during an English sabbatical she took with her master printmaker husband Bill Laing. Three was the image on the invitation to the same show at the Paul Kuhn Gallery.

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Artwork Information

Border III, 1992
Oil on Panel
42 x 42 in (106.5 x106.5 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Gate, 1988
Oil on Panel
30 x 80 in (76 x 203 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Three, 1988
Oil on Canvas
24 x 24 in (61 x 61 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Henri Masson (1907-1996)

Bio

Henri Masson was born in Belgium and immigrated to Canada in 1921. Masson was first introduced to painting at the age of sixteen when he worked at a printing studio while attending classes at the Ottawa Art Association and the Ottawa Art Club. In 1945 he left his job as an engraver to paint full time.

Masson was first and foremost a landscape artist. He painted from nature starting the painting out of doors as a sketch and completing it in his studio. He worked in oil and watercolour. You can see in San Marco the landscape outline sketched in black ink. The vivid water colours were then added to create the overall effect which is dynamically happy. The piece, though done in the 1970’s is reminiscent of his paintings of the 1940’s when his palate was brighter. We don’t know where San Marco is so we had to buy the painting to go there.

Masson’s work is represented in numerous collections throughout the world including the Lord Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, NB, the Museum of the Province of Quebec, The National Gallery of Canada and the National Gallery of Venezuela.

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Artwork Information

San Marco (1979)
Ink and Watercolour on Paper
14.5 x 17.5 in (36.8 x 44.5 cm)
Provenance: Hodgins, Private Collector

Tim Mara (1948-1997)

Bio

Tim Mara was born in Dublin, Ireland. He studied at the Royal College of Art. In 1993 he exhibited at the Nickel Art Gallery at the University of Calgary. His work is found in many public collections including the Tate Gallery.

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Works of Art

Artwork Information

Broom Head
Photographic Screenprint
AP 6 x 11.5 in (14.8 x 27.9 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

William MacDonnell (b. 1943)

Bio

William MacDonnell has a BFA from the University of Manitoba and an M.F. A. from the Nova Scotia college of Art and Design. He has twice served as a war artist, in Croatia 1994 and in Afghanistan in 2007. He is a distinguished Canadian Artist and well known for his military art. Cecilienhof was the location of the Potsdam Conference in 1945.

Legion Magazine Article

Works of Art

Artwork Information

Cecilienohof, 1993
Photo collage/Acrylic
8.5 x 7.25 in (21.5 x 19 cm)

Geert Maas (b. 1944)

Bio

Geert Maas was born in The Netherlands where he studied at the Academies of Art in the Hague. In 1979 he moved to Kelowna, B.C. where he lives and works today.

Maas’ work is represented in numerous collections including the City of Kelowna, the City of the Hague, the City of Vancouver, University Museum, Bergen, Norway, Kyoto Tachibana University, Japan and the National Museum, Dresden, Germany.

Joy has been on Jeff’s main boardroom table wherever he has worked since 1993. On the Beach is one of a series of works by Maas on the “On the Beach” theme including a very large installation of five large bronze pieces on the campus of Simon Fraser University.

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Works of Art

Artwork Information

Joy (1993)
Bronze Group Sculpture on Black Marble Base (Edition of 12)
6.5 in (16.5 cm) Tall
Provenance: Purchased from the Artist

On the Beach
Stoneware with Bronze Insert
14.5 in (70cm) Tall
Provenance: Purchased from the Artist

Paul Kuhn (b. 1950)

Bio

Paul Kuhn was born in Port Alberni, British Columbia. After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan (where he studied with Otto Rogers) Kuhn moved to Calgary where he worked with Mira Godard at her Calgary gallery. When she closed her gallery in the early 1980’s Kuhn opened his own gallery. His professional relationship with Godard continued until her death in 2010. Winter Drift was Jeff and Carolyn’s first of many purchases from the Paul Kuhn Gallery. Paul Kuhn has been a wonderful fine art mentor.

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Works of Art

Artwork Information

Happy Birthday, 1993
Mixed Media
3.5 x 8.5 in (9 x 21.5 cm)
Provenance: Gift of the Artist

Inglewood, 1995
Acrylic on Canvas
54 x 42 in (137 x 107 cm)
Provenance: Gift of the Artist

Settling Slowly, 1982
Acrylic on Canvas
31 x 55 in (78.7 x 139.7 cm)
Provenance: Hodgins, Private Collector

Winter Drift , 1985
Acrylic on Canvas
54 x 54 in (137 x 137 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Christine Koch (b. 1959)

Bio

Christine Koch was born in Alberta. She has a BFA and BA from the University of Alberta and an MA from the University of Toronto. Her work has been exhibited widely across Canada. She currently works and lives in St John’s and Woody Point, Newfoundland. Her work is represented in numerous collections, including the Government of Canada, The Canada Council Art Bank, the Fogg Art Museum (Harvard University Art Museum), the Glenbow Museum and the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador,

Jeff’s mother, Ann, was born in Woody Point, NF on July 15, 1926. On July 15, 2012 Jeff and Carolyn took her to Woody Point where they had an 86th birthday lunch at the Loft Restaurant. On the walls of the restaurant were framed Christine Koch prints including including Tablelands Dreaming 2012. We later discovered that Koch has a summer studio in Woody Point.

While waiting for the meal to arrive Jeff and Ann walked around the Loft and looked at the many Koch prints on the walls. Ann was particularly taken by Tablelands Dreaming. She said that she found the image of Woody Point (without the town) with all of the stars very compelling. It spoke to her. There was talk of buying it but logistics dictated not. Koch has a summer studio in Woody Point.

In February of 2013 Ann died but not before approving of Jeff’s plan to purchase in her honour three different versions (this is what is sometimes known as a varied edition-each linocut print differs from the next in colour and painted background) of Tablelands Dreaming; one for Jeff and one for each of his brothers. The evening before her funeral Jeff gave each of his brothers his framed prints and now the star studded prints of our mother’s birthplace that spoke to her speak to us every day.

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Works of Art

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Tablelands Dreaming 2012
83/200 V/E Mixed-media linocut
10 × 22 in (25.4 × 55.9 cm)
Printed at Open Studio, Toronto
Provenance: Purchased from the Artist

Hopkins, Tom (1944-2011)

Bio

Tom Hopkins was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He had a BFA from Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, and an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal, QC. His work is held in many important private and public collections, including: The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB, the Banque Nationale du Canada, Montreal, QC, the Bank of Nova Scotia, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa, ON; Warsaw, Poland, Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, Washington, USA, the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON, the Royal Bank of Canada, and the Toronto Dominion Bank, Toronto, ON.

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Works of Art

Artwork Information

Sans Titre
Monotype and Pastel on Paper
19.5 x 19.5 in (49.5 x 49.5 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Sightline 3 (Branch)
Oil on Canvas
46 x 44 in (117 x112 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Don Holman (b. 1946)

Bio

Don Holman is a visual artist who lives in Traverston, West Grey, Ontario . Since the 1970’s, his work has been in over 200 solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Holman has curated many exhibitions in Canada , has taught visual art at the University of Toronto, Scarborough College since 1974, and founded the lithography workshop of Open Studio, where he was director for 13 years. He has been a guest artist and lecturer at many national and international art schools and universities and as a master lithographer, has worked with hundreds of other artists including Otis Tamasauskas, Christine Koch , Torrie Groening and Harold Klunder. Holman’s work is in many private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa , Agnes Etherington Art Center , Queen’s University, Kingston and Memorial University , Newfoundland and Labrador. Don Holman was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 1978.

Works of Art

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Untitled
Lithograph and mixed media
31 x 38 in ( 78.7 x 96.5 cm)
Provenance: Consignor, Private Collector

Untitled
Lithograph and mixed media
31 x 38 in ( 78.7 x 96.5 cm)
Provenance: Consignor, Private Collector

J. Carl Heywood (b. 1941 )

Bio

J. C. Heywood was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. He is one of the most respected print makers working in Canada today. He has balanced his artistic career with education as a professor of printmaking at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he lives and works.

Heywood’s work is represented in numerous museums throughout the world including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Poland and the National Gallery of Canada.

In 1983 Heywood’s Etching/Screenprint Red Niche won the edition award at World Print Four in San Francisco. The winning prints from that exhibition went on tour.

Heywood tells me that our print Three Part Invention was intended to be a companion piece to Red Niche and was done about the same time. Both pieces were printed in the Queen’s University print shop by Chris Davy and Laura-Louise Legare who were Heywood’s assistants/apprentices at the time. Three Part Invention contains no silkscreen but is printed from two separate etching plates and printed “à la poupée” (which means that different colours are applied to different parts of the plate, then are carefully wiped to blend together.) Red Niche can be found on Heywood’s website below.

J. Carl Heywood has had a long artistic relationship with master printer Otis Tamasauskas with whom he has collaborated often.

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Three Part Invention, 1983
1/40 Etching à la Poupée
23 x 34.5 in (58.5 x 87.5 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Robert Held (b. 1943)

Bio

Robert Held was born in Santa Ana, California. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of California. Upon graduating, Robert was offered a position as Head of Ceramics at the Sheridan College – School of Design. In 1968, after a visit to the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Robert Held discovered a new love: the art of glassblowing. He returned to Sheridan College inspired and succeeded in launching Canada’s first college level hot glass program in 1969. This program allowed many Canadian artists to become skilled in this medium, and crowned Robert Held as the pioneer of art glass in Canada.

Eventually, Mr. Held left the teaching world, and in 1978 he began his own glass studio known as Skookum Art Glass Inc based out of Calgary, AB and operated there until 1987. At this time, he moved to Vancouver, BC. We purchased our poppy piece at his studio in Kitsalano before it closed. This piece is inspired by the lush French country gardens of Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, France. Held has taken the classical impressionist style to a new level by combining subtle background colours with red poppies.

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Blue Green (from the Art Nouveau Series)
Blown Glass
12 in high by 9 in diameter ( 31 cm x 23 cm)
Provenance: Rubaiyat Gallery

Poppies (from the Flower Series)
Blown Glass
9 in high by 11.5 in diameter (23 cm x 29 cm)
Provenance: Purchase from the Artist

Oded Halahmy (b. 1938)

Bio

Oded Halahmy was born in Bagdad, Iraq. At the age of 13 he moved to Israel. He studied art in England before moving to Canada where he taught at the Ontario College of Art from 1969-1970. He moved to New York City in 1971 and has lived and worked there since. Halahmy’s sculptures are part of several important collections, including the Guggenheim, New York, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, as well as other public and private collections worldwide.

Open is about sitting or resting. It was constructed from light wood with wax applied for texture, then cast in bronze in the lost wax process. It was first exhibited in Halahmy’s North American debut one man show at the Pollock Gallery in Toronto in 1968.

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Open, 1968
Bronze Cast
9 x 7.5 x 5 in (22.8 x 19 x 12.8 cm)
Provenance: Consignor Canadian Fine Art, Private Collector

Marisol Escobar (b. 1930)

Bio

Maria Sol Escobar, known simply as Marisol, is a sculptor born in Paris of Venezuelan lineage. She has lived in Europe, Caracas and New York. In the 1960’s Marisol was influenced by her friends Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Marisol is best known as a sculptor but in the 1960’s she did series of lithographs at Universal Limited Art Editions. By 1965 she had completed five lithographs juxtaposing tracings of the artist’s hands and feet with outlines of distinctive feminine objects, such as a purse or high heeled shoes. Pappagallo is the only colour print from the period. Tatyana Grosman, founder of ULAE, sent stones to Marisol at her studio where Marisol traced her hands and feet on the stones. The colour is layered to avoid a different stone for each and the space is compressed so as to make the foreground and the background merge into one plane. As a work of Pop art Pappagallo is reminiscent of Andy Warhol and his I Miller shoe designs. Marisol chose to name the print after a then famous high end shoe manufacturer.

Pappagallo is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum. It was featured in a 1999 MOMA Exhibition Pop Impressions Europe/USA: Prints and Multiples from the Museum of Modern Art. This exhibition travelled widely was shown at numerous museums and galleries in Europe and North America including the Glenbow Museum in 2001.

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Pappagallo, 1965
12/20 Lithograph in 3 colors on handmade Chatham British paper
25 x 20 in. (63.5x 50.8 cm)
Publisher’s seal embossed lower center
Provenance: Heffel, Private Collector

Maureen Enns (b.1949)

Bio

Maureen Enns of the Ghost River Valley, Alberta, Canada has travelled to the Russian Far East, Africa and India to raise the awareness of peaceful co-existence between wild animals and humans. She has spent her lifetime fighting for elephants, grizzly bears and now wild horses on a constant basis. Maureen Enns is more than just an artist. She is a naturalist and a conservationist.

She has co-authored three books which include the best sellers published by Random House, Grizzly Heart and Grizzly Seasons. Her art exhibition career spans over 30 years nationally and internationally. She most recently completed her new book “Wolves and Wild Horses – as studied in a micro wilderness east of the Canadian Rockies”. It was released by Rocky Mountain Books in June 2013. Her work is seen in public and private collections throughout the world.

The Nublet, Mount Assiniboine is a half day hike from Mount Assiniboine Lodge that Carolyn, Jeff and Carolyn’s parents did in 2009. The views of the mountains and the lakes from the Nublet are spectacular.

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Works of Art

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The Nublet, Mount Assiniboine, 2010
Mixed Media on Canvas
36 x 48 in (91.5 x 122 cm)
Provenance; Hodgins, Private Collector

Dicey, Mark (b. 1959)

Bio

Mark Dicey was born in Calgary and is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art where he taught for some years.

His work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions. It is included in the collection of the Alberta Art Foundation, the City of Calgary art collection and numerous private and corporate collections locally, nationally and internationally.

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Works of Art

Artwork Information

Of the Landscape (Arid), 1988
Oil Pastel on Paper
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Abstraction 2397 (notes, 2015)
Acrylic, conte, pencil crayon on paper
49 3/4 x 38 1/2 in
Provenance: Jarvis Hall Gallery

Ginette DeNault (b. 1970)

Bio

Ginette DeNault was born and continues to live and work in Calgary. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. DeNault’s work is represented in numerous private collections.

DeNault is married to Carolyn’s brother Ross Crooks.

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3 Birds
Hand made clay sculpture
Provenance: Purchased from the Artist

Daniel Crichton (1946-2002)

Bio

Daniel Crichton received his Diploma from the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design in 1978 and was head of the Glass programme there from 1979 until his death in 2002. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Claridge Collection, Montreal; the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; the Vancouver Art Gallery; the Montreal Museum of Fine Art; the Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto; and the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions across Canada and the United States, as well as in Finland, France, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.

Canadian Museum of History Feature

Works of Art

Artwork Information

Blue Speckled Form, Vessel
Free blown Glass, Abrasive and Acid Etched
8 in high (20.5 cm)
Provenance: Rubaiyat Gallery

Untitled
Free blown Glass, Abrasive and Acid Etched
10 in high (20.5 cm)
Provenance: Rubaiyat Gallery

Untitled
Free blown Glass, Abrasive and Acid Etched
10 in high (20.5 cm)
Provenance: Rubaiyat Gallery

Untitled
Free blown Glass, Abrasive and Acid Etched
8 in high (20.5 cm)
Provenance: Rubaiyat Gallery

John Climer (1924-1994)

Bio

John Climer was born in Syracuse, New York. After serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force (1943-1946), he studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, receiving his Associate Diploma in 1950. Climer moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1963, serving as curator and director of the Mendel Art Gallery from 1963 to 1979. During this time, he also spent a year teaching art at the University of Saskatchewan and curating the Canadian Government Pavilion in Montreal for Expo 67. In his role as curator at the Mendel Art Gallery, Climer became well acquainted with the Saskatchewan arts community, working with and mentoring local artists.

Climer exhibited his work across Canada in group and solo shows, and it is represented in the collections of the Government of Saskatchewan and the Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon). Climer worked in a variety of media, including oil, watercolour, and etching, and with a variety of subjects including landscape and still life. He is known for his detailed botanical paintings.

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White Flower
Watercolour on Paper
14.2 x 22.2 in (36 x 54 cm)
Provenance: Purchased from the Artist by May Kenderdine Beamish as a wedding gift for Jeff and Carolyn Poole

Jack Bush (1909-1977)

Bio

Jack Bush was born in Toronto, Ontario. As a young man he studied at the Royal Canadian Academy. During the 1930’s he operated a graphic art studio by day and attended night classes at Ontario College of Art. Bush developed his work and approach to abstraction through visits to New York City and Montreal. He became influenced by the American Abstract Expressionists, the ideas of John Lyman and the work of the Montreal artists “Les Automatists”.

From 1953-1960 he was a member of the Painters Eleven group of abstracts artists founded by William Ronald to promote abstract painting in Canada. He was praised and eventually mentored by the American art critic Clement Greenberg. It was Greenberg who encouraged Bush to refine his technique and approach to abstraction which eventually tied his work with the two movements born from Abstract Expressionism; Color Field Painting and Lyrical Abstraction.

Bush is internationally renowned and his work can be found in many of the world’s great museums. Low Sun is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada and the collection of the Tate Modern in London, England.

National Gallery of Canada

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Low Sun, 1971
Colour Serigraph on Wove Paper
33.5 x 25.3 in (85.3 x 64.1 cm)
Provenance: Nikola Rukaj Gallery

David Bierk (1944-2002)

Bio

David Bierk was born in 1944 in Appleton, Minnesota and earned his MFA at Humboldt State University, California. In 1971, he immigrated to Peterborough, Ontario. He lived in Canada for the rest of his life.

Bierk’s work has been exhibited widely since the 1960s, both in the United States and Canada. His work is represented in numerous collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, National Gallery of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank and the Harvard Law School.

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Works of Art

Ontario Highway 7/Home Abandoned, Study 1991
Oil on Photos on Paper
19 x 28 in (48.3 x 72 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Additional Information:
Bierk’s painted photographs spring from the same source as his paintings, the interest in where land meets sky, where mists and clouds conceal, where water reflects land and sky, trees and flowers. They are based on photographs he took on his travels throughout the United States and Canada. He photographed in panoramic format, mounted the images on canvas or board, and painted into and beyond the photographic border to create a complete image. Thus, the images are part “real” and part imagined from the artist’s hand and mind.
Bierk worked on this body of painted photographs from 1989-1992, well before many artists began to manipulate photographs, use multiple images, or apply paint to their surface. Each image is unique as a photograph, and each unique in its application of paint, each varnished to a shimmering, glistening surface. The combination of materials expresses contemporary concerns between ideas of nature and culture, originality and appropriation, tradition and modernity.
Ontario Highway 7/Abandoned Home features a typical gold hued sky and is a fine example of Bierk’s painted photographs of this period.

A Eulogy to Life, Locked in Migration, to Ingres 1999
31 x 46 in  (78.7 x 116.8 cm)
Oil on Inkjet photo on canvas, oil on canvas, rusted iron on board
Provenance: Waddingtons

Additional Information:
After 1987 Bierk began splitting his compositions into a diptych format; using one side for a landscape based on the work of painters such as Constable and the other for figurative work by masters such as Vermeer, Michelangelo or Caravaggio. Paintings by the French Neoclassical artist Jean August Dominque Ingres (1780-1867) appear regularly in his work. While each side of the paintings could stand on their own together the mood and the colour are in sympathy with the other work.

In A Eulogy to Life, Locked in Migration, to Ingres Bierk paints on the left an oil insert on a photo on canvas of The Valpincon Bather by Ingres. On the right, he paints a landscape in the style of the Hudson River School and inserts it into a rusted iron on board frame within the frame.

The Valpinçon Bather (Fr: La Grande Baigneuse) is an 1808 painting by the French Neoclassical artist Jean August Dominique Ingres (1780–1867), held in the Louvre since 1879. Painted while the artist was studying at the French Academy in Rome, it was originally titled Seated Woman but later became known after one of its nineteenth-century owners.
The Hudson River School was a mid-19th century American art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism. The paintings for which the movement is named depict the Hudson River Valley and the surrounding area, including the Catskill, Adirondack and the White Mountains.

Literature

David Bierk with Essay by Donald Kusbit, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2000, Plate

Bio Barbara Ballachey (b.1949)

Barbara Ballachey is a Calgary painter. She has a BFA from the University of Calgary. Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections including the Alberta Art Foundation, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Glenbow Museum and the University of Calgary. Her work was prominently displayed in two 2013 exhibits at the Glenbow Museum focused on Alberta art of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

We first saw English Garden as a canvas rolled out on the floor of the Paul Kuhn Gallery and we both knew instantly that we had to have it. It has hung in our kitchen for almost 25 years; a constant window to summer during the long Calgary winters.

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Works of Art

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English Garden, 1987
Oil on Canvas
44 x 51 in (112 x 129.5 cm)
Provenance: Paul Kuhn Gallery

Landscape I
Watercolour
4 x 5.5 in (10 cm x 14 cm)
Provenance: Gift to Jeff Poole from D.P.

Landscape II
Watercolour
4 x 5.5 in (10 cm x 14 cm)
Provenance: Gift to Jeff Poole from D.P.

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