The Federation Gallery held the opening reception for the Artists’ Choice show tonight. My painting “Tonka Dreams”, an industrial triptych framed as a single piece, is a part of the exhibit, on until Valentine’s Day. It reminds me of my boys and their toys when they were growing up! If you can’t make it to Granville Island in person, you can view the exhibit online.
The Federation of Canadian Artists‘ exhibit “Works on Paper” opens today! (The dates are actually January 19th-31st, slightly different from the featured image, which incidentally is my painting “Sunglasses” from last year’s show). My painting “Blue Chairs” is hanging in the Federation Gallery as part of this show if you are over on Granville Island. First exhibition of 2016! If you can’t make it to the show, you can always see the show online.
The New Year arrived with a sudden change of weather. The old year closed with a visit to the Van Dusen Gardens, on the last day of their spectacular light show. The extravagance of colour, the vegetation iced with hoar frost, and the backlit trees against a shimmering foreground of icy blue lights created a magical winter wonderland. Perhaps it was the cold outdoors walk, but the celebration that followed felt that much cozier: an evening spent with good friends, good food, and good times. Happy New Year.
Torrents of rain, diminishing daylight and gray on gray day after day. I needed the colours of midsummer, so I began to paint them in these roses by the lake. The pure white of light on petals. The extravagant colours. The high contrasts not seen during a west coast winter. If Christmas didn’t already exist, we’d have to invent it as a reminder of light and bright in these darkest days of December.
Some reflections on the Nanaimo Museum’s current show “A Terrible Beauty”.
I first saw Burtynsky’s beautiful photographs of the devastation industry has inflicted on the global landscape in Toronto, years ago. Their impact on me was magnified by the huge enlargements of very detailed photos that covered the walls, filling the viewer’s peripheral vision, forcing an uncomfortable confrontation. Quarries creating an inverted mountain range deep into the earth, tailing ponds poisoning waters around the globe, oil spills wreaking havoc on marine life, monstrous factories robotizing humans…the unblinking eye of the artist simultaneously capturing the apocalyptic scale of the horror and the sublime beauty of colour and pattern. Inspiring and terrifying.
Although the Emily Carr paintings on display show the original lush forests cut back to accommodate human need or greed, the scale of both paintings and devastation pale by comparison with Burtynsky’s vision. A few spindly trees wave hopefully in a foreground, a deep forest looms behind a farmhouse, and the eye is frequently drawn to majestic swirling skies, gigantic trees still standing. Nature in Emily Carr’s paintings retains a primeval power that dwarfs mankind. In Burtynsky, the relationship is reversed; man’s monstrous mechanical creations, a tribute to the ingenuity of the human mind, are reducing even the most remote natural landscape to machined manscape.
Not a big show, but well worth the visit. Thanks to the Vancouver Art Gallery for organizing this.
The Federation of Canadian Artists‘ show ‘Muse‘ show opened today at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island. Two of my paintings of my own beautiful muse, my wife Isabelle, are hanging in the exhibit. You can see my pieces, “Red Silk” & “Striped Pillow” alongside other artwork from November 24th until December 26th.
Two of my paintings, “San Francisco” & “Latvian Freedom Monument” are hanging in the Federation of Canadian Artists’ exhibit, ‘Icon‘, which opens today.
The exhibit explores iconic subject matter in the form of people, places, the natural world, the imagined world, monuments, moments in history and movements in art. The show runs at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island from Oct. 27th-Nov. 8th. If you are unable to make it, you can see the artwork online.
My solo show ‘Real Cowboys Wear Hats to Work‘ opens tonight, presented by Art on Display in conjunction with Semiahmoo Arts. My daughter and i will be at the opening reception this evening, Friday Oct. 23rd, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. if you want to drop by and say hello. The show runs until Nov. 21st, at 15154 Russell Ave in White Rock.
“In today’s world, extreme sports are a hobby; the rodeo circuit, however, is a raw reminder that such activities evolved from the very real dangers of a lifestyle dependent on physical skills and courage. Having worked with beef cattle and horses on his own farm in Quebec, and having treated, in his capacity as orthopaedic surgeon, the devastating injuries that half ton animals can inflict on their handlers, Peter understands the mixture of awe and fear involved in a contest of will with such powerful creatures. It is this moment of explosive potential, of greatest danger, that Peter captures in his paintings. The moment when the cowboy, with no more protection than his everyday work clothes, tries to ride the whirlwind.“
And that’s a wrap! Glad to have had my painting “Reflections” hanging in the Sidney Fine Art Show this past weekend, an annual Vancouver Island event presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula. A special thanks to my mother-in-law, Eileen, who lives in Sidney and helped me out immensely with painting drop-off and pick-up!
The Annual International Representational Show, sponsored by the Vancouver Art Gallery, opens today at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island. My painting “Patio Chairs, Greece” is hanging in this exhibit, alongside artwork from all over the world. The opening reception is this Thursday, October 8th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you can’t make it in person, you can view the show online, or order a copy of the print catalogue!