About the Douglas Udell Gallery
The Douglas Udell Gallery has been in the Canadian art business for over 49 years. From 1974 to 1984, art dealer Doug Udell partnered the gallery in Denmark. Udell went on to establish galleries in Calgary (2004 to 2009) and Vancouver (1989 to 2014). Today, The Douglas Udell Gallery Edmonton deals primarily in contemporary Canadian art. It also deals American and European modern art and Canadian historical art on the secondary market.
The Douglas Udell Gallery is known for representing many of Canada`s leading contemporary artists including Tony Scherman, Natalka Husar, Ann Kipling, Dorothy Knowles, William Perehudoff, Vic Cicansky, Joe Fafard and Andrew Valko. The gallery also represents leading young artists gaining momentum in the international art scene such as Erik Olson, Tim Okamura, Hua Jin and Matthew Pillsbury. The gallery is committed to making Canadian historical art available by presenting artists such as the Group of Seven and their contemporaries: David Milne, Emily Carr, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Paul-Émile Borduas and William Kurelek.
With a mission to challenge and educate art collectors, the Douglas Udell Gallery regularly garners international attention. In the 1970s, Doug Udell introduced the European Kobra Group to Edmonton with the artists such as Karel Appel, Pierre Alechinsky and Asger Jorn. Doug Udell introduced and exhibited American Color Field Painting with the works of such artists as Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler and Jules Olitski. Around the same time, Udell started representing Canadian Color Field painters such as Jack Bush and William Perehudoff. Doug Udell was the estate representative for Jack Bush in Western Canada from his death in 1976 until 1986.
With enviable international connections, the gallery is able to bring the best of the contemporary art world to its patrons. Douglas Udell Gallery introduced and exhibited international heavyhitters such as Gerhard Richter, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Adam Fuss, as well as works by Pablo Picasso from the collection of Marina Picasso, and Henri Matisse. The gallery has also made the works available by artists such as Damien Hirst, Peter Doig, Jim Dine and Lucian Freud.
The Douglas Udell Gallery has participated in art fairs in Seattle, Los Angeles as well as in Chicago and had a nine year run at the Toronto International Art Fair. It is consistently active in the art community, and supportive of contemporary Canadian artists. The gallery continues to introduce new artists to the public and maintains a regular exhibition program in Edmonton.
The Douglas Udell Gallery Team
Doug Udell, Director
Doug Udell has become one of the most respected art dealers in Canada. In addition to his Edmonton gallery, he has held galleries in Vancouver (1986-2014) and Calgary (2004-2009). Doug enjoys sharing stories and spending countless hours talking about art with artists and patrons of the gallery.
An avid hockey fan, Doug also very much enjoys his other passion – gardening. His garden in front of his Edmonton gallery has appeared in the local papers over the years. Doug can be found tending his garden and chatting with passers-by on sunny days and in winter shoveling and kibitzing with people on the street. His passions run deep, his eye is discerning and he is loyal, enjoying in some cases relationships that run some 30+ years with artists and patrons alike.
Kathy Berger, Director
Kathy joined the gallery in 1987 as an office manager. Her interest in art was mentored by Doug, and their relationship grew through a mutual love of art and devotion to the gallery. Kathy is a voracious reader, enjoys cooking, and shares, with Doug, a love for all that grows.
With a passion for gardening and fresh air, Kathy and Doug have recently acquired a property west of Edmonton where they hope to develop a plein-aire artist workshop program in the coming years.
Amy Nelson, Associate Director
Edmonton native Amy has been with the Douglas Udell Gallery since 2012. Since then, she has become the Lead Appraisal Specialist. With an Art History degree from the University of Alberta, Amy is well-versed in a variety of historical topics and literature. In addition to learning about art and history, Amy enjoys trying new recipes, going to the opera and theater and spending time with her husband, Kris.
Lorelle Whittingham, Associate Director of Communications
Lorelle was born in Calgary, Alberta, and is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. She graduated with a major in visual arts and had the opportunity to take her love of food and art history abroad to Italy for a spring semester through the University of Alberta's Cortona Program. As a small campus, Augustana allowed Lorelle to work closely with her mentors and to realize the importance of close-knit community, especially in terms of creating an artistic identity. Lorelle is a creative soul that enjoys painting, sculpting and exploring the unique cultural community that Edmonton has to offer. Her appreciation for Canadian art is ever-growing and she is excited to be part of the Douglas Udell Gallery team.
Andrew Udell, Gallery Preparator
Andrew has been with the gallery since he was a teenager. Starting off part-time doing odd jobs, he soon became a full time member of the gallery, responsible for shipping & receiving, framing, gallery preparation and inventory management. He has a great eye for installation and the ability to solve any installation or framing dilemma. He recently married his long-time sweetheart Melissa and they have two daughters. An avid sports fan, skier and golfer, Andrew enjoys many outdoor pursuits. A dedicated family man, Andrew has many friends and very much enjoys his time with his family.
Douglas Udell Gallery Edmonton
10332-124 St. NW
Edmonton, AB T5N 1R2
Summer Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Effective June 21, 2016
Our gallery in Vancouver is now closed. For information regarding pop-up exhibitions in Vancouver please contact us.
Contact: Lorelle Whittingham