MNY Sculpture Joins the Collection at The Met

Edmonton Location

Thursday, April 28, 2016

DUG artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' sculpture entitled "Yelthadaas", from the Coppers from the Hood series joins the permanent collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

See Details at:

Image Detail:"Yelthadaas", 2010. Platinum Leaf on Steel Hood. 48.4 x 63.75 in.

Landscape and Scenery Presented by Keith Harder

Edmonton Location

Thursday, April 28, 2016

DUG artist Keith Harder will be speaking on landscapes and scenery at the Borealis Gallery.


This discussion will cover stories about the landscapes of Alberta, detailed works of smaller, intimate images that provide insight into meaning and visual experiences.

View more information at Borealis Gallery

Image: "Roussillion Valley", 2008. Oil on Panel. 15 x 36 in.

Robert Lemay Featured in May 2016 Issue of Fashion Magazine

Edmonton Location

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fashion Magazine's May 2016 issue features an article and the work of DUG artist Robert Lemay . Rob is currently gearing up for a solo exhibition at the Wallace Galleries in Calgary, AB.


I've been thinking about how [magazines] come and go every month, and that in painting them, it slows things down and allows us to examine what they mean in our everyday lives.

Read more in Fashion Magazine
Photo Credit: Shawna Lemay

With a Heavy Heart we say Goodbye to Douglas Haynes

Edmonton Location

Friday, February 12, 2016

I have been an Art Dealer in Edmonton for close to 48 years and in that time I have had the pleasure of knowing Doug Haynes. Doug will be remembered as a gentle, positive, and impactful teacher and artist. He has been a strong presence in the Edmonton art scene for decades and will be missed.

-Douglas Udell

Studio Visit: Erik Olson

Edmonton Location

Friday, February 12, 2016

Clothing and lifestyle store Need Supply Co. offers a sneak peek into the studio of DUG artist Erik Olson in their January 31st Blog post Studio Visit: Erik Olson.


"I’ve done a lot of traveling in my life and so I think this idea of motion and change has always been in mind. I’m interested in movement and speed but for me the paintings have less to do with physical motion. I’m not trying to make a nude descend the staircase. I’m more interested in how we think about issues of identity, how we define self and how we visualize ourselves and others."

Read more at Need Supply Co.

On Painting On Painting: Doug Udell Interviews Andrew Valko

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Gallery Director Doug Udell speaks candidly at length with Winnipeg-based painter Andrew Valko on his intuitive decision to become an artist at a young age. Despite his devotion to realism, Valko shares how he looks to abstract painters like Robert Motherwell to learn about color relationships which greatly informs his own painting practice.

This video was shot in anticipation of the opening of Andrew Valko: Alone Together at the Douglas Udell Gallery Edmonton this past Saturday, December 5th.

Watch the video here.

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Explores The Spaces in Between

Edmonton Location

Sunday, December 13, 2015

DUG artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas recently spoke at TEDxVancouver in a talk entitled Art opens windows to the space between ourselves. In this video, Yahgulanaas profoundly shares how the universality of art can both activate and navigate the spaces in between Haida and Canadian identity.

Watch the video here.

The Visual Meditation of Hua Jin's Don't Look, You Will See

Edmonton Location

Thursday, December 10, 2015

DUG artist Hua Jin recently completed her MFA in Photography at Concordia University in Montreal which culminated in a thesis exhibition titled Don’t Look, You Will See.

Exhibition Statement:

Don’t Look, You Will See is an exploration of visual meditation. It functions as a visual mediator for the viewer to travel beyond the physical photographs and to enjoy the sensations that those photographs evoke. What is visible and invisible within this exhibition will generate an exchange between one’s physical eyes and spiritual eyes.

The exhibition aims to provide a visual middle ground that will allow the viewer to adjust their sensory perspective in order to achieve a sense of harmony, unlimitedness and unboundedness.

Don’t Look, You Will See can be read as a piece of dance in which the inner flow within each piece and between each work is the essence to be tasted.

Photographs from Don’t Look, You Will See are on view now at the Art Collectors’ Starter Kit Show at the Douglas Udell Gallery until December 26th.

David Thauberger Retrospective On View Now at Glenbow

Edmonton Location

Sunday, December 06, 2015

David Thauberger's much-anticipated retrospective Road Trips and other Diversions is on view now at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary from October 17, 2015 - January 31, 2016. Road Trips & Other Diversions is a national touring retrospective of David Thauberger’s 30 year artistic career organized and circulated by Mendel Art Gallery and MacKenzie Art Gallery.

Thauberger’s exemplary paintings of the vernacular architecture of Saskatchewan have garnered nation-wide recognition of an artistic practice characterized by a clear, personal aesthetic vision. Road Trips and Other Diversions showcases 100 important works comprised of Thauberger’s paintings, prints and ceramics, drawn primarily from public and private collections across Canada produced from the late 1960s to the present. The exhibition will be punctuated with pivotal works in the artist’s collection, ranging from Chicago Imagism, tiki mugs, to Saskatchewan folk painting. This is the first major consideration of Thauberger’s work since 1988.

Learn more about the exhibition at the Glenbow Gallery.

Image details: David Thauberger, Dance Hall, 1980, 115.0 x 172.9 cm, acrylic, glitter on canvas. Collection of the Mendel Art Gallery. Purchased 1981.

Examining History with John Macdonald's Unnatural Histories

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

John Macdonald's third exhibition in his native Prince George at the Two Rivers Gallery is on view now until January 10th. In Unnatural Histories, John Macdonald adopts a tongue-in-cheek approach to his new batch of paintings that take up historical figures in Canadian politics. He applies old junkyard scraps and lumber from a recycled cabinet to his painting of the Canadian Cabinet while staying humorously self-aware that he shares his name with a Canadian prime minister. The painter Macdonald's re-interpretation of Canadian history and institutions through paint and mixed media can be seen as monstrous and frenzied as it invites a new and exciting way to look back and assess our nation’s history.


"I have a number of different systems I engage with when I'm making work," he said. "Sometimes I'm more linear, sometimes more spontaneously. I go back and forth depending on how much coffee I've had to drink. But particularly towards the end of something, things get focused on the work to the detriment of all else. I lose my hammer, I can't find my staples, everything gets helter skelter."

News story from Prince George Citizen.

Natalka Husar - Living Building Thinking Art & Expressionism

Edmonton Location

Friday, October 23, 2015

DUG artist Natalka Husar is included in the Art Gallery of Alberta exhibition "Living Building Thinking: Art and Expressionism" which opened Saturday, October 24th at the AGA in Edmonton. Three of Husar's paintings will be on view along with the likes of Expressionist painters Wassily Kandinsky, Egon Schiele, Otto Dix as well as Canadian contemporary artists Gary Pearson and Gershon Iskowitz until February 15, 2016 at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton.

The exhibition explores the development and trajectories of Expressionism in art from the early 19th century to present day. The term Expressionism is most often associated with art and social activism in Germany between 1905 and 1937. It encompasses the visual art, literature, philosophy, theatre, film and photography, and architecture of that era. This exhibition expands the view on the subject, showing how the impulses behind and results of Expressionism suggest that it remains relevant today. The relationship between artists and society, the visual expressions that circulate through shared hopes for social awareness and change across national borders, these all prompt artists to respond in the spirit of a moment and trigger impulses to express the human condition through art.

Drawn from the extensive collection of the McMaster Museum of Art, the exhibition comprises almost 100 paintings, drawings, prints, books, camera work and video—from formative historical works of the 19th century, hallmarks of the modern age, to contemporary works that include Canadian artists who underscore the continuing relevance and challenges in today’s society.

Living Building Thinking: Art and Expressionism is organized and circulated by the McMaster Museum of Art with the generous support of the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council. It is presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta as a part of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation.

Image details: Natalka Husar, Looking at Art, Oil on Ragboard, 81 x 102 cm., 2006.

Mara Korkola's Quaint Studio Featured in The Walrus

Edmonton Location

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Walrus Magazine offers a sneak peek into the Toronto studio of DUG artist Mara Korkola along with other notable Canadian artists Kim Dorland, Kent Monkman and Pierre Doiron in A Portrait of the Artist's Studio: Where Contemporary Masterpieces Are Born.


"Trees, buildings, and machines—but not humans—fill Korkola’s landscapes. In a tiny Toronto studio, she assembles forest scenes with as few strokes and colours as possible. The effect is one of diffuse light, but light that is true to the world the artist sees."

Read more at The Walrus Magazine.

Tony Scherman profiled in American Art Collector Magazine

Edmonton Location

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tony Schermans' most recent series 'Difficult Women' was recently profiled in American Art Collector Magazine. Scherman's portrait subjects include tennis superstar Serena Williams and Pakistani student activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai.‬


"Among the 'Difficult Women' is Malala, the young Pakistani activist for female education. She survived an assassination attempt and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17. Malala can be seen as having encountered 'difficulty' in her life, and being 'difficult' for her unrelenting commitment to her goal. Scherman pushes the ancient technique of encaustic, which invovles wax mixed with oil paint and pigments. He scrapes, drips and burns the encaustic to create luminous and textured surfaces."

Tony Scherman will be exhibiting a new suite of encaustic paintings and prints at an upcoming solo show at the Douglas Udell Gallery Edmonton in Spring 2016.

Jeffrey Spalding on view at Art Gallery of Swift Current, SK

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

DUG artist Jeffrey Spalding has an upcoming exhibition at the Art Gallery of Swift Current in Saskatchewan.

Exhibition Statement:

Through the use of chance and happenstance Canadian Artist, Jeffrey Spalding has created exciting and unexpected expressive abstractions. Working with Novak Graphics, Spalding uses the off cast printmaking materials and found colours gathered from the works of other artists in a very specific printing process designed to ensure the development of almost random composition making. The results have a very dynamic fifties abstraction meets Pop art vibe. The exhibition is organized by Art Gallery of Swift Current with the support of Novak Graphics, Admiral Saskatchewan.

The exhibition runs from November 7, 2015 to January 3, 2016. It will subsequently go on tour.

Image details: Jeffrey Spalding, Ghosts and Angels (Riopelle Relic), monoprint, 39.8 x 28.5 in., 2012.

Valko in The First Five: Portraits from the Kingston Prize

Edmonton Location

Monday, October 12, 2015

The First Five is a special initiative that brings together the first five winners of The Kingston Prize: Mike Bayne, Joshua Choi, Richard Davis, Marcia Perkins and DUG artist Andrew Valko.

The five winning paintings demonstrate special attention to mastery of the medium and a sensitive reflection of the interaction between artist and subject. Together, they are testament to the vital support for portraiture in Canada generated by this biennial award through its first decade. This presentation, developed in collaboration with The Kingston Prize, complements the 2015 show for this award at the Firehall Theatre, Gananoque, Ontario October 9th - October 25th.

Andrew Valko's Personal Surveillance is on view now at the Firehall Theatre in Gananoque, Ontario from October 9 – October 25, 2015. Gallery hours are noon – 8pm, Closed Mondays. Free Admission.

Image details: Andrew Valko, Personal Surveillance, Acrylic on Panel, 30 x 27 in., 2009.

MNY Enters Seattle City Light Collection

Edmonton Location

Monday, October 12, 2015

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas will be included in an upcoming exhibition called Seattle Simplified which encompasses Seattle City Light's recent artwork purchases that portray Seattle and its surrounding landscape. The exhibition will be presented in two separate installations and features a total of 56 contemporary artworks ranging from paintings, multi-media, photography and prints by 36 artists.

Seattle Simplified, Part 1 will be on view from October 1 through December 29, 2015.
A reception will take place on November 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Part 1 includes artwork by Gayle Bard, Lockwood Dennis, Alano Edzerza, Terry Furchgott, Justin Gibbens, Jonelle Johnson, Gwen Knight, Kent Lovelace, Richard Morhous, Marvin Oliver, Lucinda Parker, Loretta Pettway, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Manuel Salazar, lessLIE Sam, Christine Sharp, Preston Singletary, Jennifer Stanton and Emily Wood.

Seattle Simplified, Part 2 will be on view from December 31, 2015 through April 3, 2016.
A reception will take place on February 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Part 2 includes artwork by Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, Alfredo Arreguin, Debbie Napaljari Brown, Diem Chau, Nancy Coleman, Malayka Gormally, Mary Iverson, Doug Keyes, Sohee Kim, Lisa Snow Lady, Jacob Lawrence, Richard Morhous, Mary Ann Peters, Qwalsius Shaun Peterson, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth T. Scott, Adam Sorensen, and Nina Tichava.

Image details: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Flappes, Mixed Media (Repurposed gas cap doors from 2002 Nissan 200SX cars), 7 X 5.75 X 1 in., 2015. Purchased by Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds.

Finalist Tim Okamura - National Gallery Portrait Competition

Edmonton Location

Thursday, October 08, 2015

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery recently announced their selection of finalists for the fourth Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which includes DUG's Tim Okamura. The juried exhibition comprises of 43 pieces from a diverse array of media such as sculpture, mixed media, photographs, paintings and drawings. The exhibition is scheduled for March 12th, 2016 - January 8th, 2017 at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Tim Okamura's I Love Your Hair (pictured right) will be included in the exhibition.

The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition awards the first prize winner with $25,000 and a commission to create a portrait of a living individual for the museum's permanent collection. Seven artworks were shortlisted for the award. One exhibiting artist will win the People's Choice Award to be announced September 20th, 2016. Visitors to the exhibition can cast a vote for their favourite finalist both online and at the gallery.

From the Official Press Release:

The selected finalists mark a turning point in advancing American contemporary portraiture. The jurors considered this exhibition a synopsis of historical and cultural events that have unfolded in the past three rounds, particularly in terms of race, sexual identity, gender and concerns about protecting childhood in an age of technology and gun violence.

“I was very impressed with the social-impact choices made this year,” said Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery. “This year’s competition finalists are truly remarkable and reflect the rigor with which they were chosen by the judges. Each judge came with a definite and strong point of view about what he or she considered a portrait to be and how today’s artists are part of the national dialogue around issues of race, identity, family and community. I defy anyone coming to the exhibition not to be fundamentally moved by this year’s interpretation of the human condition.”

Read more here.

Image details: Tim Okamura, I Love Your Hair, Oil on Canvas, 2013.

Andrew Valko Featured in Widewalls

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Andrew Valko's work was recently featured in Widewalls Magazine's Provoke, a section that deals with themes of erotica in contemporary art.


"… By providing no specific context for his paintings, Valko creates an idea that has longevity. This idea can be interpreted and reinterpreted many times, allowing the piece to have as many different stories as you allow yourself to imagine. The author considers himself as an observer, the artificial confined spaces of hotel and motel rooms fascinate him, so he further explores the relationships between people that are produced in such environments. Another element evident in his work is the influence of digital media and the Internet on people and their relationships. Valko’s erotic characters communicate through technology rather than communicating in person with one another, and their facial expressions reveal a certain amount of unhappiness in their actions. The characters are jaded in a mixed state of profound misery and apathy, as if everything they’re doing has become nothing more than an unexciting routine."

Read more here. Caution: NSFW.

Andrew Valko will be presenting a new series of paintings in his upcoming exhibition Alone Together, November 21st - December 5th, 2015 at the DUG.

Image details: Andrew Valko, Sleepless Night, Acrylic on Panel, 1997.

Wilf Perreault: In the Alley/ Dans la Ruelle Review

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Wilf Perreault’s first major catalogue, In the Alley/Dans la Ruelle was recently reviewed by Robyn G. Peterson for the Gazette. The catalogue accompanied Perreault’s forty-year career retrospective exhibition, which traveled from the Mackenzie Art Gallery to the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie earlier this year. The exhibition is on view at the AGGP now and runs until November 1st, 2015.

Wilf Perreault: In the Alley/ Dans la Ruelle is available for sale at the Douglas Udell Gallery Edmonton.


The artistic heritage of Canada, our nearest international neighbour, is diverse and unique. Its historic trajectory occasionally resembles the growth and development of art in the U.S. (European and indigenous); yet, few Americans claim any knowledge of Canadian art. Pick up a copy of “Wilf Perreault: In the Alley/Dans la Ruelle” and allow yourself to change that situation.

The handsome bilingual (English/French) volume, beautifully designed and printed, captures the life’s work of a mature Saskatchewan artist of francophone origin. There are 12 contributors, testimony to the level of appreciation for Perreault’s work in Canada. Poets share their own work inspired by Perreault’s art. One essayist delves into Perreault’s craft processes (his master of the unforgiving watercolor medium). Other essays trace his biography. All are highly readable.

Perreault’s work rewards the casual observer of art with its apparent accessibility, wealth of details and pungent colors. For the serious art aficionado, the work prompts contemplation of topics ranging from the true character of ‘national’ art to pinning down the differences between realism and abstraction.

Read the rest of the review here.

Al Henderson Addresses Legal Issues for Artists at CARFAC

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

DUG artist Al Henderson will be speaking about pertinent legal issues for artists in an upcoming CARFAC Alberta professional development session on September 12th.

As part of the Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC Annual General meeting, CARFAC is proud to present a panel discussion and professional development session entitled Empower Yourself – Confident Negotiations for Visual Artists. On September 12 in the Edmonton Room at the Stanley Milner Library, between 3:00pm and 5:00pm, Todd Janes (Latitude 53’s Executive Director and Artist), Al Henderson (Artist) and David McGreer (Lawyer) are panelists with Chris W. Carson (Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC’s Executive Director) as moderator. Learn more about how to conduct your negotiations and get a better deal for yourself.

The panel is free for all Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC members in good standing and $10.00 for non- members.

For more information, visit the CARFAC website here.

Letters from Mary Pratt

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In March 2001, art student Tia Warren wrote to working artists seeking practical advice for students like herself. The following letter is a reply she received from artist Mary Pratt. This letter was recently published in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Journal Spring/Summer 2015.

March 13, 2001

Dear Tia Warren,

One of the worst traps a young artist can fall into is the teaching trap. If you are an artist, concern yourself with the making of art. Don’t get caught up in “courses” or political structures. They are communal concerns. Art is a personal concern- a response to the world personally experienced.

Be as open as possible to new ways of doing things. Try new materials. Make sure everything you do relates to the art you want to make. Art, after all, is based on life, and the more interesting you can find life to be- the better your response will be.

Don’t think you have to travel all over the world to find something worth saying. Sitting in one place and observing with unclouded eyes and an uncluttered mind is probably more useful than peeking into other cultures you can never really understand.

Try to avoid the art of “grantsmanship”. It will encourage you to try to figure out what a jury will accept. Such worries should not concern you- nor should they lead you into the “ART WORLD”. The “ART WORLD” is an artificial world, full of people pretending to be artists. The woman at home in the kitchen baking bread is more closely related to the real art than the “hangers on” of the “ART WORLD”.

Remember always that art is truth and truth beauty. Beauty can take so many different forms that celebrating it does not have to be a shallow venture.

If you find yourself short of money, don’t get a job in any art related field. Pick apples- wait on tables, be a lumberjack or drive a truck. That’s where you’ll learn about the real world. And it is certainly in the real working world that you will find what you need to learn to be a successful artist.

Good Luck,
Mary Pratt

Mary Pratt's Retrospective This Little Painting is on view now at the National Gallery of Canada until January 4th, 2016.

Image details: Mary Pratt, BC Delicious, 1994, Woodcut, 16.5 X 23.75 in.

Alan Henderson Public Art Commission by the city of Edmonton

Edmonton Location

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We are proud to announce that gallery artist Al Henderson's Figures in Motion was one of four pieces of public art recently commissioned by the city of Edmonton as part of the city's Percent for Art Policy.

Managed by the Edmonton Arts Council, these major art commissions are part of the policy that devotes taxpayer dollars — based on one per cent of qualifying capital construction budgets — toward the creation, installation and maintenance of permanent art destinations to add character to Edmonton. The art is picked by a jury of professionals and community members.

Figures in Motion is a 3D wall mural combining various abstract, representational and even sculptural elements within the context and environment of the east-side community ice rink in which it will be situated. The wall mural will be placed by the entrance of the community rink attached to the east side of Rogers Place. The arena is set to open in September 2016.

Al Henderson, a resident of St. Albert comments, “This work touches on some very familiar aspects of life in Edmonton that are not well covered in the arts, for whatever reason, so that’s very rewarding.”

The other commissions recently announced include Essential Tree by realties: united (Berlin), Skater’s Arch by Douglas Benthan (Saskatoon).

News Story Links:
Global News: Three pieces of public art for Edmonton’s new arena unveiled
Giant tree, skater’s arch among public artworks unveiled for new Edmonton arena

Doug Udell interview on Global News

Edmonton Location

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Our director Doug Udell was recently interviewed by Global News on the significance of painter Jack Bush on the history of Canadian painting in support of the Jack Bush Retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Doug highlights the historical influence of Modernist critic Clement Greenberg and the importance of Edmonton private collectors and patrons who have supported the work of Jack Bush for over thirty years.

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Completes Sei

Edmonton Location

Friday, June 12, 2015

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas unveils yet another public art commission this week, this time for the city of Richmond, British Columbia. Entitled Sei, the new sculpture is largely made of stainless steel, copper, granite and marble and weighs around eight and a half tons.

If you’re familiar with his car hoods, Sei certainly retains a similar sleek look. The elegant half-form shape recalls Modernist British sculptor Henry Moore while the use of ovoids and cut-outs grounds the piece with traditional Haida formlines. It’s as if one of his illustrations has come to life. The twelve-metre long, four-metre high sculpture is stunningly dynamic, evoking movement and action in space.

On the use and prevalence of copper in this work and others, Michael comments, “any piece of copper is not like any other piece of copper. It’s complex, like people. It’s a celebration of cultural diversity. Cooper is also a currency, not only in this modern era, but also a historical currency in this part of the world.”

This marks Michael’s seventh public art commission between Alberta and British Columbia. ‘Rivers’ was unveiled in Riverside Park in Kamloops just last year. It is strategically located where the North and South Thompson Rivers meet, a symbolically important site for the Shuswap and Interior Salish people of BC.

Sei will be open for viewing starting July 9th at the McArthurGlen Outlet Mall.

Image courtesy of Amanda Seibert of The Georgia Straight.

Jack Bush Retrospective & Curator's Talk at the AGA

Edmonton Location

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The critically acclaimed Jack Bush Retrospective is finally opening this Saturday, May 30th at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton. James Adams from The Globe & Mail hailed the exhibition as a “celebration of colour as form, colour as a field, colour as life-force, colour as therapy, colour as exaltation, colour as colour.” The colourful exhibition is not one to miss!

As the Western Canada Estate Representative for Jack Bush from 1976 until 1986, The Douglas Udell Gallery is proudly sponsoring the opening reception for Jack Bush at the AGA on Friday, May 29th at 7:30 pm.

Please note that the opening reception is open to AGA members only. To attend, click here to become an AGA member today.

You Don’t Know Jack – Marc Mayer & Sarah Stanners in Conversation

The co-curators of the exhibition, Marc Mayer, Director of the National Gallery of Canada and Dr. Sarah Stanners, author of the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné on Jack Bush, will discuss the late artist’s widely celebrated accomplishments in fine art and how this contrasts with relatively unknown sides of Jack Bush, such as his mastery of illustration and how his struggles with anxiety and the balance of life shaped his path to abstraction.
The curator's talk takes place at the AGA in Manning Hall on Saturday, May 30th at 10:30 am.
Be sure to purchase tickets for the lecture in advance here.

Other special programming for this exhibition includes a free film screening of Jack Bush - a 1979 interview that the late artist gave before his death on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7 pm at the Ledcor Theatre at the AGA. The film screening is free with gallery admission.

Jeffrey Spalding: Senior Curator of Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Edmonton Location

Friday, April 24, 2015

It is with great honour that we announce Jeffrey Spalding’s recent appointment to Senior Curator at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Beaverbrook Art Gallery director Terry Graff warmly welcomes Jeffrey to the Beaverbrook team, “Along with extensive leadership experience and curatorial expertise in the visual arts, Jeffrey brings exceptional dedication and a visionary perspective to the position. His arrival is perfectly synchronized with a most pivotal time in the Gallery’s history, as we advance our ambitions for an improved and expanded facility, develop and interpret our extraordinary permanent collection and enhance our visitors’ experience.”

Jeffrey recognizes Beaverbrook’s exemplary historical and contemporary permanent collection and publications scholarship. He intends to extend its influence on the national and international levels. Jeffrey comments, “Beaverbrook’s early history uniquely embraced the idea of reciprocally connecting the artists and people of New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada to the rest of the world. It has been my aspiration to embrace the richness of this international cultural diversity. I believe we will continue to attract wonderful things to our community in cooperation with colleagues far and wide.”

Prior to this appointment, Jeffrey served as a director at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, the Appleton Museum of Art, Florida, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Calgary.

In addition to being a curator, writer and arts professional, Jeffrey is also an accomplished painter. He is currently exhibiting his latest body of work in Along Modernist Lines alongside Vancouver painter Michael Batty at the DUG Edmonton. Congratulations Jeffrey!

For more information about the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick, please click here.

Regina - My Perspective, A Conversation with Wilf Perreault

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Wilf Perreault has spent the better part of his life and career documenting the intimate alleyways of Regina, Saskatchewan. His work is a record of how a small city changed over the course of 40 years and serves as a reminder of what Reginans embrace in a community.

Join Wilf for a conversation about his perspective on Regina in the elegant Darke Hall in Regina, SK. The evening will take place on Wednesday, April 15th at 7:30 pm and will also include a showing of The Alley Man a short film about Wilf’s life and work that was produced and directed by Jan Nowina-Zarzycki.

Dominique Gaucher Releases Artist Monograph

Edmonton Location

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Montreal artist Dominique Gaucher recently released an artist monograph published by Les editions Plein sud and EXPRESSION. Produced as an extension of the two-part exhibition entitled Hybris and Nemesis he held in early 2012, together they present the two faces of an imaginary world, a world in which human excess incurs the wrath of gods, reminding us of our vulnerability to the forces of nature. The monograph includes six essays from various critics, writers and directors, plus full colour image reproductions and stunning studio shots of his large Montreal studio.

The book is available for sale now at the Douglas Udell Gallery.

Image courtesy of Christian Roger.

David Thauberger: Road Trips and Other Diversions opens

Edmonton Location

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

David Thauberger's much-anticipated retrospective Road Trips and other Diversions opens May 2nd at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. The exhibition will run until August 23rd and will continue its tour to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown and the Glenbow Museum next year. Road Trips & Other Diversions is on view at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary from October 17, 2015 - January 31, 2016.

Thauberger’s exemplary paintings of the vernacular architecture of Saskatchewan have garnered nation-wide recognition of an artistic practice characterized by a clear, personal aesthetic vision. Road Trips and Other Diversions showcases 100 important works comprised of Thauberger’s paintings, prints and ceramics, drawn primarily from public and private collections across Canada produced from the late 1960s to the present. The exhibition will be punctuated with pivotal works in the artist’s collection, ranging from Chicago Imagism, tiki mugs, to Saskatchewan folk painting. This is the first major consideration of Thauberger’s work since 1988.

The exhibition is accompanied by a hardcover catalogue containing six essays plus a DVD of a 28-minute long documentary about the artist entitled The Vernacular Man. The catalogue is available for purchase now at the Douglas Udell Gallery Edmonton.

Matthew Pillsbury's Globe - New York Times Magazine Redesign

Edmonton Location

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ever-so prolific Matthew Pillsbury recently completed a commission for the cover of the newly re-designed New York Times Magazine. The 119-year old publication re-launched Sunday, February 22nd with the “Global Issue” and included new features, an updated logo and overall bold, clean layout. The magazine's digital presence has also been re-designed, with an emphasis on photography and design in its online feature content. The New Weekly features include “First Words”- an opening essay featuring columnists writing about language as cultural critics, “Search Results”- an annotated guide to things of interest on the vast worldwide web, and “Letters of Recommendation”- a free-for-all space for writers to write about anything of wholehearted interest and passion.

Matthew Pillsbury, along with artists Hannah Whitaker, Sara Cwynar, and the duo Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari were commissioned by NYTM design director Gail Bichler to respond to “the idea of chaos in the world, and how this is something we have all learned to live with”. For the official “Global Issue” cover image, Matthew did over 300 exposures of three spinning globes using only available light in his basement studio. Shooting a single object, devoid of any humans in a controlled studio environment was a first for Matthew, who usually shoots in highly-dense, shifting urban environments but the result is equally astounding!

Exposure expands to Edmonton; Matthew Pillsbury profiled

Edmonton Location

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Photographer Matthew Pillsbury was recently interviewed in the Edmonton Journal. The article previewed Exposure Photography Festival, a February-long event that aims to "promote the art of photography" in Alberta. After 10 years in Calgary, Exposure has expanded to the provincial capital this year. It also hosts photo-related programming in Banff and Canmore. The Douglas Udell Gallery is one of five Edmonton galleries included in the festival's roster this year.

“At its essence photography is the capturing of a given period of time in a single image,” says 41-year-old Pillsbury, who was born and raised in Paris. “We all know how a photograph of a very brief instant can show us things in the world that we cannot see. My interest is in using longer exposures to capture something surprising and equally revealing in our everyday world. We know that what we are seeing is true, but we cannot see it except in a photograph. I love using that surprise to highlight the shifting and transient rhythms of our lives.” To read the article, please click here.

Exposure's activity infuses vitality to the Alberta winter cultural scene, nurtures a sense of collectorship, and invites an expanding audience to experience the positive aesthetic and intellectual ways that serious photography can shape their lives.

Exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions and workshops take place all over Alberta for the month of February. Sophie Hackett, the Associate Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario challenges the very idea of what constitutes contemporary in Canada in her talk “What is contemporary in Canadian Photography?” on February 25th 7 pm at the Glenbow Theatre in Calgary. A film series highlighting the lives and practices of photographers by the likes of Saul Leiter, Rowland Scherman and George Tice will take place every Thursday at the Glenbow Museum.

For more information about the festival and upcoming photography exhibitions and special events, please visit the official festival website here.

Image details: Matthew Pillsbury, Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo, Archival pigment ink print, 30 x 40 in., 2014.

Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

We are pleased to announce the participation of Kyle Beal in the upcoming 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art "Future Station" at the Art Gallery of Alberta to be presented January 24th- May 3rd, 2015. In conjunction with the Biennial, Kyle will also be opening his first solo exhibition at the Douglas Udell Gallery on March 14th.

Entitled Future Station: the 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is an examination of the creative practices at work with Alberta artists and ultimately an expression on what it feels like to be an artist in Alberta. The title is derived from an abandoned transit platform located under the civic centre of the province’s capital, Edmonton. The themes of the 2015 Biennial include: psychology as a creative methodology and means to audience effect, natural forces confronting the artist, detritus as a working material and austerity as an aesthetic. For more information about Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, please click here

Image details: Kyle Beal, Funtown: Follow the Tower of Fear, Charcoal and Pastel on Paper, 38 x 50 in., 2014

Commemorating Ted Harrison, 1926-2015

Edmonton Location

Friday, January 16, 2015

It is with our deepest condolences that we announce the passing of Ted Harrison.

Beloved painter Ted Harrison was widely known for his distinctive bold and colorful winter landscapes of the Yukon. He lived in the Yukon from 1968-1993, then settled in Victoria, British Columbia to continue painting and writing until his recent death.

Edward Hardy Harrison was born in Wingate, England on August 28th, 1926. He enrolled at the Hartlepole College of Art until World War II disrupted his studies. After military service, Harrison returned to Hartlepole and received a diploma in Design. Following years of teaching and travelling, Harrison moved to the Yukon in 1968 where he derived much inspiration from his love of the land and people.

In 1987, Harrison received the Order of Canada in recognition of his artistic contribution to Canadian culture. He was inducted into the Royal Conservatory of the Arts in 2005. More recently, Harrison donated a large-scale mural entitled Vast Yukon to the University of Victoria where it is currently on display at the Faculty of Social Science. The Downstairs Gallery in Edmonton (which evolved into the Douglas Udell Gallery) represented the work of Ted Harrison in the early 70s.

Image details: Ted Harrison at the Yukon Art Centre in 2009. Photo by Mike Thomas for the Yukon News.

Pillsbury: Tokyo profiled at CNN, highlighted at Paris Photo

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We are thrilled to announce the debut of Matthew Pillsbury's latest Tokyo series for the first time in Canada. See the latest from Matthew in early 2015 at the Douglas Udell Gallery.

Tokyo has received quite a bit of press since it opened at Bonni Benrubi in New York earlier this fall. Recently the series was profiled in detail by CNN’s Lyric Lewin where it was described as “transient”, “otherworldly” and “evanescent”. Though Tokyo is his first photo series in colour, Matthew retains the static elements of his spatial subjects through his use of long exposures and available light. The transition to colour was seamless for Matthew- the vivid, dizzying neon lights of the city itself proved irresistible. The site of Tokyo was of interest to Matthew for its particular culture seemed to be caught between its strong ties to history and tradition and the drive towards a technological super-future. Pillsbury muses about the temporal nature of Tokyo, "The fact that the static elements, the city, the spaces, remain sharp, but the people are the ones fading -- it certainly is something that makes us question how our time is finite and how are we spending that time.”

Read more here: Tokyo's dance between past and present

The series was also recently met with praise at Paris Photo, the premier international art fair for photography which recently celebrated its 18th edition from November 13-16th of this year. Other notable highlights and features included the new photo acquisitions of the MoMa, Yossi Milo's Matthew Brandt, and the Open Book exhibition of artist photo books published from 1960s to today.
Read more here: Blouin Art Info: Highlights from Paris Photo 2014

Image details: Matthew Pillsbury, Hanami #5, Chidorigafuchi, Thursday April 3rd, 2014 (TV14605),Archival pigment ink print, Dimensions variable, 2014.

MNY Launches 'RED' in U.S.A. and Participates in REDDIT AMA

Edmonton Location

Monday, November 17, 2014

B.C.-based artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' groundbreaking graphic novel, Red: A Haida Manga (Douglas & McIntyre), is being released in paperback in the U.S. for the first time this month. Michael will be celebrating with a mural-making session and book launch event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Saturday, November 22 from 1pm to 5pm.

Yahgulanaas will guide museum visitors to record and examine their own personal stories as they explore universal themes presented in Red. Visitors will be invited to lend a helping artistic hand by contributing their own voice to a dynamic Haida Manga-inspired mural, which will be created on-site in the Museum’s landmark Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. Mural-making sessions will occur from 1pm to 3pm and 4pm to 5pm. The book launch party, including Yahgulanaas’ special reading and signing of Red, will occur from 3pm to 4pm.

Preceding the event, Yahgulanaas will be participating in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit on Friday, November 21 beginning at 11am EST—an opportunity for anyone to correspond with the renowned Haida artist directly. During the AMA, he will be broadcasting live drawing and sketches and images, both static and video, on his website:

Red: A Haida Manga is a stunning, innovative book that mixes Haida imagery and the Japanese manga style to retell a classic Haida oral narrative through 108 pages of hand-painted images. Set in the islands off the northwest coast of B.C., Red tells the story of orphan Red and his sister, Jaada. When raiders attack their village and Jaada is whisked away, Red’s building determination to exact revenge on her captors will eventually lead his community to the brink of war.

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a visual artist, storyteller and public speaker. Born and raised on the north Pacific islands of Haida Gwaii, he melds his cultural and political experiences as an indigenous person with contemporary graphic literature to produce a unique genre called Haida Manga. His work has been enthusiastically received internationally and is published in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Spain, the United States and Canada. His books include Flight of the Hummingbird, A Tale of Two Shamans and Hachidori, a bestseller in Japan.

For more information on the U.S. book launch event in New York, contact the American Museum of Natural History at 212-769-5100 or visit or

Alberta & BC Culture Days

Edmonton Location

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Join the Douglas Udell Gallery Edmonton and Vancouver for Alberta & BC Culture Days 2014. Visit the gallery on September 26th and 27th to see exciting exhibitions from John Capitano (Vancouver) on display. Discover new art from the likes of Jim Park, Vivian Thierfelder, Jessica Korderas and more at the Fall Show in Edmonton.

This Friday, September 26th, the 104 Street promenade (just north of Jasper Avenue) in Edmonton will be bustling with exciting local music acts, artisan markets, art workshops, and attractions for kids until 10 pm.

About Alberta Culture Days:
Alberta Culture Days began in 2008 as Alberta Arts Day, a one-day event to recognize the value of Alberta's arts and cultural communities. There were 100 events held in 30 communities across the province, and a flagship celebration at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary. Since then, it has expanded into a vibrant, three-day, provincewide celebration that has helped inspire the creation of Culture Days - a pan-Canadian movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

For more information, please visit the Culture Days website.

Closure of Douglas Udell Gallery Vancouver

Vancouver Location

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

After 28 wonderful years, the Douglas Udell Gallery will be closing its Vancouver doors at the end of October.

We are grateful for having had the pleasure of introducing impeccable artists to our Vancouver roster over the past 28 years. We are proud of our dynamic exhibition programming and our involvement in creating and cultivating a vibrant, thriving art scene in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Most importantly, we are so fortunate to have kept up a close relationship with the wonderful art patrons of Vancouver for nearly three decades. That being said, we are committed to upholding the legacy of our gallery and ensuring that the gallery’s presence in Vancouver will continue on with future pop-up exhibitions.

Though the Vancouver gallery will be closing its doors on October 31st, 2014, our gallery in Edmonton will remain full-functioning. Our trusted Vancouver Associate Director, Raissa Alvero and gallery preparator, Darius Stein will continue to assist with gallery communications, as well as with client services such as consignments, appraisals, installations, deliveries and special services.

Please join us in celebrating the gallery’s venerable presence in Vancouver at our final closing show on Saturday, October 18th. Raise a glass to new beginnings! This closing show is a special celebration of great thanks and of 28 years of great art, great artists, great people at the Douglas Udell Gallery in Vancouver. More details to follow.

Image details: Andrew Valko, Disconnected Encounters installation shot, DUG Vancouver, February 2014.

Interview with Rob Lemay in Avant

Edmonton Location

Friday, September 05, 2014

Poland-based Avant: Interdisciplinary Journal interviews DUG's Rob Lemay. Drawing from the Renaissance tradition, Rob Lemay's approach to painting is a form of discovery and inquiry. Rob extends the still-life tradition with his direct painting technique. Starting at a focal point and working outwards, Rob’s large-scale floral paintings create the illusion of the third dimension on the two-dimensional surface. For the artist, “the secret of the illusion is the tonal variation which suggests objects and space within the illusory world behind the picture”. Rob lends further insight into his particular interest in flowers among all other still-life subjects: formal, emotive and otherwise.

Read the full interview here.

Bev Petow featured in AGGV Home Tour

Vancouver Location

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Sculptor Bev Petow was recently profiled in the Times Colonist. Known for her prowess as a metal fabricator, Petow creates unique sculptures of dresses and garments that evoke the sinuous grace of the human form. Working often by hand, Petow defies the ridigity of her chosen medium- steel- to create flowing, organic shapes.

The upcoming Art Gallery of Greater Victoria home tour will be displaying a few of Petow's work along with five other featured artists who will be working on-site at various home locations in Oak Bay, Esquimalt and Elk Lake. Bev's work can be viewed at a Lampson Place home during the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's house tour fundraiser on Sunday, September 7th. Read the rest of the article here.

To see more work from Bev, please click here.

Image details: Bev Petow, She Left on the South Wind, Rust patina, clear coated, 73 x 43 x 30 in., 2014.

Kyle Beal: Jokes Chokes & Gags at UAS Main Space

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Through a multi-disciplinary practice that involves drawing, photography, sculpture, and new media, Kyle Beal presents Jokes Chokes and Gags, an exhibition of new work at the Untitled Contemporary Art Main Space in Calgary that considers the physical and theoretical spaces of performance, behavior, and humour. The exhibition runs until July 12 at UAS Main Space, Calgary.

New to the Douglas Udell Gallery artist roster this year, Kyle Beal is a Calgary based visual artist who graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2001 and holds a Masters degree in Visual Art from the University of Victoria (2004). To learn more about Kyle, please click here.

Matthew Pillsbury Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Vancouver Location

Thursday, June 19, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Matthew Pillsbury was selected to receive the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. As one of 11 Guggenheim photography fellows, Matthew will receive a grant to help in realizing a photographic project he is currently working on in Japan.

Founded in 1922, the prestigious Fellowship program's mandate is to add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of the United States and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding. The Fellowship supports individuals in mid-career “who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” Past recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships include photographers Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Robert Adams, Brian Ulrich, Richard Mosse, among others.

RED: A Haida Manga and MNY's SOLO 3

Vancouver Location

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Shaw TV's go! Vancouver recently profiled SOLO 3, our current exhibition of the latest work by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas', and the special book launch event for Red: A Haida Manga which took place at the gallery on May 3rd. In this interview, Michael discusses the unique oral narrative and visual style he coined Haida Manga to re-tell a classic Haida oral story, and some of the iconography and formlines he uses in his platinum hood works.

SOLO 3 runs until Saturday, May 24th at the Douglas Udell Gallery,
Vancouver. Paperback copies of Red are available for sale at the gallery.

Regions of Distinction, Edmonton Members of the RCA

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts honours Robert Scott and Vivian Thierfelder among other Edmonton-area artists and architects who have been inducted into the RCA in Regions of Distinction. This special exhibition curated by Kristy Trinier from the University of Alberta takes place at the Enterprise Square Galleries and celebrates the artistic contributions of Edmonton-based RCA members. Regions of Distinction is on view from April 25th-October 26th, 2014.

For more information about Regions of Distinction: Edmonton Members of the Royal Academy of Arts at the University of Alberta, please click here.

Abelardo Morell: Pictures in Three Museums

Edmonton Location

Friday, April 25, 2014

Abelardo Morell, best known for his Camera Obscura series opens Pictures in Three Museums on May 2nd, 2014 at the Fabric Workshop Museum in Philadelphia. For this unique exhibition, Morell photographed notable artworks from the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Barnes Foundation. Morell playfully frames and situates artworks in various institutional spaces and contexts within his photographic compositions. By situating the art objects within the specific architecture of the three institutions, Morell reconfigures the art objects and opens up new possibilities for interpretation. The exhibition runs from May 2nd to Summer 2014 in Philadelphia.

"I like photographing in museums because of the way gallery spaces can seem to “play with” the content of the pictures hanging in them. In several of these works I combined and altered art and rooms from some or all of the institutions to make a kind of art mash-up creating new and impossible museum installations, art and architecture."— Abelardo Morell

For more information about the Abelardo Morell: Pictures in Three Museums, please click here.

Ann Kipling, Kelowna Art Gallery

Vancouver Location

Thursday, April 17, 2014

On view now at The Kelowna Art Gallery is a tremendous thirty-five year survey of veteran artist, Ann Kipling's work The Falkland Drawings. The show is on view from March 22nd to June 15th, 2014 at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Ann Kipling: The Falkland Drawings will be a comprehensive look at the sweep of her work during her time at Falkland, focusing mainly on those pieces stemming from her involvement with the natural environment there. The exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication on the artist, with a text by Vancouver-based writer on art, Robin Laurence.

This in-depth look at the works on paper by BC-interior-based artist Ann Kipling is the third in the Kelowna Art Gallery’s Okanagan Series of major solo shows by local or regional artists.

For more information about the exhibition, please
click here.

Norman Yates, 1923-2014

Edmonton Location

Saturday, March 22, 2014

We regret to announce the passing of Norman Yates. Norman was active in the Edmonton art scene as a long-time Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta for over 30 years. Norman passed away in Victoria, BC. He was 90 years old.

Norman’s stunning West and North, a 6,500 square foot mural comprised of over 200 acrylic-painted plywood panels set against the Education North building at the University of Alberta is known for its immersive explosion of colour and vitalic energy. We will continue to celebrate Norman’s legacy through his incredible body of work, some of which is housed in the collection of the University of Alberta.

Image details: Norman Yates, West and North, Acrylic on Crezone Plywood, 20.4 x 42 m., 1987.

Photo credit: Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal, 2014.

David Thauberger, Road Trips and other Diversions

Vancouver Location

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The Mendel Art Gallery is partnering with the MacKenzie Art Gallery in organizing a major retrospective of David Thauberger’s career in 2013. David Thauberger is a nationally known artist whose artistic practice is characterized by a clear, personal aesthetic vision. This exhibition of approximately 100 important works is comprised of Thauberger’s paintings, prints and ceramics, drawn primarily from public and private collections across Canada, produced from the late 1960s to the present. This is the first major consideration of Thauberger’s work since 1988 when the MacKenzie organized David Thauberger: Paintings 1978-1988. A national tour is slated to commence in 2014.

Rather than approach the artist’s career as a linear, chronological trajectory the curators have conceived of a dynamic installation examining key themes and working processes, developed throughout Thauberger’s more than 40 years as a maker and thinker. The exhibition will be punctuated with pivotal works in the artist’s collection, ranging from Chicago Imagism, tiki mugs, to Saskatchewan folk painting.

Exhibition Tour Dates:
Opening at the Mendel Art Gallery - April 11th – June 15th, 2014
Windsor Art Gallery June 27th - Sept. 21st 2014
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, May 2nd – Aug. 23rd, 2015
Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown Mar. 6th – June 6th, 2016
Glenbow Museum, Calgary - TBD

Hua Jin, Conversing in the Passing of Time, FOFA Gallery

Vancouver Location

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Conversing in the Passing of Time, an exhibition of Montreal-based photographer Hua Jin latest work is showing at Concordia University's FOFA Gallery in Montreal from February 24th-March 28th.

Hua debuts her latest installation piece, Mountain, a three dimensional mountain range of hand-sculpted flour affixed delicately along a wooden beam, suspended by fishing line. Also on view is Traditional Chinese Medicine, a series of photographs of enlarged medicinal herbs used traditionally in Chinese medicine and healing.

Image details: Hua Jin, Mountain, Flour, Wood, Fishing Line, Dimensions Variable, 2013.

Mountain is an installation that deals with the subject of impermanence and temporality in relation to Buddhism’s point of view of observing this reality. Mountain aims to create a mind-landscape, which put the audience in a rather distant and dethatched point of view to observe and to understand the reality. The suspension suggests the instability of the existence. The material of the powder implies the basic elements of this physical world. The solid becomes fragile, the stone becomes sand within these constant changes time plays a virtual role to let it go and to let it grow.

For more information about the exhibition, please click here.

Andrew Valko - Thoughts on Painting

Vancouver Location

Friday, January 24, 2014

Andrew Valko lends some insight into the nature of voyeurism and human connection in the digital age as well
as into his meticulous process and observer-realist vision in this video profiling the artist in his studio.

Andrew's solo exhibition "Disconnected Encounters" opens on February 22nd, 2014 at the Douglas Udell Gallery,
Vancouver. For more on Andrew, visit his artist page here.

MNY's "Rivers" Public Sculpture Commission in Kamloops

Vancouver Location

Friday, January 17, 2014

Contemporary Haida Gwaii artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is in the final stages of completing his stunning sculpture "Rivers" for the city of Kamloops. Made of steel and aluminum, weighing 3,000 lbs. and standing over 10 meters tall, the sculpture is based on the moment of confluence of the North and South Thompson rivers. In "Rivers", Michael uses his signature copper leaf, along with Haida ovoids and contemporary formlines. Mindful of the geography and history of place, the sculpture will be situated in Riverside Park in Kamloops where the two rivers are visible to the public. Kamloops derives its name from the Secwepemic word "T’kemlups" which means where the rivers meet.

Yahgulanaas also has numerous public art projects in BC including "Abundance Fenced", a metal fence at Kensington Park (Knight and E. 33rd) which depicts the 2010 Fraser River salmon run as well as "Take Off", a commission by the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 at UBC Thunderbird Winter Sports Arena made of Volvo car fenders that depicts the movement of a mallard duck as it flies off the water into the sky.
The official opening for "Rivers" is planned for February 2014 in Riverside Park, Kamloops.

To read the original feature in the Vancouver Sun, please click here.

Image: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas standing in front of "Rivers" at Brenco Industries in Delta.

Remembrance Day: The Art of Molly Lamb Bobak

Edmonton Location

Saturday, November 09, 2013

In the spirit of Remembrance Day, we honour all those who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces including war artist Molly Lamb Bobak and her colleague, Pegi Nicol MacLeod, who were two of Canada’s leading female war artists from 1943 to 1946. Sketches of the military experiences of Bobak as a member of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps are found in the artist’s published war diary entitled simply W110278, after her service number. Additionally, Bobak’s recent memoir, "Wild Flowers of Canada", supplements the art of her diary, and provides further insight into a number of the artist’s paintings.

Image details: Molly Lamb Bobak, Poppies II, Watercolour, 18 x 24 in., 1990.

MNY hood enters British Museum's permanent collection

Vancouver Location

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' work Copper from the Hood (2010) has now found its home in the permanent collection of the prestigious British Museum, after an eighteen month international tour with Treasures of the World’s Cultures. The sculptural work was one of more than 250 cultural treasures which toured the globe with the British Museum exhibition, with stops in Australia, the Middle East and Europe.

Copper from the Hood is one of a series of works which Yahgulanaas began in 2007, while working on the exhibition Meddling in the Museum for the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada. Commissioned by the British Museum, this work presents imagery created in Yahgulanaas’ distinctive Haida manga style and is one of a series of fifteen works made with automobile hoods. Fabricated from a car hood embellished with copper leaf, Copper from the Hood references the copper shields which are highly valued by the Haida, an indigenous people of Canada, while locating the work within the contemporary context of a world where value is defined by cars and other consumer goods.

Image details: Fabricated from a car hood embellished with copper leaf, Copper from the Hood references the copper shields which are highly valued by the Haida, an indigenous people of Canada, while locating the work within the contemporary context of a world where value is defined by cars and other consumer goods. Photo credit: Christopher Fadden.

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Jessica Korderas in Galerie L'UQAM's The Painting Project

Vancouver Location

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

New gallery artist Jessica Korderas is featured in Montreal's Galerie L'UQAM's catalogue The Painting Project. The catalogue surveys a snapshot of contemporary Canadian painting practice: Figures of Reality, Fictional Worlds, Painting as Subject, and Hybrid Practices. Korderas' acrylic resin-based three dimensional works often take inspiration from cinema and symbolic and illustrative figuration. Intricately painted illusory scenes are embedded between layers of resin, trapping light and giving the effect of movement when viewed from varied angles.

Jessica's upcoming solo exhibition in Vancouver entitled HAVENS opens at DUG Vancouver on November 23rd, 2013.

For more information on The Painting Project catalogue, please click here.

Image: Detail shot of Jessica Korderas "Block Party", Resin and Mixed Media, 7x14x3 in., 2012.

Alex Colville, 1921-2013

Vancouver Location

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Our condolences go out to the family of famed Canadian artist Alex Colville. Colville passed away in his home in Wolfville, Nova Scotia at 92 years old.

Celebrated Canadian artist Alex Colville was born in Toronto in 1921 and raised in Nova Scotia. Colville was one of three Canadian war artists sent to Germany to paint images of concentration camps in the 1930s. He taught art at Mount Allison University and exhibited widely in the mid 1950s until his recent death. A multi-faceted artist who worked arduously on preliminary sketches and prints for his drawings and paintings, Colville remains one of Canada's most reputed artists.

Colville's spirit will continue on to live in the markings of his detailed studies, sketches, drawings, prints and paintings.

Wilf Perreault Solo Show at MacKenzie Art Gallery

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina presents Up My Alley, a future exhibit of works by Wilf Perreault set to launch in Regina on September 2014. Up My Alley will survey a wide array of paintings and watercolours of Perreault's signature snowy Regina scenes. A catalogue and documentary about Perreault will also be produced alongside the exhibition. Up My Alley will also tour to the Art Gallery of Alberta in the Spring of 2015.

Up My Alley is generously supported by the federal Office of Canadian Heritage.

New Dean Drever Solo Show at AGGP

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie will be opening a much-anticipated solo exhibition featuring the work of Dean Drever from 1998 to the present. Curated by Robert Enright, the exhibition is entitled Dean Drever: Everything is going to be okay again soon. The show runs from September 28th, 2013 to January 5th, 2014 at the Art Gallery of Grand Prairie. Drever's work delves into the intricacies of subordination, violence, and the power dynamics of control and oppression.

Tim Okamura featured in documentary HEAVYWEIGHTPAINT

Vancouver Location

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Gallery artist Tim Okamura is profiled in a new feature length documentary film HEAVYWEIGHT PAINTabout four Brooklyn-based figurative painters. Along with artists Jerome Lagarrigue, Joseph Adolphe, and Taha Clayton, Okamura's journey is followed by New York-based filmmaker Jeff Martini. Martini observes the artists' personal and creative journeys navigating the art world while maintaining a critical practice. The documentary exposes the reality of contemporary portrait painters finding their place within the high-profile, cutthroat New York art scene. The four painters ultimately intersect at a dynamic collaborative show in New York, each exhibiting a myriad approaches to the medium whilst vying for the spotlight.

The work of Tim Okamura has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Okamura is featured in two exhibitions this September: This Story Has Not Yet Been Told...The Work of Tim Okamura at the Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum in The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill on display Sept. 12 through Nov. 29; and Depicted/Connected: Paintings by Tim Okamura on display Sept. 20 through Oct.31 at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Tim and his work was recently profiled in The Huffington Post. To read the feature, click here.

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