“Saint Helen,” says new gallery owner Daniel Faria of the name of his opening exhibition, “is the patron saint of new discoveries.”
A fitting choice then, for his gallery – a former auto body shop, and a place where, as he points out, collectors will discover new and exciting artists.
It’s a beautiful space and up to the high standard of Monte Clark, in whose gallery he previously worked (eventually going into partnership with Monte) and where I met him in 2003 when we worked together in the early days of Toronto’s Distillery District.
Although I missed the opening bash, Shinan was there and so were tons of others, apparently. Dan is an excellent dealer and I know he’ll be a big success, especially with the artists that he’s already representing.
There are three stunning, very large paintings by Kritstine Moran, whose work I love. Across from that is a stripey canvas by the fantastic painter Elizabeth McIntosh, (one of several) whose work I blogged about HERE, on loan from Diaz Contemporary. these are balanced by the delicate, hazy works by Shannon Bool.
In the back room are a couple of colourful, pop-style pieces by artist/author Douglas Coupland – read my interview, HERE – who left Monte Clark Gallery to show with Daniel Faria – and who is also busy showing work with the excellent Trepanier Baier Gallery in Calgary.
There are also some seductive little sculptures like this cone made from plaster and graphite to look like marble, which sits on a shadow-like steel base.
For more information, please see the gallery’s website HERE.