Archive for the 'Underrated Canadian Artists' Category

Underrated Canadian Artist: Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe was born in British Columbia in 1926 and was interned with other Japanese-Canadians in BC during World War II.  He studied in Winnipeg, London and Toyko, and in New York at the Brooklyn Museum Art School where he was taught by the famous German-born American abstract expressionist painter Hans Hoffman. The artist Takao Tanabe. Image: gov.bc.ca Takao Tanabe
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Sculpture in Nature: Georgian Bay, Ontario

VoCA went to Georgian Bay this past weekend, and we were surprised to discover a work of contemporary art sitting on a rock overlooking the water. Robert Murray, Pointe au Baril II, 2003. Image: Scott Barker The sculpture is by the artist Robert Murray, who has a cottage nearby and sits next to a lighthouse that marks the original township/community
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Underrated Canadian Artist: Graham Peacock

Painter Graham Peacock has been teaching painting at the University of Alberta since 1969, when he arrived in Canada from England. Graham Peacock, Valor, 2003. Image: grahampeacock.com Perhaps not strictly speaking underrated, Peacock has been exhibiting throughout Canada on a regular basis since 1971. In 2003 he had an exhibition of recent work at the New New Painting Museum in
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Underrated Canadian artist: Marcelle Ferron

Québécoise painter Marcelle Ferron was a member of Les Automatistes, a group, led by Paul-Emile Borduas, that believed that painting should be a result of the abstract workings of the inner psyche released subconsciously. Marcelle Ferron. Image: nfb.ca She became well known also for her stained glass pieces, which she learned in Quebec and pursued further while living in Paris
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Underrated Canadian artist: Walter Harris

“Art is my life, and the life of my people. I want my work…to live and carry on the rich tradition of our people. I have always felt the importance of passing on my knowledge and my skills….Our art connects us to our past and intertwines us in the present and makes way for the future.” First Nations artist Walter
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Aboriginal Art at the CMCP, Ottawa

Steeling the Gaze: Portraits by Aboriginal Artists 31 OCTOBER 2008 – 22 MARCH 2009 Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa Kent Monkman, Emergence of a Legend, series of 5 portraits of Miss Chief in various performance personas. Image: pfoac.com (Click image above to enlarge) This group exhibition, drawn from the collections of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the
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VoCA Recommends…Independent Sprit

This book is devoted to Canadian women artists from the 19th to mid 20th centuries. It should be necessary reading for anyone who is interested in Canadian history, and/or Canadian art. Please don’t let the cover design dissuade you! Keep reading! Independent Sprit, by A.K. Prakash. Image: fireflybooks.com “It’s tempting to assume that Canadian women artists of the 19th and
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Underrated Canadian artist: Gathie Falk

The 80-year-old Vancouver painter, sculptor, installation and performance artist Gathie Falk has long been inspired by the elements of everyday life: fruit, eggs, men’s shoes, women’s clothing, garden flowers and reading a book, among other things. Her work appears to meld feminine and masculine elements in a unique, charming, serious way. The artist Gathie Falk in her studio, Vancouver, 1983.
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VoCA loves…Women Artists: Louise Bourgeois and her sisters

It’s no secret that women artists have been notoriously overlooked throughout the course of white, male-dominated art history. Christiane Pflug, Kitchen Door with Esther, 1965. Image: christianepflug.com There are many reasons for this, not least of which is that women’s ability to express themselves was seriously limited before they won the right to vote. For non-asian and non-First Nations women
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Underrated Canadian artist: Sorel Etrog

Canadian sculptor and painter Sorel Etrog was born in Romania in 1933, studied in Tel Aviv and moved to Toronto in 1963 from New York, where he had been at the Brooklyn Museum of Art on scholarship. Sorel Etrog, The Hand, 1972. Image: flickr.com In 1959, Etrog had his first Canadian solo exhibition at Gallery Moos and shortly thereafter, having
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