Afternoon & Evening Shift, 2019
acrylic on panel, 24" x 36"
Bear Inlet, Unexpected Visitors, 2019
acrylic on panel, 22" ×30"
Deriveur (Optimiste), 2013
acrylic on panel, 23.5" × 33"
Claude de Gaspe Alleyn
Born in Quebec City in 1946, De Gaspe Alleyn is entirely self-taught. Subsequent to obtaining a degree in History at the University of Montreal, he pursued a career in the field of communications, all the while continuing to paint. During the 1990s while on the fringes of the mainstream art world, he developed a unique and deceptively innocent figurative style. While Claude's narrative-based paintings express a social vision that is sometimes critical of our society, he always seeks to portray human nature with kindness and a generosity of spirit.
The artist's technique surprises the viewer with its luminosity and intense pixelization: "From a technical stand point I soon abandoned the brush, choosing instead non-traditional painting tools which allowed me to better 'split' or divide colour: wooden shish-kabab skewers, sewing needles and even paint scraper blades. Using these tools in an unconventional manner has allowed me to create a pixelated high definition effect in my work, as well as defining my own unique and distinctive style."
Claude de Gaspe Alleyn lives and works in Quebec's Eastern Townships. His art has been the focus of numerous exhibitions at galleries across Canada and he's produced commissioned work for the cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.
Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97.
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Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has
been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order
of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown
in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of
Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in
1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an
Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband,
Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's
purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.
Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now open at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario until January 21st, 2018. Afterwards, it will travel to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.
This exhibition was recently on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary artists. His
career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and
public commissions. (Photo credit: Kim Griffiths)
congratulates renowned Canadian and International abstract painter, Rita Letendre, on her first
major museum retrospective exhibition outside of Québec. Rita Letendre: Fire and
Light is now open until September 17, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
which covers Letendre's career from the 1960's to 2000's, is co-curated by Wanda Nanibush and
Georgiana Uhlyarik. The retrospective features nearly forty large-scale paintings drawn from major
national public and private collections.
Letendre was widely exhibited with the artistic groups,
Les Automatistes and Les Plasticiens. She has received the Governor General's Award in
Visual Arts, the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, and the Orders of Canada, Ontario and
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