Natalie Avanessian

Dependent, 2006 ed. 1/5
bronze, 5.25" × 4" × 4"
Me & Me
Me & Me, 2006 ed. 1/5
bronze, 5.25" × 5.5" × 4"


Natalie Avanessian

Natalie Avanessian was born to an Armenian family in Manchester, England on June 4, 1981. When she was one and a half years old, her family moved to Iran. After graduating high school in Tehran, her father sent her to Armenia to continue her education. In 2002, she entered the Yerevan Fine Arts Academy for General Design and graduated as a designer in 2007. She was inspired by her sculpture professor, Nune Toumanyan, who furthered her ambition in bronze casting. During this time, Natalie arranged a bronze sculpture exhibition in memory of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and participated in several art competitions and exhibitions.

In 2007, she married Hovsep Seraydarian, and together they moved to Canada. Natalie uses her feelings and intuition to guide her sculpting, resulting in artwork that is simple, and yet full of expression through curvilinear forms. She is currently working towards creating new sculptures and preparing for future exhibitions.



Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

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.

Alex JanvierAlex 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)

Rita LetendreGallery Gevik 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.

This exhibition, 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 Québec. Click here for more details.