Peter Beckett

Between Here and There
Between Here and There, 1992
oil on canvas, 48" × 66"


Peter Beckett

Peter Beckett was born in Oakville, Ontario. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Art at McMaster University and attended the Rhode Island School of Design for film, cinema and video studies. He is the owner and director of Beckett/Left Side Gallery in Flesherton, Ontario where he exhibits his work. He has also exhibited at the Meaford Hall Art Gallery, Chancery Art Gallery, the L.E. Shore Memorial Gallery and the Rolls-Royce Showroom in Toronto. He prefers abstract painting en plein air, capturing the outdoor landscapes reminiscent of his childhood in the countryside. His paintings are characterized by their wide brushstrokes and exaggerated drips of paint, ranging from monochromatic to bold colours. His large canvasses are filled with movement, shape and color which reflect the intimate details of nature.

I see nature with its fabulous structures and infinite complexity as a source of my sense of visual order. The paintings reflect something of nature’s own diversity in their colour, shapes and textures. However, there is an attempt to create more than a visual record; to include such things as the smell of the woods or the sound of the rain.”

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 on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.