Garen Bedrossian

3005 Akhtamar Series
3005 Akhtamar Series, 2011
oil on canvas, 22" × 28"
3006 Akhtamar Series
3006 Akhtamar Series, 2011
oil on linen, 22" × 28"
3007 Akhtamar Series
3007 Akhtamar Series, 2011
oil on canvas, 22" × 28"
3008 Akhtamar Series
3008 Akhtamar Series, 2011
oil on linen, 22" × 28"
Flight II (Two Figures)
Flight II (Two Figures)
bronze, 51½" (h)


Garen Bedrossian – Artist Biography

Originally from Yerevan in Armenia, Garen Bedrossian received his artistic training at the Fine Arts Institute of Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), where the emphsais was on "social realism." Desiring to free himself from the ideological and political constraints prevalent at the time, he chose to emigrate to Canada in 1987 and established residence in Montreal where he resumed his artistic endeavors. Bedrossian's education provided him with considerable theoretical and practical resources. He makes full use of them in the elaboration of his work. One must also bear in mind the artist's Armenian ancestry, as he cannot but carry within himself traces of his people's tragic history.

Bedrossian is a figurative artist with an expressionist bend. The theme of his art is man, or rather mankind. The main body of his current works consists of poetic images and sculptural situations where a person's uniqueness is challenged by his quest for identity or social belonging. Next to these highly dramatic works, Bedrossian has produced a number of sculptures on the theme of flight, done in a more playful way. On top of vertical steel circles, a naked man, his arms spread wide, is airborne like a bird. These works of a dreamlike nature are shaped in a transparent and seductive aesthetic mode.

In [his] paintings, Bedrossian gives poetic significance to what is essentially an abstract structure. The deeply felt psychological statements permeating his creative production are Bedrossian's significant contribution to the domain of contemporary art.

Leo Rosshandler, I.A.A.C.
Garen: Drawings Sculptures Paintings

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.