Joe Coffey

Chasing Hippossold
Chasing Hippos,
oil on canvas, 36" × 36"
I'll Call You Napoleon
I'll Call You Napoleon
oil on canvas, 30" × 36"
Memory House
Memory House,
oil on canvas, 48" × 41"

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Rita Letendre

Joe Coffey


Joe Coffey was born in Caledon East, Ontario, where he spent his early years on the family farm. Joe works namely with oils, graphite, and mixed media, which are applied with an artistic preciseness to imitate reality. His repertoire mainly consists of intimate portraits of isolated barn animals and people, rendered in vivid colours.

His work explores his personal story in the figures he paints, with each image suggesting a different story to each viewer.

"My best friends were the farm animals I would meet on my walks. We had an affinity. They loomed above my little being and their eyes transfixed me. I began to draw them. In doing so I could capture my own emotions. As I matured, my images (while still personal) began to express my conviction that the human condition is solitary, that each of us traverses this world alone. Paradoxically I recognize my fascination with "face," and excavating some kind of personality out of my subjects is perhaps my way of connecting to others, or perhaps a longing. It's almost a voyeuristic experience for me..."

Widely acclaimed for his graphic skills, he has won awards for his art and has been featured in multiple group exhibitions and solo shows. Joe has been working as a professional exhibiting artist for the past 18 years with galleries in Victoria, Vancouver and Calgary. His works, including commissions, are in private collections across Canada, the USA and England. Joe presently lives and works in Victoria, B.C.

JURY'S CHOICE AWARDS

2017 Shortlisted for The Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture
2015 Shortlisted for The Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture
2001 Annual Juried Show, Sooke Fine Arts, Sooke, BC (Artist Entry: Invitation Piece/Selection)
2000 Annual Juried Show, Sooke Fine Arts, Sooke, BC

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Symbiosis Winchester Gallery, Victoria (solo)
2014 Living Room Stories, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC
2013 Joe Coffey: Feature Artist - New Works, Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB Cancelled due to flooding. Instead featured at Winchester Galleries, Victoria
2012 Chasing Peacocks, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC 2011 "New Works," Granville Fine Art, Vancouver BC
2010 New Works, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC 2009 "New Works," Virginia Christopher Fine Art, Calgary AB
2008 Gods and Monsters, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC
2008 Monologues, Linda Lando Fine Art, Vancouver BC
2007 Masquerade Ball, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC
2003 Route 66, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, BC 2001 "Joe Coffey," Kensington Fine Arts, Calgary, Alberta
2000 Joe Coffey: New Work Alexander's Galleries, Sidney, BC

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.