Pauline Conley

Airmail
Airmail
mixed media on canvas, 36" × 40"
Harbour
Harbour
mixed media on canvas, 48" × 60"
Jonesy
Jonesy
mixed media on canvas, 24" × 24"
Tartlette
Tartlette
mixed media on canvas, 24" × 24"
Caroline
Caroline
mixed media on canvas, 24" × 24"
Terra Mama
Terra Mama
mixed media on canvas, 24" × 24"

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Pauline Conley – Artist Biography

Born and raised in Vancouver, Pauline Conley studied fine art and English, and lived on Vancouver Island for several years before moving to Kingston, Ontario.

As a painter she is drawn to the power of the non-representational. In recent years, her images have begun to relax into a sort of representation of the imagined. First, the horizon found its way into her work – the sight line which is the friction point between the elements, and between the known and the unknown. It is a powerful cultural and visual reference point upon which the metaphor of landscape hangs. The horizon eventually became a line in the air, and this line evokes the clothesline, the jet stream, mapped domains, and the ubiquitous bird on a wire. These are the grid lines of our lives – the divisions of space that are as familiar and comforting as the horizon. In the very recent past, a deconstruction of the motifs Conley had been working with has taken hold. Her focus has shifted to the grids and patterns themselves as evocative montages of everyday life - both routine and divine.


Selected Exhibitions:

  • Abstract Artworks: A celebration of Canadian women's influence on nonrepresentational art" February 18th to March 9th, 2012, Gallery Gevik, 12 Hazelton Ave., Toronto, Ontario
  • I AM WATER: a group exhibition in support of the Lake Ontario Waterkeepers, curator Sue Sheedy. Window Art Gallery, Kingston, ON K7L 1E4, March 22 – April 22, 2012
  • The Artist Project Toronto, March 2012
  • New Work: paintings by Pauline Conley and glass works by Mariel Wadell and Mishka Hunter. KGS Gallery, Kingston, ON, January 15 to March 15, 2012.
  • New Work: Jane Colden, Pauline Conley and Lori Richards. Gallery Raymond, Kingston, ON Jan 28 to Feb 22, 2012.
  • Small Work: Gallery Gevik, 12 Hazelton Ave., Toronto, Ontario Nov 26, 2011-Jan 6, 2012
  • The Kingston Project: with Diane Black, Jane Colden, Jane Derby and Lori Richards. Gallery Gevik, 12 Hazelton Ave., Toronto, Ontario Sept 24 – Oct 24, 2011.
  • Synergy: Annual invitational group show presented by the Organization of Kingston Women Artists, Kingston Public Library February 2011, and Belleville Public Library, March 2011
  • Invitational Group Show: Organization of Kingston Women Artists, Mill St. Gallery, Sydenham ON, Nov-Dec - 2010
  • The Artist Project Toronto, March 2011.
  • Women on Woman Marylin Timms Curator, Comox Valley Public Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC (2006)
  • Retrospective: solo exhibition, Muir Gallery, Courtenay, BC (2006)
  • The last 25 years, a group show of gallery artists; Comox Valley Public Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC (2005)
  • The Homeless Mind: curated by Donald Lawrence and Will Garrett-Petts, Comox Valley Public Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC (2004)
  • The Fiction of Landscape: Paintings by Pauline Conley, Tracy Kobus and Natasha Henderson, Comox Valley Public Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC (2002)
  • Friction, Solo Exhibition, Marilyn Timms Gallery, Courtenay, BC (2002)
  • RECALL: Paintings by Pauline Conley and Sculpture by Sharon Perkins, The Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, BC October 16 to November 4. (2001)
  • Artropolis 2001-Consolidation, Contact and Conflict: The artist in bucolic paradise and poverty, Tony Martin Curator, Vancouver, BC April (2001)
  • 35th Anniversary Juried Show, Muir Gallery, Courtenay, BC, Award of Excellence (2000)
  • Small: The Art of Miniature 2, Ed Varney Curator, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver (2000)
  • artWORK: Celebrating BC’s Emerging Visual Artists, BC Festival of the Arts, Nelson, BC (2000)
  • 25th Anniversary Juried Exhibition, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC (1999)
  • Art and Artist of the 21st Century, Ed Varney Curator, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Bowen Island, and Sechelt BC (1999)
  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Recent Paintings of Tracy Kobus and Pauline Conley, Courtenay, BC (1999)
  • Juried Members Exhibition: Muir Gallery, Courtenay, BC Honourable Mention (1999)

    Curatorial/Colloquium Projects:
    Curator – Artropolis 2003 Residue Vancouver, BC, May 2003
    Coordinator: Comox Valley Visual Arts Conference, Courtenay, BC (2002) Presenters: AA Bronson, Arni Haraldsson, Gu Xiong, Lisa MacLean, Lorraine Simms, Risa Horowitz, Robert Belton, Josephine Mills, Andrew Hunter, others TBA
    Programming coordinator: Richmond Art Gallery Visual Arts Conference, RichmondBC, August (2001) Presenters: Rory Wallace, Trevor Boddy, Reid Sheir, Christina Ritchie, Germaine Koh, Rita McKeough, Rick Rivets, Donald Lawrence, Kevin Eichi deForest, Margaret Dragu
    Coordinator: ComoxValley Visual Arts Conference, Courtenay, BC , (2000) Presenters: Ken Lum, Ian Wallace, Hugh Mackenzie, Gordon Smith, Michelle Forsyth, Joan Cardinal Schubert, Henri Robideau, Al MacWilliam, Alain Benoit, Haruko Okano

    Reviews/Articles:
    Interview with Sheryl McKay, North by Northwest, CBC Radio, March 6, 2002
    Fiction of Landscape, Paula Wild/ Comox Valley Record, Friday February 8, 2002
    The Fiction of Landscape, Donna Mattila/ The Word, December 13, 2001

    Education:
    Reviews/ Articles
    Interview with Sheryl McKay, North by Northwest, CBC Radio, March 6, 2002
    Fiction of Landscape, Paula Wild/ Comox Valley Record, Friday February 8, 2002
    The Fiction of Landscape, Donna Mattila/ The Word, December 13, 2001

    Education:
    BA English, Thompson Rivers University, 2008
    Capilano College, North Vancouver BC/ Design and Craft Program, 1982-83
    University of Victoria, Victoria BC/ Fine Arts (Painting), 1983 - 84
    Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC/ Fine Arts and English Literature/ 1986

    In the very recent past, a deconstruction of the motifs Conley had been working with has taken hold. Her focus has shifted to the grids and patterns themselves as evocative montages of everyday life - both routine and divine.

    Selected Exhibitions:
    Abstract Artworks: A celebration of Canadian women's influence on nonrepresentational art" February 18th to March 9th, 2012, Gallery Gevik, 12 Hazelton Ave., Toronto, Ontario
    I AM WATER: a group exhibition in support of the Lake Ontario Waterkeepers, curator Sue Sheedy. Window Art Gallery, Kingston, ON K7L 1E4, March 22 – April 22, 2012
    The Artist Project Toronto, March 2012
    New Work: paintings by Pauline Conley and glass works by Mariel Wadell and Mishka Hunter. KGS Gallery, Kingston, ON, January 15 to March 15, 2012.
    New Work: Jane Colden, Pauline Conley and Lori Richards. Gallery Raymond, Kingston, ON Jan 28 to Feb 22, 2012.
    Small Work – featuring works by Karo Alexanian, Janine Carreau, Pauline Conley, Christian Deberdt, Henry Wanton-Jones, Tony Kew, Sylvia Lefkovitz, Danièle Lemieux, Rita Letendre, Daphne Odjig, Pierre Patry, Carol Wald, and Jeff Willmore Gallery Gevik, 12 Hazelton Ave., Toronto, Ontario Nov 26, 2011-Jan 6, 2012
    The Kingston Project: with Diane Black, Jane Colden, Jane Derby and Lori Richards. Gallery Gevik, 12 Hazelton Ave., Toronto, Ontario Sept 24 – Oct 24, 2011.
    Synergy: Annual invitational group show presented by the Organization of Kingston Women Artists, Kingston Public Library February 2011, and Belleville Public Library, March 2011
    Invitational Group Show: Organization of Kingston Women Artists, Mill St. Gallery, Sydenham ON, Nov-Dec - 2010
    The Artist Project Toronto, March 2011.
    Women on Woman Marylin Timms Curator, Comox Valley Public Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC (2006)
    {Retrospective: solo exhibition, Muir Gallery, Courtenay, BC (2006)
    The last 25 years, a group show of gallery artists; Comox Valley Public Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC (2005)
    The Homeless Mind: curated by Donald Lawrence and Will Garrett-Petts, Comox Valley Public Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC (2004)
    The Fiction of Landscape: Paintings by Pauline Conley, Tracy Kobus and Natasha Henderson, Comox Valley Public Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC (2002)
    Friction, Solo Exhibition, Marilyn Timms Gallery, Courtenay, BC (2002)
    RECALL: Paintings by Pauline Conley and Sculpture by Sharon Perkins, The Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, BC October 16 to November 4. (2001)
    Artropolis 2001-Consolidation, Contact and Conflict: The artist in bucolic paradise and poverty, Tony Martin Curator, Vancouver, BC April (2001)
    35th Anniversary Juried Show, Muir Gallery, Courtenay, BC, Award of Excellence (2000)
    Small: The Art of Miniature 2, Ed Varney Curator, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver (2000)
    artWORK: Celebrating BC’s Emerging Visual Artists, BC Festival of the Arts, Nelson, BC (2000)
    25th Anniversary Juried Exhibition, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC (1999)
    Art and Artist of the 21st Century, Ed Varney Curator, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Bowen Island, and Sechelt BC (1999)
    How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Recent Paintings of Tracy Kobus and Pauline Conley, Courtenay, BC (1999)
    Juried Members Exhibition: Muir Gallery, Courtenay, BC Honourable Mention (1999)

    Curatorial/Colloquium Projects:
    Curator – Artropolis 2003 Residue Vancouver, BC, May 2003
    Coordinator: Comox Valley Visual Arts Conference, Courtenay, BC (2002) Presenters: AA Bronson, Arni Haraldsson, Gu Xiong, Lisa MacLean, Lorraine Simms, Risa Horowitz, Robert Belton, Josephine Mills, Andrew Hunter, others TBA
    Programming coordinator: Richmond Art Gallery Visual Arts Conference, RichmondBC, August (2001) Presenters: Rory Wallace, Trevor Boddy, Reid Sheir, Christina Ritchie, Germaine Koh, Rita McKeough, Rick Rivets, Donald Lawrence, Kevin Eichi deForest, Margaret Dragu
    Coordinator: ComoxValley Visual Arts Conference, Courtenay, BC , (2000) Presenters: Ken Lum, Ian Wallace, Hugh Mackenzie, Gordon Smith, Michelle Forsyth, Joan Cardinal Schubert, Henri Robideau, Al MacWilliam, Alain Benoit, Haruko Okano

    Reviews/Articles:
    Interview with Sheryl McKay, North by Northwest, CBC Radio, March 6, 2002
    Fiction of Landscape, Paula Wild/ Comox Valley Record, Friday February 8, 2002
    The Fiction of Landscape, Donna Mattila/ The Word, December 13, 2001

    Education:
    BA English, Thompson Rivers University, 2008
    Capilano College, North Vancouver BC/ Design and Craft Program, 1982-83
    University of Victoria, Victoria BC/ Fine Arts (Painting), 1983 - 84
    Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC/ Fine Arts and English Literature/ 1986

  • 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.