Chiarandini: Yorkville Hippies
June 11 to June 22, 2015

Yorkville Hippies: peace, love, freedom, and happiness. Albert Chiarandini (1915-2007) moved to Canada at the age of seventeen from his hometown, Udine, in Italy. He began painting portraits in the Yorkville area in 1967, befriending and capturing the idealism and new philosophies of the young hippies living in the area. Vibes of peace, love, freedom, and happiness are felt through his subtle and intriguing portraits. Many of Chiarandini's works have been brought together at Gallery Gevik for the Yorkville Hippies event. The exhibition includes several of Chiarandini's paintings, apparel, accessories, and never-before published photographs of Yorkville in the 1960s. There will also be live music from 1960s Yorkville bands on June 13 & 14. Don't miss the chance to be brought back to the 1960s through iconic art and groovy music. In partnership with Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery.

Yorkville Hippie #1
Yorkville Hippie #1, 1967
oil on board, 48" × 36"
Yorkville Hippie #2
Yorkville Hippie #2, 1967
oil on board, 48" × 34"
Yorkville Hippie #3
Yorkville Hippie #3, 1967
oil on board, 48" × 36"
Yorkville Hippie (Michael James O'Brien)
Yorkville Hippie (Michael James O'Brien), 1967
oil on board, 56" × 42"
Yorkville Hippie (David Fennario)
Yorkville Hippie (David Fennario), 1967
oil on board, 56" × 42"
Yorkville Hippie #4
Yorkville Hippie #4, 1967
oil on board, 56" × 42"
Yorkville Hippie (Michael Waage)
Yorkville Hippie (Michael Waage), 1967
oil on board, 48" × 36-1/8"
Yorkville Hippie #5
Yorkville Hippie #5, 1967
oil on board, 48" × 33¾"
Yorkville Hippie (Charles Moos)
Yorkville Hippie (Charles Moos), 1967
oil on board, 48" × 40"
Yorkville Hippie (Elizabeth Johansen)
Yorkville Hippie (Elizabeth Johansen), 1967
oil on board, 48" × 40"
Yorkville Hippies (Peter MacDonell, Elizabeth Johansen)
Yorkville Hippies (Peter MacDonell, Elizabeth Johansen), 1967
oil on board
Yorkville Hippie (The Philosopher)
Yorkville Hippie (The Philosopher), 1967
oil on board, 48" × 34"


Slideshow

Albert Chiarandini, O.S.A., F.I.A.L.

Albert Chiarandini was born on September 30, 1915, in the city of Udine, in northern Italy. He arrived in Canada in 1932 at the age of seventeen. He enrolled at the Ontario College of Art, where he studies under the guidance of Franklin Carmichael, and Frederick Challener, among others. In 1938, his first portrait was accepted into the Ontario Society of Artists Annual Show.

Always wanting to portray people in their environment, observing their instincts, mannerisms and lifestyles, he painted several series of large portraits depicting the diversity of the human condition. He would search and recruit models from Allan Gardens in Toronto, and from the streets surrounding the Salvation Army.

In 1967, he began painting in the area of Yorkville Avenue, in Toronto. With paint and canvas, he captured the face of political turmoil and the dynamic changes in Yorkville. He found here a different attitude to record and portray: a driven younger generation full of idealism, equality and peace. He created a series of portraits of young hippies, transient and searching.

He also painted landscapes, capturing scenes of rural life. From today's perspective, he has created a powerful gift of historical documentation and beauty, showing us what the countryside around Toronto looked like before it was built over by the ever-expanding suburbs of the city.

Chiarandini died in 2007, in Toronto.

Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

Exhibition Partnership

  • Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery, Permanent Collection
    · Yorkville Hippie #1
    · Yorkville Hippie #2
    · Yorkville Hippie #3

  • Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Permanent Collection
    · Yorkville Hippie (Michael James O'Brien)
    · Yorkville Hippie (David Fennario)
    · Yorkville Hippie #4

  • Chiarandini/Tadier Family Collection
    · Yorkville Hippie (Michael Waage)
    · Yorkville Hippie #5
    · Yorkville Hippie (Charles Moos)

  • David Fennario, Private Collection
    · Yorkville Hippie (Elizabeth Johansen)

  • City of Toronto Art Collection, Museums and Heritage Services
    · Yorkville Hippies (Peter MacDonell, Elizabeth Johansen)

  • University of Ottawa, Collection
    · Yorkville Hippie (The Philosopher)

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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.

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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.