Rita Letendre: From the Archives
November 2 to November 28, 2019

Rita Letendre is considered one of the most eminent living abstract artists in Canada and Gallery Gevik is pleased to present a special exhibition of never-before-seen early works from the artist's formative period and beyond. Join us in celebrating Rita's birthday and the opening of our exhibition on Saturday November 2nd from 2 – 4 pm.

Allegorie (#53)sold
Allegorie (#53), 1953
gouache/paper, 11" × 9"
Dans l'espacesold
Dans l'espace, 2004
mixed media on paper, 11" × 13¾"
Onseer, 1978
acrylic on canvas, 42" × 72"
Untitled (RL-51-02)sold
Untitled (RL-51-02), 1951
oil on canvas, 8" × 12"
Persée de la lumieresold
Persée de la lumiere, 2005
mixed media on paper, 14" × 11"
Untitled (RL-52-10)sold
Untitled (RL-52-10), 1952
oil on canvas, 8" × 11"
Untitled (RL-53-09)sold
Untitled (RL-53-09), 1953
gouache/paper, 10¼" × 11"
Untitled (RL-53-10)sold
Untitled (RL-53-10), 1953
oil on canvas, 7½" × 12¼"
Untitled (RL-54-25)sold
Untitled (RL-54-25), 1954
oil on board, 6½" × 8¾"
Untitled (RL-54-26)
Untitled (RL-54-26), 1954
ink on paper, 8¾" × 11½"
Untitled (RL-60-11)
Untitled (RL-60-11), 1960
casein/paper, 4¼" × 5¾"
Untitled (RL-60-12)
Untitled (RL-60-12), 1960
casein/paper, 7" × 9¾"
Untitled (RL-97-01)
Untitled (RL-97-01), 1997
mixed media on paper, 7" × 10"
Untitled, 1959
oil on canvas, 25" × 18"
Soleil, 2000
pastel on paper, 10¼" × 11"
Sunny Morningsold
Sunny Morning, 2005
pastel on paper, 10" × 12¼"
The Wind, the Wild Wind
The Wind, the Wild Wind, 1992
acrylic on canvas, 36" × 42"
Sharav, 1973
acrylic on canvas, 42" × 66"


Rita Letendre

Rita Letendre is considered one of the most eminent living abstract artists in Canada and Gallery Gevik is pleased to present a special exhibition of never-before-seen early works from the artist's formative period. More importantly, we'll also be celebrating Rita's birthday and look forward to sharing this special occasion with all of her friends and supporters.

Rita Letendre was born of Abenaki and Quebecois parents in Drummondville in 1928, and has lived in Toronto since late 1969. Letendre began painting professionally in the 1950s, alongside Quebec's Les Automatistes but broke away from their artistic approach when she began to challenge the ideas of the Automatiste movement. Letendre rigorously experimented with space, movement, and tension working with oils, pastels, acrylics, palette knife, and eventually the airbrush, which she began using in 1971. Her intense and vibrant colour field paintings are composed of densely applied gestural strokes, evoking raw states of emotion and restlessness, which became a trademark throughout her career. She is an Officer of l'Ordre National du Quebec (2002), an Officer of the Order of Canada (2005), a Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), a Member of the Order of Ontario (2016), and was awarded the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts (2010). In 2017, Rita Letendre: Fire & Light, the first major museum retrospective of Letendre's work to originate outside Quebec, opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

We are especially proud to announce that Rita Letendre is the Eiteljorg Museum's Invited Artist and Fellowship Award Winner for 2019 and twelve of her paintings will be celebrated in a new exhibition and symposium, Blurring the Line at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana from November 16, 2019 - February 2, 2020. The museum aims to steward one of the most important collections of contemporary Native art in the world and to showcase fascinating, important works of Indigenous artists: https://contemporaryartfellowship.eiteljorg.org/

Note: sold indicates the piece has been sold.

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 Letendre

It is with profound sadness that Gallery Gevik announces the passing of our dear friend Rita Letendre, one of Canada’s most renowned, trailblazing artists. She passed away on November 20, 2021 after a long illness. She was 93 years old.