As the clouds of uncertainty of the last few months begin to part, we're pleased to share an exhibition of uplifting, visionary colour-field paintings by nine of Canada's most revered abstract artists. Our group exhibition features works by Ron Bloore (1925-2009), Kenneth Lochhead (1926-2006), Jacques Hurtubise (1939-2014), Rita Letendre, Fernand Leduc (1916-2014), Jean-Paul Jerome (1928-2004), William Ronald (1926-1998) and Charles Robb.
Colour Field Painting is a style of abstract painting that emerged in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s. It was inspired by European modernism and closely related to abstract expressionism while many of its notable early proponents were among the pioneering abstract expressionists. Colour field is characterized primarily by large fields of flat, solid colour spread across or stained into the canvas creating areas of unbroken surface and a flat picture plane. The movement places less emphasis on gesture, brushstrokes and action in favour of an overall consistency of form and process.
oil on canvas
, 32.5" ×26"
Regal Salute, 1964
acrylic on canvas
, 68" ×144"
Chromatisme Binaire, 1964
oil on canvas, 18" x 15"
Sally's Fright, 1968
acrylic on canvas, 108" x 144"
Untitled (Blue, White, Red Series), 1976
acrylic on canvas, 30" x 30"
oil on masonite, 36" x 48"
Brushline Series #26, 1997
oil on masonite, 48" x 72"
La rosee de la nuit, 2007
acrylic on canvas, 51" x 32"
acrylic on canvas, 42" x 66"
Les clochettes-deux, 1994
acrylic on canvas, 22" x 29"
Untitled #1, 1970
acrylic on canvas, 31.5" x 22"
acrylic on canvas, 40" x 48"
Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97.
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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.
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)
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.
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.