Gallery Gevik
Celebrating 40 Years

Painters 11 Exhibition

Painters 11 Exhibition

Group exhibition
May 8 to June 9, 2018

When Painters Eleven, a group of Toronto abstract expressionists mounted their first show in 1953, the bold, vibrant and eclectic selection of paintings signaled the beginning of a phenomenon. The exhibition would prove to be crucial to the development of the artistic scene in Toronto and throughout Canada. Looking to New York for inspiration, these artists challenged the semi-figurative Expressionist style that had come to dominate painting in Ontario in the forties. These artists were ambitious and wanted to create an impact, making a statement about the importance that abstract art was assuming in international circles. They quickly came to dominate the Toronto artistic scene.

A disparate group, it's members were young and old, all still finding their way artistically. The oldest was Jock Macdonald, followed by Alexandra Luke and Hortense Gordon, arriving late in their careers to abstraction. Ray Mead was a recent immigrant displaced by World War II. Younger members Hodgson, Town, and Ronald, were recent graduates of OCA and feeling their way through what abstraction could be. They were unified in their belief that that they were on the cusp of an artistic breakthrough. In contrast to the Automatistes, Painters Eleven eschewed a manifesto - they often sparred, fueled by hot tempers and strong personalities.

Gallery Gevik is pleased to present an exhibition highlighting classic works by members Jock Macdonald, Harold Town, William Ronald, Alexandra Luke, Tom Hodgson, Ray Mead, and Kazuo Nakamura. The exhibition runs from May 12, 2018 to June 9, 2018.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 am to 6 pm
Sunday and Monday: By Appointment Only

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Gallery Gevik, located in Toronto's Yorkville, is devoted to exhibitions of established artists who represent Canadian art at its best.

The gallery also maintains a growing collection of important historical works.

Rita Letendre's "Joy"

Glencairn Station Skylight to feature Rita Letendre's long awaited replacement of "Joy".

"Joy" -- the largest TTC art project stretches 200 meters across the ceiling of Toronto's Glencairn Station. The project is a reinterpretation of Letendre's original 1978 TTC commission. Presently Rita is proofing the fabricated glass panels of Joy, which consists of bright multi-coloured panels, reminiscent of the artist’s "hard-edges" works. Through such abstract expressionism, Letendre seeks to lend "Joy" to passengers in the hope of elevating their spirit as they enter and leave the area through all seasons and weather.

For Letendre, this project is the successful culmination of the collaborative efforts with many TTC engineers, including Janusz Sycz and Branko Slovic, and Helena Grdadolnik, Associate Director at Workshop Architecture for delivering her art to Toronto’s transit users.

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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.