John Joy (1925 - 2012)

April, Haliburton Bridge
April, Haliburton Bridge
acrylic on board, 28" × 36"
Bellevue Ave
Bellevue Ave
acrylic on board, 18" × 24"
Beverley St.
Beverley St.
acrylic on board, 10" × 12"
Euclid Streetsold
Euclid Street
acrylic on board, 8" × 10"
Keswick
Keswick, 1996
acrylic on board, 8" × 10"
April, Halls Lake
April, Halls Lake
acrylic on board, 8" × 10"
Wren Lake
Wren Lake
acrylic on board, 8" × 10"
Near Gravenhurst
Near Gravenhurst
acrylic on board, 8" × 10"
Aasiaat Village, Greenland
Aasiaat Village, Greenland, 2006
acrylic on board, 28" × 36"
West Dover, N.S.
West Dover, N.S.
acrylic on board, 9" × 12"
Holly's Pond
Holly's Pond, Haliburton
acrylic on board, 28" × 36"
Drag River
Drag River, 1997
acrylic on board, 8" × 10"
November, Loon Lake
November, Loon Lake
acrylic on board, 6" × 8"
March Gull River
March Gull River
acrylic on board, 28" × 36"
Birches
Birches, 1994
acrylic on board, 9" × 12"
April, Kennissis Lake
April, Kennissis Lake, 1981
acrylic on board, 9" × 12"
Seated Nude
Seated Nude
graphite & chalk on paper, 14½" × 17½"
Portrait
Portrait, 2005
chalk & conté on paper, 10" × 12¼"

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John Joy (1925 - 2012) – Artist Biography

Born in 1925, John Joy, was one of a few comtemporary artists devoted to the art of on-the-spot painting of the Canadian landscape. In a time when the camera dominates as the intermediary between the subject and the artist, Joy did away with this unnecessary filter. The subtle variations in light within his watercolours and acrylics are a direct result of this method of working. No camera could interpret the translucency of sky and snow with the depth of perception that Joy displays in his art. The same is true of his tremendous sense of colour. The kind of visual truth that John Joy presents in his work can only be achieved by direct contact with nature and its studious contemplation.

This method of working was favoured by both of his renowned early mentors, Doris McCarthy and Carl Schaefer. John Joy was a founding member of the Society of Canadian Artists and was a member of the Toronto Arts and Letters Club. He has also exhibited with the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. His work can be found in numerous private collections throughout Canada and Europe.

John passed away on January 14th, at the age of 86.

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.