Lowrie Warrener (1900-1983)

Lumber Camp at Night, Skeena River, B.C., 1931
oil on board, 9" × 12"

Lowrie Warrener (1900-1983)– Artist Biography

Born in Sarnia, Ontario in 1900, Lowrie Warrener studied sculpture at the Ontario College of Art with Emmanuel Hahn (1881-1957). He left for Europe in 1924 to attend the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Antwerp where his teachers recognized his talent, comparing him to Van Gogh and Gauguin and invited him to represent Belgium in the Prix de Rome competition. Warrener returned to Ontario in 1925 and embarked on a sketching expedition of Georgian Bay with Carl Schaefer, George Pepper and Hahn, culminating in a 121-work solo exhibition in Sarnia in 1926, as well as group exhibitions at Toronto's National Exhibition, and the National Gallery of Canada. Warrener's paintings stood out from those of his peers, distilling familiar northern landscapes into jewel-like compositions of delineated shapes, and broad planes. His northern shorelines and mountain-scapes are romantic, grandiose and suspenseful. An accomplished set designer, it was through theatre that Warrener met Brooker, who deemed him a fellow spiritual artist, working with "lines, curves, whirls, and flame-like rhythms, which flow through every manifestation of nature."

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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.