Pearl Levy

La joie
La Joie
bronze, ed. 6/9, 15" (h)
white marble, 76" (h)
bronze, ed. 5/9, 34" (h)
bronze, ed. 4/9, 34" (h)
Avril, 2003
bronze, 23" (h)


Pearl Levy – Artist Biography

"Perfection is an ideal and as such is unattainable. We are fulfilled instead by our endless pursuit of it. We are all different, and our differences are the sum of our imperfections. Pearl Levy not only recognizes this but celebrates it in her sculptures. Stripped to their essentials, by choice never quite finished, they speak to viewers by way of their differences and their shared imperfections. But her sculptures do more than simply speak to us. They challenge us to respond by acknowledging the infinite variety implicit in our existence, and in doing so, extend to others the respect we wish for ourselves.

Spontaneity is not usually a characteristic of sculpture. Carving stone and casting in bronze are time consuming. Yet Levy manages to infuse her sculptures, stone and bronze alike, with a joyous suddenness, as if they were created where they stand. They reflect Levy's profound respect for her materials as much as they do her own creative strength. That quality, if nothing else, would be enough to ensure their permanence."

John Meyer, Editor, Magazine'Art

Pearl Levy's work has been collected widely: The Royal Bank of Canada, Bombardier Inc., Montreal, Patters International, Montreal, Merrill Lynch, Quebec, United Nations Association of Canada, Ottawa, Musée de la Ville de Lachine, Quebec and the Royal Caribbean "Voyager of the Seas" cruise line.

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 on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.