Graham Peacock

Fall Suite, #3
Fall Suite, #3, 2011
collage, 40" × 30"
Fall Suite, #7
Fall Suite, #7, 2011
collage, 40" × 30"
Fall Suite, #12
Fall Suite, #12, 2011
collage, 40" × 30"
India Suite, Pandaya Dynasties
India Suite, Pandaya Dynasties
painted canvas collage, 30" × 40"
India Suite, Roopak
India Suite, Roopak, 2012
painted canvas collage, 24" × 20"
May Suite, #6
May Suite, #6
painted canvas collage, 30" × 40"
Suite 111, #15
Suite 111, #15
painted canvas collage, 14" × 11"
Suite 111, #27
Suite 111, #27
painted canvas collage, 14" × 11"
Suite 111, #39
Suite 111, #39
painted canvas collage, 14" × 11"
Suite 111, #52
Suite 111, #52
painted canvas collage, 14" × 11"
Suite 111, #53
Suite 111, #53
painted canvas collage, 14" × 11"
Suite 111, #88
Suite 111, #88
painted canvas collage, 14" × 11"
Summer Suite, #6
Summer Suite, #6
painted canvas collage, 24" × 20"
Summer Suite, #20
Summer Suite, #20
painted canvas collage, 24" × 20"

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Graham Peacock – Artist Biography

Graham Peacock Graham Peacock, painter (b at London, Eng 26 July 1945).

Peacock studied at Goldsmiths School of Art in the University of London (1962-66) and soon developed an interest in the abstract art of Mondrian and Malevich, and then Rothko and Noland. In 1969 he moved to Edmonton and began teaching at the University of Alberta.

In 1973 Peacock made personal contact with a number of important New York artists through sculptor Michael Steiner's artists' workshop at the Edmonton Art Gallery. Peacock was drawn to such Modernists as Jules Olitski and Lawrence Poons for their freedom from conventional techniques, and soon began applying paint with rollers and then brooms.

In 1981 Peacock developed a highly inventive and personal way of painting. Working with thirty-foot lengths of canvas on the floor, he would pour one layer of paint over another, not-quite-cured layer and allow the top layer to shrink, separate and craze as it dried. He would then select portions to be stretched up in irregular shapes as individual paintings. Peacock had developed his own voice as a "process abstractionist" of the "fluid school" associated with Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis.

Peacock continued to develop his technique, building up his surfaces with polyurethane foam, pipe insulation and carpet underlay under the canvas. He added collaged elements: glass marbles, plastic reflectors and glitter. His aim has been, as Miro once said, to "remain within pure painting" while "at the same time going beyond it."

Peacock has exhibited widely in important group shows such as the National Gallery of Canada's Abstraction West and Emma Lake and After (1976). He had solo exhibitions at the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1988 and 1991. From that year on Peacock has shown in a wide range of international centres (Paris, Stuttgart, Nice, Seoul, Vienna, Brussels) as a founding member of the New New Painters, an experimental group of American and Canadian artists dedicated to exploring the fullest potential of the new acrylic paints.

Author Ken Carpenter

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.