Mark Prent (1942-2020)

The Folly of Trust, 2019
mixed media, mounted parakeets, cast bronze, tarantulas, forton, fibreglass, 20" x 11"
Resurgence, 2015
ed. 2/3
white & yellow bronze, 8" x 16" x 8"
God Bless America: All Hat and No Horse, 2018
ed. 1/2
mixed media , 22½" x 16" x 10"
     
America The Beautiful: All Hat and No Horse
America The Beautiful: All Hat and No Horse, 2018
ed. 1/2
mixed media, bronze, 27" x 24" x 19"
Awake
Awake, 2016
ed. 2/3
glass, steel, bronze, 8" x 16" x 8"
Beezlebub & The Belli-Khan, 1984
Beezlebub & The Belli-Khan, 1984
ed. 1/5
cast bronze, glass, 21½" x 12½" x 8½"
Bete Noire
Bete Noire, 2018
ed. 2/40
cast bronze, 2" x 2" x 1"
Coexistence
Coexistence, 2016
ed. 2/3
coral, bronze, 8" x 10" x 8"
Fly By Night
Fly By Night, 2008
ed. 6/20
silicone mask, 8" x 15" x 2"
Horseplay
Horseplay, 2012
ed. 2/6
copper, forton, 13" x 9½" x 7¾"
I Think I've Had Enough
I Think I've Had Enough, 2017
ed. 3/10
mixed media, glass, 13" x 4" x 2"
Ichthymorph Redux
Ichthymorph Redux, 2017
mixed media, polyester resin, fiberglass, 37" x 19" x 11"
Juggernaut at the End of Time
Juggernaut at the End of Time, 2015
mixed media, forton, fiberglass, 31"x 22" x 22"
Midnight Ride
Midnight Ride, 2016
ed. 2/10
cast bronze, silver, 9" x 7" x 8"
Nuclear Soup
Nuclear Soup, 2018
cast bronze, 15" x 8" x 13¾"
Reptilarium
Reptilarium, 1990
mixed media, forton, fiberglass, 72" x 45" x 21"
The Color of Conflict
The Color of Conflict, 2017
steel, bronze, 9" x 11" x 8"
The Egg and I with Fly, 2013
ed. 6/20
mixed media, glass, silver, bronze, 4½" × 5½"
The Sentinel
The Sentinel, 2015
mixed media, forton, fiberglass, 46" x 32" x 18¼"
The Talisman
The Talisman, 2016
ed. 2/25
bronze, 3" x 2" x 0½"
War & Peace
War & Peace, 2016
ed. 1/3
bronze, coral, 6½" x 10½" x 6½"

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In October 2018, Gallery Gevik was honoured to host Mark Prent’s first solo exhibition in Toronto since the early 1990s. A homecoming of sorts, it was such a thrill to have him in the gallery, surrounded by his friends, family and admirers as he beamed and spoke so passionately about his richly detailed bronze and fibreglass works.

Mark was not only a technical wizard, he was a wildly imaginative artist, some would say provocateur, fusing the monstrous and the imaginary. Mark wanted, above else, to create things that couldn’t be seen anywhere in the physical world. Mark liked to refer to his pieces as three-dimensional paintings - diligently using a brush with pigmented layers of silicone or resin, he often used a mould to build up reverse layers of colours in order to create the beautiful aesthetic that grace his creature-like creations. It was Mark’s unique conception of beauty that made him a kindred spirit with such film artists as David Cronenberg and Guillermo Del Toro: in 1987 Prent and Cronenberg co-exhibited in the Power Plant curated show Prent/Cronenberg: Crimes Against Nature, while Prent’s sculpture The End Steals In, appeared as part of Del Toro’s personal collection in his At Home with the Monsters exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the fall of 2017.

 

 

At 26 years old, Mark’s debut solo show at The Isaacs Gallery in 1973 was greeted with widespread fascination and consistent line-ups on Yonge Street of people eager to catch a peak at the artist’s awesome flights of fantasy. Following that first smash success, Prent continued to show consistently with Isaacs over the next seventeen years. His work earned him a Guggenheim fellowship as well as numerous international exhibitions at the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, the Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam, and the Musee d’art contemporain, Montreal. His pieces can be found in the collections of The Art Gallery of Ontario, Musee d’art contemporain, Montreal, the Musee du Quebec, Quebec City among many others.

It’s been our honour to get to know Mark, his wife Sue and their son Jesse over the past two years. His work ethic was tireless and inspiring. Seldom was he anywhere but in his studio, dreaming up something awe inspiring. We’re going to miss him very much. His passing is a great loss to art lovers everywhere.

Mark Prent was born in Lodz, Poland in 1947 and immigrated to Canada with his parents the following year. The artist held eight solo exhibitions at the Isaacs Gallery in Toronto from 1973 to 1990. Over the years, his work has earned him a Guggenheim fellowship as well as numerous international exhibitions at the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, the Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam, and the Musee d’art contemporain, Montreal. His pieces can be found in the collections of The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Musee d’art contemporain, Montreal, the Musee du Quebec, Quebec City among many others.

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.