Charles Robb

Altitude, 1981
acrylic on canvas, 60" × 38"
Spring Passage
Spring Passage, 1990
acrylic on canvas, 31" × 96"
Bouncin', 1981
acrylic on canvas, 28" × 34"
Catapult, 1998
acrylic on canvas, 48" × 67"
Coral Jump
Coral Jump, 1990
acrylic on canvas, 59" × 67"
Defiance, 1987
acrylic on canvas, 48" × 72"
Dinah Jams
Dinah Jams, 1992
acrylic on canvas, 48" × 50"
Left Over Dreams
Left Over Dreams, 1991
acrylic on canvas, 47" × 79.5"
Listening Wind
Listening Wind, 1989
acrylic on canvas, 31.5" × 31.5"
Opus de Bluessold
Opus de Blues, 1995
acrylic on canvas, 79.5" × 30.5"
Scorcher, 1993
acrylic on canvas, 35" × 80"
Spring Scatter
She's Mine, 1990
acrylic on canvas, 51" × 68"
Tale Spinner
Toffi, 1995
acrylic on canvas , 24" × 36"
Untitled #1
Untitled #1, 1970
acrylic on canvas, 31.5" × 22.25"
Sweet Rain
Sweet Rain, 1990
acrylic on canvas, 24" × 30"


Charles Robb – Artist Biography

Charles Robb was born in Toronto in 1938. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art (OCA) in 1959, Robb travelled through Europe, exploring and sketching. To make a living upon his return he worked in advertising, continued to paint in his home studio and, being an avid drummer, performed with various groups around Toronto.

Robb began painting as a teenager and at the age of 25, had his first one-man exhibition at the Andre Emmerich Gallery in New York. As a youth he was drawn to landscape painting which, during his years at OCA, became a devotion to abstract expressionism. Over the years this devotion evolved through various modes.

Art has always been part of Robb’s life. His father was international painter, Jack Bush. As a young man Robb spent valued occasions, both in Toronto and New York, with the likes of Kenneth Nolan, Tony Caro and art critic/historian Clement Greenberg. Later he enjoyed many years with his contemporaries while under contract to his art dealer and friend, the late Jack Pollock.

In 1981 the CBC produced a documentary on Charles Robb for the ‘Seeing It Our Way’ Series. Part of that documentary was filming Robb’s process of creating a painting from beginning to end. Robb always listens to music while painting and put on a Dave Brubeck tape when filming started. The director asked him to turn the music off as it would make the final sound editing difficult. For the first time Robb painted in silence. The final edited show had the Brubeck piece as its theme. It was from this experience that Robb realized how his love of music and art had merged. He paints the music.

Robb and his wife, Mary Anne, now enjoy life in the town of Goderich on the shore of Lake Huron.

“Art and music will always be an implicit part of me along with the constants in my life, my wife, my three sons and their families.”

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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.