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The Exhibition

  • Jack Shadbolt, Wild Grass Suite – Quintet (1979).
  • Jack Shadbolt, Northern Emblem – No. 1 mural study (1967).

Jack Shadbolt was an artist who made paintings influenced by Vancouver and the west coast and a lasting contribution to art in Canada.

  • Ray Mead, Totem (1986).

Mead’s imagery came from his own internal meanderings, memories transcribed into line and block of colour.

  • Jean-Paul Riopelle, Oliviers (1966).
  • Jean-Paul Riopelle, Waves (1959).

Riopelle studied under Paul-Émile Borduas in the 1940s and was a member of Les Automatistes movement. Breaking with traditional conventions in 1945 after reading André Breton’s Le Surréalisme et la Peinture, he began experimenting with non-objective painting.

  • Jack Bush, New York 55 (1955)

Jack Bush is best known for his abstract paintings done between the 1950s and 1970s. He represented Canada at the 1967 São Paulo Biennial.

  • Jean McEwen, Le Climat Rouge (1957)

Inspired by the Automatiste movement, McEwen worked on a succession of experimental series that focused on creating flat, dynamic space through exploring the different qualities of colour.

  • Marcelle Ferron, Chile (1973)

Marcelle Ferron was born in Louiseville, Quebec, and is considered one of the dominant figures in contemporary Canadian art. Her career stretched over more than thirty years and from the beginning was oriented towards the exploration of new avenues in art.

  • Marcel Barbeau, Libertarian Retina (1964)

All of his work translates, in its own mutations, a will to simultaneously grasp the present and forecast the future, reflecting the thought typical of his era. As a witness of his time, he broadens his art with new visions inspired from science and new technologies.

Ron Moppett is a painter living and working in Calgary, Alberta. Born in England in 1945, he emigrated to Canada in 1957. Moppett attended the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary from 1963 to 1967, and the Instituto de Allende in Mexico in 1968.
Moppett is interested in the edge between a real thing and the representation of a thing. Drawing inspiration from a variety of historical and cultural styles, the artist offers a diverse view of pop culture and a glimpse into the “dailiness” of life. A brilliant colorist, Moppett stencils and distills shapes with oil and acrylic paint, creating complex picture puzzles that hold multiple layers of meaning.
The painting “Canmore” explores notions of migration, culture and the importance of space”.
  • William Ronald, Maya (1957)

William Ronald, was an important Canadian painter, best known as the founder of the influential Canadian abstract art group Painters Eleven in 1954

  • Yves Gaucher, Gris et Bleu (1972)

From 1967 to 1969, Gaucher created a series of “Grey on Grey” paintings. These works, amongst his most important, were meant to be interpreted in two different ways. As individual paintings, they would be seen based on their linear movement; as a whole, they were an environment, based on colour.