"Amy and Katie"
Andres Bohaker, "Amy and Katie," 2005, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20".
Laroche Fine Art Gallery, Sidney
July 5-30, 2006
By Brian Grison
Andres Bohaker’s adolescent creativity was permeated by land and sea. Born on Prince Edward Island in 1940, his early art training at Central Technical High School in Toronto led to a long career as a graphic artist. He worked first in the insurance business and later in advertising and publishing in Toronto, including a period in the Cartography department of the University of Toronto. Before retiring in 1978, he was a natural history illustrator for the British Columbia government. Now, working primarily in acrylic on canvas, he paints the landscapes, seascapes and urban vistas of the Saanich Penninsula near his home overlooking Cordova Bay. His studio paintings, created from memory, photographs and thumbnail compositions, are fine demonstrations of the fruitful synthesis of solid modernist applied art theory and techniques and a crisp, unsentimental fine art imaging of the human and natural world. His practice continues the long tradition of interdependency between fine art and applied art in Canada. Most of the members of the Group of Seven and Painters Eleven worked successfully in both fields. Like these painters, Bohaker’s art has only benefited from these contrasting disciplines.
Represented by: Broadmead Gallery, Saanich, BC; Laroche Fine Art Gallery, Sidney, BC; South Shore Gallery, Sooke, BC; The Gallery in Oak Bay, Victoria.