Jan Boning, "Untitled," serigraph, n.d.
A Life in Print, September 10 to October 16, 2009, Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg
BY: Patricia Dawn Robertson
“This show is very much like a retrospective,” says Winnipeg artist Frieso Boning about his late father Jan Boning’s serigraphs on exhibition at Martha Street Studio this fall. “We pulled a lot of the prints out from under the bed.” Frieso curated the exhibition with Martha Street executive director Sheila Spence. Jan Boning was born in Holland in 1931. He immigrated to Canada in 1957 and started producing art in 1963, working at a silkscreen shop and making prints of his own work until he started his own shop, Omniscreen. In addition to his own work, Jan Boning made prints for artists like John Erkel, Audrey Riller and Tony Tascona. “A lot of my father’s work, which dates back to 1963, is hard to find,” says Frieso Boning. “It’s probably in dentist’s offices and private collections. I don’t even have any of his prints in my home.” After the show is taken down, he hopes to secure an archival home for his father’s body of work at the University of Manitoba or the Winnipeg Art Gallery. “So it doesn’t go back under the bed again.”