Steve Smith DLA’KWAGILA, (Kwakwaka’wakw), "Unity"
Steve Smith DLA’KWAGILA, (Kwakwaka’wakw), "Unity" acrylic on canvas 16” x 20”
It’s not uncommon to see Northwest Coast painting on bentwood boxes, house fronts, screens and sculpture. What is uncommon is to see Northwest Coast painting on canvas. Perhaps this is because Northwest Coast painting traditionally was seen on functional objects: paintings on canvas then defy this utilitarian concept, bringing a whole new dimension to Northwest Coast art. We think it’s worth exploring this medium further.
From June 16 to July 15, 2012, Lattimer Gallery will be hosting a Northwest Coast group painting show titled Medium: Painting on Canvas.
The premise of the show is to leave the subject matter open to the artists’ choice in order to showcase their unique ideas of the role of painting in contemporary Northwest Coast art. Included in the show are both young artists who are exploring their painting style, and more established artists who have a history of producing work in this medium. However, amidst the different themes, styles and experience, what will be consistent among these artists is the medium: painting on canvas. Selected artists included in this exhibition are Rande Cook (Kwakwaka’wakw), Gwaai Edenshaw (Haida), Bradley Hunt (Heiltsuk), Dean Hunt (Heiltsuk), Rob Long Jing (Haida), Sharifah Marsden (Ojibway), Ian Reid (Heiltsuk), Steve Smith Dla’kwagila (Kwakwaka’wakw), Nathan Wilson (Haisla) and Clint Work (Kwakwaka’wakw). An online preview of the pieces will be available on June 11th.
Opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 16th, 5 to 8 pm.
For more information about Medium: Painting on Canvas, please contact Lattimer Gallery at 604-732-4556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.