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Group portraits typically fill a documentary role, preserving the identity of a family or an assortment of friends or colleagues at a particular point in time. more

Sep 5, 2016 7:20 PM HISTORICAL WORKS

An urbane but troubled man, Richard Ciccimarra spent several years sailing in the West Indies with his first wife, Penny, before immigrating to Canada in the early 1950s. more

Dec 22, 2015 11:20 AM HISTORICAL WORKS

Brian Fisher’s painting, "Visitation," seems to evoke the vortex of a sorcerer’s ball or, perhaps, a sci-fi portal into a faraway galaxy. more


With its strong diagonal composition and stylized geometry, "Bringing in the Boat" is a modernist gem, uniting themes of sport and male bonding in a visual language steeped in its era. more


Illingworth Kerr may be best remembered in the popular imagination as an educator, given the gallery that bears his name at the Alberta College of Art and Design. But Kerr was also a respected painter. more



John Dean

With its horizontal brushstrokes and rich complementary colours, "Cottages" is a gorgeous painting from a pivotal era that saw the emergence of one of Canada’s most influential art movements. more


"Tree of Life" is nothing if not exuberant, with its multiple facets of energetic colour cobbled together like a jigsaw puzzle on acid. more

Dec 21, 2013 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS

"Untitled – Oxen"

Courtesy Lando Gallery, Edmonton

A cheery springtime spirit radiates from Maud Lewis’ painting of three birds amid the apple blossoms. It’s crudely painted, for sure – the birds’ caps sit on their heads like helmets – but, then, technical finesse is not really the point of folk art. more

Aug 27, 2013 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS

Photography in British Columbia has a long history that dates back to the 1800s, when Hannah Maynard, a determined and independent-minded woman, made her way in what was then largely a man’s trade. more

May 8, 2013 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS

Few people today have heard of Charles John Collings, but in his time the reclusive British-born painter had a considerable reputation. more

Dec 4, 2012 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS 1 Comments

The expressionist paintings of Richard Halliday are as much about the physical act of creating art as they are about the physical appearance. more

Aug 31, 2012 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS 1 Comments

Leonard Brooks, RCA,OSA,CGP,CPE,CSGA (1911 - 2011)

Courtesy Jill Clark

In self-exile from Canada and its diffident art scene, Leonard Brooks’ career proves that none of us know where our lives will take us. more

Apr 26, 2012 4:30 PM HISTORICAL WORKS

Nothing hides in Lucian Freud’s portraiture. more

Dec 31, 2011 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS

"Untitled (Cows in Field)"

Courtesy Art Placement Gallery

From her early 20s and on into her 40s, Reta Cowley was absorbing the advice, influence, and inspiration of several generations of great western Canadian painters. more

Aug 31, 2011 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS

Between 1962 and 1978, when Ron Stonier taught painting at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University), he was a dedicated and inspired instructor who could talk eloquently about his personal thoughts on paint techniques and colour. more

Apr 30, 2011 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS 4 Comments

In the mid-90s, Calgary sculptor Pat Keenan was approached by one of the city’s oilmen to create a unique piece. The man wanted all his poker buddies — a group of the most powerful men in the city — to be sculpted at their regular game. more

Dec 31, 2010 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS

It’s difficult to reconcile the early watercolours of Emily Carr — products of a genteel education, and a puritan, provincial upbringing in a colonial backwater — with the power and intensity of her later paintings. more

Aug 31, 2010 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS

In 1941, the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria opened Thunderbird Park on a small piece of land adjacent to the museum. more

Aug 31, 2010 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS 1 Comments

It’s tempting to wonder if B.C. printmaker Doug Biden had subconscious intimations of his illness and early death. A recurring theme in his work is the visceral anatomy of the human body — skeletons, musculature and organ systems. more

Dec 31, 2009 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS

Jack Lee McLean may not be a household name in the contemporary Western Canadian visual arts community, but he created more than 1500 paintings during his lifetime. more

Aug 31, 2009 12:00 AM HISTORICAL WORKS 1 Comments



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