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Carl White

Carl White, 2007

Carl White’s own passionate experiences  gained through a life long relationship with art are presented with intensity and rhythm of form, colour and text. “In the way that a poet would seek to understand language  with the goal of approaching the sublime, I have tried to understand painting with similar purpose,” says White. “I am painting poems, images that dance between realism and abstraction, text and flesh, with the hope that the viewer experiences rather than views.” White achieves this effect well,  as we are drawn into the world of art and history in all their rich fullness when looking at his work.  

Lisa Christensen 2011


Link to personal website


BORN

Liverpool , England

April 25, 1969

EDUCATION

The Alberta College of Art - Four year diploma Graphic Design,

Painting, and Drawing. Calgary, Alberta  1989 - 1992

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2005     LITTLE WORDS – Art firm, Calgary AB.

2005     NEW WORK – Galerie D’avignon, Montreal Qc.

2004     GRACEWITNESS – Harrison Gallery, Calgary AB.

2003     FRAGMENTS - Harrison Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.   

2002     HALF ILLUMINATED IN THE LIGHT OF OUR ENTRY,

HALF IN THE SHADOW OF WHAT IS TO COME  - Harrison Gallery , Calgary AB.

2002     PENTIMENTI - Harrison Gallery , Vancouver, B.C.

2001     A STUTTERED FLUIDITY - Harrison Gallery , Calgary AB.

1997     THE FOOL IN THE MIRE - solo show, Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary AB

1995     FORM IS VOID, VOID IS FORM - solo show, Seoul Gallery, Calgary, AB

1994     EXSTASIS - solo show, Art is Vital Gallery

1993     TEMPLUM DO CARO - solo show, Art is Vital Gallery

GROUP  EXHIBITIONS

2007     ARTORAMA – Triangle Gallery , Calgary Ab.

2006     CONTEMPORARY ENCAUSTICS – Galerie D’avignon, Montreal Qc.

2006     BODY OF 3 – performance work , The Grand Theatre, Calgary AB.

2005     THEATRICAL ARTS AND OTHER STUFF – Mezzanine gallery University of Calgary

2004     TRIANGLE ART GALLERY – Studio’s – Calgary, Ab.

2004     TORONTO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR  – Toronto Ont.

2004     D’UN OCÉAN A’ L’AUTRE – Galerie D’avignon, Montreal Qc.

2002     BODY AND SOUL - Harrison Gallery , Calgary AB.

2000     THE PAPER SHOW -group show -Harrison Gallery Vancouver, BC.

2000     THE PAPER SHOW -group show -Harrison Gallery Calgary, AB.

1999     GROUP EXHIBITION- group show - featured artist

            Virginia Christopher gallery, Calgary Ab.

1998      UNDER EXPOSED:  Contemporary Figure 1998  - group figurative show

            Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary, AB

1997      FACES & FIGURES  - group figurative show, curated from province-wide call

            Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary, AB

            ANGELS IN AMERICA - group figurative show

            Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary, AB

1996    ALIEN AUTOPSY:  THE SKIN OF NEW CANVAS - three person figurative show, Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary, AB

            FROM THE MODEL - four person figurative show, Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary,          

1995     MUTTART ANNUAL AUCTION -  group show, Muttart Art                                   

            Gallery, Calgary, AB.

            ART IN ACTION  XIII - “ Drawing on Dreams“

            group show and demonstration, Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary, AB

1996      ALIEN AUTOPSY:  THE SKIN OF NEW CANVAS - three person figurative show,

            Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary, AB

1994     MUTTART CHRISTMAS SHOW AND SALE  - group show,

            Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary, AB

            CHILDREN AND ART - Mail Art World Exhibition, group show,

            Assemini, Caligiaoi Italy

            AIDS CALGARY FASHION SHOW - group show,

            Night Gallery, Calgary, AB

            FLESH - Two man show, Deluxe lounge, Calgary, AB

            ART IN ACTION  VIII  - “ The West is One “

            group show and demonstration, Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary, AB

            ART IS A GIFT - group show, Art is Vital Gallery

1993     ART IN ACTION III  - “ Live Art  “ group show and

            demonstration, Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary, AB

1992     GRADUATING EXHIBITION - Illingworth Kerr Gallery,

            Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB

            SELECTED STUDENT WORK -  Main hall,

            Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB

HONORS  AND DISTINCTIONS, AWARDS

            Nominated 2005 Sobey Art Award

Alberta foundation for the arts grant(Body of 3 project) – 2005

            Canada council for the arts grant(Body of 3 project) –2005

            Calgary region arts foundation grant(Body of 3 project) - 2005

Artist residency Sundre and District allied arts society/centre – August 2005

Artist residency Banff centre for the arts – February 2005

            Honorable Mention - Faces & Figures competition - September 1997

MEDIA COVERAGE/INTERVIEWS

2004     Artist Profile – Patricia Robertson, ARTICHOKE MAGAZINE

2003     Cue Section – Vancouver Sun

2001     "Sublime Nudes" - Patricia Robertson , The Calgary Straight

1999     “Body Language “, Anne Severson, Calgary Gallery Guide

1998     Artist Profile, Interview by Friedrich Mayr, NOW TV

1997     “Human Figure Proves Inspiring”, Cinnamon West, CALGARY SUN

            “Artist’s Humanist Approach Reawakens Myths in a Spiritually Bankrupt Time”

1996     “Figuring Art is Vital”, David Garneau, FFWD

            “From the Model”, Kathryn Burns, MUTTART PUBLIC GALLERY NEWSLETTER       

            “Calgary Artists Cast Aside Social Clothing”, Jeff Petrick, CORE

            “The Skin of New Canvas”, Bev Tosh, ARTICHOKE

1994     “Western Artist Profile”, LOOK WEST

COLLECTIONS

            Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, AB 

            PRIVATE COLLECTIONS  - Canada, United States and England

White retains a love of form in his oil-based explorations of mythical rapture, but departs visually from previous figurative works by layering the romantic classical figures with semi-abstract explosions of colour and script. more

Aug 31, 2007 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

"Sacred Stream series"

Return of the Figure

The figure is in the foreground of the art world again— from an increase in commissioned portraits to cheeky young painters like New York’s Cecily Brown whose randy rabbit images were featured in the June issue of Artnews. more

Aug 31, 2002 12:00 AM ART APPRECIATION

  • "At Five O'clock in the Afternoon - For Europa"

    "At Five O'clock in the Afternoon - For Europa"

    Carl White "At Five O'clock in the Afternoon - For Europa", 2007, oil on canvas, 48" x 96"

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