The Art of Canada

Posted in Art in Canada, Opinion by Adele Todd on September 17, 2007

I have not been to alot of galleries, but I need to put down my impressions of the kind of work I have seen so far since my arrival here. I have gone to the O’Connor Gallery, Craig Scott Gallery, and a few others. It was at the O’Connor that a lively discussion got underway with the gallerist himself. Presently on show is the work of Mark Reid who produced a series of still life canvases of fruit in colourful tissue wrappings. They are finely measured renderings, artfully done. Mr. Reid is able to explore a variety of subtle methods without compromising his technique. For example, he looks at the fruit in its wrapping above newspapers, on fabric and on it’s own in space and they are all  engaging. The discussion turned to the use of colour. For in this showing of work, Mr. Reid ‘s palette is extremely vibrant.

We were made to understand that the Canadian public is a bit skittish about bright colour. I was surprised by this, as nine months of cold weather would be easier handled with an infusion of just that.

I now plan to look at this lack of colour as I scout around the galleries.

Downstairs at the O’Connor there was also a large collection of Inuit Art. Small and medium sized sculpture in slate gray, nearly blue black stone and some white stone. The work of the native Canadian peoples’ (and I hope that that is the right terminology) also interests me. All indigenous peoples’ works, whether in stone, cloth, oral resitation, dance or song is a privilege to experience, and so I seek it out. The prices are very good and the work is intuitive and charming. A great Christmas gift to give to someone near and dear.

At the Craig Scott Gallery I was blown away by the paintings of the Winner of the 2006 Sovereign Asia Art Awards. His name is a mouthful and then some, Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew. We were again lucky to meet the gallerist, who told us with much excitement that he had discovered Mr. Nimmalaikaew in Hong Kong. His is a three layered  approach to his canvases, that begin as sketches and/or ink jet imagery, then a layer of mosquito netting is threaded to give an ethereal yet ghostly holographic effect. I was so very pleased with this work. It was strong, not gimmicky at all, and it held a fascination and delicate beauty. I left feeling very fulfilled by great talent in a small radius.

Next week, Nuit Blanche news!


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  1. Adrian Larose said, on September 18, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    Hey there! If you’ve an interest in Inuit art, check out the website mentioned above and the related magazine, IAQ. (Which I work for – definitely self-promotion, I admit it!)

    Keep up the viewing & the writing!

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