Modern Masters: 2020

Jean-Paul Riopelle, Et Vert, 1966, Oil on canvas, 57 1/2 x 38 1/4 in.

In looking at the ‘Blue-Chip’ collection of abstract work on view at The Gallery at 13th Street Winery, St. Catharines, it can be convincingly argued that it belongs to a brand of modernism which is avowedly indebted to the past. Modernism has much uncharted territory and these artists while drawing on the wellsprings of Automatism and Painters Eleven, strike out new paths for themselves. But, on view, besides historic modernism and a reverence for modernism on the part of younger artists, the works speak effectively of the art of today with its devotion to the nature of creative expression. Artists such as these offer a point of departure for current discourse and an exchange of critical ideas in contemporary as well as modern art. Here we see the ‘Art Stars’ of yesterday, ‘All Stars’ of today – and tomorrow.

Joan Murray, 2019
Art Historian, Author

Works By:

Michael Adamson
Leon Bellefleur
Douglas Bentham
Ronald Boaks
David Bolduc
Alex Cameron
Cynthia Chapman
Kyle Clements
Joseph Drapell
Floyd Elzinga
Harold Feist
Michael Forster
Rita Letendre
Ronald Martin
Jean McEwen
Ray Mead
Kazuo Nakamura


Gordan Rayner
Jean-Paul Riopelle
Milly Ristvedt
Otto Rogers
William Ronald
Henry Saxe
Paul Sloggett
Daniel Solomon
David Sorensen
Harold Town
David Urban
Tony Urquhart
Karoly Veress
Joyce Wieland
York Wilson