MODERN MASTERS 2020
Art Stars of Yesterday, All Stars of Today – And Tomorrow
Here are some works that were featured in the exhibition.
Jean-Paul Riopelle is one of the most internationally celebrated Canadian painters of the 20th century. He is known for founding the acclaimed Québécois avant-garde art movement Les Automatistes, along with fellow artist Paul-Émile Borduas. He pioneered a style of painting where large quantities of varied colours were thickly applied to the canvas with a palette knife. Riopelle went on to participate in the biennials of contemporary art in Venice (1954) and Sao Paulo (1955) and was represented in New York. Subsequent major retrospectives of Riopelle’s work were held including one at the National Gallery of Canada in 1963. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Influential painter Kazuo Nakamura is widely known for being one of the co-founders of the Painters Eleven. His work was unique within the group for its precisely ordered structures and colours. Science, time and space were key subjects for him. Nakamura was the subject of numerous national and international exhibitions throughout his life. In 2004 he was the subject of the posthumous retrospective Kazuo Nakamura: A Human Measure at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1926.
Now a senior career artist, Toronto-based Michael Adamson began exhibiting regularly at Moore Gallery. As his career progressed, he exhibited with such galleries as McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg and Michael Gibson Gallery in London, along with many international venues. Adamson began his studies in 1992 at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and soon after became one of the most sought-after figures in Toronto’s contemporary art scene.
Canadian sculptor Douglas Bentham has been practicing abstract constructivism for over forty years. Bentham has contributed to the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshop movement (1955-1995), an important series of seminars affiliated with University of Saskatchewan and led by some of modernism’s most esteemed artists. Many of his works are included in pubic collections throughout Canada, including the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. He was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1976. He was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan in 1947.
Abstract painter Harold Feist has exhibited extensively throughout Canada in institutions such as the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, the University of Saskatchewan Gallery in Saskatoon and the Hart House at the University of Toronto. He also participated in the acclaimed 2001 group exhibition Clement Greenberg: A Critic’s Collection at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. He is included in many collection, such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. He was born in 1945 in San Angelo, Texas.
Ron Martin has held an active studio practice since 1965 with numerous solo and group exhibitions across Canada and internationally. He is included in several major exhibition including biennials and group exhibitions at the National Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Through Martin’s process-based, serial approach to abstract painting, he opened critical new dimensions in understanding and appreciating the capacity of abstract painting and greatly contributed to a re-emergence of abstract painting in Canada. Martin received the Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2012. He was born in London, Ontario, where he studied commercial art and was one of the original members of the Forest City Gallery.
Born in Cheltenham, England, David Barnett now lives and works in Canada. Following his first one-person show in 1972, he has continued to show extensively throughout North America, and has received grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council. He has shown extensively with Ron Moore Gallery, and has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Toronto, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
Tony Urquhart is recognized as on of Canada’s pioneering abstractionists. Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1934, he is linked with the Toronto painters associated with The Isaacs Gallery and The Heart of London group. He has exhibited extensively in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Urquhart was named to the Order of Canada in 1995 and won the 2009 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Hew was also the subject of two major retrospective exhibitions presented at the Art Gallery of Kitchener (1978) and the Art Gallery of Windsor (1988). Urquhart attended the Albright Art School and the State University of New York at Buffalo (1954-58).
Canadian painter Gordon Rayner is renowned for his manipulation of painting materials and has been called “the carpenter of Canadian art”. He was part of the Isaacs Gallery stable of artist which included acclaimed Canadian artists Michael Snow and Joyce Wieland. Rayner was self-taught and heavily influenced by the teachings of Canadian artist Jack Bush. He has exhibited extensively throughout Canada and his work is held in established collections such as the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. He was born 1935 in Toronto.
Niagara-based sculptor Floyd Elzinga has exhibited across Ontario and in Alberta and Nova Scotia. His work has been commissioned for public and private spaces in Canada, the US and internationally. His corten and stainless steel sculptures can be found in the City of Lacombe in Alberta, Kings Christian Collegiate in Oakville, The Groves Welcome Centre in Humble, TX and th Ritz Carlton Hotel in Toronto. Elzinga received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, NS. He works in both traditional metal as well as a variety of unconventional natural mediums.
Canadian artist, Henry Saxe primarily works in sculpture but he also practices drawing and painting. These two-dimensional works tie into Saxe’s sculptural practice as they deal with concepts of balance and juxtaposition. Surfaces are often etched or cut to create jagged and fractured forms. Aluminium plates which absorb and reflect light from multiple angles are also often incorporated in his work. Saxe has received numerous awards, including the Order of Canada and Quebec’s prestigious Borduas Prize. He has had major solo exhibitions throughout Canada including at the National Gallery of Canada and Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal. He represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1978.
Michael Snow’s extensive and multidisciplinary includes painting, sculpture, video, film, sound, photography, holography, drawing, writing and music. His works explores the nature of perception, consciousness, language, and temporality. Snow was born in 1928 in Toronto, where he lives and works today. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto (1999), the University of Victoria (1997), the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1990), and Brock University (1975). Snow has received the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (2011), the Guggenheim Fellowship (1972), the Order of Canada (1982), and the Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres, France (1995, 2011)
Karoly Veress (Dalnoki Veress, Karoly) was born in 1935 in the rugged mountains of Transylvania. The upheaval of the Second World War forced him to recognize the fragility of his environment and the system that shaped it. Veress studied literature at the University of Budapest and studied the Arts at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. For Veress sculpting is more than a discovery; it was an explosion of exploring human emotions, not through words, but through form. His work graces many private and corporate collections, including that of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands, and those of the Dutch and German governments. Veress shares his time between the Niagara region in Canada, and a small village in Hungary, from where his art has continued to grow and develop.
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