After Covid-19 related closures, we are returning to our 2020 exhibition schedule!
“Realism and Drawing” will be on display, in-person and online, from June 30th – July 18th 2020.
Art is a way of communicating and these artists have chosen the genre of realism as their language. They convey ideas about beauty, emotion, resistance, history and connection between artist and audience. The collection includes paintings, sculptures and drawings, and highlights the importance of drawing, as study and finished work, within an artistic practice.
Artist’s Sandra Murphy and Nancy Calder studied, alongside Denise Antaya, at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto. Both artists have focused on still life compositions that incorporate vintage items. There are beautiful narratives tucked into each of Murphy and Calder’s still life paintings. Vintage scales and colourful farm-fresh eggs in Calder’s paintings are nostalgic and comforting. In one of Murphy’s paintings we see a doll given to the artist at age 6.
Pieces in the exhibition titled Separate and Separated are reflections of this time. The graphite and fiberglass sculpture was created previously but took on new meaning with social distancing that prevents us from embracing our loved ones. The accompanying drawing recalls a joyful family outing but with all figures distanced.
Brent Schreiber continues his Listen series, reflecting on the barrage of information in modern life. Schreiber works in graphite, charcoal or acrylic to render portraits of men and women wearing large headphones. Brent has been working on this series for over 5 years, but these recent paintings bring in a new approach of blending realism in the faces of the sitter and abstraction and looser brushwork elsewhere on the panel.