This show displays the diversity and complexity of our various artists, such as: Joice M Hall, Ted Godwin, Gregory Hardy, Bruce Head, Shi Le, Steve Mennie and Laurie Steen.
A selection of great new works from various gallery artists, including: Erin McSavaney, Don Pentz, Leslie Poole, David Sorensen, and Diana Zasadny
The Banks of the Elbow River: An Artist’s View
About 25 years ago, Calgary artist William Duma, weakened by a bad bout of pneumonia, found himself searching for river scenes to paint closer to home. The natural stretches of our inner-city, lower Elbow River were just the inspiration he needed to aid his recovery. Bill, the son of a coal miner, grew up in the Crowsnest Pass and his lifelong love of fishing meant that Alberta river scenes were part of his psyche.
“One of the areas that have inspired my interest for painting has been the banks of the Elbow River. This has been an on-going project for the past 25 years. The stretch of river from below the Glenmore Dam to where it empties into the Bow River is an inner-city oasis, where one can find relief from the congestion and noise of the city. Unfortunately, the flood of 2013, together with the snow storm of 2014, has done major damage to the banks as well as the trees and shrubs that line the river. This body of work has become even more poignant as much of the landscape has dramatically changed. Hopefully, with our help and nature’s self-healing capacity this peaceful area will be available for future generations to enjoy.”
Duma’s stunning paintings depict the river, its banks, the crisp snow, and dappled foliage in ways that are so familiar to anyone who walks the river pathway system. He is particularly adept at capturing the nuances of light and colour in his fall and winter scenes. Bill’s compositions are notably devoid of the human element, thus conveying that sense of calm, quiet beauty that the river offers. With the trees stripped of their foliage, his charming winter scenes express a purity of form not possible in the other seasons.
“Having a love of nature and her many moods, I would like to convey this feeling in my painting in hope that others might find the same enjoyment: but also be stimulated into looking deeper within, where intimate moments with nature cause an inner awareness and we sense the integral relationship of nature, the universe, and humanity.“
William Duma, RCA, was born in Calgary in 1936 and graduated from the Alberta College of Art in 1962. His landscape paintings are widely exhibited and found in collections throughout North America and Europe. Trout Unlimited Canada honoured him as Artist of the Year. Works from his fall 2015 show: “Banks of the Elbow River” are available Wallace Galleries (500 - 5th Ave SW) and may be viewed on-line at www.wallacegalleries.com .
by Karen Paul from the S2G+ Prevention Society
New just in! some fabulous new dramatic works by Sylvain Louis-Seize. Please stop in for a visit
We are pleased to announce the estate of David Sorensen as our newest addition to the gallery!
Sorensen was born in Vancouver in 1937. He first studied architecture with Arthur Erickson and then returned to study at the Vancouver School of Art with Jack Shadbolt and sculptor Bill Reid. Inspired by the Abstract Expressionist paintings of Rothko, deKooning, Pollock and Kline, Sorensen's made the decision to become a full-time artist.
He began his career with his first solo exhibition in Mexico City in 1964, two years after he moved there. Sorensen then relocated to Montreal where he taught, painted and exhibited frequently. Sorensen, now Professor Emeritus, taught visual art at Bishop’s University from 1981-2000.
Over Sorensen's long career he had countless exhibitions across Canada and has shown his work in Switzerland, France, Italy, Japan, China and the US. In 2005, the Musee du Bas Saint-Laurent in Riviere-du-Loup, QC curated a 45 year retrospective of Sorensen's work. In 2007 (and 2010) Sorensen exhibited large works at the Mexican Embassy Gallery ‘Espacio Mexico’ in Montreal and had paintings from his Horizon Series sent on a tour of museums and cultural centers throughout Mexico.
David Sorensen passed away in Montreal in 2011.
Recently we just received an exclusive selection of works from Kenneth Lochhead. We have a variety of fabulous little gems... please stop in for a preview!
We are pleased to announce Laurie Steen as our newest addition to our roster of artists!
Raised in Millarville, Alberta. Laurie grew up with a deep understanding of and respect for nature; specifically the relationships we as human beings have with it. A purist in many ways, Laurie Steen’s drawings area as emotional as they are intellectual. “My relationship with the English landscape is very sensory, leading me to approach nature drawings as I would a portrait, where time and space enter the work in the form of layers. The trees here seem to emit a silence and light, and have an unmeasurable desire to be.”
After studying fine arts at the University of Calgary, Steen graduated with an Honors BID and thesis prize from the University of Manitoba, in the Faculty of Architecture in 1993, where she also taught sketch camps and drawing classes. A complement to the fact that she has been drawing throughout her life and that drawing remains the genesis of her work today.
Steen is currently residing in the United Kingdom and was recently awarded the RWA (Royal West of England Academy); a prestigious recognition of 5 Royal Academy's in England.
"The Picasso of Canda"
"Harold Barling Town (1924- 1990) began drawing as a three-year-old and never stopped. A prodigious worker, his oeuvre totals some 9,000 works - paintings, collages, monoprints, lithographs, silk screens and linocuts, as well as assemblages, sculptures and murals. A founding member of the Painters Eleven, the group that propelled Abstract Expressionism to the forefront in Canda in 1953, Town gained international recognition for his technically inventive Single Autographic Prints...." ~Iris Nowell
These fabulous new works from Alain Attar display a new direction and inspiration for Attar. Please come in to have a look.
Andrew Lui was born in Canton, China and in 1972 immigrated to Canada (Toronto). He has had several exhibitions across Canada, The USA, Holland, Belgium, China, Italy and more. His works are in such collections as: the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada; L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Bruxelles, Belgium; Pallazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy; Rodman Hall Art Centre, Ste-Catherine, Montréal; Grimsby Art Gallery, Grimsby, Ontario ~~just to name a few.
Wallace Galleries is proud to announce the addition of David Alexander to our roster of artists.
Alexander has had numerous exhibitions (both Solo and Group) across Canada and the United States. He has been collected internationally and is in such prestigious collections as; the Institute of Art - Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Berlin, Germany, the Glenbow Museum, and more.
It is with great sadness that we are to announce the passing of a great Canadian artist; Edward W. (Ted) Godwin. Ted passed away quietly in the morning on January 4th, 2013 after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 79 years old, born in Calgary and graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (And Art) in 1955.
Ted was a faculty member at the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Saskatchewan from 1964 until his retirement in 1985. At this time he was a member of a group of artists known as The Regina Five. Ted was the last surviving member of the group. The other members included: Ronald Bloore, Kenneth Lochhead, Arthur McKay, and Doug Morton. The group became widely known as such because of an exhibition in 1961 at the National Gallery of Canada. The group was instrumental in bringing about change in the art world in the 1960s and put western Canada on the fore front of art at that time.
Ted's work has been exhibited at galleries across Canada and the U.K., and is represented in many major public art collections, including: the Ontario Museum of Art, The Glenbow Museum, the CBC, the Canada Council Art Bank, and the National Gallery of Canada.
Ted was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1974, and won the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal in 1978. He was given an Award of Honorary Doctorate from the University of Regina in 2001, and received the Order of Canada in 2004 for excellence in visual art. Just last year (2012) Ted also received the Diamond Jubilee metal.
Ted was a larger than life character with amusing stories to match. He always talked about death as a transition to that "big waiting room in the sky"…we hope you have found peace, Ted, and that you are with your buddies from the Regina Five and painting up a storm.
Rest well Ted.
Heidi & Colette