Leslie Poole

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Biography

Nationally and internationally recognized, Vancouver-based artist Leslie Poole (b. 1942, Halifax, Nova Scotia) received his MFA from Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut) in 1970 and is now firmly established as one of Canada's most extensively exhibited artists.

Poole's paintings, drawings, and prints question life and art at the end/beginning of the Millennium through subjects as diverse as: male and female figures, still life, landscape, and self-portraits.  Never content with doing only one thing well, his works range from realist to expressionist in style.  His masterful expressionistic brushwork is directed by the assurance of years of experience in order to create works of deeply felt emotion.  Expert paint handling and use of colour are his trademarks.  Leslie believes that through the continuous exploration of him/herself, the artist symbolically creates the conditions of the human soul.

EDUCATION

1970    MFA, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
1967    Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

TEACHING

1987-Present  Numerous adult classes
1975-87          Lecturer in Drawing & Design, Vancouver Community College, Langara     Campus, Vancouver, BC
1980               Instructor in Drawing, Douglas College, Surrey, BC
1979               Painting Seminar, Banff Scholl of Fine Arts, Banff, AB
1973               Instructor in Drawing, Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, AB
1971-72          Sessional Lecturer, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

Trimark Mutual Fundsl; Toronto, ON, 1994
Minto Suite Hotel; Ottawa, ON, 1988
Nemtin Portrait, 1985
Crown Zellerbach; Vancouver, BC, 1978
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Portrait, 1971-72

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015    Landscape Up Close, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2013    Quotation, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PE
2011    Making the Past Present, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
             A Look Into a Forty Year Career, Calgary, AB, Virginia Christopher Fine Art
2010    Art in Bloom: Summer Dreams, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
2010    After Manet, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC
2009    After Manet, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2008    Off Road, Marilyn Mylrea Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2007    Las Meninas, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2006    Canadian Landscapes, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC
2006    In Your Face - Portraits, Marilyn Mylrea Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005     Women/Power, Marilyn Mylrea Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004     Celebrating the Body, Roundhouse Centre Gallery, Vancouver, BC     (Museum/Public Gallery: A collaboration with the Vancouver International     Dance Festival)
2004     Art As Technology, Simon Fraser University Downtown Gallery, Burnaby, BC     (Museum/Public Gallery: in conjuction with the Modernist Studies Association International Conference)
2003     Now & Then: Selected works 1976-2003, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2002     Appetite and Desire, Virginia Christopher Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2001     Appetite and Desire, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
2001     Appetite and Desire, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2000     Leslie Poole's Diary, Gallery at Ceperley House, Burnaby, BC (Museum/Public     Gallery)
2000     After Bonnard, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC
1999     Aspen Paintings, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1999     Landscape with Cows, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON (paintings)
1998     Shadow/Light: new paintings, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1998     Landscapes: An Overview, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC
1997     New Directions, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1997     Shadow Paintings, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB
1996     Wichester Galleries, Victoria, BC
1996     Memento Mori, Teck Gallery, SFU at Harbour centre, Vancouver, BC     (Museum/Public Gallery)
1996     Landscape with Cows, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1995     Current Concerns, Kathleen Laverty Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1995     Memento Mori, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, BC (Museum/ Public     Gallery)
1994     Tulip, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1994     Aspens, Madison Gallery, Toronto, ON
1993     Cleansed Palette, Madison Gallery, Toronto, ON (paintings)
1993     Children/Tulip, Kathleen Laverty Gallery, Edmonton, AB (paintings)
1992-94 Through the Looking Glass: Portraits of Leslie Poole, Touring Exhibition, Richmond     Art Gallery, Richmond, BC; Grande Prairie, AB; Kelowna, BC; Nanaimo, BC; Prince     George, BC; Halifax, NS; Fredericton, NB; Kamloops, BC (Museum/Public Gallery)
1992     Basic Black/White, Crown Gallery, Vancouver, BC (paintings)
1992     Goddess/Rock & Water, Madison Gallery, Toronto, ON (paintings)
1991     Montage Series, Crown Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1991     Encounters with the Goddess: 1981-1991, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC     (Museum/Public Gallery)
1991     After Manet, Kathleen Laverty Gallery, Edmonton, AB (paintings)
1990     AFTER YALE: 1970-1976, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, BC     (Museum/Public Gallery)
1989-90 DUALITIES: A 15 YEAR RETOSPECTIVE, 1974-1989, Touring Exhibition, Art Gallery of     the South Okanagan, Pentiction, BC; Grande Forks, BC (Museum/Public Gallery)
1989     Stanley Park Landscapes, Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, ON
1989     Still Life, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB (paintings/drawings)
1989     After Manet, Crown Gallery, Vancouver, BC (paintings)
1989     Wade Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (paintings/drawings)
1989     Still Life, Kathleen Laverty Gallery, Edmonton, AB (paintings)
1988     Stanley Park Landscapes, Kathleen Laverty Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1988     Still Life, Quan-Schieder Gallery, Toronto, ON (paintings/drawings)
1988     Still Life, Wade Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (paintings/drawings)
1987     Water Lilies & Rhododendron, Gilman/Gruen Gallery, Chicago, IL (paintings)
1987     Family Portraits, Crown Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1987     Recent, Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, ON (paintings/drawings)
1987     LANDSCAPES: 1970-1987, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC (Museum/Public     Gallery)
1986     Overview: 1970-1986, Quan-Schieder Gallery, Toronto, ON
1986     Kathleen Laverty Gallery, Edmonton, AB (paintings/drawings)
1986     Nature Series, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB
1986     Rhododendron paintings/Figure drawings, Crown Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1985     Water Lilies, Madison Gallery, Toronto, ON
1985     Water Lilies & Figures, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1985     Landscapes, Neo-Baroque series, Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, ON
1985     Lithographs, Crown Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1984-87 Drawing Retrospective, Touring Exhibition, Charles H. Scoot Gallery, Vancouver,     BC; Edmonton, AB; Grande Prairie, AB; Banff, AB (Museum/Public Gallery)
1984     Landscapes, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB
1984     Neo-Baroque series, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1984     10 Years of Figurative Paintings & Drawings, Hett Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1984     Children, Landscapes, Neo-Baroque, Madison Gallery, Toronto, ON
1984     Landscapes, Gilman Galleries, Chicago, IL
1984     Children Paintings, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art-Rental Gallery, San     Francisco, CA (Museum/Public Gallery)
1983     Irises, Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, ON
1983     Irises, The Shayne Gallery, Montreal, PQ
1983     Children, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB
1983     Landscapes, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1983     Children, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1982     Women, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB
1982     Irises, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1982     Man in the Bath & Irises, Lefebvre Galleries, Edmonton, AB
1982     Montages, Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, ON
1982     Still Life, Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, SK
1982     Women, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1981     Cherry Trees, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB
1981     Cherry Trees, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1981     Works on Paper, Lefebvre Galleries, Edmonton, AB
1981     Montages, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1980     Hydrangeas, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1980     Lithograph Exhibition, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1980     Still Life, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1980     Self Portraits, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1979     Man in the Bath, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1979     Self Portraits, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (Museum/Public Gallery)
1979     Orchids, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1978     Studios, University of Bristish Columbia A.M.S. Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC     (Museum/Public Gallery)
1978     Sails, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1978     Studios, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, On
1978     Sails, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1977     Studios, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1975     Clouds, Penticton Art Gallery, Pentiction, BC (Museum/Public Gallery)
1975     Clouds, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1973-74 Recent Paintings, Touring Exhibition, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI; St.John's, NF; Fredericton, NB; Ottawa, ON; Edmonton, AB; Victoria, BC (Museum/Public Gallery)
1970     Nightingale Gallery, Toronto, ON

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Museum/Juried)

2013    Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PE ("Quotation")
2010    MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK (Art in Bloom: Summer Dreams)
2006    Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (New Acquisitions)
2004     'Face to Face', Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
2003     Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI
2001     Selections from the Permanent Collection, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
2000     Colouring the West: A Century of BC Painting, Vancouver Art Gallery,     Vancouver, BC
1998     Home Base, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC
1996     Returning Artists, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
1995     New Acquisitions, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1992     25th Anniversary Exhibition, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, PQ
1990-91 Within Range, Touring Exhibition, University of Idaho Gallery, Moscow, ID; Great     Falls, MT; Missoula, MT
1989     The Cult of the Mountain, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, BC
1989     Fear of Others: Art Against Racism, Touring Exhibition, Vancouver, BC;     Sacramento, CA; Montreal, PQ; Toronto, ON; Winnipeg, MB; Calgary, AB; Prince George, BC
1989     A Flower Show, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
1987     National Drawing Competition, Kelowna, BC
1986-87 Mini Print International Exhibition, Touring Spain and USA
1986-87 Eighth Dalhousie Drawing Exhibition, Touring Exhibition, Dalhousie Art Gallery;     Halifax, NS; Fredericton, NB; Edmonton, AB; Lethbridge, AB; Calgary, AB
1986     Burnaby Print Show, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
1986     5th Mini Print International Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain
1984     Edge & Image, Concordia University Art Gallery, Montreal, PQ
1983-84 The Hand Holding the Brush, Touring Exhibition, London Regional Art Gallery,     London, ON; Guelph, ON; Hamilton, ON; Montreal, PQ; Fredericton, NB; Halifax, NS
1983     Vancouver: Art & Artists, 1931-1983, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1983     Visions of Women, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
1982     BC Art Collection, Robson Square, Vancouver, BC
1981     Couples, Optica Gallery, Montreal, PQ
1981     Insights, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, BC
1981     People, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
1980     BC on Canvas, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, BC
1980     Entre-Nous, Seattle, WA (sponsered by National Mayors' Assoc.)
1980     5 BC Artists, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
1978     Collectors' Choice, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1978     Canadian Biennial of Prints & Drawings, Calgary, AB
1977     From This Point of View, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1976     What's New?, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1976     Forum '76, Montreal, PQ
1976     Recent Acquisitions, Touring Exhibition, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB;     Halifax, NS
1976     BC Arts Access Olympic Exhibit, Montreal, PQ
1976     Canada House in Paris, Brussels, London, New York, and Montreal
1975     Current Energies, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, PQ
1973     Peter Whyte Gallery, Banff, AB
1972     Manisphere, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1972     University of NB Art Centre, Fredericton, NB
1971     University of Saskatchewan Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1971     APAC Biennial Exhibit, Beaverbrook Art Gallery & Circuit, Fredericton, NB
1970     1076 Gallery, New Haven, CT
1970     A&T Gallery, New Haven, CT
1969     U.R.A. Gallery, New Haven, CT

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Canada Council Art Bank; Ottawa, ON
Alberta Art Foundation; Edmonton, AB
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Montreal, PQ
Beaverbrook Art Gallery; Fredericton, NB
Dofasco; Hamilton, ON
C.I.L.; Toronto, ON
BC Art Collection; Victoria, BC
Confederation Centre Art Gallery; Charlottetown, PE
Imperial Oil; Calgary, AB, & Toronto, ON
Simon Fraser University; Burnaby, BC
Toronto Dominion Bank; Toronto, ON
McGill University Rare Book Collection; Montreal, PQ
Petro-Canada; Calgary, AB
Famous Players; Ottawa, ON
University of Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, SK
Crown Life; Toronto, ON
Shell Canada Resources; Calgary, AB, & Vancouver, BC
Burnaby Art Gallery; Burnaby, BC
Canadian Pacific; Montreal, PQ, & Calgary, AB
Mount Allison University; Sackville, NB
Crown Zellerbach; Vancouver, BC
Canada Development Corporation; Toronto, ON
Mendel Art Gallery; Saskatoon, SK
Zenzen Consultants Inc; Toronto, ON
University of Alberta; Edmonton, AB
Gulf Canada Resources; Calgary, AB
University of New Brunswick; Fredericton, NB
Air Canada; Montreal, PQ
Canaccord Capital Corporation; Vancouver, BC
BC Central Credit Union; Vancouver, BC
Texaco Canada Resources; Calgary, AB
Ladner Downs; Vancouver, BC
North American Trust; Vancouver, BC
Husky Oil; Calgary, AB
Nova:  An Alberta Corporation; Calgary, AB
Memorial University of Newfoundland; St. John's, NF
Rothman's of Pall Mall Canada Ltd
Edmonton School Board; Edmonton, AB
Claridge Investments Ltd;  Montreal, PQ
Versatile Cornat Corporation; Vancouver, BC
Pan Canadian Petroleum; Calgary, AB
Richardson Greenshields of Canada
Bumper Corporation; Calgary, AB
Athabasca University; Athabasca, AB
Trimac Limited; Calgary, AB
Kraemer Taipale Ltd; Calgary, AB
Alcan; Montreal, PQ
Leslie Poole’s art works can be seen in galleries throughout Canada and the US

ARTIST STATEMENT - "ABOUT ART" EXHIBITION, MAY 2013

EMILY DICKENSON STATED, “THE PAST IS NOT A PACKAGE ONE CAN LAY AWAY”.  INDEED, THE PAST NEEDS TO BE REFRESHED FOR EACH GENERATION.  CULTURAL IMAGES BRING THAT PAST INTO THE LIVING MUSEUMS OF OUR MINDS.

THIS BODY OF WORK IS ABOUT MY ENCOUNTERS WITH ART AND ABOUT QUESTIONING WHY CERTAIN IMAGES STIR US MORE DEEPLY THAN OTHERS.  THE SUBJECT MATTER HERE IS SELECTED UNITS OF TIME FROM THE PAST:  HERE IS AN ANGEL FROM A 12TH C. CHURCH, THERE IS A FIGURE BY PICASSO, THERE IS A 17TH C. SCULPTURE, AND HERE AN AMARYLLIS PAINTED IN THE 21ST C.  WHY?  IT ALLOWS “EVENTS” THAT HAD SIGNIFICANCE IN THE PAST TO BE RE-EXPERIENCED AND RELATED TO US NOW.

THE PRESENT IS UNCERTAIN, CONFUSING AND INFORMATION-HEAVY.  THE PAST PROVIDES A CONTEXT OF EXPERIENCE AND EVEN MATURITY.  I HAVE TRIED TO CREATE IN THESE PAINTINGS METAPHORS COMPILED OF NUMEROUS IMAGES THAT HAVE, AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER, TAKEN MY BREATH AWAY.  EACH IMAGE REPRESENTS A PEAK EXPERIENCE I HAVE HAD IN FRONT OF A POWERFUL WORK OF ART.  THEY ARE ASSEMBLED IN VARIOUS STYLES AND COMBINATIONS AS A WAY OF RE-EXPERIENCING THEIR RICHNESS IN OTHER CONTEXTS.  I FOUND THEY STILL HAD A RESONANCE IN MY STUDIO, THAT THEY SURVIVED AND WERE REFRESHED BY APPROPRIATION.   AND, ONE WONDERS, ARE THEY DIMINISHED OR ENHANCED IN RELATION TO EACH OTHER?

I AM SIMPLY TRYING TO FOCUS ATTENTION RATHER THAN TO SOLVE.  THEY ARE NOT MEANT TO BE PUZZLES.  FORCING A FACILE MEANING FROM ART TOO OFTEN REPLACES THE RICHNESS OF MYSTERY WITH HUMAN RATIONALITY.  THESE PAINTINGS CAN PRESENT IN A NON-DISCURSIVE WAY ELEMENTS OF OUR HUMAN CONCERN (ART HERITAGE) SO THAT INTUITION MAY CONNECT INFORMATION WITH WISDOM.

- LESLIE POOLE, 2013

Artist

Leslie Poole

RCA
Born: Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1942
Price range: $575-$103,000