Monthly Archives: June 2015

All Canadienne Art…..Lisa Tognon

Several years ago, Martha Street Studio/Manitoba Printmakers Association showed the work of Quebec printmaker/artist Lisa Tognon.  The prints were beautiful: strong, confident lines, lots of textured space and subtle, nuanced marks.  I found the work intelligent, interesting, and technically complex.  As an artist/printmaker, it was very inspiring, and has stayed with me since then.

Bleu is a short video that shows the detailed textures of the work.  Oeuvres de Lisa Tognon (another short video) highlights her work from 2013-2014.  Not surprisingly, her work is available in many galleries, in Canada and Europe.

Bonne fete du Canada!

All Canadian art….Douglas Smith

Let me be totally honest.  I love love love Doug Smith‘s work.  We have a piece hanging in our home.  The art is detailed, layered and complex.  As my Mum once said, “There’s always something new to see in it.”  He uses a variety of media, in a very integrated way, and often works on a large scale.

Doug lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  I was happy to see his show at the CCFM Galerie–the Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre in Winnipeg.  He and Roger Laferniere collaborated, and the show  Divergences, is a result of their partnership.  Doug’s detailed drawings contrast beautifully with Roger’s ethereal paintings.

The show runs until July 31 (and there is a great patio cafe in the same building.)  If you can’t make it to Winnipeg soon (pity!), you will have other opportunities to see the work as Divergences is scheduled to move on to Toronto, Moncton and Germany.


All Canadian art….all Canada Day week

I thought it would be fun to write about Canadian art exclusively this week, in celebration of Canada Day this Wednesday.

Trance by Ningeokuluk TeeVee

I recently saw, and fell in love with, art by Ningeokuluk Teevee.  She’s an Inuit artist from Cape  Dorset.  Her drawings and prints caught my eye in the Nunavut Gallery in Winnipeg.  (See my post from July 17, 2014, and make sure you visit Richard at the gallery the next time you are in the ‘peg. Be forewarned:  Richard’s passion for Inuit art is infectious, and the amount of great art in the gallery is overwhelming.)

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Teevee’s images offer unique perspectives.  They are often based on Inuit stories and myths, and are quite charming, and even humourous, at times.  The Inuit Gallery of Vancouver has a brief interview with Teevee on their website.

In 2009, Teevee’s children’s book, Alegowas shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award for children’s book illustration.

Art Theft

Well, I guess one shouldn’t be surprised that politics, greed and personal revenge are parts of a story about contemporary art.  The Art of the Steal is a 2006 documentary that chronicles the history of the Barnes Foundation.

Dr. Barnes was a physician, and a chemist, who made a lot of money developing a successful drug.  In his thirties (1910), he began to learn about, and collect, art.  Over time, he amassed one of the most important collections of post-Impressionist and early modern art in North America.

Matisse:  The Joy of Life

Dr. Barnes, and his wife, Laura Leggett, built a home in rural Pennsylvania.  Here they established the Barnes Foundation, which included an art school based on their private art collection, and an Arboretum School, headed by Mrs. Barnes.  The major goal of their foundation was education.  Public access to the private, and significant, art collection was severely limited, and subject to Dr. Barnes’ whims.

The documentary is well worth watching (and a good break from Netflix:)  It may even make you update your will, or, perhaps, like me, throw your hands up in despair.