On Paper — February 21 – March 25, 2017

March group exhibition featuring a diverse selection of works “On Paper”.  Artworks include colourful acrylic ink drawings by Jason McLean & James Kirkpatrick, watercolours by Ron Martin & Hans Wendt, photograph by Susan Dobson, drawing by Kim Moodie, mixed media wall sculpture by Ed Zelenak and international prints by Andy Warhol & Howard Hodgkin.

 

Susan Dobson’s photographs and installations have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, as well as in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, China, Germany, Spain, and Mexico. She has been a featured artist in photography festivals including CONTACT (Toronto, Canada), Fotoseptiembre (Mexico City), Le Mois de la Photo (Montreal, Canada), Bitume/Bitumen (Brussels), and FotoNoviembre (Spain). She was a contributing artist to the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad and her work was featured in the 2012 Biennial Builders at the National Gallery of Canada.

Her work is in corporate and museum collections, including Centennial Gallery, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Portland Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, an affiliate of the National Gallery of Canada.

 

Howard Hodgkin was born in 1932 in London, England. He attended the Camberwell School of Art, England, from 1949 to 1950, and Bath Academy of Art, England, from 1950 to 1954. His first retrospective was curated by Nicholas Serota at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, in 1976. Major museum exhibitions include “Paintings 1975–1995,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1995, traveled to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Kunstverein für die Reinlände und Westfalen, Germany; and Hayward Gallery, London, through 1996); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2002); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006, traveled to the Tate Britain, London; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, through 2007); “Paintings: 1992–2007,” Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (2007, traveled to the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, England); “Time and Place,” Modern Art Oxford, United Kingdom (2010, traveled to De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, The Netherlands; and San Diego Museum of Art, California, through 2011); Fondation Bemberg, France (2013); “Made in Mumbai,” Curator’s Gallery at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai (2016); and “Absent Friends,” National Portrait Gallery, London (2017). Hodgkin was knighted in 1992, awarded the Shakespeare Prize in Hamburg in 1997, and made a Companion of Honor in 2003.

 

James Kirkpatrick, born in London, ON in 1977, attended H.B. Beal Secondary School and received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2002. He has exhibited his work extensively throughout the US and Canada including shows in new York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2009 Kirkpatrick was featured in the group show Pulp Fiction, which traveled from Museum London to the MOCCA in Toronto and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax. Kirkpatrick was included in the successful Not Bad For London group exhibition at the Michael Gibson Gallery and L.O. Today at Museum London.  In 2014, the McIntosh Gallery at Western University mounted a solo exhibition of James Kirkpatrick’s paintings, drawings, video, sound sculpture and installation work.

 

Ron Martin was born in London, Ontario in 1943 where he set-up his first studio with Murray Favro. He was one of the original members of the Forest City Gallery and was influenced early in his career by Greg Curnoe. Ron Martin was one of a small group of painters in Canada that considered the act of creating a work a type of performance, which served to remind the viewer that their experience of a material object, such as a painting, was rooted in an experience of themselves.

Martin has had an active studio practice since 1965 with numerous solo and group exhibitions across Canada, in New York, Germany, Japan and France. He is included in a number of major exhibitions including biennials and group exhibitions at the National Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, is an independent curator, musician and writer and is represented in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Museum London.

 

Jason McLean was born in London, ON in 1971. After attending H.B. Beal Secondary School with Marc Bell and Peter Thompson, McLean graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver in 1997.  Since 1994, Jason McLean has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Loyal Gallery in Malmo Sweden, and at Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica.  In 2012 he had a solo exhibition “If you can read my mind” at McIntosh Gallery, Western University (catalogue) and was included in Museum London’s “L.O. Today” group show featuring 6 other artists & collaborators.

A Canadian art darling, McLean was chosen by Maclean’s Magazine as one of the top 10 artists to watch in Canada in 2004. In 2013, McLean was the only Canadian artist selected by Canadian Art Magazine to collaborate with smart Canada to paint on a smart car that travelled across Canada. McLean has also collaborated on t-shirt designs with designer Jeremy Laing, was commissioned to paint a mural inside of the Drake Hotel on Queen Street, Toronto and co-runs the Canadian Pez Museum with his 2 sons Felix & Henry in the basement of their home.  Jason McLean has work in major collections throughout North America including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, BMO Collection, TD Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada.

 

Kim Moodie was born in 1951 in Parry Sound, ON.   He has an Honors BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.  His drawings, paintings and lithographs have been shown across Canada and in the United States and Mexico, at venues that include: Museum London; the Art Gallery of Ontario; Windsor Art Gallery; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Bergamot Station, Los Angeles, California; and Threadwaxing Gallery, New York, N.Y.  His work is held in public collections such as those of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and National Gallery of Canada.  Moodie has curated or co-curated several exhibitions, including “Just My Imagination”, a selection of contemporary, drawing-based Canadian art that toured nationally.  In 2011 he was the subject of a major solo exhibition at Museum London, “Kim Moodie: All But Not”.  Most recently in 2016, the McIntosh Gallery, Western University exhibited new drawings, paintings and a video in an exhibition “Kim Moodie: Any Dream Will Do”.

 

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.  His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s.

After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. His art used many types of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. His studio, The Factory, was a well known gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons. He managed and produced The Velvet Underground, a rock band which had a strong influence on the evolution of punk rock music. He founded Interview magazine and was the author of numerous books, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties. He is also notable as a gay man who lived openly as such before the gay liberation movement, and he is credited with coining the widely used expression “15 minutes of fame”.

 

Hans Wendt was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1973 and raised in Prince Edward Island.  He currently lives and works in Millvale, PEI.  He has been active as an artist in various mediums for most of his adult life, but began painting seriously following studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design in the 1990s.  Since 1999 he has turned his focus to the creation of conceptually driven watercolour paintings.

Recent exhibitions include Recent Work at The Apartment in Vancouver, BC; Oh, Canada, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, Esker Foundation, Calgary and Gallerie d’Art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Moncton NB; Hans Wendt/Studio Painting, Confederation Centre Art Gallery; In/Flux: Migrating Culture and Cultural Modernism in PEI, Confederation Centre Art Gallery. In 2013 he was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award.

 

Ed Zelenak is recognized as one of Canada’s senior sculptors. Manifest in his art is a subtle spirituality and intimate connection to his materials. He focuses on a familiar iconography of everyday signs and symbols: trees, crosses, arrows, circles, the sun and the moon. By manipulating tin, copper, plastics, wood and pigments, Zelenak creates both minimally delicate and refined sculptures that are also complex and physically rendered.

Born in St. Thomas, ON in 1940, Ed Zelenak studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design from 1957-1959 and then resumed his art studies in 1960-1961 at the Fort Worth Art Centre and Barsch Kelly Atelier in Dallas, Texas. Ed Zelenak began exhibiting in 1963 and was represented by the prominent Toronto gallery Carmen Lamanna Gallery from 1969-1978.

In 1969, Pierre Theberge of the National Gallery of Canada curated the important exhibition “Heart of London”, which featured a group of London artists: John Boyle, Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe, Murray Favro, Bev Kelly, Ron Martin, David Rabinowitch, Royden Rabinowitch, Walter Redinger, Tony Urquhart and Ed Zelenak. This exhibition brought national attention to the “London Regionalist” movement and the artists included.

Ed Zelenak has had public gallery solo shows at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon in 1981 (curated by Phillip Monk) and “Ed Zelenak: Finding a Place” at the London Regional Art and Historical Museum in 1989 (Curated by Marnie Fleming). Currently, from May 2 – August 16, 2015, Ed Zelenak has a 40-year retrospective exhibition at Museum London featuring early fiberglass sculpture through to recent two-dimensional work.

Zelenak’s artwork is included in countless Canadian public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Alberta, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Museum London and the McIntosh Gallery. International collections include the Musee Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, Chicago Athenaeum, and the Czech Museum of Fine Arts, Prague.