This is Gathie Falk’s third series of paintings that she has dedicated to the theme of water. Gathie Falk lives in Vancouver near Kitsilano Bay, though, she is not painting a specific body of water. Instead, these new paintings, included in “Lux: Water,” appear to have been cut out of the environment – slices or pieces of water from her imagination. Painted thinly, Falk wants the paintings to feel fluid, almost like you are on top of the water, looking down at the beautiful combination of colours and textures.
Working in painting, sculpture, installation and performance, Gathie Falk has spent more than four decades creating art that aims to be a “veneration of the ordinary.”
Born in 1928 in Manitoba, Falk began her artistic practice in her mid-thirties following jobs as a factory worker and teacher. In her art, Falk has repeatedly explored motifs of the domestic and everyday, choosing shoes, fruit, eggs and clothing, among other everyday objects, as her subject matter.
An important performance artist working in Canada, Falk created 15 performance works between 1968-1972. She returned to painting in 1978. Her survey exhibition “Paintings 1978-1984” toured to 5 public galleries across Canada. More recently in 2000, the Vancouver Art Gallery organized a major retrospective exhibition “Gathie Falk” that also toured to public galleries across Canada.
Falk is well represented in collections across the country, including those of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Winnipeg Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
In 2013, Gathie Falk was awarded the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Visual Arts. She is also the recipient of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (1990), the Order of Canada (1997) and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2003).
Gathie Falk lives and works in Vancouver.