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P.E.I. based Brian Burke ushers in the eventful exhibition season ahead with 'Predicament', opening at 11:00am Saturday 6 September. With everyone back from summer holidays, the Toronto International Film Festival in town and the 9th annual Toronto International Art Fair less than a month away, the weeks ahead are brimming with things to do and see in our city.

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Brian Burke, 'Predicament' >> September 6 - 27 . 2008

To coincide with 'Predicament', Burke's 8th solo exhibition at Ingram Gallery, a 30 page volume reflecting Burke's last 10 years with the gallery, 'Paintings', has been produced. The catalogue will be launched the same day of the exhibition and will be available at the gallery during the month of September.

Throughout Brian Burke's career, solitary figures are enclosed by loose brushwork and minimal backgrounds, engendering the twin senses of mystery and isolation. Schooled on German expressionism, with an underlying surreal idea, Burke generates expressive poetic metaphors which deal with situations of existence. In his new series, Burke has presented scenes of ambiguous isolation populated by groups of people, in noted contrast to his earlier series.

'I don't feel that I portray a paranoid society, but rather, society as a terminally ill patient in denial.' - Burke (2008)


Fresh off the presses! In addition to our new Burke catalogue, another noteworthy new title has just arrived at the gallery: 'Shelley Mansel - A Decade of Painting'. The book of 120 pages features 128 works and is priced at $45. We have signed copies available and look forward to sharing the new book with collectors and admirers of Mansel's work.

On the topic of books, a reminder that Ingram Gallery's south gallery features an extensive Canadian Art library featuring rare, hard to find and out of print art titles. Special editions, signed copies and other rare finds await those that enjoy books. New to our shelves; 'Abstract Painting in Canada' by Roald Nasgaard, 'And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle' by Elsbeth Cameron, and Anne Newland's 'Canadian Paintings, Prints and Drawings'.



Many summer days have been spent over the last 100 years on the grounds of The Guild of All Arts. Now in a near state of disrepair, Ingram Gallery looks to keep the history alive ...

Built in 1914 in the Arts & Crafts style, The Guild sits on 88 acres of gardens and woodlands along the Scarborough Bluffs. In 1932, H. Spencer Clark and Rosa Clark founded the Guild of All Arts as an artists' collective during the time of the Depression. During World War II, the Federal Government used the site as a military hospital as well as to train the Women's Royal Naval Service. In addition to its rich history, the works of E.B. Cox and Michael Clay, two artists we are proud to represent at the gallery, populate The Guild's gardens. Today the grounds are controlled by Toronto Parks and Culture and there is an ongoing debate about how the grounds and the buildings could be upgraded and renovated to create a functional public space that remains respectful of its past. A beautiful site, deeply seeded with Canadian Art history, The Guild is a gem on the outskirts of our city to be enjoyed and appreciated by the modern day artist and art enthusiast alike.



Ingram Gallery will be returning for the highly anticipated 9th annual Toronto International Art Fair (Booth 109) being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from October 3 - 6 with over 100 galleries participating from around the world. A Gala fundraiser for the AGO will be kicking off the festivities on Thursday, October 2nd. We look forward to greeting you at the Fair!

International Art Fair (TIAF) - ART TORONTO 2008 opens its doors to the public from October
3rd to 6th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  As Canada's premiere art event, TIAF will
showcase renowned Canadian and international modern and contemporary fine art from
modern masters to the vanguard and ranging from museum caliber to the more affordable.  
Highlights include a dedicated area featuring new, cutting edge artists and an exceptional
cultural program consisting of special projects and industry expert guest speakers. (TIAF 2008)

                                                                                                                  Rachel Berman, 'Goodbye, if you call that gone' (2008)

In closing, we look back to the success of Sean Yelland's June solo exhibition, 'Vanishing Point'. Our compliments and congratulations to the artist, his collectors and a special thanks to all who came out for the opening as it was an incredible event! 'Vanishing Point' garnered Yelland much attention, including from the 'Queen's Quarterly'. The current issue of the literary review out of Queen's University features seventeen pages of Yelland's exquisite canvases from both 'Vanishing Point' and 'Nameless Places', Yelland's 2006 solo. We have several copies available at the gallery.

Our next issue of Ingram Art News! will be out in a month and will look to fresh news about the Fair as well as Ryan Price's October solo exhibition '. . . Draw While . . .'.

We look forward to seeing you at the gallery for Burke's opening day on Saturday the 6th of September.
See you soon!

With best wishes,

Tarah Aylward,
Gallery Director