|Sharon Okun,'Paramount Pictures'
10 - 30 September . 2009
Enchanted by the aesthetic that defined American cinema of the 40s and 50s, Sharon Okun's
new paintings explore the imagery and themes that infuse the paintings of Edward Hopper as much as they permeate the films of Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock.
The dramatic lighting, the play of shadows, the hyper-vibrancy of colour, the exaggerated camera angles and innovative visual compositions are elements that are the very substance of Hopper's pictures. The mood of 'Paramount Pictures'
also brings to mind the literary style of the 1920s and 30s hard-boiled crime fiction writers Dasheille Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
Steeped in the influence and technique of the old masters', Okun's work is injected with a purity all her own. The archetypal characters of the films that have inspired Okun's new work, will resonate with viewers of all ages. 'This desire to carry the viewer into a different realm of experience is a voyage that I hold sacred, and am in pursuit of as a painter.'
- Sharon Okun
Brian Burke's Lullaby
Works are arriving from our artists' studios from all across Canada in preparation for the upcoming 10th annual Toronto International Art Fair ('Art Toronto'). Brian Burke's superb new series, 'Lullaby' is fresh from studio having arrived just this week. Burke's soothing palette and comforting imagery provide calm in a fast paced, blur of a world. The question remains as to whether or not we should feel the calm that washes over us... is it real or perceived? Burke is a visual provocateur! The new works will be available throughout the fall and at 'Art Toronto 2009'.
Harold Town Park, Toronto
As we prepare for our upcoming Harold Town exhibition (8-28 October)
, our fondness for the neighbourhood and love for art in public spaces recently drew us to a bench in Harold Town Park. Straight along Yorkville Avenue just past the Toronto Reference Library and on the way to the iconic Studio Building, one will find the quiet little park named after Harold Town. Below is an excerpt of the wording found on the Toronto Historical Board Plaque, with great links to a map and further information thanks to www.torontohistory.org
.Harold Barling Town was an artist of great gifts, legendary wit and large achievement. He loved this city and spent his whole life here, much of it at work in the Studio Building northeast of this park. A graduate of the Ontario College Of Art in 1944, he soon began to win acclaim, across Canada and abroad, for his drawings, prints, collages, paintings, murals and sculpture. He was a central figure in Painters Eleven,...
October 2009 at Ingram Gallery
We could not possibly fit more art and events into the coming month of October. Ahead in the next issue of Ingram Art News!: Harold Town with a significant solo exhibition featuring works from 1952 - 1987 with each decade represented. Drawings from the 1950s, sumptuous mid-century oils and Town's critically acclaimed Single Autographic Prints will hang alongside studio ephemera with books, puzzles and anecdotes to match. Early in the month our south gallery will host a strong collection of works by Barker Fairley (1 - 17 October) and the 10th annual Toronto International Art Fair - 'Art Toronto' takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre 22 - 26 October with the opening night Gala in support of the AGO on Thursday, 22 October.
The proverbial red carpet awaits you this September at Ingram Gallery.
Please join us at our Opening Reception celebration for
Sharon Okun's 'Paramount Pictures' between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday the 10th of September.
We look forward to seeing you!
With best wishes,
Tarah Aylward, Director