Claytor Bear

Welcome to the big city issue!  We have been in full swing this July and August with our Summer Series and we are not slowing down.  Our citywide issue takes us from Yorkville to Kensington, to the Toronto International Film Festival's headquarters and back.  Jon Claytor's 7th solo with the gallery opens September 11th, with a satellite exhibition at Sublime in the market.  Harold Town's Film Stars will be installed at the new Bell Lightbox and at Ingram Gallery

Art and coffee, film and conversation, strolling through the neighbourhoods of Toronto -- join Ingram Gallery as we celebrate the city this September.

Easy Evolution
11 - 25 September . 2010

Opening reception with the Artist: Saturday, 11 September, 2-4pm

Have you seen the Bear?! 

Claytor Fox
First exhibited publicly at Galerie Sans Nom in New Brunswick, Claytor's Easy Evolution is a departure in both form and subject matter. Large three-dimensional freestanding paintings replace traditional canvases, and animals are featured instead of people. The artist equates his work to the rock graffiti he enjoyed deep in the Canadian woods as a child: "where untouched nature and modernity collided just as youth disappeared and experience took its place.  There was graffiti on rocks and bears near by."

"I got obsessed with bears, like dancing bears. I think I started to see myself as one... the animals, especially the bears, are foils. They're still very figurative. They're still about character."

And character is Claytor's specialty. It comes across in the small distortions of his figures. None of his figures are necessarily proportioned correctly, compelling the viewer to unconsciously put things together. This causes an ever-changing emotional quality to the work.

Evolutionary Growth, Mike Landry ~ Telegraph Journal, February 2010, NB

In tandem, a special exhibition of Jon Claytor's work will be hosted at Sublime in Kensington Market (219 Augusta Avenue).  There is so much to love about Toronto. 
A stroll from Yorkville to the market for an espresso and artful conversation -- art in itself!

>> Please click here to view Jon Claytor's new works.

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Harold TOWN
Film Stars
11 - 25 September . 2010

Opening reception: Saturday, 11 September, 2-4pm

Harold Town's superb lines and draughting skills are exceedingly evident in his drawings of film stars from the 1971 touring exhibition and book: Silent Stars, Sound Stars, Film Stars.

Town, talented, innovative and ever so relevant to art practice today, has inspired a generation of artists since his passing nearly 20 years ago.  Town's remarkable lines have inspired us to mark the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the season of art ahead with an exhibition of his Film Stars.Town text

"For me, the ultimate attraction of the early movies is the sheer filmic presence of its greatest stars.  ... Where have all the faces gone? The first stars had faces, they all had style. Nowadays, style seems to get in the way of film-making".  So feels Harold Town, noted Canadian artist and movie buff, and to prove his point, he has captured, in 105 superb full page drawings, most of his film deities, their panache, their foibles - in portraits as well as scenes from their most famous movies.  Such mythic personalities as W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, are lovingly and understandingly portrayed by a great artist.  Vincent Price, who supplies the introduction to the book, calls Town "a genius," and this applies not only to his drawings but to Town's accompanying text, a warm discerning memoir of what the "silver screen" and its stars have meant to him - as boy and man.

~ Silent Stars Sound Stars Film Stars, 1971 (McClelland & Stewart)


Sharon Okun
Sharon OKUN

New Paintings

We have just received word that three new large scale figurative Sharon Okun canvases are in transit to the gallery from her studio in Tuscany.  In addition to the striking work you see here -- we'll be sure to connect with Okun collectors the moment the new works arrive.  Many art enthusiasts will recall Okun's Paramount Pictures being on the walls this time last year.  As a further tie in to the Film Festival and artists as film buffs -- Sharon Okun's Paramount Pictures works are to be featured in the upcoming new issue of the Queen's Quarterly.  Okun is keeping good company as Rachel Berman, Yann Leroux and Sean Yelland have been featured in past issues of this exceptional literary publication.
Gallery Hop
The Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop Gala Dinner and Auction

Join the Canadian Art Foundation on Thursday, September 23, and Saturday, September 25, for exciting events that celebrate the visual arts as part of the 15th annual Canadian Art Gallery Hop. Details on all events are now online at

Meet visual art critic Betty Ann Jordan at the gallery for an afternoon of Art Hopping and insight into Jon Claytor's new solo exhibition Easy Evolution. The lecture is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm on Saturday, September 25th. Please contact the gallery for further information.


2 - 23 October . 2010

October ushers in Anna Yuschuk's 5th solo exhibition with the gallery, Oscillations.  This is Yuschuk's first new series since exhibiting PassageAnna Studio publicly at the Art Gallery of Peel in 2008.  Ingram Gallery is publishing a new Anna Yuschuk catalogue to coincide with the opening of Oscillations.  The catalogue will look to Yuschuk's newest work as well as a look back to her signature canvases from over the years.

Save the Date! Art Toronto rolls into town for the 11th annual Toronto International Art Fair: October 28 - November 1st.  You will find Ingram Gallery and the amazing artists we represent in Booth #302.

Our next issue of Ingram Art News! will focus on Anna Yuschuk's new work and go into greater depth about the Art Fair.  We always love your feedback, so please drop us a line if you have a request for a future feature.

from all of us

Please note the gallery will be closed to mark the Labour Day long weekend on Saturday, September 4th.  We'll be back to business on Tuesday morning and look forward to seeing everyone at our opening celebration for Jon Claytor and Harold Town on Saturday, September 11th from 2 to 4pm.

Fasten your art belts -- here comes autumn 2010!!

With very best wishes, 


Tarah Aylward, Director
Ingram Gallery