Louis de NIVERVILLE
Le Salon des Refusés
May 5 - May 23 . 2012
Opening reception with artist: Saturday, May 5th from 2pm to 4pm.
Celebrated Canadian artist, Louis de Niverville, looks to the remnant papers of past collage works to both inspire and create the new works of Le Salon des Refusés. Using paint, paper, scissors and glue -- de Niverville paints his textured and patterned papers, while building his imagery up in layers.
Life has layers, so many possibilities. - Louis de Niverville Louis de Niverville was born in 1933 in Andover, England. He has had over 40 solo exhibitions, including in New York as well as a travelling public exhibition that toured 14 cities across Canada from 1978 to 1980. De Niverville's career has seen several important public art commissions, including Pearson Airport, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and, just a few short blocks from the gallery, a remarkable mural, Morning Glory, in the Kendal Avenue TTC subway station. The National Gallery of Canada, Le Musée des Beaux Arts in Montreal, the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum, in Washington, DC -- as well as several other important public galleries and museums include the works of Louis de Niverville.
Press from de Niverville's 2007 50th anniversary exhibition:
Known among art historians as "the king of Canadian collage," De Niverville celebrates the 50th anniversary of his career with a retrospective and the publication of a 50-page monograph. De Niverville's brightly coloured works have plentiful origins in his childhood, when he was bedridden for four and a half years and concocted escapist tableaux from cut-outs he took from the comics. His use of collage in eclectic acrylic and oil portraits also recalls the pioneering primitivism of Henri Rousseau, and the unaffected, often grotesque surrealism of Edward Burra. -David Balzer, 2007
Please contact the gallery to receive the Le Salon des Refusés catalogue.
Lost & Found
Community Project: Sara Sniderhan & Peter Mitchell
May 30 - 31 . 2012
In conjunction with St. Stephen's Community house, and under the art direction of Sara Sniderhan and Peter Mitchell, twelve Toronto teens create illustrations based on handwritten, personal stories of people or things lost and/or found.
The artists will be in attendance for a public reception May 30th, 4pm-7pm
Rachel Berman is in studio Happy at home in her new studio, Rachel Berman is hard at work on new large scale panels. Mixing it up between her intimate works on paper and larger oils -- Berman has a fine time line in mind for the new works ahead. Last week saw the arrival of Berman's first work released from her new studio; Four Feet of City (left) is Berman through and through!
On the phone with Berman recently, we were intrigued by her poetic comment about some of the contemporary art on view in the major cities of North America: "It's all about the pyrotechnics, rather than the silence".
We look forward to seeing you at the gallery in the lovely month of May! Please join Louis de Niverville, this Saturday, May 5th between 2pm and 4pm as we make merry in marking the release of his stunning new 2012 collection Le Salon des Refusés.
My good wishes,
Tarah Aylward, Director