Ingram Gallery

Our 2013 exhibition season begins February 9th with the opening of Jack Nichols: Works on Paper.  Nichols (1921-2009) called Toronto home and was a familiar face in Cabbagetown.  Often seen strolling the streets of his neighbourhood, Jack Nichols reminds us of another longtime Toronto favourite, contemporary painter Sean Yelland.  With the city and its streets taking center stage in his works, Yelland is up next at Ingram Gallery with a new body of work that is all Toronto: In Silence opens March 7th.

Left to Right: Florence VALE, Travis SHILLING, Sean YELLAND
On The Walls

Jack Nichols

Works on Paper
February 9 - 28 . 2013

Exhibition opens at 11am (coffee & croissants), Saturday February 9th    

Nobody knows where Jack Nichols' desire to make art came from, but the urge was powerful. "Some people have to make art and they find a way of doing it," says Dennis Reid.

Jack Nichols was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1921. Working alongside F. H. Varley and Jack Nichols Louis Muhlstock, Nichols went on to be an official war artist in the 1940s. From a Guggenheim fellowship, to his masterful lithographs being exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1958, Jack Nichols' achievements in Canadian art are most notable. 

Throughout February Jack Nichols: Works on Paper will be installed in the north gallery.  We invite you to explore further the well celebrated artist you know and love.  For those new to his achievements, an opportunity to acquire works by a Canadian art legend awaits you.

Please read on through this direct link to the Globe and Mail's significant tribute: War artist captured the 'life-energy' used in combat.  More can also be found on Canada's Pre-eminent World War II artist on the War Museum's website.

Please also find here a few excerpts from Cabbagetown People:

His friends talk of his intensity and his charm.  They have described Jack Nichols as prodigiously talented, a painter who Goya himself might have envied.

Jack Nichols never advertised his accomplishments.  He just walked the streets of Cabbagetown unnoticed in his own mysterious way.

John Fillion, a contemporary Canadian sculptor says of him, "he's the finest draftsman in Canada."

A two-page catalogue is available via email.  The PDF includes images and reflects all details of the collection of works available for purchase in Jack Nichols: Works on Paper.
Up Next


In Silence
March 7 - 27 . 2013

Opening reception: Thursday, March 7th meet
Sean Yelland at the gallery between 5pm and 8pm.

Sean Yelland
We have had the excellent pleasure of being in studio with Sean Yelland twice since the new year began.  We mention his studio as setting, as Yelland's 2013 solo In Silence is very much about its location -- smack dab in the middle of significant urban change and renewal in downtown Toronto.

Always engaged by the act of viewing itself and what makes us look versus see, Yelland takes us through his windows and out onto the streets of the city to see all that is around us in new and unexpected ways.  Mark your calendar and share with your friends -- In Silence opens March 7th.  Yelland's 2013 upcoming solo exhibition is the 10th anniversary of Yelland's first solo with the gallery.  

Sean Yelland was interviewed by ArtSync TV during the opening night reception for his last solo, 2010's This is how I feel all the time.  Please click here to watch the video, as it is a great way to get excited about the new show ahead next month!
New & Noteworthy   

Yorkville in the 60's

Making the Scene:
Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s

By Stuart Henderson | University of Toronto Press Making the scene

Making the Scene is a history of 1960s Yorkville, Toronto's countercultural mecca. It narrates the hip Village's development from its early coffee house days, when folksingers such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell flocked to the scene, to its tumultuous, drug-fuelled final months. A flashpoint for hip youth, politicians, parents, and journalists alike, Yorkville was also a battleground over identity, territory, and power. Stuart Henderson explores how this neighbourhood came to be regarded as an alternative space both as a geographic area and as a symbol of hip Toronto in the cultural imagination.


Through recently unearthed documents and underground press coverage, Henderson pays special attention to voices that typically aren't heard in the story of Yorkville - including those of women, working class youth, business owners, and municipal authorities. Through a local history, Making the Scene offers new, exciting ways to think about the phenomenon of counterculture and urban manifestations of a hip identity as they have emerged in cities across North America and beyond. 

From All Of Us  

In addition to the newly available copies of Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s (above), we also have several copies of Dennis Reid's A Concise History of Canadian Painting (New 3rd Edition) and Painting Canada: Tom Thomson & The Group of Seven available for purchase. As a special reminder, gallery artist Florence Vale continues her public gallery run at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA).  The retrospective exhibition wraps up March 3rd.  Also this month, Yorkville's well attended Icefest returns to the neighbourhood on February 23rd and 24th.

With so much at hand in Toronto, and namely the village of Yorkville, hit the streets this Saturday and stop in at Ingram Gallery.  We look forward to welcoming you.

With good wishes,




Tarah Aylward, Director 
Ingram Gallery, Toronto