September in Toronto is the month to paint the town.  Travis Shilling's solo exhibition opens on Thursday, September 4th with a reception with the artist from 6pm to 8pm.  With Shilling at the gallery, the new works installed and a proper art party to match -- we at Ingram Gallery look forward to hosting you at this important event.  There is ample time for you to ensure that you catch this stellar new exhibition, as it runs until September 20th.  Also on view this month are the first of the new works from Ryan Dineen's studio since his solid spring solo.  Joining the mix are the light & shadow new paintings of Sharon Okun.  We have updates on E.B. Cox's Garden of the Greek Gods ahead in this issue and a profile on the early works of Barker Fairley, too.

September 4 - 20 . 2014

Opening reception: Thursday, September 4th | 6pm - 8pm

There is hope in the new works of Travis Shilling.  

The canvases, much like the start of a conversation, offer promise in the discovery of a potential connection.  This optimism is reinforced through charged colours and assured brushwork.  Echoing the symbolism of a rainbow, a bridge is provided -- but it is not the destination that matters.  It is the now of the moment, the consideration of our purpose, of being human, that sits with the viewer.  Creating the works, Shilling is a conduit -- much like a film projector conveys a narrative through projecting light on a screen, Shilling puts light to the canvas.  

"These images aren't planned out; they just come up. They are just born," he said. "It's like watching a movie when I paint one."

Born in Rama, Ontario in 1978, Travis Shilling has been exhibiting professionally for nearly 20 years.  His work has been exhibited in public galleries, including most recently the Smithsonian Institution | NMAI and the Art Gallery of Ontario.  This exhibition marks Shilling's first Toronto solo since his acclaimed How to Drown a Fish exhibition held at the Gladstone Hotel in 2011.  Travis Shilling is also an accomplished filmmaker and playwright with his films being screened across Canada, throughout the United States, and in The Netherlands.

The painter and his subject in front of him are one.  The innocent unity of reaching out to each other seems similar to that of the mutual respect the world and nature has tried to teach us since birth.  -The Artist, Amelia Shilling

Please contact the gallery for full exhibition details and/or catalogue PDF.

Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes

Travis Shilling, and his father, Arthur Shilling (1941-1986) are featured in this exceptional exhibition on now at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) until November 25th.

This exhibition is a welcome opportunity to reconsider, through various political and aesthetic interventions by Anishinaabe artists, how Canadian art history has been traditionally presented at the AGO, said (Bonnie) Devine. The Anishinaabe have continuously occupied the territory around the Great Lakes for at least 12,000 years, so a survey exhibition of contemporary Anishinaabe art is overdue.

Copies of the catalogue (left) are now available at the gallery.

BARKER FAIRLEY (1887-1986)

While anchored to the 'great Canadian fact', the Canadian landscape, through his late 1930s Georgian Bay sketches, Barker Fairley created some of his earliest paintings while in the UK.  With the continued high level of interest in the works of Fairley, we can explore the artist further by opening up the distinct palette and subject matter of these early oils.

Barker Fairley was Head of the German Department at the University of Manchester from 1932 to 1936.  During his time there, he painted works in oils which recorded the grim social conditions of the industrial city.  His rare Depression-era works are well represented in Vagrant (1935) featured here.

[Barker Fairley] ...a painter whose work is more lean, more spare, more deftly economical and frequently more inventive than anything the Group devised. -Gary Michael Dault


Please note: As mentioned in our last issue, Ingram Gallery is now working with the renowned Canadian print collection of Ernst & Young (EY).  Please stay tuned for our formal announcement with respect to this unique collecting opportunity ahead later this month.


Just a Moment

October 2 - 22 . 2014

Please save the date | Opening reception: Thursday, October 2nd | 6pm to 8pm

Sean Yelland's 9th solo exhibition, Just a Moment, opens at the gallery this October.  As with all of his solo exhibitions, Yelland has given great thought, preparation and care in creating his new, mostly large scale paintings.  Over the last year, in lead up to the completion of the new series, we have had many enjoyable visits with Yelland in his Toronto studio.  During our most recent visit we were able to capture images of a few of the works as a preview to share.  The story of  Just a Moment starts here.

  Left to right: Ryan Dineen, E.B. Cox, Sharon Okun.

Cities gain value through public art -cultural, social, and economic value. Free the Gods! Keep public art public.

The Free the Gods campaign, led by a group devoted to seeing E.B. Cox's important collection of 20 limestone sculptures returned to the public realm, continues with focused efforts.  A recent interview on CBC Metro Morning with Matt Galloway and E.B. Cox's godson, Ed Conroy aired on August 18th and can be listened to here:

Cox's great-granddaughter started an online petition and it is seeing good support.  You can link directly to it here.  Should you wish for any further information and/or to add your name to the list of supporters who receive updates, please contact the gallery.

To all of you that visit the gallery, love art and culture in the city, and to the artists we work with -- thank you.  See you soon!

With happy wishes, 


Tarah Aylward, Director  
Ingram Gallery 

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