With equal footing in the now of art practice and the history of Canadian art, the gallery affords the vital opportunity to consider both at once.  We are often discussing the multiple roots of Canada's art historical foundation with art lovers at the gallery while they, at the same time, consider the contemporary works installed around.  This linear, appreciable approach opens up the importance when creating of being mindful of that which has come before.  Through the practice of hanging new works alongside historically significant pieces, to an onsite Canadian art book shop replete with key titles in Canadian art history, Ingram Gallery marries the then and now of art.  This purposeful positioning is present in our March exhibition as we look to the works of Barker Fairley (1887-1986), alongside those of Kate Grigg and Barry Hodgson.

Above (left to right): New works by Scott Owles, Sean Yelland & Ryan Dineen.

Fairley, Grigg, Hodgson
March 5 - 24 . 2016

Barker Fairley, Kate Grigg and Barry Hodgson, evoke a similar sense in their work despite different backgrounds.  Sharing in a rhythmic, flowing style as well as a command of the oil medium, these three artists immerse themselves in the mood of their subject matter effortlessly.  Unique for its changing season and deep long vistas, The Great Canadian Fact, as Fairley fondly referred to the Canadian landscape, provides ample inspiration for Fairley, Grigg and Hodgson alike.

Fairley, Grigg, Hodgson
runs at the gallery from March 5 - 24.  We invite you to join us often over the course of the exhibition.  In addition to the portraits, still lifes and landscapes of Barker Fairley and Kate Grigg (Toronto, ON | b. 1958) -- the exhibition includes ten new works fresh from studio by Barry Hodgson (Hamilton, ON | b. 1954).  Please click here to preview the new collection of Hodgson.  With a mixture of scale, confident lines and strong contours, the works in Fairley, Grigg, Hodgson present the essence of what inspires.

In a seemingly effortless manner, Fairley had struck a fresh note in Canadian landscape painting.  It is this easy and personal approach which has confounded many of his fellow  painters and much of the public.  However, his is not the accidental happening or painting by rote of the naive artist, but the achievement of one with a sophisticated, highly aware understanding of art history.  His directness of vision carries with it a genuine authority. 

- Paul Duval, Barker Fairley (1980)

The works in the exhibition range from $600 - $10,000.  Please contact the gallery for all purchase and press queries. 
St. Bernard Brandy
April 7 - 27 . 2016

Artist's opening reception: Thursday, April 7 from 6pm-8pm

Travis Shilling opens his second solo exhibition at the gallery April 7th.  Shilling will be at the gallery for his opening reception that same night from 6pm to 8pm.  Currently in studio creating the works for his upcoming solo -- thoughtfully titled St. Bernard Brandy, Shilling is mindful of what makes for an artful exhibition -- an exhibition one would not want to miss.  Please mark your calendars and be sure to catch his new works at the gallery this spring.  Shilling is part of the travelling public gallery exhibition, The Fifth World curated by Wanda Nanibush, on right now at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery.  Live painted during last year's Land Rights Now!, an Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) First Thursday event, Shilling's Fire Face (right) can also be viewed currently at the AGO.

Please save the date:
May 12 - June 2

Artist's opening reception: Thursday, May 12 from 6pm-8pm

It is a pleasure to share with you that the fine works of Lawrence Nickle (1931-2014) are once more available at the gallery.  A key part of our interest in Canadian landscape painting, Nickle's plein air panels are enjoyed by many.  Artfully on view in Nickle's signature handmade boxes, his works are well suited to those who wish to acquire a work that captures the particular beauty that defines northern Ontario.  We miss Lawrence and the memorable conversations around art and his artful manner of immersing himself right into his subject matter.  We are thankful that his art enables his story to continue.


The Book Shop at the gallery has expanded significantly since we first opened its doors last spring.  Located on our lower level, The Book Shop has floor to ceiling shelves filled with most, if not all, titles in Canadian art history.  From the newest books, such as the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts' catalogue The Beaver Hall Group: 1920s Modernism in Montreal (2016 Nominee for the Melva J. Dwyer Award for Excellent Reference in Canadian Art & Architecture) to Volume I and II of Blair Laing's Memoirs of an Art Dealer, to individual artist profiles, we are happy to offer art collectors, avid readers, fellow dealers and curators the opportunity to pour over and acquire titles to add to their book collection. 

Additional exhibitions ahead at the gallery are listed in detail under our 2016 exhibition schedule on our website.  Our site provides an excellent opportunity to preview what is in store for your next visit.  You can see a representative cross-section of newly available historical works, the latest release from the Ernst and Young Print Collection -- and even behind the scenes, studio visits and such on Twitter and Tumblr, too.  While there is nothing that will replace a visit to the gallery -- we are appreciative that our website offers up much to enjoy as an extension of the gallery experience.

New works are slated to arrive at the gallery in the coming days from the studios of Ryan Dineen, Peter Mitchell, Sara Sniderhan and Sean Yelland.  We are noting longer days and bluer skies in recent weeks.  May your days ahead be bright and may we see you at the gallery often.

With best wishes,

Tarah Aylward, Director   
Ingram Gallery 

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