It is all about paint and the history of Canadian painting at the gallery this month and next.  Rocks & Trees: Historical Canadian Painting, our 2016 passion project, opens Saturday, September 10th.  Brian Burke opens his fourteenth solo exhibition with the gallery in October, the works of David Michael Scott are new to the walls, and new works are in fresh from local artists' studios.  We have all the news to match in this issue of Ingram Art News.

It has been an active summer at the gallery.  We are thankful for how often you visit, the calibre of our conversations together and the shared enthusiasm and support for the artists we work with, the gallery, and our programming.  As everything kicks off in September in Toronto -- we ensure you that this great pace continues through the full new exhibition season ahead.

Above (detail): J. W. Beatty, Centre Island, Toronto

Historical Canadian Painting
September 10 - 24 . 2016

, left to right: Maurice Cullen, Herbert S. Palmer, F. M. Bell-Smith

The history of Canadian landscape painting is one of the most defining aspects of Canadian art.  As Canadians, we are united in a deep rooted appreciation for the land.  The vastness, diversity and impressiveness attracting artists and chroniclers even earlier than when Tom Thomson and then the Group of Seven (1920-1933) set out to do so.  Artists that worked alongside The Group have now come to have their own time to shine, and the generation that they taught and inspired continue through to today -- as all great artists are mindful of that which has been before.

Purposefully curated to include a bona fide cross-section of artists, subject matter, techniques and price points, Rocks & Trees as a survey in late 19th through early 20th century landscape painting has something for every collector.  We have been collecting works for the exhibition throughout the past year.  With nearly 50 newly available works, the collection fills two galleries.  

Through horizon lines and sunsets, to blue skies and shorelines -- across pastoral meadows, over hills and through the trees -- a journey across Canada through the eyes of its documenters, its inspired artists, awaits you.   From Haliburton snowfalls through to cottages in Moore Park and over to Centre Island -- the exhibition also has a focus on Toronto and area, in addition to the larger whole that is Canada.

The most important thing a painter can do is find a good place to sit.
-J.E.H. MacDonald

Highlights include works by J. W. Beatty (1869-1941), F. M. Bell-Smith (1846-1923), F. H. Brigden (1871-1956), Maurice Cullen (1866-1934), Elizabeth McGillivray Knowles (1866-1928), Manly MacDonald (1889-1971), and Doris McCarthy (1910-2010).  Of equal interest are the rare gems in the exhibition -- be it a success of a work by a lesser known artist, a small format by a long time favourite, or an unexpected work by a well known Canadian icon.

Please contact the gallery for the exhibition catalogue, pricing queries and any other information that you wish to receive with respect to this essential exhibition.  Works available in the collection range from $275 to $12,500.  Please click here for an online preview.


I think Edward Hopper said if you could put it into words you wouldn't need to paint it,
which I totally relate to.

It has been only a few short weeks since the works of David Michael Scott first arrived to the gallery windows and walls.  Each day gallery friends, new and old, feast on his skillful creations.  Indeed, his works are received as food for the soul, and food for thought -- as there is magic in the works of Scott.  There are many ways to create art and so too are there many ways to appreciate art -- those that look at his work are fascinated at first glance, and even more so as wonder and awe set in.

Scott was born in Toronto in 1964, he is primarily self-taught, and has been exhibiting professionally since he was a teenager.  His approach to realism leaves one with a warmth, his work has soul.  This is achieved through his strength with light as well as the viewer feeling, and seeing, the investment of the hand of the artist.

Skilled across media, Scott has new oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, drypoints and linocuts in at the gallery.  Matching his multifaceted technical abilities, Scott is equally adept at treating a full range of subject matter.

... the picture always starts as an emotional reaction to whatever image catches my eye and feels like it has potential for expression.  Most times I don't know right away what it means but in the process of making the picture - especially because they can take so long to complete - many different possible meanings rise to the surface, which is one of the most interesting parts of picture making for me. -David Michael Scott

Please contact the gallery for the artist's CV and/or list of available new works.
Higgs Field 

October 13 - 29 . 2016

Employing an illusion to signify an illusion

Higgs Fields, Burke's fast approaching 2016 solo exhibition opens October 13th.  Often working in series, Burke has a keen understanding for paint, as well as for creating works that lead us to ask essential questions.  Primarily a figurative painter, Burke also knows when to omit the human form to reinforce a theory.  He plays with concepts, visual idioms and notions -- reminding us that things are never as they seem at first glance.  Brian Burke was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in 1952.  He is a defining artist in contemporary Canadian painting. 

Stay tuned for our next issue for a full feature on Burke's upcoming solo exhibition.

There is still time to enjoy this most memorable summer.   Peter Mitchell painting dockside with Matilda makes for an inspirational and quintessential artful Canadian summer snapshot (right).  Please stay tuned for new Algonquin plein-air works by Mitchell at the gallery soon.  Sean Yelland has been non-stop in studio in recent months as he prepares for his 2017 solo at the gallery which opens Thursday, March 23rd.  He just delivered three new works at the gallery that went right to the windows and walls for everyone to enjoy.  We also have a new  Georgian Bay canvas in from Ryan Dineen's new studio.  Small works newly available by Florence Vale are equally noteworthy.  As with each issue, please let us know how we can be of help with respect to all of the superb artists and estates we work with.  We love hearing from you, and most certainly seeing you at the gallery!

With good wishes,

Tarah Aylward, Director   
Ingram Gallery 

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