GALLERY ARTISTS | HOLIDAY

Gallery Artists | Holiday
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
December 2 -16, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Bau-Xi Vancouver presents its annual Holiday exhibition featuring new work by gallery artists in a wide variety of sizes and media. To list just a few: new floral watercolours by Jamie Evrard, paintings and oil pastel abstractions by Janna Watson, photographs by Anthony Redpath and surrealistic paintings by Michelle Nguyen.

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Darlene Cole | Kissing Trees

Darlene Cole | Kissing Trees
340 Dundas Street West, Toronto 
December 2 -16, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Kissing Trees—the latest chapter of paintings by Darlene Cole—is an expression of what the artist calls her “craving  for the wildly private”—the curious sense of intimacy and longing unique to the experience of being alone in nature, consuming it, being consumed by it, becoming it. Cole’s painted world is a spectrum of sensation: an endlessly expanding forest, a blooming rose, an open window, a fold of fabric, and a ripple in the water.  More than visitors to the scene, Cole’s figures descend deeply into their worlds, their painted forms becoming almost indistinguishable from their environments. These women are obscured but not overtaken:  each performs, with equal part curiosity and confidence, an act of total immersion.  The state of being outside is, for Cole, a turn inward: “It is the interconnectedness...perhaps almost a union...of the tangled-ness of fragility and strength that I am drawn to as I pain the flesh of the body alongside the flesh of nature.”

 Cole's work has been exhibited across North America and is collected internationally in collections in Switzerland, France, Russia, the U.K., Italy and the U.S. Notable public collections include: Fairmont Hotels (Toronto, Montreal), Manulife Financial, RBC, CIBC, OCAD University, and the K.F. Preueter Collection of Canadian Art (Etobicoke).

Join us at the opening reception Saturday, December 2nd from 2-4pm at Bau-Xi Toronto to meet the artist and view the exhibition.

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Jeffrey Milstein | LA NY

Jeffrey Milstein | LA NY

December 2-16, 2017
350 Dundas St West, Toronto
Opening Reception + Book Launch: Saturday December 2, 2:00 - 4:00 pm 

Bau-Xi Photo is pleased to present LA NY by Jeffrey Milstein. The exhibition will feature work from his newly released book, LANY: Aerial Photographs of Los Angeles and New York (Thames & Hudson, 2017). Shot from a helicopter, these stunning aerial photographs of Los Angeles and New York offer the viewer a fresh perceptive on two of the most iconic cities in America. 

Join us on December 2nd from 2:00-4:00 pm to celebrate the opening of the exhibition and book launch. 

Milstein’s photographs have been published in Men’s Vogue, TIME Magazine, European Photography, American Photo, Eyemazing, Die Zeit, Wired, PDN, Esquire and Conde Nast Portfolio.  His acclaimed series “Aircraft: The Jet as Art” was exhibited in a year-long solo show at the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

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Shaun Downey | Out of Town

 

Shaun Downey | Out of Town 
November 18-30, 2017
340 Dundas St West, Toronto 
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 18, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Out of Town presents the latest work of realist figurative painter Shaun Downey, whose captivating compositions have earned the artist international recognition. Downey’s latest paintings are documents of personal experience, but also scenes which pay homage to the collective memory of Canadian cottage country. Scenes are familiar and enigmatic—classic in their atmosphere, but with unique, contemporary cameos that inject the canvas with a characteristic intensity and magical minimalism. The loaded silence characteristic of Downey’s work continues into Out of Town: “At the cottage,” says Downey, “we allow ourselves the space and time to savour moments, to take our sweet time with every task, and give them the attention they deserve...We get to enjoy hours without speaking, letting the subtle sounds of nature swirl around us, lulling us into a peaceful state of being.”

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2017 SALT SPRING NATIONAL ART PRIZE | WINNERS EXHIBITION

2017 Salt Spring National Art Prize | Winners Exhibition
3045 Granville Street - Upper Floor
November 4 -18, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Bau-Xi Gallery is honoured to showcase winning works by the seven recipients of the 2017 Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) in the Upper Floor Gallery. Initiated by the Salt Spring Arts Council, recipients of the second edition of the prize were chosen by David Garneau, Denis Longchamps and Naomi Potter from 1,227 artists who submitted from across Canada. The winning artists include Judy Anderson, Garry Kaye, Jan Little, Katherine MacNeill, Peter McFarlane, Dave Parsanishi, and Diana Thorneycroft.  

The intent of SSNAP is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity—resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning.

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Sylvia Tait | Double Entendre

Sylvia Tait | Double Entendre
3045 Granville Street - Main Floor
November 4 -18, 2017 
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2:00 - 4:00pm.  Artist in Attendance.  

Double Entendre marks an important milestone in celebrating 40 years of Bau-Xi Gallery's representation of acclaimed West Coast Canadian painter Sylvia Tait. 

Working in a variety of techniques, Tait’s non-objective paintings are illusive expressions of colour evocative of Synchromism, an early 20th century art movement that approached colour like sound to “compose” form in painting. A maestra of painting, Tait’s visual vocabulary is rich with sensuously applied layers of paint, disjointed strands of deep colour and free flowing soft-edged forms which converge, ascend, and transform with symphonic vigour.

In the artist's words: "Revisiting my old drawings and mixed media works this past year has brought me new energy and colour changes for today’s unsettled times. Broken and fragmented passages escaping from defined areas have been subject matter for me before, but the release of a new approach has allowed some chaos and freedom to play a more meaningful and darker role. Dualities and double meanings are always intriguing and keep alive connections to both surface, paint and ideas. The paint is the message and the massage."

Double Entendre accompanies Burnaby Art Gallery’s Journey- a public gallery survey of Sylvia Tait's works on paper spanning fifty plus years.

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Barbara Cole | Figure Painting

Barbara Cole | Figure Painting
Bau-Xi Photo, 350 Dundas St West, Toronto
November 4 -18, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2:00 - 4:00pm.  Artist in attendance.  

Photographer Barbara Cole’s latest series Figure Painting extends, with renewed subtlety, the artist’s long affair with her preferred mediums: water, light and the figure. Like a painter, Cole mixes and layers, blends and builds her compositions into ethereal portraits rich with rhythm and dimension. Inspired by the painting techniques cited in their names, these figures—Alla PrimaUnderpainting, and others—are like beautiful ghosts: barely outlined by the dance of light across skin; so near the surface and somehow just out of reach. Cole’s camera lens—a tool which for the artist does not “capture” her created worlds but rather brings them into existence—plucks her ethereal subjects as though from a dream, granting them each a moment of stillness and mystery.

Figure Painting will be on preview at Art Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, October 27-30, 2017

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SHI LE | COLOUR OF FALL

Shi Le | Colour of Fall
3045 Granville Street - Upper Floor Gallery
October 12-28, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 12th, 6-8 PM

Shi Le’s latest series of paintings, on display in the Upper Gallery from October 12th to 28rd, captures the ever-changing shades of Autumn, as the season transforms dense forests, placid creeks, rustling leaves, still waters and swaying trees. Le’s practice follows the longstanding tradition of seeking enlightenment through the study of nature, evoking collective experiences of natural space with poetic movement, masterful palette knife technique and luminous impasto surfaces.

Sketching from photographs taken on his solitary walks, Le develops his compositions by drawing on deeply resonant imagery, deriving inspiration from an intimate connection with nature. Le depicts the Ontario woodlands with softened focus and hyper-saturated hues, with particular focus on the riotous colours of the burnished landscape, synthesized through the distillation of personal recollection. Reflecting on the changing states of nature and the cyclical pattern of seasons, Le’s layered acrylic daubs describe minute shifts in light, filtered through the canopy to set the undergrowth alight with deep crimsons, burnt oranges and warm ochres. His marking making creates a time-lapse of ephemeral moments —a painting that is both a static image and a temporal document infused with the breath of the sublime.

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CORI CREED | SHIFT



Cori Creed | Shift

3045 Granville Street - Main Floor Gallery
October 12-28, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 12th, 6-8 PM

At the forefront of contemporary west coast naturalism, Cori Creed continues her investigation of temporal and material process in Shift, her new exhibition at Bau-Xi Vancouver. 

Creed adopts fresh techniques in her ongoing exploration of the landscape: loose brushwork, expressive movements, heavily layered paint in unexpected bold colours, and fractured compositions. Creed challenges traditional perspective as she experiments with collapsing the illusion of depth with flatness.

In Shift, the artist looks back at the history of painting with its trajectories and trends. Creed combines naturalism and abstraction to create multi-layered compositions in her nod to Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh and contemporary painters Alex Kanevsky and Peter Doig. Creed’s broad, valiant brushstrokes disrupt the surface of the canvas, marking the presence of the artist’s hand in rendering an otherwise “real” space of illusory depth. Creed yields to the paint, lending a loose hand to the brush that allows the landscape to emerge brimming with painterly fullness. Creed’s signature mark-making and use of spray paint hints at the human presence in the natural environment: evidence that the landscape is never untouched but always constructed and re-constituted by humankind.

“The idea of illustrating an emotional response or impression has always been a pursuit of mine. I've always been interested in the way that some artists would leave drafting marks visible; it calls attention to the act of creation and conception.” 
- Cori Creed, 2017

Cori Creed has been represented by Bau-Xi Gallery since 2011. Shift marks her seventh exhibition at Bau-Xi.

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Joseph Plaskett | Reflections



Joseph Plaskett | Reflections
September 30 - October 11, 2017 
Running Concurrently at Bau-Xi Vancouver & Toronto
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 30, 2-4 pm 

Bau-Xi Vancouver and Toronto are honoured to announce concurrent exhibitions of never-before exhibited paintings from the estate of Joseph Plaskett, running Sept 30 through October 11th, 2017. The exhibition will debut 14 paintings newly released from the estate to mark the occasion. 

Eschewing modernist abstraction, Joseph Plaskett became known for his ability to capture the charm of every day domestic life: flowers bought from the market, fruit and gourds neatly arranged or toppling across tables, the interior of a simple kitchen cabinet, or the view outside his Suffolk home window. Each canvas expresses a warm humanity, and reveals the artist’s mastery of light, form, and colour. 

Plaskett passed away on September 21, 2014 at his home in England at the age of 96, and is remembered for his contribution to the canon of Canadian art history. We look forward to sharing this special collection of works with admirers and collectors.

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Cara Barer | Letters and Landscapes

Cara Barer | Letters and Landscapes 
350 Dundas St. W, Toronto
September 9 - 23, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday September 9, 2-4pm.  Artist in attendance.  

Bau-Xi Photo presents Letters and Landscapes, a new body of work by Houston artist, Cara Barer.  Using sheet music reminiscent of her childhood and travel photographs from the artist’s own collection is “a natural next step” for Barer that combines process with personal ephemera. The resulting patterned, abstract compositions are powerful simply in their pictorial poignancy, but each image is also a layered object with a history, one that for Barer “hints of its origins, and culminates in a picture of my pictures of the world.”  

Cara Barer has exhibited in solo and group show throughout the US and Canada since 1994. Her work has been featured extensively in such publications as New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Harper’s Magazine, The Boston Globe and The New Yorker; and can be found in the collections of Bloomingdale’s, Saks, Lehigh University, Nordstrom, United States Embassy, Kyiv, Ukraine, VISA and Wells Fargo Bank and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is based in Houston, Texas.


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STEVEN NEDERVEEN | SOMETHING IN THE AIR

STEVEN NEDERVEEN | Something In the Air
340 Dundas Street
September 9 - 23, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9th from 2-4 PM 

We often say that there is  “something in the air” when we feel a subtle change—something atmospheric, mysterious—acting on us in strange ways.  For Steven Nederveen, the phrase is central to his most recent body of work, which explores the magic of the landscape as a similarly mysterious space, the experience of which is notorious for captivating—and eluding—artists. The “thing” in the air might be a bright stroke of paint, swipe of neon, or wash of pigment against a sea sky, but it is also a carefully placed screen between the onlooker and an unobstructed, picturesque view. Something in the Air is a thoughtful exploration of the age-old pair of natural beauty and its loss; it is both love letter, and lament.

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