Cori Creed | The Story and The Telling


Cori Creed | The Story and The Telling

June 8-22, 2024
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception Saturday, June 8, 2-4pm

Bau-Xi Vancouver proudly presents a new solo exhibition by established BC landscape painter Cori Creed. In her signature energetic style, the artist continues to pay tribute to the untamed beauty of the landscape of British Columbia, capturing its richness and diversity. Creed aims to encapsulate the literal and metaphorical non-linear journey of traversing both these landscapes and life. 


Artist's Statement:

This body of work, more than any, has made it evident just how looping the path can be. Retracing and pushing out in different directions, moving forward and then retreating - sometimes a jubilant exploration and sometimes a battle. My work continues to be a translation of an experience, in this case of our landscape - forests, mountains and coastlines. A balance between representation and mark making, the story and the telling. I have always considered how our own filters show us each a unique perspective of the world, but while painting this show I have also been very aware of how much outside events and forces impact and alter our own outpourings. The wind fills and empties our sails and we find a way to keep moving. With many of these pieces I found it necessary to ease off my search for more abstraction, and instead of chasing the essential forms, pick up my smaller brushes and pull details out of the washes and staining in the underpainting. Questing for the mediation found in the memories made while moving through our ancient places. 

- Cori Creed 2024

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Andre Petterson | Halcyon

Andre Petterson artwork 'Reach 2' available at Bau-Xi Gallery Vancouver

Andre Petterson | Halcyon

April 20-May 4, 2024
Main Level
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception: Saturday April 20, 2-4pm
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Andre Petterson turns his lens onto floral motifs for his new solo exhibition, Halcyon, proudly presented by Bau-Xi Vancouver. This series contrasts riotous, layered superblooms of flowers with the calm and focused refinement of singular blooms in architectural settings. Adding a further sense of calm, the collection includes several coastal landscapes with long pieces of driftwood to emphasize the linearity of the horizon meeting the water’s edge.

In these new works, Petterson embraces chance occurrence, letting paint organically land in unexpected places on the panel and intermingle with the photographed floral elements. The effect both disrupts and harmonizes with these elements, giving Petterson’s signature mixed media style a new sense of looseness as he creates varied and novel ways to experience florals.

Artist statement:

My new work is largely floral, still life and landscape, and is much more painterly than anything I've done in the recent past. It is an exploration and contrast of real and abstract, hard edges and softness, natural and man-made. I have been dabbling with floral and nature works throughout the decades; If I were to make floral works again, I felt I had to bring something new to the subject that I hadn't yet explored. Incorporating architectural elements added a sense of play and, to some degree, a sense of revisiting some of the early collages that I made years ago. I get to build things again.   - Andre Petterson 2024

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Casey McGlynn | Ballet of the Pickup Trucks



Casey McGlynn | Ballet of the Pickup Trucks
April 6-18, 2024
Main Level
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception: Saturday April 6, 2-4pm


Bau-Xi Vancouver proudly presents Ballet of the Pickup Trucks, the new solo exhibition by Ontario-based artist Casey McGlynn. As he approaches thirty years of exhibiting in galleries and museums, McGlynn returns to the horse, one of his earliest metaphors of the self. Grazing and at rest, the horses appear in herds and as individual silhouettes, their interiors filled with a cacophony of symbols and colour that bristle with a fervent, raw energy.

Artist statement:

Ballet of the pickup trucks is about becoming a northerner and searching for beauty and meaning in the north. it’s become about finding that beauty and meaning in the most unlikely of places up here

-Casey McGlynn, 2024

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Joseph Plaskett | Repose

Joseph Plaskett | Repose
January 13-27, 2024 | EXTENDED through February 1
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception: Saturday November 18, 2-4pm


Bau-Xi Vancouver is proud and honoured to open 2024 with Repose, a special retrospective solo exhibition from eminent Canadian artist Joseph Plaskett (1918-2014). This collection of oils, pastels and etchings features quietly captivating scenes of interiors and gardens most loved by the artist.

A native of New Westminster, BC, Plaskett studied art in Banff, San Francisco, New York, London and Paris. His time in Paris and later years in Suffolk, England (where he passed away in 2014) are the focus of this exhibition, and each work reflects his distinctive mastery of form and composition and a perpetually fresh palette. 

Since the 1940s, Plaskett has had over 65 solo and group exhibitions, with work in major public, private and corporate collections including the National Gallery of Canada. He has exhibited with Bau-Xi Gallery, both in Vancouver and Toronto, since 1973. In the spring of 2001, he was awarded The Order of Canada for excellence in the field of visual art.

Join us and explore the intimate and extraordinary world of one of Canada's greatest artists.

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Holiday 2023 | New Works by Gallery Artists

HOLIDAY | New Works by Gallery Artists
December 9-23, 2023
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception: Saturday December 9, 2-4pm


Bau-Xi Vancouver is pleased to present our annual holiday group exhibition, featuring beautiful new works in the spirit of the season.
The exhibition includes works by Vicky Christou, Eric Louie, Sylvia Tait, Kyle Scheurmann, Cori Creed, Anne Griffiths, Casey McGlynn and more.


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Vicki Smith | Ripple Effect



Vicki Smith | Ripple Effect

November 18-30, 2023
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception: Saturday November 18, 2-4pm

 

Bau-Xi Vancouver presents Ripple Effect, the highly anticipated solo exhibition from Toronto based artist Vicki Smith. Vicki Smith is a painter whose goal is peace. These evocative new images, replete with the calm energy of Smith's own meditation practice, feature the artist's incredible skill with the brush in capturing the look and movement of water. They draw in the viewer, prompting memories of times when swimming and floating enabled moments of solace amidst the cacophony of life.

Artist Statement:

Appearing from The Walrus magazine and Connor Garrel, upon express request of the artist as her favoured artist and show statement:

"All of the women in Vicki Smith's paintings are suspended, floating in water and time. They court peace in pools and lakes. postponing gravity, going nowhere fast. Sometimes you can glimpse some rocks or stretch of shore at the edge of a frame, but mostly they are alone, buoyant and unbothered. These scenes are rendered almost romantically, with impasto snarls of blue and green and ochre, and when Smith talks about them, she uses words like "serene", and "meditation", and "memory". She doesn't even think of her women as "swimmers", she says. "To me, it's more intangible than that, a limitlessness that's closer to flying."

-Connor Garrel on Vicki Smith, July/August 2023


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Steven Nederveen | Special Trees


Steven Nederveen | Special Trees

November 4-16, 2023
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception: Saturday November 4, 2-4pm


Bau-Xi Vancouver proudly presents Special Trees, the new exhibition from Toronto based artist Steven Nederveen. This timely and moving series focuses on the evolving understanding of community amongst trees, and what humans can learn from embracing and emulating the trees' natural practice of working together and helping each other. Nederveen is known for drawing connections between our natural environment and aspects of spirituality through an artistic process that combines painting and photography. By combining and integrating these mediums, Nederveen develops a magical realism that insists on new perspectives on the landscape genre. 


Artist statement:

For the past 15 years I have used my depiction of trees to evoke an "austere and serene beauty, expressing a mood of spiritual solitude recognized in Zen Buddhist philosophy” (from the Definition of Wabi). My trees represented the isolation, strength and stillness we have within ourselves. In this latest body of work, my trees focus on the communal aspects of life. I've added vibrant colors and delicate patterns to small tree groupings to imply connectedness: a vision of trees as having families and communities. This comes from relatively recent scientific research that has revealed that trees have a complex and interconnected social network. Through their root systems and underground fungi networks, trees are able to communicate with each other and share resources, such as nutrients and water. This network is sometimes referred to as the "wood wide web". The concept of the "wood wide web" highlights the importance of interconnectedness and community, and that trees are not the solitary plants we once thought, but are actually living in dynamic relationships to the other plants, able to work together to raise saplings, ward off intruders and send warnings. Just as humans rely on each other for support, cooperation, and empathy, trees also depend on each other for their survival.


-Steven Nederveen, 2023

 

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Sheri Bakes | An Origami of Wind



Sheri Bakes | An Origami of Wind

October 21 - November 2, 2023
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception: Saturday October 21, 2-4pm | Artist in Attendance


Bau-Xi Vancouver proudly presents An Origami of Wind, the new solo exhibition of atmospheric works from BC based artist Sheri Bakes. Inspired by the forests of Vancouver Island and North Vancouver, these atmospheric paintings reflect the artist’s ongoing interest in wind, motion, and meditative breathwork, with fine attention given to light and its stippled effect. Bakes’ ever-present indication of movement, breath and life-force - the unseen made visible - connects all her images. inviting quiet contemplation.


Artist’s statement:

This new body of work is an exploration of landscape around Vancouver Island as well as Vancouver’s North Shore mountains. When I lived in Vancouver I hiked in the North Shore mountains with my dogs 4-5 times a week in the mornings through the spring, summer and fall months. We mostly hiked a couple trails on Mt. Seymour, and the more we hiked these trails the more I felt the ever changing landscape occupying space inside myself: the boundary perception between inside and outside of myself became very thin. I suppose this is also true for the areas of Vancouver Island I’ve been fortunate enough to explore. I think I gravitate towards certain kinds of energy and these two places offer this specific energy and light in really strong, consistent abundance.

Wind, much like origami (the Japanese art of paper folding) moves through landscape, folding land into a kinetic sculpture of shapes. This show is a moving meditation on the relationship of origami in nature.


-Sheri Bakes 2023


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Eric Louie | Becoming

Eric Louie | Becoming
October 5 - 17, 2023
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception Thursday, October 5, 6-8pm | Artist in Attendance


Bau-Xi Vancouver is thrilled to present Becoming, the anticipated new exhibition from Vancouver based artist Eric Louie. Louie's signature shimmering abstract forms almost appear to slowly move and shift, reflecting the collection's theme of the four seasons and the ever-changing nature of life. Louie's works possess a chameleonic ability to exist comfortably among a multitude of aesthetics, from 1920s Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern through to the late 20th Century and into the forefront of contemporary design. 

Artist Statement:

My latest show approaches ideas surrounding the four seasons, perpetual change and cyclical nature of life. Different temperatures found in light and colour exemplify each passing moment depicted. The connection between the changing seasons, their varying colours and our projected memories associated with them is where the work touches most eloquently. Each painting involves some interaction and reaction between the imposing forms inhabiting the spaces I’ve created. Some semblance of the elements comes out in each scene where I’m focused on pulling that “feeling” out of myself.

-Eric Louie, 2023

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Sheila Kernan | Inbetween

Sheila Kernan | Inbetween
August 5 - 17, 2023
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception Saturday, August 5, 2-4pm | Artist in Attendance

 

Bau-Xi Vancouver is pleased to present Inbetween, the new exhibition from Calgary-based landscape artist Sheila Kernan. Continuing with the west coast themes of her preceding exhibition Real Places, Imaginary Spaces, Kernan delves further into the beguiling beaches and lush coastal forests of British Columbia, uniquely applying Gestalt theory to her process. The result is a collection of immersive, textural scenes replete with the energy of the landscape.

Artist Statement:


Sometimes the in-between isn’t about what’s there; it’s about what is not. Hovering between realism and abstraction, my practice has always embraced “Gestalt theory.” Gestalt theory is a theory about perception: it describes our abilities to recognize complex scenes and reduce them to more simplified patterns and shapes. I aim to reduce scenes and simplify landscapes into shapes, textures and patterns, leaving out some information to allow viewers to fill in the gaps and ‘connect the dots’. At the same time, the many layers within my paintings provide detailed components where we don’t have to use our imagination. This intersection between fantasy and reality is endlessly fascinating to me and perfectly represented in these west coast scenes.


-Sheila Kernan, 2023

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Joshua Jensen-Nagle | Summer Session

 

Joshua Jensen-Nagle | Summer Session
July 8-20, 2023
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception Saturday, July 8 2-4pm 


Bau-Xi Gallery Vancouver is pleased to welcome summer 2023 with Summer Session, a collection of immersively-scaled beachside imagery from acclaimed Toronto-based aerial photographer Joshua Jensen-Nagle and his ongoing Endless Summer series. Inspired by his abundant memories of summer days surfing with his dad on the New Jersey shore, Jensen-Nagle creates images from a distance that act as memories: captured moments of bliss and solace that call to the viewer to take part in the visual and mental escape. The "escape artist", as Jensen-Nagle was dubbed by the Globe and Mail, photographs beaches in places all over the world including Bondi, Cinque Terre, Capri, Oahu, Mexico and Tel-Aviv. 


Artist Statement:

The Endless Summer series explores my obsession with beach culture and the notion of nostalgic escapism, offering a reflection on my own thoughts and feelings of childhood summers spent along the New Jersey shore …memories of never-ending days floating in the water, jumping waves and surfing with my dad. It was a simpler time and one of the only times in my life that I can remember feeling nothing more than uncomplicated happiness. I often long for the simplicity of those days.

My lens is not meant to document a reality, but rather attempts to capture a feeling experienced within the moments photographed, allowing the viewer to then reflect on their own memories and dreams. If the viewer can connect to the work on an emotional level, I have achieved my objective.

– Joshua Jensen-Nagle 2023

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Bratsa Bonifacho | No Sugar Added

Bratsa Bonifacho | No Sugar Added
June 17-29, 2023
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception Saturday, June 17, 2-4pm | Artist in Attendance

 

Bratsa Bonifacho is an established artist based in Vancouver. His work is held in many private, corporate and permanent museum collections across five continents. Major collections held include the Canadian Embassy in Argentina, Museum of Modern Art in Serbia, the National Museum of Serbia and the Department of External Affairs in Ottawa.

Internationally recognized for his deeply layered abstract paintings, Bonifacho has an intense interest in technology, communication and cultural identity which is at the forefront of his current artistic practice. These new works are a continuation of his Celebration series. Bonifacho imitates the effects of computer viruses and worms by scrambling letters and messages in his large-scale oil paintings. His work carries the elegance of programming code and symbolizes the deep layers of chaos and confusion caused by viruses, conflict and crisis.

 

Artist statement:

My choice of title “No Sugar Added” refers to a paring back of frills and unnecessary adornments to reveal the power of simplicity. I have a relationship with each painting which is driven primarily by emotion. This collection picks up from the previous Celebration series, focusing on simplified grid structure and interrupted code-like symbology. However, while the Celebration series focused on an overall presence of white with bright colour accents, this collection features rich, deep colours in combinations which reflect mood and intuitive impulse, emphasizing the all-encompassing importance of the present moment.

– Bratsa Bonifacho 2023

 

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