Martin Klimas | Fragile Beauty

Martin Klimas | Fragile Beauty
February 9 - March 2, 2023
350 Dundas St West, Toronto

Bau-Xi Photo presents, Fragile Beauty, from the acclaimed Flowervases series by German photographer, Martin Klimas. Contrasting elegance and chaos, Klimas photographs his flawlessly arranged flower vases being shot by a steel bullet, capturing them in the exact moment of their destruction.

"What interests Klimas is not so much the moment of impact, but the transformation taking place in one seven-thousandth of a second. While the top half of the photograph remains poised in an absolutely harmonious still life, utter chaos has erupted below. The contrast of motionlessness and top speed explodes the triteness of the subject. The simultaneous presence of two distinct states and the improbable serenity of the pictures are positively spellbinding."

Precision, accuracy and the exact preliminary planning of his scientifically set-up compositions are what make Martin Klimas’ image series so unique and impressive. With his way of working Klimas constantly wanders between art and science.

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Janna Watson | Skywriting

Janna Watson | Skywriting
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
February 4-18, 2023
Opening Reception Saturday, February 4, 2-4pm*
*artist will not be in attendance as planned due to unforseen circumstances

Toronto-based abstract artist Janna Watson has applied her signature elegant-yet-playful, gestural style to an anticipated new series.

Inspired by clouds, the sky, and the Daoist philosophy of Wu Wei, or “effortless action,” Watson explains how she embraces this axiom: “I meditate when I paint and aim to shut out the terrestrial and the pedestrian. I strive to become an equal player of each pigment.”

Regarding her show title Skywriting: “The sky is my muse. It is no-place and all-places, and as a subject matter, it is my connective portal to nature. Unlike landscape, which references the topography of a specific place, the sky is a numinous entity that draws us toward a preeminent power.”

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Eric Louie | Where The Light Falls

 

Eric Louie | Where The Light Falls
February 9 - March 2, 2023
340 Dundas St West, Toronto

Bau-Xi Toronto presents, Where The Light Falls, a feature of new paintings by Vancouver-based artist Eric Louie. With these luminous works, the artist's deft hand and signature style are in fine form.

Through the excellence of his craft, Louie is able to capture the effortless movements of forms that seem to defy gravity. As a result, his paintings possess a chameleonic ability to exist comfortably among a multitude of aestheticsfrom 1920s Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern - to the late 20th Century and into the forefront of contemporary design.

The artist holds a B.F.A from the Alberta College of Art and Design, where he was awarded the prestigious Jason Lang Scholarship. His work is included in numerous private and public collections including CIBC, Encana Energy, NBC Studios, Paramount and MGM Pictures, as well as the City of Calgary.

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GAVIN LYNCH | MONDEGREENS

Gavin Lynch | Mondegreens
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
January 14-28, 2023

Meet the Artist | Opening Reception Saturday, January 14, 2-4pm

We are proud to commence 2023 with Mondegreens, BC-born and currently Quebec-based artist Gavin Lynch’s anticipated inaugural solo exhibition with Bau-Xi Vancouver. Employing an intuitive and ingenious graphic collage approach to his compositions using a combination of acrylic, watercolour and sand, Lynch builds an aggregate perception of the natural world using field documentation, daily forest hikes, digital archives, imagination and memory. The resulting amalgamated motifs, painted with clean lines, a pixelated effect and exacting precision, speak at once to our changing relationship with nature, the virtual realm and the genre of landscape painting. 

Artist's statement:

Around 2014 I was making paintings of hypothetical scenarios: forest fires, sea squalls and windstorms. Now these are all realities of climate change that we are seeing with startling regularity on the news, internet and in person. 

Right now, I am interested in making images that could be seen as nature re-assembling itself, a post-human landscape somehow evolving by fusing disparate elements together to create unlikely scenarios: spaces where trees from different parts of the globe are coexisting, where interior spaces morph into outdoor spaces, and everything is held together by collage and paint. I have processed nature via the familiar lens of the digital screen, using actual paint to mirror the processes of photo editing software: trees are seemingly copied and pasted into new locales, flora often concede to pixelation, and entire motifs are “dragged and dropped” into new scenarios.

The ability of nature to rebound from human-induced catastrophic events is well documented (demonstrated in Cal Flyn’s wonderful non-fiction book Islands of Abandonment), and I like the poetic idea of doing it pictorially through a painting wherein such a reassembly could splice together unexpected elements. After all, nature often surprises us with its abilities.

- Gavin Lynch 2023

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Looking Forward | Curated Exhibition

Bau-Xi Gallery Artists

Looking Forward | Curated Exhibition
340 & 350 Dundas Street West, Toronto
January 14-28, 2023

As we look forward to this upcoming year, Bau-Xi Gallery and Bau-Xi Photo in Toronto present a curated selection from gallery artists scheduled for exhibition in 2023. We invite you to explore featured works by Kyle ScheurmannAlex CameronJanna Watson Martin Klimas and Barbara Coleamong other gallery artists.

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2022 A Year In Review | Curated Exhibition

David Leventi at Bau-Xi Gallery

Bau-Xi Photo | 2022 A Year In Review
350 Dundas Street West, Toronto
December 3-17, 2022

This December, Bau-Xi Photo presents Year In Review, a curated selection of photographic artworks exhibited throughout the course of 2022. Featuring works by David LeventiWhitney Lewis-SmithChris ShepherdVirginia MakJoshua Jensen-Nagle and Barbara Coleamong other gallery artists!

We are proud to celebrate the close of a wonderful year by revisiting some of the inspiring photographs which graced our walls in 2022. Pease join us this December to view these beautiful works together in this curated exhibition. 


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Image: David Leventi, Curtain, Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm, Sweden - available in 3 sizes

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HOLIDAY | NEW WORKS BY GALLERY ARTISTS


Holiday | New Works by Gallery Artists
December 3-17, 2022 
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Main Gallery

Bau-Xi Vancouver is pleased to present our annual holiday group exhibition, featuring beautiful new painting and photography in the spirit of the season.

The exhibition includes works by artists including David Alexander, Vicky Christou, Cori Creed, Jamie Evrard, Anne Griffiths, Nicole Katsuras, Gavin Lynch, Andre Petterson and more. 

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Darlene Cole | Reverie

Darlene Cole | Reverie
December 3-17, 2022
340 Dundas St West, Toronto
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3 2022 | 1-3 PM - Artist in attendance

Bau-Xi is thrilled to present Reverie, a stunning collection of new paintings by Canadian artist Darlene Cole. 

Gary Michael Dault once wrote, “Darlene Cole’s paintings are filled with the very fragrance of paradox. They feel immediate, for example, as if they have been painted rapidly from life, on the fly, as notations rather than deliberations, all the while crystallizing and enshrining the innocence of a dreamtime that shimmers in the haze of Cole’s effulgence light like memory.”

On her latest collection, the artist writes:

"Tapping into the deeper theme of ‘reverie’, this cycle of paintings are unforced but unforgettably layered in a time when moments that feel like a dream might help carry us through the shadows…walking in the forest, sitting by the pond or lake, listening to live music, or the burst of a new season.

In the studio, the gesture, light, and mystery were forefront for me along with the intensity of emotion. I approached each canvas in a way that I hadn’t before…thinking of the darkest areas first and allowing the paint and subject matter to emerge from the unknown. In some paintings the figure is present and in another, the figure pivots to be the viewer and encounters a bear…then a swan. I wanted to coax (with paint) the complexity of emotion and sensitivity from nature as a means of solace."

Cole's work is extensively collected across Canada and internationally. Notable public collections include: The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, the K.F. Preueter Collection of Canadian Art, Royal Bank of Canada, CIBC, OCAD University, Fairmont Hotels (Toronto, Montreal, Banff), and Manulife Financial. 

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Jill Greenberg | Paintings 2

Jill Greenberg | Paintings 2
November 19-30, 2022
350 Dundas St West, Toronto

Bau-Xi Photo presents Paintings 2, an exhibition of new works by New York-based photographer, Jill Greenberg. In this continuation of the artist’s Paintings series, Greenberg captures the lustrous and wonderful surface of paintings made by her own hand.

     “I set out to make a body of work that commented on the idea of artists painting from photographs. Yet ultimately, as with all of my work, I aim for the work itself to not only have meaning but also be luscious and compelling, vivid and emotional. I combine acrylic, tempera, oils, and water, usually on a glass painter’s palette. By manipulating the paint with brushes and palette knives, allowing it to dry, adding water back, and rotating the glass to change the reflections, as I capture images remotely from my laptop, each sequential capture is slightly different as the water flows and the pigment dissolves, the surface of the paint reflects light differently.”

Describing her work as, “lens-based, 100-megapixel paintings” Greenberg marries two art forms. “The photograph is the culmination of the work, a new hybrid medium made with a mastery of both light and paint, time and the hand, not a mere painting.”

Born in Montreal and raised in Detroit, Greenberg began her artistic career as a student of illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design but soon switched her focus to photography, graduating with Honours in 1989 alongside a generation of artists who looked to the medium as a platform for political and social commentary. Decorated with awards for both her commercial and fine art photography, Greenberg has since been exhibited worldwide, with her work collected by both private collectors and public institutions, including the Portland Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Greenberg currently lives and works from her studio in New York, NY. 

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Nicole Katsuras | Antidote

Nicole Katsuras | Antidote
November 19-30
Opening Reception November 19, 1-3 PM | Artist in Attendance
340 Dundas Street West, Toronto

All paintings are now available for acquisition. To secure a piece for your collection, please contact us at 416-977-0600 or toronto@bau-xi.com.

Bau-Xi Gallery is thrilled to present Antidote, a stunning exhibition of new abstract paintings by Toronto-born artist Nicole Katsuras. 

On her latest collection, Katsuras writes;

“Art is the antidote for our times. Personally, the act and the object can be a carrier of positivity, joy and light. These new paintings are a continuation of my ongoing study and experimentation with paint; focusing on the natural world but always synthesizing my inward reflections, personal memories, emotions, and history to create gravity free dreamland state, flora and intuitive landscapes. 

Embracing the freedom and endless possibilities oil paint has to offer with my commitment to colour,  texture, line and movement. I hope to create an antidote to life’s malaise."

The artist is renowned for her creative approach of embracing past traditions of art history while presenting her unique visual language in her paintings. Informed by the nuances of the oil medium and a cascade of visual stimuli, Katsuras paints a bold yet intricate extruded technique to compose lively, elegant and playful abstracted scenes. 

Nicole Katsuras has exhibited her paintings internationally, with noted solo shows in Toronto, Vancouver, London, Seoul and Paris. Her artwork is part of several public collections and countless private collections across the globe.

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STEVEN NEDERVEEN | THE OCEAN IN US

Steven Nederveen | The Ocean In Us
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
November 19-30, 2022

Steven Nederveen’s work deals with the passage of time, a theme stemming from his own practice of meditation. Moments of peaceful clarity lead the artist to draw connections between our natural environment and aspects of spirituality through an artistic process that combines painting and photography. In this new exhibition, he focuses on the drama of crashing waves, paying homage to the historic seascape paintings of shipwrecks by old Dutch masters, referencing dark black skies, turbulent waters and fine detail.


Artist statement:

As a waterman and the son of a sailor, I’ve spent a lot of time on the waters of the west coast. I know these waters, and yet I can never really know them. The ocean is an endless variety of movement, light and feeling. We can see ourselves in its vastness and depths, its calm and its torrents. Water reflects back to us our inner worlds and emotions. 

In my latest depictions of the sea, I have re-cast the ocean as subject and zoomed in on one small section of turbulent water, using contemporary techniques to distill ocean crashes into gesture and form so that we can feel the full impact and chaos of the untamed sea. I use a golden glow to represent the human spirit, depicting it as an extension of nature itself, inseparable from the beautiful chaos of these waves. The vastness of the water reflects the vastness of ourselves - these pieces are both inner and outer landscape. 

-Steven Nederveen 2022 

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Bradley Wood | Gilded Daze

Bradley Wood | Gilded Daze
November 3-16, 2022
Opening Reception November 3, 6-8PM | Artist in Attendance
340 Dundas Street, Toronto

Bau-Xi is thrilled to present Gilded Daze, the inaugural exhibition for Canadian-born, New York-based artist Bradley Wood with the gallery.

Known for his expressive and chromatically charged paintings, Bradley Wood is renowned for his depictions of opulent, abundant environments and intriguing figures. In this exhibition, Wood contemplates the passage of time and the thematic undercurrent of excessive wealth masking the personal grappling of introspective conflicts. The artist stages dramatic scenes of days passed, while connecting with our current reality of crafted personas within digital and social media.
 
On the inspirations informing his latest collection, the artist writes;
 
“I've always grappled with notions of time -- as an artist and, these days, as an aging father. It prompted me to weave these blending timelines into my usual oeuvre of figurative interiors and fictional seated portraits, creating narratives about the contrast between outer appearance and internal mindsets.
 
In this body of work, many references are found at its core: medieval pictorial flatness, 17-century figuration, the surreal movement of the early 20s, decorative interiors like those painted by Les Nabis, abstract expressionist mark-making, along with the subject matter with current-day cues. All are meaningful approaches mashed up intentionally to achieve timelessness in my work.”
 
Through his intricate brushwork and bold palettes, Wood’s intimate oil paintings on linen present his stylized figures in his signature visual language. Like a seasoned playwright, the artist weaves elaborate narratives and imagined backstories for his fascinating subjects.
 
Born in Regina in 1970, Bradley Wood completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2006. Prior to studying at RISD, Wood completed studies at Art Center Europe, Vevey, Switzerland (1995-1996) and California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA (2000-2001). The artist has been featured in over 15 editorials and publications, including The Globe and Mail (2021, 2011); The New York Times (2013); Artsy (2016); The Irish Times (2018); among others. He is part of countless private collections across the globe.
 
Bradley Wood has been represented by Bau-Xi Gallery since 2021.

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