ALEX CAMERON: RAINBOW STATION

Enjoy the rich detail of Cameron's thick impasto techniques this January at Bau-Xi Toronto

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

January 7 - 21
340 Dundas St. West, Toronto
Opening Reception January 7
2:00 - 4:00 pm

"Rainbow Station" is an exhibition of new work by one of Canada’s favourite contemporary landscape painters, whose explorative relationship with colour and texture has defined his work for over 40 years. Immersed in the arts from a young age, Alex Cameron was introduced to New York City’s Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1960s, and witnessed concurrent and equally powerful experiments in abstraction back home in Toronto, where he worked as a studio assistant for the late Jack Bush in the mid-1970s. Cameron’s celebration of pure pigment has since characterized his canvases, with his thick painterly application lends lively sculptural form to both his energetic landscapes and non-representational studies. Not only bold and bright, Cameron’s colours are unconventional, inverted, and built up in linear “ropes” of paint—often applied straight from the tube—that make his surfaces hum with life. His subjects—the varied landscapes of Canada observed during his regular coast to coast travels—are not merely captured or recorded in paint, but rather honoured for their complexity; they are organic, total, and magical environments that live and grow.

Alex Cameron’s paintings have been collected extensively in Canada and abroad. Notable collections include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Bank of Canada, and The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Art Collection.

VIEW THE COLLECTION HERE

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Ted Fullerton awarded prominent sculpture commission

Congratulations to Bau-Xi artist Ted Fullerton who has recently been awarded a sculpture commission for the Billings Art and Heritage Trail, Manitoulin Island, to be installed in the Summer of 2017.

Digital rendering of the artist’s intention for commissioned piece Ascend/Transcend

 

Ascend/Transcend: Billings Art and Heritage Trail, Manitoulin Island.

The sculpture Ascend/Transcend will consist of three figures stepping up into “imagined space”. Each pole will have a different elevation reinforcing the notion of ascension and transcendance, creating a sculpture that places imagined human endeavor and achievement between earth and sky. This inference will be reinforced with a yellow bird – yellow being symbollc of enlightenment – surmounted on the highest figure’s head.

 

View paintings and sculpture by Ted Fullerton online here 

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GIVE THE GIFT OF FINE ART

A gift wrapped painting--a surprise for a long-time Bau-Xi client.

 

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With the holidays upon us, art lovers often plan on selecting a special piece for their friends and family. Bau-Xi Gallery associates love the opportunity to create a special moment for our clients and their loved ones. We are happy to accommodate special requests to deliver and install artwork as either an expected or surprise gift.

Gift certificates are also available through the gallery, which offer a nice introduction to art collecting for those who may be new to the process. Associates in the gallery are pleased to consult on artwork selection, and provide a tour of the gallery.

 

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JOSEPH PLASKETT PAINTINGS FOR SALE AFTER 2 YEAR MORATORIUM

Joseph Plaskett, Suffolk Spring #1(diptych), 1992, Oil on Canvas, 36 X 96 in. ACQUIRE

 

Bau-Xi Gallery is pleased to announce that a selection of Joseph Plaskett paintings have been released for sale, following the recent settlement of his estate. We look forward to discussing these works with collectors. Plaskett passed away September 21, 2014 in his home in Suffolk, England. He was 96. 

Joseph Plaskett is considered to be one of Canada’s most talented and established painters. In the spring of 2001, he was awarded The Order of Canada for excellence in the field of visual art. Since the 1940’s, he 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 the Bau-Xi Gallery, both in Vancouver and Toronto, since 1973.

Born in 1918 in New Westminster, B.C., Plaskett studied art in Banff, San Francisco, New York, London, and Paris, where he lived for many years. His chosen subjects are intimate expressions of everyday life – interiors, still life, and portraits of friends and models. There is a warm humanity to his work; a love of light, form, and colour that is evident in every painting he produces. The ensuing results are masterworks of visual delight.

Read Joseph Plaskett's obituary in The Globe & Mail here

VIEW AVAILABLE JOSEPH PLASKETT ARTWORK HERE

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ANDA KUBIS AT BAU-XI GALLERY

Anda Kubis, Dance, digital painting on canvas, 30 x 42 inches, ACQUIRE

 

Bau-Xi Gallery is thrilled to announce representation of recognized Canadian abstract painter Anda Kubis.

Anda Kubis works in expanded digital, material, and traditional oil painting processes. Due to the prominence of colour in her artwork, Kubis consciously considers how the engagement with aesthetics and creativity positive affects human flourishing and quality of life. With degrees from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and York University, Kubis crosses her artistic practice with design and architecture, material exploration, and her significant teaching career. She is the Associate Dean of Outreach and Innovation in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. Numerous public and private collections have acquired Kubis’ work, including RBC, TD Bank, BMO, Cenovus Energy, Aimia, The Westaim Corporation, and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

VIEW ANDA KUBIS ARTWORK HERE

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MODERN LEISURE AT BAY ADELAIDE CENTRE

 

NOVEMBER 21 - 25, 2016

BAY ADELAIDE CENTRE, EAST LOBBY

Visit the Bay Adelaide Centre for an encore presentation of Joshua Jensen-Nagle's exhibition 'Modern Leisure'. Viewers are treated to 13 works from this series including an audio tour describing each piece.

VIEW ARTWORK BY JOSHUA JENSEN-NAGLE HERE

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Artist Q&A: Experience the intimate world of Darlene Cole

'The Intimates' On display at Bau-Xi Gallery Toronto, December 3-18, 2016

The Intimates (window sill), 54 x 40 in. oil on canvas, 2016

 

We recently sat down with artist Darlene Cole for a conversation about her upcoming exhibition, 'The Intimates'.

 

How do you approach creating a new series?

 a) A new playlist!

 b) I find that working on a small scale in the beginning gets me to the gritty raw bits of what I want to say and feel... I immediately know if it has the push and pull that I want.

 c) I draw from what is around me, human to human, relationships, pathways, landscapes, visits to antique shops in Old Ontario, my artist retreat, etc.

For 'The Intimates' I bought a new Moleskine sketchbook and some yummy chalk that feels like I'm on a boat when I work with it. It is a green/grey blue...like a wild lake colour. I've been drawing (rather habitual) while standing at an old table that came from a historical building in Belleville, Ontario. The table is painted in an 'as found' glossy blue/grey colour that I can see the shadow of my hand in as I draw. Although I'm a bit of a nighthawk, I draw only during the day under natural light. It is an intimate experience with the music, daylight, the soft chalk on cream paper on the old table.

 

Image from the Artist's studio

 


How do you know when you've chosen the perfect 'theme' for the show?

I keep bits of green masking tape on my walls in the studio...words or phrases that often have dual meanings. I might hear words in songs as I'm working, or often they just come to me at odd times...unloading the dishwasher or drying my hair. My work is truly on my mind all the time...like fine webbing that joins one thought to another as I move from space to space. The title for the show has to feel right in my space as I walk around this old house. It has to feel right with the ceiling height, the light filtering in...it is like part of the plot somehow or a hint of the setting...it has to 'fit' into my world...and make your cheeks blush a bit when you think of it.

What element of your work do you visualize first?

The feeling...the atmosphere of the painting.

How long will you work on paintings for 'The Intimates'? 

I never know the answer to this question...but with 'The Intimates', the small scale paintings may continue perhaps for a museum show... 

Which elements of your familiar imagery will turn up in this show?

The white rabbit, the dress, the boat, the fawn, the horse, the curtain, roses and peonies...

Do you have any surprises for us?

Palm trees, perhaps a violin, some leopard print and a honey container from WWII...

 

CLICK TO VIEW ARTWORK BY DARLENE COLE

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'Wandering wants no root' by David Alexander

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TORONTO, BAU-XI PHOTO: November 5 - 19, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5 from 2-4PM, artist in attendance

"Wandering Wants No Root" is a phrase that for Alexander describes a process, a distinct aesthetic, and a painted philosophy. Much in the same way that the artist’s brush wanders across his canvases—with linear strokes dissolving into pools of light and colour—so too does Alexander himself wander conceptually through his re-created, reflected worlds.  New work communicates a nomadic approach to both paint and process: tall reeds spontaneously sprout out of their own reflection, the water’s surface a space of distortion and multiplication. Thick brush overlays landscapes with dark, impenetrable screens; Alexander’s land is just within view, not always entirely accessible, and often unattached to clear, geographic referents. "Wandering Wants No Root" captures land as a map of shimmering surfaces, speculative spaces that bend and move before our eyes.
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ART TORONTO PREVIEW ON NOW

VISIT OUR CURATOR'S SELECTION PAGE TO VIEW NEW ARTWORK FOR ART TORONTO

October 28 - 31, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Join us: Friday October 29, 5-8pm for a special preview of Joshua Jensen-Nagle's forthcoming exhibition. Artists in attendance, artist talk at 6pm.

Our large booth at Art Toronto 2016 will feature a bold selection of new work by gallery artists. Previews are available in the month of October. 

Purchase tickets here

ABOUT NEW ARTWORK FOR ART TORONTO

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CHRIS SHEPHERD 'CONSTRUCT' OPENING SOON IN TORONTO

Chris Shepherd artwork presented by Bau-Xi Gallery

Left: After Sunset Lake Huron; Right: Four After Sunset Lake Huron Prints Rolled and Standing

CONSTRUCT | October 15 - 29, 2016

Opening reception: Saturday October 15th, 2-4 pm, artist in attendance

Construct is a series of interventions on physical photographic prints by Toronto artist Chris Shepherd. Largely influenced by abstract expressionist painters and sculptors from the 1960s onward, Shepherd plays with his fascination for geometry, colour, and the reduction of subjects and surfaces to their essential forms. Through shredding, cutting, tearing, folding, crumpling and other processes, Shepherd re-configures his existing images into sculptural objects. These new sculptures are then re-photographed, resulting in an image that prompts viewers to re-evaluate the conventional language of photography. Views of sky, urban greenery, and industrial parking lots infuse Shepherd's experiments in medium with a distinct quality of the everyday. Memory, nostalgia, documentation and other established tropes of photography become secondary to form and object, activating dialogue about the very definition of the medium itself.

VIEW CHRIS SHEPHERD PHOTOGRAPHS HERE

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LETS GO BLUE JAYS!

Much loved painter Kenneth Lochhead (1926-2006) is a fixture in Canadian art history, not least for his essential contribution to Canadian abstraction as a member of the celebrated Regina Five group during the 1960s. The later years of the artist’s career saw a creative turn to representation, when he explored the ways in which paint strokes could create “ideas, impressions, dynamics, and movements” on the canvas. During the 1990s, one of the artist’s preferred subjects was of course the body in motion, and Lochhead naturally chose the team he loved as his muse: the Toronto Blue Jays.

Blue Jays artwork by Kenneth Lochhead presented by Bau-Xi Gallery

As the Jays prepare for an important wildcard match this evening, Bau-Xi Toronto is happy to showcase Lochhead's Blue Jays. Infused with the spirit of the game, Lochhead’s panels are also studies in form, colour, and texture that remind us of the artist’s well-deserved place in the Canadian canon.

Along with founding and facilitating the Emma Lakes artist workshops in Regina, Lochhead taught in Winnipeg and Toronto, eventually moving to Ottawa in the early 1970s. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1971, and the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts in 2006.

VIEW LOCHHEAD'S AVAILABLE ARTWORK HERE

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Featured Pair: David Alexander and Andre Petterson

We love this pair of artworks by David Alexander and Andre Petterson, currently on display in our main gallery in Toronto. Petterson's "Hidden Chapters" draws compellingly on the artist's fascination with the typewriter motif, here multiplied to monumental effect. The mixed media on panel piece mirrors the graphic line work of David Alexander's "Pushing Through Greens"-- a complex canvas made up of reflected reeds and delicate, watery surfaces. 

Artwork details from left: Alexander, "Pushing Through Greens," acrylic on canvas, 46 X 52 inches. |  Andre Petterson, "Hidden Chapters," mixed media on panel, 72 X 48 inches.

VIEW DAVID ALEXANDER COLLECTION HERE

VIEW ANDRE PETTERSON COLLECTION HERE

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