Patty Maher‘s program for the CONTACT Photography Festival, The Sky is My Witness, opens May 3rd and runs until May 25th. The opening reception will be on May 3rd from 5 until 8pm with the artist in attendance. Admission is always free.
“The Sky as My Witness” is an exploration of space, identity, and the feminine figure in the context of the natural worlds. In each tableau the face of the subject is hidden or obscured, rendering them simultaneously “any” and “every” woman. Emotion and story are conveyed with minimal information: using only posture, gesture, symbol and colour to convey meaning. The viewer encounters these anonymous and private moments within the context of an open or public landscape. This juxtaposition creates a tension between intimacy and distance calling into question the notion of public vs. private spaces. Whether the subject is caught in a moment of grief, meditation or simple contemplation the viewer takes on a dual role as both voyeur and confidante to the undisclosed story of an anonymous figure. The landscape, rather than mere backdrop, takes on its own role as character in witness to the unfolding story. In some scenes it appears a refuge to a female figure laid bare, while in others it acts as a hostile or antagonist foil.
Brian Harvey‘s highly anticipated solo exhibition opens Friday April 5th and runs until April 30th. The opening reception with the artist in attendance will also be on the 5th and it will run from 5 until 9pm. Admission is always free.
IN PASSING is a body of work that attempts to ponder the fleeting, seemingly insignificant moments that pass, and the overlooked spaces we pass through on our way to something else – those facets of urban life that often lie in between.
“Painting allows me the opportunity to look at things that are frequently overlooked. I am drawn to the character of everyday objects and spaces, and the urban landscape in which I live. I have a strong response to things which are connected to the past, holdovers which are often ignored or forgotten about altogether. Through a layering of rapid and gestural application of paint, I seek to depict light and form, while maintaining a focus on the physicality of mark making and surface.
In this ongoing body of work I seek to explore the character of the contemporary urban landscape through painting. The layers of organic and geometric forms, patterns of colour and texture, lines of architecture, roads and hydro wires express a sense of place shaped by a history of urban transformation. I am drawn to the spaces and structures which have served and survived generations but have become overlooked or entirely forgotten. They are pieces of the urban narrative so often lost to time and “progress”. Through a responsive and gestural application of material, my aim is to express the personality of these frequently disregarded historical facets, fixing them in time.” – Brian Harvey
Abbozzo Gallery is proud to announce newcomer Elle Belz, a Toronto based artist. Elle Belz is a contemporary expressionism artist who enjoys marrying abstract with realism and prefers portraying bold and traditional subjects with a modern twist.
For all the flower lovers out there, Abbozzo Gallery has been looking for a floral artist with a contemporary flair. Us at Abbozzo Gallery are ecstatic Elle Belz was put on our radar.
An artist page for Elle Belz should be up shortly on our website and our artsy site.
You can browse her work on the artist’s personal website, found here.
Local Caledon photographer and newest addition to our artist roster, Patty Maher, has just had her work featured on Instagram’s official page. The post has received over 650,000 likes.
“Graphic designer Patty Maher (@pattymaher) created a photo collage where a self-portrait taken in her front yard in Caledon, Ontario, was transported to another time – more specifically, summer in the 1960s. ‘This photo was definitely inspired by summer, which I am missing in the middle of winter,” Patty says. ‘Plus, polka dots.'”
From the jungles of Borneo to the Niagara Escarpment, award winning Canadian artist Duane Nickerson continues to explore the topography of the our natural environment in a new exhibition of oil paintings. The exhibition opening with the artist in attendance will be Friday February 8 from 5-8pm. The exhibition runs until March 2nd.
Duane Nickerson is an award winning Canadian artist who has exhibited his work in galleries from Singapore to Toronto and his work resides in prominent collections around the world, from New Zealand to the United Kingdom and Canada. The recipient of a Governor Generals’ Gold medal award and Ontario Arts Council exhibition grants, Nickerson continues to probe the potential of painting as a medium for expression.
Nickerson’s current work is rooted in the tradition of landscape painting, a long and varied tradition that extends to the dawn of human civilization and is featured prominently in the art making tradition of Canada. The uninhabited landscape is a key facet of Canadian identity, and it is becoming a prominent symbol for the environmental movement. Our growing awareness that the human species faces hard limits to its growth and consumption makes Nickerson’s detailed paintings of untethered, floating trees poignant reminders of the fragility of life.
On January 11th, Abbozzo Gallery presents a group exhibition of represented artists that fall in the category of modern realists while adopting diverse genres, media and techniques.
While the term “realism” refers to an artistic movement of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, “modern realism” is applied to painting or sculpture representing realistic subjects from everyday life using modern approaches. The period in which “modern realism” covers coincides with the development of abstraction, thus the need for a new term beyond just “realism”.
Abbozzo Gallery will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary and we would love to have you celebrate with us! The opening reception will be on Friday, November 16th from 5 until 9 pm and many of our artists will be in attendance. Wine, cheese, food, and refreshments will also be served.
We are both proud and grateful that we have reached this milestone and want to thank you, friends of the gallery, for helping us get here. This show will be a group exhibition featuring the artists that have carried this gallery throughout the past two and a half decades. There will be new work coming in from artists Jennifer Walton, Ron Eady, Heather Horton, Brian Harvey, Stan Olthuis, Cora Brittan, Tadeusz Biernot, Richard Jacobson, Arnold Zageris, Mary Ellen Farrow, and Peter Dusek. Also included in the show will be Peter Burega, Dan Steeves, Karim Ghidinelli, Alex Thompson, Michael Pittman, Barbara Amos, Duane Nickerson, Yury Daraskevich, Olexander Wlasenko, Elaine Goble, Marie Rioux, Camy Geary-Martin, Thomas Chatfield, David Blackwood and Naoko Matsubara.
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Niam Jain specializes in Gestural Abstract Art and Abstract Expressionism. At the tender of age of only 13 Jain is being recognized all over North America from collectors for his unique talents. Niam has autism and limited speech. Niam paints in layers. Each layer expresses a thought or emotion with the entire painting telling a story. As Niam paints, the colors explode in his paintings, bursting onto the canvas in bold dabs and brushstrokes, at times with complete abstract abandon. With astounding pictorial intuition, Niam composes works that inspire and intrigue. He invites the viewer into a vibrant world of unrestraint abandon, where the viewer is lost in the emotions of the painting. Although, Niam lacks fluent speech he reminds us a canvas is a medium of ultimate expression.