INGRAM GALLERY | Winter 2022

A stream of radiant new pieces arrive continually at the gallery from the studios of artists we work alongside as well as meaningful works from visionary art makers of our past. Whether it is your first or one hundredth trip to the gallery, there is much in store for an art-filled visit.

Read on in this edition of Ingram Art News for updates on leading contemporary artists and those who helped shape our cultural history. Further on, we explore publications we are currently reading and we look at forthcoming exhibitions that will be held at the gallery.

Abandoned Factory - oil on board, 19 x 20 inches

JOE FAFARD, C.M., S.O.M. (1942–2019)
Le Petit Danseur (Picasso), 1988 - bronze, edition 2/5, 23 x 10 x 7.5 inches

Numerous contemporary artists are creating fresh works that are anticipated by collectors and art appreciators alike. Artists Ryan Dineen, John Doyle, Jane Everett, Barry Hodgson, David Michael Scott, and Sean Yelland are committed to studio and are producing some of their best pieces.

Ryan Dineen is energetically at work on a canvas that continues his draw to the realm of sports. Dineen recently completed Weather Channel, a glorious Georgian Bay oil, and intends on continuing to explore this exceptional subject matter and more in new works ahead.

First Snow - acrylic on canvas, 34 x 36 inches

New arrivals from John Doyle present insightful and entrancing visions of the landscape around us. With the artist’s astute palette and decisive brushwork, pieces such as First Snow create unified and orchestral expressions of their striking subject matter.

The informed and whimsical art of Florence Vale (1909-2003) exists in a matchless place in our shared artistic history. Vale’s dreamlike depictions fuse the domestic with the erotic, the dignified with the irreverent, and the fantastical with artistic movements of the past and present. Her unique approach to art making repeatedly returns to an underlying form of playfulness through unrestrained expressions of love and admiration.

FLORENCE VALE (1909-2003)
Pyramid of Roses III, 1976 - pen & ink, 6 x 9 inches

“As a result, she offered something unique to the tradition, something eloquent which told us in so many ways that it should and would endure.”
- Joan Murray, The Art of Florence Vale (2010), Art Gallery of Peel

The magnificent sculptures of Frances Gage, R.C.A. (1924-2017) are entwined with our country’s artful history. Gage was a friend and frequent visitor of sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, both founding members of the Sculptors’ Society of Canada. Through the art-rich gatherings at Loring and Wyle’s converted church studio, Gage developed numerous artful relationships, including those with Group of Seven artists A.Y. Jackson and Frederick Varley. These painters would later serve as sitters for Gage as she created powerful bronze reliefs of their profiles and both of these works are currently available at the gallery.

Gage had occupied Tom Thomson’s “Shack” for a number of years – a place where Thomson painted some of his most well known works and which served as a meeting place for the young artists that would become the Group of Seven. Many years on, Frances Gage would sculpt Jackson and Varley within the formative space that altered our art history.
FRANCES GAGE, R.C.A. (1924-2017)
Frederick Varley, 1968 - bronze relief, 18.5 x 12.5 x 1.5 inches

A newly available graphite work by Barker Fairley, O.C., R.C.A. (1887-1986) is available at the gallery. The piece was created in 1938 and is the opening work in the artist’s early Georgian Bay Sketchbook [Plate I]. Reproductions of the sketchbook can be found in the publication Georgian Bay, 1938: Barker Fairley, which is currently on our desks at the gallery.

BARKER FAIRLEY, O.C., R.C.A. (1887-1986)
Untitled - Georgian Bay, 1938 - graphite, 7 x 10 inches

Another book we have been re-reading is Predicaments, a retrospective of the works of Brian Burke, R.C.A. (1952-2017). Published by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, the essays and images provide in-depth insight into the celebrated figurative artist that is considered by many as the definition of “an artist’s artist.” Stay tuned to Ingram Art News for a coming edition of In Conversation where we will delve deeper into the artist’s world along with Burke’s spouse and fellow artist, Judith Scherer.

BRIAN BURKE, R.C.A. (1952-2017)
Title Role, 1999 - oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches

The gallery’s website continues to expand and now includes a collection of International Contemporary works. This area of the website will be home to significant works of art from outside our country’s borders.

White House - oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

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The gallery is looking forward to hosting a number of spirited events in the year ahead, including new solo exhibitions by painters Sean Yelland and Jane Everett. Further, we will host Lux, a collection of contemporary and historical photographic works by celebrated artists such as Jonathan Castellino and Fred Herzog (1930-2019).

“Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness,
but come down into the green valleys of silliness."
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Stay tuned to Ingram Art News for further information and details regarding all of the above and for continuing updates.

With appreciation and warmest regards,

Tarah Aylward, Director   
Ingram Gallery
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Sculpting a Self Portrait - watercolour, 12 x 18 inches

Dreaming of a Catfish - watercolour, 12 x 18 inches