INGRAM GALLERY | August 2021

The gallery has much to engage with on your next visit as the energy of this summer sees artists creating their best works.

This edition of Ingram Art News includes an interview with Ryan Dineen about his paintings as well as an interview with Barry Hodgson on his newly available collection, Kasshabog. Read on for updates regarding the artists we work alongside and an exciting announcement regarding E.B. Cox’s The Garden of the Greek Gods.

We look forward to your next visit and please contact us for further information about any artist or for a catalogue of available pieces.

RYAN DINEEN Sun Shower - oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

RYAN DINEEN | In Conversation

The works of Ryan Dineen continually move the boundaries of how we view the canvas, subject matter, and paint itself. From the artist’s insightful and celebrated visions of city and country life, Dineen’s paintings share an awe-inducing appreciation of our world through an authentic and unflinching lens.

Below are excerpts from a conversation with Dineen this week about everything from the majestic to the mundane.

The skies in your works are magnificent, even in urban environments like in Sun Shower [above]. Can you tell us about that?
Dineen: The big skies and the crazy cloud formations… I’m probably drawn to the idea that there’s something bigger and incomprehensible about the life we live… Not as a religious thing, but there’s something so grand – with the universe and even with our planet – there’s something mind blowing about that… I think it’s cool to contrast grandeur with the mundane in the same setting. I’m drawn to that.

Do you still draw every day?
Dineen: I paint every day… Just capturing things in life that I find interesting, whether there’s some humour in it or... I’m drawn to things that look kinda surreal, but are real. Truth is stranger than fiction sometimes and just… life is so weird.

There is a feeling of pause in your work…
Dineen: My process is just living my life and having the camera on my phone constantly, so anything that makes me pause and go ‘there’s something interesting about that’, I’ll snap a picture and put it in my collection.

The expanses feel like they just go forever, and there’s something that’s always… further.
Dineen: I get excited when I see something like that, like in Sunday Service where it’s just guys working on an ice surface in a crappy downtown hockey rink, but all of a sudden taking a pause, looking at it, and there’s a magical scene happening.

You can view Dineen’s works here and contact us for further details or a catalogue of the artist’s available paintings.

BARRY HODGSON | In Conversation

BARRY HODGSON Above Kasshabog Narrows - pastel, 16 x 20 inches

The consummate artistry of Barry Hodgson is a focus among art lovers and we are happy to announce his newly available Kasshabog collection at the gallery.

The following are excerpts from an engaging conversation shared with Hodgson exploring the collection with the artist’s cultivated outlook.

Can you tell us about the area of Kasshabog?
Hodgson: It’s Canadian Shield – a very gentle version of it with low hills. And the way the lake is organized is wonderful – when you leave your cottage, there are places you can go... Many lakes are ringed with cottages and you’re on your own little postage stamp (or you can go on the water and that’s all there is), but in this area, the land is available.

That sounds great for your work.
Hodgson: For a medium-scale and intimate landscape – it’s just perfect for me. There is lots of structure and things that are close to you that let you work with relationships and different viewpoints on the same thing.

BARRY HODGSON Green Lichen - pastel, 16 x 20 inches

How do you approach what mediums you use? Do you bring a toolkit?
Hodgson: Yes – I usually decide whether it’s going to be a work on paper or an oil painting day, because it’s hard to carry both... In this particular group, it’s all work on paper but there is a lot of variation in that. So I would carry the ink, watercolour, colour pastels, conté, chalk pastels, watercolour pencils, and some pastel pencil.

And what you use depends on the piece?
Hodgson: Every mark you make is one more element that you have to respond to. What happens next always has to be in relation to everything you’ve been thinking, and the last few marks you’ve made. It’s a constantly evolving thing until you get to a point where you like what you’ve done.

So your original intent is a delicate thing?
Hodgson: Original intent is great because it gets you started, but you have to be in the moment enough to know what’s going on and respond to it…. It can be superseded by the reality of the moment. If you’re not prepared to understand what’s actually happening, your painting can be going off somewhere without you.

You can view the works in Kasshabog here and please contact us for a catalogue of the collection and stay tuned to our website for the full interview with the artist.
E. B. COX, R.C.A. (1914-2003) Large Dove - dolomite, 5.25 x 11.5 x 5.5 inches

E.B. COX, R.C.A. (1914-2003)
The Garden of the Greek Gods
The gallery is joyful to announce that E.B. Cox’s Garden of the Greek Gods will be freed and relocated in 2022! After years spent hidden behind hoarding and fencing, Cox’s collection of large-scale, limestone sculptures will be moved to their new home in the Rose Garden on Exhibition Place grounds.
“This was where my father first envisioned his collection being placed.” - Kathy Sutton

The artist had expressed his desire for the mythological sculptures to be available to the entire public. The return of The Gods marks a triumph for public art in Toronto, and the accomplishment owes itself in large part to the perseverance of Kathy Sutton, E.B. Cox’s daughter and graceful advocate.
We are excited to walk together among the sculptures in their intended setting. Please stay tuned to Ingram Art News for further updates about a shared celebration in the Rose Garden with the return of Cox's Garden of the Greek Gods.

1. Fawn Bay - oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches
2. Horseshoe Valley - oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

On the heels of back-to-back expectedly successful solo exhibitions, Sean Yelland is in studio producing exciting works to the anticipation of collectors and art lovers alike. Yelland’s artful perception of the humour associated with the human condition and modernity itself shape treasured and iconic canvases that captivate their viewer.

Jessica Levman has been spending time in Newfoundland and finds the setting and landscape ideal sources of inspiration. The artist's luscious new works of graphite, chalk pastel, and paint fuse in her profound style while taking spellbinding influence from her environment's rock, ocean and skies.

Please contact us for details on any artist and their work or for a catalogue of available pieces. We look forward to seeing you and further discussing the above and more. 

With appreciation & all good wishes,

Tarah Aylward, Director   
Ingram Gallery
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SEAN YELLAND Time - oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

HAROLD TOWN, R.C.A. (1924-1990) Snap, 1974 - oil & lucite 44 on canvas, 60 x 60 inches