We are ready #AtTheGallery for you and fellow art lovers to visit and visit often this December.  This month's exhibition is bright with light and colour.  It is a full gallery installation featuring new works in from artists' studios alongside newly available works from several of the significant historic Canadian artists we work with.  Be it sculpture, small and large scale paintings, folk art or Canadian art books -- you will find much to discover and enjoy on your next visit.  Our December issue of Ingram Art News has more for you on our 2017 exhibition schedule, including Sean Yelland's eagerly awaited solo exhibition in March.  Andrew Bell's new sculptures continue to captivate and Ken Danby has become a favourite topic of artful conversation.

Above: Sean Yelland, In studio | work in progress (detail)
December 8 - 24 . 2016

On the walls this month are many exciting new works.  Travis Shilling recently delivered the first of his new paintings from studio since his solo exhibition St. Bernard Brandy earlier this year.  The new works include his new Time Travellers series.  Thought-provoking in both concept and creation, these canvases are Shilling through and through, with his actual paint palette scrapings standing in as subject matter.

Sara Sniderhan (featured right) has brought light to the group exhibition in her two newest figurative  paintings that you can preview here.  Teaching at OCAD, running her non-profit Kensington Art Academy and offering oil painting workshops out of her studio in Creemore, Sniderhan has us continually inspired.

We have a collection, fresh from studio, of brilliant landscapes by John Doyle.  A new urban-scape by Toronto-based Ryan Dineen complements the collection with its subdued palette and majestic composition. 
Above: Barker Fairley, Barn at Night (1976)

Equally of note, two significant works by Barker Fairley are newly available.  Please click here to preview the above and more.
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The Estate of KEN DANBY

Since our last issue's announcement of the Estate of Ken Danby (1940-2007) at Ingram Gallery and news of the well-attended public exhibition of Danby's work at The Art Gallery of Hamilton, on until January 15th, a second public gallery exhibition has opened in Guelph.  Ken Danby: Five Decades at the Civic Museum also runs until January 15th.  

We have been enjoying connecting with visitors each day on Danby's life story, his extraordinary technical abilities and the fact that he was a realist well before the current high interest in this unforgiving and challenging approach to painting.  Danby cut no corners, he set out to excel, and excel he did.  We have works spanning his career available at the gallery.  From early egg tempera pieces, to his very last work -- North of Superior, a stunning canvas that was underway in his studio when he passed away in 2007.

Danby was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He enrolled at the Ontario College of Art in 1958, but quit two years later because of the college's emphasis on Abstract art. He became a photorealist painter, and was inspired by the work of American artist Andrew Wyeth. In 1964, Danby's first one-man show at Gallery Moos in Toronto sold out.

Above: Ken Danby, Devil's Chair (2002)
"Being commercially successful is an eternal problem for artists," Holubizky said in an interview with NGC magazine. "You can't get too big. You shouldn't be too successful or well loved. The avant-garde won't like it. Indeed, the avant-garde requires the opposite."
But Danby was widely recognized for his art. He was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1975. Later, he served on the governing board of the Canada Council for the Arts, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada.

Danby also received significant commissions. He was awarded the commission for the Series III Olympic coins for the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, for which he created images of lacrosse, cycling, rowing, and canoeing.

In addition, Danby was a popular portraitist. He was commissioned by the National Hockey League to paint a portrait of hockey player Gordie Howe, and also created portraits of Tim Horton and Wayne Gretzky. In 2001, he was inducted into both the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.

Danby's legacy continues -- as his works now at the gallery are capturing the interest of the newest generation of painters.  Many recent visits by artists we work with have quickly evolved into in-depth conversations about how Danby achieved his surface, what he looked to say with paint and how to ensure one is always improving as a technician.    Timeless and  stimulating, the works of Ken Danby make you both feel and think about what it takes to be an artist.

Art is a necessity - an essential part of our enlightenment process. We cannot, as a civilized society, regard ourselves as being enlightened without the arts. -Ken Danby

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  Left to right: Ryan Dineen, Andrew Bell, Travis Shilling

A handy bookmark, and an early way to save the date -- our exhibition schedule for 2017 has been announced and is posted on our website.  Please click here to preview all that is in store for you at the gallery in 2017.  Our first artist party is opening night for Sean Yelland's solo exhibition.  Please mark your calendar and join Yelland Thursday, March 23rd as the first new series hits the gallery walls since his remarkable last solo in Toronto Just a Moment.

We thank each and every one of you for your visits, for your discerning eyes and for your overwhelming appreciation of our gallery as a cultural hub in the city.  Your feedback about the gallery's space, architecture, and environment as a whole is heartening.  We equally enjoy our out of province and country collectors, as our long-distant relationships strengthen in our email correspondence and online art previews.  Whatever your current art desires are -- please let us know.  We are here to help and we look forward to it.

See you soon.

With warm wishes,
Tarah Aylward, Director   
Ingram Gallery 

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