This April marks Ingram Gallery’s sixth anniversary at 24 Hazelton Avenue, a 5000 square foot brownstone that is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 5pm in the heart of Toronto’s Yorkville. Founded in 1988, the gallery continually highlights the capacity of figurative art in its many forms and has the pleasure to work alongside leading artists in the field. From expressionistic to realist, representations of the human figure and their surroundings change our environments, give us pause, and appeal to our innermost thoughts.

Figurative art represents us, what we appreciate, and who we are.

Please read on as we explore some of the historical and contemporary artists that examine our shared humanity through the figure.

BRIAN BURKE, RCA (1952-2017) New Year’s Day, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

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The consummate and venerated art of Daniel Hughes continues to usher contemporary figurative art into new and breathtaking realms. Hughes' works exemplify the artist's fresh approach to the worlds of paint and mark making at their essence.

Sean Yelland is fresh off the heels of his lauded Lazy Boy exhibition, and the artist’s canvases burst with humanity in often unexpected ways. Even in Yelland’s seemingly traditional portraits, layers of insight and questions develop when viewing the skillfully-considered piece as a whole.

RACHEL BERMAN (1946-2014) Ten Million Slaves (2010), oil on canvas, 31 x 51.5 inches

The celebrated works of Rachel Berman (1946-2014) repeatedly present electrifying observations that communicate with the viewer on an intimate level. The artist's perceptivity and humanistic worldview manifests itself throughout her art and Berman’s acute intuition seems to expand with the passage of time.

DANIEL HUGHES Of Many Sides #2 (2018), oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches | Series: Flux

Brian Burke, R.C.A. (1952-2017) was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts for the power of his figurative painting at a comparably young age. The unparalleled insight found within the artist’s oils testify to Burke’s foresight and artistic prescience.

The sculptures and paintings of Joe Rosenthal, R.C.A. (1921-2018) are highly cherished among art collectors. The strength of Rosenthal’s vision and ability was such that both the artist’s bronze sculptures and oil works share in a singularly grand and unified form of expression. Lucid and graceful, Rosenthal’s works find themselves presenting us with the gentle and the delicate just as much as they gesture toward the Herculean.

BARKER FAIRLEY, RCA (1887-1986) The Four Rixes (1960), oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches

Barker Fairley, R.C.A. (1887-1986)’s iconic brushwork and palette present the worlds around us at their essence. The artist’s noteworthy sitters and landscapes confer with the same lens, free from everything apart from their substance and innate qualities.

E.B. COX, RCA (1914-2003) Figurative Relief, limestone, 13.5 x 10.75 x 4 inches

The immutable sculptures of E.B. Cox, R.C.A. (1914-2003) lay bare the artist’s lifelong study of figure and space. Lucent works that once rested in the artist’s garden and studio connect their environment to an enduring and venerable history of art in handsome and grand ways.

“You make beautiful things because you have to. Because you think of them…”
– E.B. Cox

Florence Vale (1909-2003) is a treasure of Toronto art and is admired by art appreciators the world over. An innovatory flâneur, Vale’s unending playfulness and infectious optimism are both enchanting and profoundly artful. Her work is often found in public exhibition, most recently being representative for the distinguished group exhibition Weather Amnesia at the University of Toronto’s Art Museum.

FLORENCE VALE (1909-2003) Anneke (1962), oil on board, 24 x 20 inches

JOE ROSENTHAL, RCA (1921-2018) Crouching Nude, bronze, ed. 1/8, 15 x 9.5 x 10 inches

We look forward to hearing from you. Should you desire further details regarding any of the artists or works in this issue of Ingram Art News or throughout our website, we are available for in-person visits at the gallery as well as by phone and email.

As a point of reference, all works on our site that do not have the small red purchase dot bottom right are available. 

Let us know what has your eye and we can provide you with a tailored catalogue based on your interests. We are here for you at the gallery.

With bright hopes & good wishes,

Tarah Aylward, Director   
Ingram Gallery
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SEAN YELLAND Jarring (2012), oil on canvas, 32 x 26 inches

ANDREW BELL P2 (2011), photo-transfer & mixed media, 22 x 48 inches | Series: Variant

DAVID MICHAEL SCOTT Woman Smiling (2004) oil on board, 8 x 6.5 inches