The gallery is surrounded by trailblazing creativity from the artists we work alongside as well as those from Canada’s lush artistic past. Uplifting updates from contemporary artists including Andrew Bell, Ryan Dineen, Jane Everett, Daniel Hughes and Serina Timperio arrive often and promise for a great year in art.

In this issue of Ingram Art News, the gallery brings you Images of the Land, a virtual exhibition of blockprints by renowned historical Canadian artists. The rich artistic presence that is uncovered through this period is near and dear to the gallery and we are spirited to offer pieces that are explored in the influential publication by Glenbow Museum of the same title. Please read on for further information about Images of the Land and more, and contact us for a full catalogue of works in this exhibition.

CAVEN ATKINS (1907-2000) Beausejour Farm, 1933 - linocut, Artist's Proof, 6 x 8.75 inches

Images of the Land
May – June . 2021

Images of the Land is a virtual exhibition that is inspired by the important 1984 publication from the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta. Many of the pieces in the exhibition are specifically discussed and illustrated within the book, while others are from artists explored in the writing.

From the mid 1910s until the 1940s, Canadian artists were drawn in numbers to blockprinting, a medium that typically comprises the linocut, woodcut, and wood engraving. After carving into a block, a relief is uncovered that is rolled with ink and pressed onto paper, creating the final artwork.

MARGARET SHELTON (1915-1984) The Fraser Canyon, 1943 - linocut, ed. 77/100, 8.25 x 10.5 inches

The blockprint flourished with pieces being created by pivotal figures such as Mary Wrinch, Caven Atkins, Carl Schaefer, Margaret Shelton, Leonard Hutchinson, Cliff Robinson, and others.

MARY WRINCH (1877-1969) Reflections - colour blockprint, ed. 32/100, 10.75 x 10.75 inches

For many artists the land was seen to have a life force and dominant strength of its own. This force is clearly conveyed in their block prints.
- Patricia Ainslie, Images of the Land

The reasons for the rise of blockprinting in Canadian art are numerous, but the medium was certainly appropriated for its creative potential and for many artists the blockprint granted a vehicle that moved our culture further toward a democratization of art.

CARL SCHAEFER (1903-1995) Cabin Winter, Hanover, 1930 - linocut, 3.75 x 3.75 inches

Often inherent in the use of the medium was a democratic intent.
- Patricia Ainslie, Images of the Land

LOWRIE WARRENER (1900-1983) Lower Town, Quebec, 1927 - linocut on linen, 2.25 x 2 inches

The blockprint presents the artist with new ways of approaching the world. The medium demands considered forethought and artistic intent, yet it has the potential to offer some of the most exhilarating and gratifying results to the viewer. The works that form Images of the Land highlight the degree of these artists’ technical capacity and enduring insight in ways that can only be described as magic.

Please click through to view the virtual exhibition of Images of the Land and contact us for details of the works.

JACK BEDER (1910-1987) Back Roofs, 1954 - colour blockprint, ed. 3/6, 12.5 x 16.5 inches

The captivating and exacting art of printmaking extends throughout our artistic history. Modern approaches are typified in the contemporary art of David Michael Scott. A consummate artist, Scott continually advances the boundaries of what can be accomplished within a given medium. In his linocuts for example, where subjects are typically reduced to more simplified form, Scott manages to unquestioningly embrace the tools as he renders important detail wherever needed. Warden House (below) exemplifies his capacity in this regard, and the artist’s pristine works in other mediums highlight his unwavering artful vision.

DAVID MICHAEL SCOTT Warden House, 2012 - colour linocut, ed. 2/10, 12.5 x 14.5 inches

On the topic of his introduction to the linocut, Scott says "the first thing i became aware of was how limited and restricting it was working the traditional way... i began experimenting with ways of sharpening my cutting blade in hopes of finding a way to gain more control over the carving of the lino block. through trial and error i figured out a way to sharpen the tool so i could use it like a pencil or drawing instrument."

Left: Loon - linocut, Artist's Proof, 5.5 x 7.25 inches

Right: Butterfly - colour linocut, Artist's Proof, 5 x 6 inches

Our website lives in a constant state of addition and is a hub for many art lovers and collectors. We encourage all to contact us for further details on any works that have your attention.

RYAN DINEEN Sunday Service, 2021 - oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

Ryan Dineen’s new and spellbinding Sunday Service is in the gallery’s front window with themes being explored through humour and artful resoluteness. Dineen is currently in studio with thrilling work on the easel and collectors of his acclaimed Georgian Bay oils will be happy to know that the artist has hinted at additional landscape work appearing in the near future.

SERINA TIMPERIO Englischer Garten, 2018 - laser engraving 1/1, 16.2 x 23.5 inches

Please contact us for the Images of the Land exhibition catalogue and for further details on works. The gallery is available by phone (416-929-2220) and email and we look forward to hearing from you.

With all good wishes,

Tarah Aylward, Director   
Ingram Gallery
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JANE EVERETT Morning Kayak, Shuswap Lake #1, 2020 - oil on linen, 36 x 48 inches

SEAN YELLAND Ground Out, 2019 - oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches