Brian Burke's work is consistently captivating.  He pushes his theory to great heights through shouldering subject matter that is continually challenging and original.  Higgs Field, Burke's 14th solo exhibition at the gallery opens Thursday, October 13th.  Please find a full feature ahead in this issue of Ingram Art News on Burke's exceptional new series.  This month we have tremendous news on many fronts -- including Jane Everett new to the gallery and major news on legendary Canadian artist Ken Danby.

Higgs Field
October 13 - 29 . 2016

His feeling for colour is minimal, elegant, and nothing short of phenomenal.  He uses paint sparingly and spreads it thinly, but the depth and the surfaces he achieves display a richness that is his alone.

-Ingrid Mueller, billie: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture, Vol. 1, Issue 2

Since returning to his PEI studio earlier this year from his studio in Lucerne, Switzerland, Brian Burke has created a brilliant new body of work.  As one of Canada's foremost figurative painters, Burke knows paint, and pairs his technical abilities with a curiosity for exploring the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence.  In presenting paintings to be pondered in a storybook narrative style series, Burke has what it takes to both capture the eye and the mind of the viewer.

 In this series I gave the figures more distance from the viewer than I usually do.  This adds to the sense of alienation and separation which are constant themes in my work.  To achieve this end, I had to adjust to working with much smaller brushes an exercise not unlike driving a Porsche after years of driving a Winnebago.
-Brian Burke (R.C.A.) October 2016

There are eleven new canvases in Higgs Field.  Each rendered with spirited brushwork and most featuring the irresistible colour Prussian blue.  Called the first of the modern pigments, Prussian blue was available to artists by 1724 and has been extremely popular throughout the three centuries since its discovery.

Brian Burke was named Royal Canadian Academy in the spring of 2003 and has been the recipient of much critical acclaim.  Burke's work is in collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe.  Burke studied at Holland Collage and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.  Brian Burke has been called 'wickedly funny' by Toronto Art Critic Peter Goddard.  His work captures the insidiousness of corporate culture, the mundane moments in all of our lives, and the loneliness and stress of a modern world.  He does this all, with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek.

Please contact the gallery for the exhibition catalogue and all purchase / press queries.


An artist of considerable technical skill and accomplishment, Everett's past work has focused on landscape, on figurative work, still lives and waterscapes.  The subject matter is always a proxy, a way of seeking some further understanding of our human condition and our interaction with the world.

-Christine Sowiak, Curator

We warmly welcome to the gallery British Columbia-based Jane Everett.  Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Everett is a graduate of Queen's University (BFA, 1979) and has been exhibiting across Canada in both public and private galleries since the early 1990s.  Everett brings to the gallery a west coast sensibility paired with a worldly vision.  Universal ideas and shared experience are explored in a technical approach that is both intellectual and dream like.  Through the additive as well as the subtractive, Everett captures in her paint an energy, a shimmering memory, that reminds one of an experience -- a road travelled.
Whatever the particular subject her practice explores the interface of natural and urban landscapes and is essentially a study of light as it elucidates or obscures form.

Jane Everett paints from her studios in Kelowna, British Columbia and her cottage on the north shore of Shuswap Lake.  Her works have just arrived at the gallery and are already to the walls and windows for you to enjoy on your next visit.  Please click here for a preview of works from Everett's Wet Streets series.

Please contact the gallery for the artist's CV and/or list of available new works.


KEN DANBY (1940-2007)

Don't cater to the audience. Inspire the audience. -Ken Danby

We have not one, but two major announcements to share with respect to Ken Danby.  A purposeful addition to our roster of significant Canadian artists' Estates sees the Estate of Ken Danby represented by Ingram Gallery.  We greatly look forward to exploring new perspectives on Danby with you at the gallery.  Tied to this distinguished news is the major public exhibition Beyond the Crease: Ken Danby opening at the Art Gallery of Hamilton on October 23rd.
Ken Danby (1940-2007) was one of Canada's foremost practitioners of contemporary realism. Rooted in the Canadian psyche, nourished by his Ontario rural roots, Danby's subject matter was broad and expansive, yet it was the images of Canadian landscapes and life that captured the public's attention. At the Crease, a 1972 egg tempera painting depicting a nameless hockey goalie viewed from ice-level, was his best-known work, and for many, it defined him as an artist.

An accomplished painter, watercolourist, printmaker, and commercial artist, Danby's career began to unfold with a modernist narrative in the 1960s and 1970s. It intersected with the fervent nationalism expressed in the music of Ian and Sylvia Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, and Joni Mitchell. According to art historian Patrick Hutchings, Danby's paintings bring us "face to face with a moment of our own time."

Ken Danby: Beyond the Crease, the first major book on Ken Danby's creative practise in two decades, examines the depth and breadth of Danby's work. Designed to accompany this major retrospective exhibition organized by the Art Gallery of Hamilton, it features an essay by art historian Ihor Holubizky, a detailed chronology by Christine Braun, ... as well as Danby's own words about his life and work drawn from an unpublished autobiographical essay that he completed shortly before his death.

Danby's work is highly collectable and can be found in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Canada; the Musée des beaux arts, Montreal; the Art Gallery of Vancouver; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Brooklyn Museum. Ken Danby became a member of the Order of Canada in 2001.

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Please stay tuned for future features and exhibition news on Ken Danby at Ingram Gallery.  Please be in touch for any immediate purchase and/or press queries.


  Left to right: Joe Rosenthal (R.C.A.), Ryan Dineen, David Michael Scott, Peter Mitchell

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot,
others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
-Pablo Picasso

Rounding out this issue, we have new works in at the gallery by Peter Mitchell, David Michael Scott and Ryan Dineen.  We have news ahead in our next issue of Ingram Art News on the iconic sculptures of Andrew Bell being released in November.  We also have an exciting announcement coming soon on the public installation of R.C.A. artist  Joe Rosenthal's bronze sculpture The Conversation.  In additional public art news: earlier this month, Toronto City Council voted in favour of returning E.B. Cox's Greek Gods to a public setting.  This is fabulous news!  Please find here a link to the most recent Toronto Star article on the vote: Toronto council votes to free the Greek gods statues on Muzik grounds.

My very best,

Tarah Aylward, Director   
Ingram Gallery 

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