INGRAM GALLERY  September 2022


Sean Yelland’s What’s the point? opens Saturday September 17. Offering astonishing visions of modernity that unearth truths sitting right before our eyes, the remarkable body of work will be on view at the gallery through to October 11.


In celebration of opening day, join Yelland for his reception at 24 Hazelton Avenue Saturday afternoon, September 17 from 1pm to 3pm.


What's the point?

September 17 - October 11 . 2022

Smokey and The Bandit - oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Read on in this edition of Ingram Art News for an exploration of What’s the point? and a stirring conversation with the artist.

still - oil on canvas, 36 x 28 inches

What’s the point? is Sean Yelland’s newest collection of riveting oil paintings that chronicle the human condition inside an ever-changing modern life. The release of the works marks Yelland’s twelfth solo exhibition at Ingram Gallery and in-person viewing is spiritedly awaited.

Booming with perception and artful rendering, What’s the point? invites the viewer to share in visions of life through the artist’s sharp, romantic, and wit-laden approach to the canvas. The pieces move attention from the majestic to the melancholy and from the dormant to what is taking shape all around us.

Burning Bush - oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

In Yelland’s lauded and inimitable style, the collection shares the artist’s palpable honesty and affection for the city, revealing love and beauty hidden within relinquished and disused spaces.


The beauty of natural life, too, continues to hold elevated significance in Yelland’s alluring worldview. Within a ramshackle backyard, garbage and debris of modernity sit beside a seemingly magical cardinal as he examines his stunning appearance in multifaceted reflection.

Enjoy the View - oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

SEAN YELLAND | In Conversation


We had the pleasure of sitting down with Sean Yelland in studio for an insightful conversation on topics relating to his work, What’s the point?, the city and more.


The idea of change over time seems like a prominent feature in your work.


Sean Yelland: A lot of the buildings I've painted are gone now, which is crazy. Maybe I am looking to the past and I find comfort there or something...  


I find beauty in all that stuff – it's got a life, it's got stories. It’s got something to say in its derelict state.


I never thought I was documenting and that was never important to me, but now, I like looking back and seeing where buildings were, and what's there now and how things have changed. I think it'll be interesting twenty years from now.

Further excerpts from our engaging conversation with Sean Yelland continue through this link — SEAN YELLAND | In Conversation.

Hello Dear - oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches

Sean Yelland (b. 1966) is a lifelong artist that lives in a state of continual artistic creation in his home and studio in Toronto. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art (1989), Yelland’s paintings have exhibited to critical acclaim across the country and are found in significant corporate and private collections around the world. On the heels of his highly successful Lazy Boy exhibition of 2020, Yelland’s What’s the point? further magnifies the artist’s importance to both contemporary art and the city of Toronto.

Under the Cover of Night - oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

“I see everything in composition when I look at it… 24 hours a day, looking for stuff.”

-Sean Yelland

Walk into the sun - oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Please be in touch to receive the full exhibition catalogue. There are sixteen paintings of varying sizes that range from 16 x 20 inches to 60 x 60 inches. You can preview the collection on our website here. For those abroad or unable to attend, please let us know how we can best be of help in your experiencing What's the point?.

Top of the Morning - oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

Out of Tune - oil on canvas, 26 x 42 inches

Join Yelland for the celebratory opening reception of What’s the point? on Saturday, September 17 from 1pm to 3pm.

The afternoon promises to be filled with the point of it all!

Tarah Aylward, Jeff Duns & Gary Leggett

Ingram Gallery Inc.

24 Hazelton Avenue




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