Sean Yelland opens sonder, his 10th solo exhibition with the gallery Thursday, March 23rd.  A prominent visual artist with a longtime loyal following, Yelland takes us to new heights with each and every new collection he creates.  Recent favourable press and additional representation in Canada sees Yelland right where he should be -- a strong voice in contemporary Canadian painting.  The advent of his most anticipated collection to date will be marked by a formal celebration at the gallery on Thursday evening.  Please read on for a preview of what awaits you at the gallery this spring -- from Yelland's sonder to upcoming exhibitions and new works in from artists' studios.

Above: Sean Yelland, Dozey Doe (2015) oil on canvas, 26 x 64 inches

March 23 - April 15 . 2017

Opening reception with Sean Yelland: Thursday, March 23rd | 6pm to 8pm

With reality laid bare in his all new, mainly large-scale paintings and his illuminating dioramas, Yelland invites the viewer into the picture plane.  The theatrical quality of his subject matter provides a stage for our own emotions, experiences and memories.  As an ode to the city, sonder features quintessential Yelland elements; blue skies, vintage cars, changing light, shadows and the natural world as it balances with the urban fact.  

As "an epic story that continues invisibly around you", Yelland's sonder comes together encouraging "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own".

Sean Yelland lives and paints out of an industrial loft in the east end of Toronto.  A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Yelland has exhibited across Canada, and in 2011 was shortlisted for the Kingston Portrait Prize.

"I'm always attracted to the downtrodden kind of places that have been forgotten." Yelland has the ability to see a visual narrative in what can be considered an ordinary scene.  Together his attitude and paintings boast an unusual perspective of living in a bustling metropolis: "I like the loneliness of walking around on a Sunday morning in a city filled with millions of people, but there is no one around. It's such a great feeling, it's like the city is your own."

Yelland has created for himself an inspiring home and studio, full of thoughtfully arranged eclectic collections.  His unique personal space is telling of his appreciation for environment and atmosphere - a trait that is reflected in the meticulous attention to detail in his paintings.  This level of precision is how Yelland captures a snapshot in time.  Once paint hits the canvas, everything is amplified with emphasis on colour, lighting, and shadows creating a hyper-realism that is beyond photograph or memory.

-Queen's Quarterly: Beyond Memory | Summer 2016

Sean Yelland was born in 1966 in Toronto.  His paintings hang in collections throughout North America.  Yelland's work has been reproduced in Harper's Magazine, Saturday Night and the Queen's Quarterly numerous times.

"When I look at Sean's work, it always makes me ask a question.  There will be something missing, or something not quite right in it.  It makes me interact more with it, because of that.  I don't think a lot of art does that," -Michael Warren | Madrona Gallery

Please contact the gallery for the sonder catalogue, pricing, Sean Yelland's CV and anything further you are interested in receiving.  There are nineteen paintings in the exhibition -- as well as six of Yelland's new concept dioramas.

Above top: Audi-ence (2016) oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Above left:
Goodyears and Bad Days (2017) oil on canvas, 16 x 18 inches


The newness of spring is echoed in the gallery through the many works that have arrived in recent weeks.  From Daniel Hughes' small-scale, light filled landscapes recently framed up, to a newly available Yi Song canvas from 2008, there is plenty to view and consider during your next visit. 

Currently in studio, Travis Shilling and Ryan Dineen have us buzzing with anticipation for the arrival of new works in to the gallery and for upcoming exhibitions.  So too is Andrew Bell with his innovative sculptures, bringing an additional dimension to his 2D cast of characters.  Underway on Brian Burke's easel in Switzerland is a new body of work, engaging on many levels, a preview image America is featured here.

Realism | Group Exhibition
May 6 - 25 . 2017

In May we open a group exhibition that takes a focused look at the works of Canadian legend Ken Danby.  His works anchor the show, and play off of the contemporary realism of his peers here at the gallery.  A beautiful collection of Danby's paintings will hang with the oils, drawings, and original prints of Scott Owles, David Michael Scott, Sara Sniderhan and others.
Above: Ken Danby, Shore Bound (2002) watercolour, 18 x 26.5 inches
Along with Sean Yelland, we extend a warm invitation to join us in art and celebration at the gallery Thursday, March 23rd from 6pm to 8pm.  The exhibition runs until April 15th.  We look forward to a lively season of art, community connections and conversations with you this spring.

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. -Francis Bacon

With best wishes,
Tarah Aylward, Director   
Ingram Gallery 

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