enamel on copper
by Harry Nicholson, Yorkshire
see other pieces at http://turnstonegallery.net/
where he exhibits.
is also a poet, writer and photographer. He is a good friend.
(cleaning up Lascaux paintings)
original is gone but photo part of album at
STREET ART UTOPIA
|"British street artist Banksy created this metaphoric statement in 2008 about the removal of public graffiti. The act was self-prophetic. The original art lasted only a few months. One must wonder what traversed the minds of its destroyers as they painted over the top."|
(women pressing cane)
by Prof. Kiure Francis Msangi
|We knew Francis Msangi when we lived in Kenya. He was Tanzanian but made his home in Nairobi because they welcomed his interest in art education. We spent several evenings with his family in great conversation, eating great Tanzanian food and being entertained by their son Ziddi who was in the process of mastering two (perhaps three) languages. We purchased two of his works, this woodcut and another more complex mix of woodcut and other techniques. He died a few years ago. He is known for his art, graphic art, book illustrations, teaching and promotion African art and art education in African schools.|
by Judith Copithorne
other visual poems and information on artist at
Copithorne is one of my oldest friends, since high-school days in
Regina. She is a renown visual poet and long time member of the
Vancouver artistic community. She has a book coming out soon, brackets (& boundaries), and I
believe this poem will be in it.
by Marsha DeLouchery
bio of the artist and link to Ralph print at
|This is a watercolour entitled 'Granaries' by Masha DeLouchery. It hung in my mother's house in a every special place. She loved the way the light affected it. In was in a fairly dark hallway and lit from either side but not directly. As Mom walked down the hallway the picture would look like a dark drizzly day but at one point it changed and looked like sun-after-rain. Once when I was visiting and the effect happened to me when I was not expecting it, I actually momentarily smelled the rain. I have not been able to find the exact right spot for its effects in our current house but will be sure to manage it in the new house. And this scan of it does not show the brilliance of the silver buildings. I should mention that Marsha is my cousin.|
by Claude Breeze (Chaude Herbert)
bio of the artist at
|I met Claude Breeze at Regina College playing badminton in the late '50s. There were too many students in the Lab Tech group for a PE class and too few in the Fine Arts group and so a few of us were added to the Arts group. However it was still too small for the instructor to take time for us and so he gave us badminton equipment and the rules. We played the game for the whole year. He came to see that we were there and playing for a couple of minutes each cless. We had great fun in our little group. A few years later, in his Vancouver studio Claude made this quick drawing of Harry as a nice little gift. It was done on poor paper and has browned over the years but is a favourite of mine. It is definite not typical of his work then or later - just a little friendly sketch. Claude is now known as Claude Herbert and is Professor Emeritus at York University Toronto Canada.|
|(unnamed) South Saskatchewan
By Art McKay
bio of the artist at
knew Art McKay when we lived in Saskatchewan. He gave Harry
this line drawing when we were leaving Sask. It is not like the work
that he is famous for - huge very textured circles. It is the big works
that were in the 'Regina Five' exhibition. I was surprised that he made
drawings like this as well as his abstract creations. But it is like a
group of his drawings, the most well known of the group is called
South Country. The drawing captures the uncultivated prairie so
by Anne Adams
article on artist at
|I noticed this image as an illustration somewhere. I was intrigued with the structure of the work, but too busy to follow it up. When I tried I had no luck: no name of the artist, or title of the piece, no medium and only a vague idea that it had to do with the Bolero. After much digging I found it. It was worth the dig. It is a note for note picture of the music. She was suffering from the same condition that Ravel was.|
by Barrett Lyon
his website http://www.blyon.com
In 2004 Barrett Lyon’s friends bet him $50 that he couldn’t map the entire Internet in a day. Within two weeks the self-described technologist and entrepreneur had created a program that could output a detailed visualization of Internet connectivity in a few hours. Seven years and billions more Internet-connected devices later, Lyon is still at it. This cosmic-looking image, one of his newest creations, traces the millions of routes along which data can travel and pinpoints the hubs receiving the most traffic. Internet giants such as AT&T and Google manage the most heavily used networks, which appear here as glowing yellow orbs; they tend to concentrate in the center of the sphere. The less popular local networks (red) sit on the periphery. Although Lyon’s visualizations have appeared in computing textbooks and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he says he has yet to collect on his bet.
foot prints on snow covered lakes
by Simon Beck
more images at
Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of
Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes
(snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working
for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three
soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and
shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from
How long these magnificent geometric forms survive is completely dependent on the weather. Beck designs and redesigns the patterns as new snow falls, sometimes unable to finish a piece due to significant overnight accumulations.
1938 woodcut in black and grey, printed from 2 blocks
by M.C. Escher
more images at
years there have been two kinds of calendars that I cannot resist
buying: Inuit prints and Escher prints. This day and night print is one
of my favorites, although it is hard to think of any Eschers that are
painting by Lynn North
|This pattern of poppy seed heads has been in my kitchen in many houses over many years. It was painted by a friend in the 70s. Her name was Lynn North and I have lost all track of her and cannot find her name anywhere. Perhaps she is dead; I hope not. I am very fond of this design.|
sketch by Leonardo Da Vinci
|Most every one is impressed by Leonardo Da Vinci for one reason or another. What I find most captivating about his work is his concern with what is under the surface. I am convinced that he could not create bodies with so much impact, if he was not familiar with every bone and muscle under the skin. He seemed to enjoy structure and mechanism – how the surface was produced and how the movement was produced. It was not just animate things that intrigued him. In his notebooks is this sketch of water. It appears to be an exercise in tracing the path of the water that produced the waves and bubbles on the surface.|
Print by Napachie of the Cape Dorset Cooperative
more information at
|The prints of the Cape Dorset group from Baffin Island are varied and so interesting and beautiful. They have protected their artistic traditions while at the same time growing new ones. This print is called Drying Fish and is by a woman called Napachie who is one of a large artistic family.|
|Moving in Alone
Painting in acrylic by Brian Fisher
attended high school with Brian Fisher and have not seen him since I
was 18 or so. For many years I have had a postcard with one of his
paintings on it (tacked on the wall in many of the houses I have lived
in) but it is too tatty after all these years to put here. Instead here
is a very similar painting from the web. I remember him as very quiet,
friendly and a perfectionist. He died this September from a brain
tumor. He studied art in Regina, Vancouver and Rome and taught at
Vancouver, Calgary and Regina.
|The Jack Pine
Painting by Tom Thomson 1916-17
more info at
I was young, I was taught in 6 different rooms in 3 different schools
in rural Saskatchewan. Everyone of those 6 rooms had a picture of
George VI and family and one of the Group of Seven paintings. I presume
it was a standard issue. So the style of the Group of Seven has been
stamped into my brain from age 5 to 13 as representing art and Canada.
I am surprised that I still have a very particular feeling when I see
one of these paintings. This is Tom Thomson's The Jack Pine 1916-17.
Painting by Jean-François Millet 1857
more info at
is the first painting I knew as a painting – a copy of something famous
with its own name, made by an artist, with the original in some gallery
somewhere. Our copy was tiny, not more than 5 inches or so in any
dimension. It was a piece of word with the sides carved like a frame
and it the center the print was glued to the wood and the whole thing
varnished. The varnish meant that it grow yellower and darker with age.
painting in acrylic by Roy Kiyooka 1964
more info at
|We knew Roy in Regina and Vancouver. After
we knew him, he tired of painting and turned to poetry, then
photography and then performance art, film and music. His life work is
really amazing. He was part of the original Regina movement and should
have been in the Regina Five. Roy received the Order of Canada as an
influential Canadian arts teacher, painter, poet, photographer, and
multi-media artist of national and international acclaim.
linocut by Carlos Barberena in 2010
more info at:
The Monsanto poster is part of the Lustful Appetite collection. “Lustful Appetite is a provocative collection of linoleum cuts that confront social and ecological injustices triggered by the rampant voracity and fraudulent schemes of governments and corporations. Barberena draws inspiration from the masters and employs a re-conceptualization of their familiar imagery to communicate the lethal sins committed by these institutions and entities. Lustful Appetite is an unabashed and necessary commentary that’s raising awareness of the dissolute and licentious practices committed globally”.
Composite photograph by David Smith
part of the Anthropocene collection
more info at:
|David Smith's collection, Anthropocene, is made from thousands of digital files taken from internet satellite images. He reflects on the landscapes of the Anthropocene – the transformation of earth by humans – industries, urban areas, excess in general. These little pieces are put together after the patterns of Persian rugs. The collection is a collision between the old and new, fact and fiction, surveillance and invisibility. This particular one is Las Vegas - the full image and a small detail from it.|
|Bill Reid and Totem
in Canadian Museum of Civilization
more info at:
had a Haida mother and when he was looked for a good career, he
remembered his Haida grandfather who made jewelry. He went to art
school and learned jewelry making. Later he branch out into painting,
carving, casting and all manner of techniques. What was very important
about his work is that he studied all manner of objects: totems,
tattoos, jewelry, household objects and tried to reconstruct the
tradition of Haida representation styles. He than moved beyond that to
modify the styles without losing the spirit of Haida art.
|Marker Georgian Bay
Water colour by Toni Onley
more info at:
|When we lived in Vancouver we knew Toni Onley but not well. He
shared a studio with some friends for a while. His works are very
recognizable and I have identified them from afar on several occasions.
Last I knew of him, he was a painter of the north. He is a Canadian
painter of the Canadian wilderness. But he has also painted around the
world – Mexico, Japan, India for example. His paintings are found in
many collections. Flying was his hobby and his way of getting to the
isolated scenes he painted. He died (76) in a plane crash while
practicing with a new plane.
Wheat field with crows
Auvers-sur-Oise July 1890
painting by Vincent Van Gogh
more info and analysis at:
|Scholars agree that this is not Van Gogh's suicide note but to me it is one of his best paintings. It seems cheerful and moody at the same time - both lonely and crowded with activity - very still and constantly moving - about nature but unnatural.|
|Rusty junk (unnamed)
photo by Michelle Kowalski
|Michelle is a friend who has taken some great photo - I think they should be published.
painting by William Turner
more info at:
Turner (1775-1851) was an English Romantic painter, one of my favourite
landscape artists. You would think he was an impressionist, but he was
earlier and may have paved the way for them. He was not trying to play
with the optics but with the spirit of a scene. He was not a poor
painter in an attic but had a very successful career. His work was
exhibited when he was still a teenager. His entire life was devoted to
his art and he had the income that allowed him to paint as he liked.
by Gustav Klimt in oil, gold and silver
more info at:
|Gustav Klimt is a very under-rated painter. A number of his works were destroyed by the SS in WW2, others, I believe, because they were considered obscene. But in his time he was very influencial in the painting groups in Vienna. His work includes murals, ceilings, landscapes, nudes, and other forms besides the gold leaf works like this one. This is Adele Block-Bauer's Portrait. It belonged to the Block-Bauer couple, was taken by the Nazis, bought by the Austrian Galary in 1941, won in court by the niece of the Bloch-Bauers, sold for 135 million to a New York Gallery.|
nihonga painting by Kayana Matazo
more info at:
|I find this painting both disturbing and calming, both harsh and
soft at the same time – a hard to explain feeling. Judith brought it to
my attention by sharing it on Facebook. Many of his other painting are
Kayama Matazo (1927-2004) was born in Kyoto. He played as a boy in his father Kimono design studio. He watched the sketching and painting, studied his father's art book. When he was 13 he entered the Japanese Painting Academy, later he studied 'Nihonga' at Tokyo National academy of Fine Arts. He was exhibiting abroad by 30. Much of his art is about nature, and in the difficult period just after the Japanese defeat in WW2 when he was both studying and supporting his mother and sisters, he painted many crows.
Oil on canvus by Felix Vallotton in 1917
more info at:
|Always a prolific artist, by the end of his life he had completed over 1700 paintings and about 200 prints, in addition to hundreds of drawings and several sculptures. Vallotton is famous for reviving woodcuts starting in1891. His woodcut style was novel in its starkly reductive opposition of large masses of undifferentiated black and areas of unmodulated white. He emphasized outline and flat patterns, and generally eliminated the gradations and modeling.|
pencil sketch by Jack Pickering 2000
|Pickering's millennium project: Prairie Pilgrimage - 366 Prairie Sketches, he has, as a Prairie Romanticist, interpreted the remains of buildings that remind us of the many once-flourishing farms and small communities that dotted the vast prairies. From January 1 to December 31, 2000, he sketched a moment in time on the prairies, focusing on the evidence of human habitation. The 366 drawings, one a day, is a personal millennium project - a collection of barns, houses, granaries, some still in use and some deserted and dilapidated.|
circa 30000 BC
|The Venus of Willendorf is the most famous of a large number of carvings with the same type of image: an obese woman with sexual attributes exaggerated, craved in ivory, bone or stone. They are mostly only a few inches long, diamond or pear shaped and without facial features. The age of these cravings range from 40 to 11 thousand years ago and they are found right across Europe and into Siberia. There are similar ones found in China and Japan. There are many theories of what they signify - a Goddess, a fertility charm, a sexual charm are the favourites. They are one of the earliest examples of art.|
multiple exposure photography
more info at:
Christoffer Relander was born in Finland December 1986, and is now
based in Raseborg, his home town. He became interested in art already
at an early age. When he served the Finnish Marines between 2008-2009
he fell in love with photography. Today he has become a successful
young fine art photographer with work done for national as well as
international clients such as Adobe, Nikon and Oxford University
Press. His work has as well been published in several notable
publications and websites around the globe. Christoffer is most known for his multiple exposure images between
man and nature, which he does in camera while shooting with a Nikon
“My goal as an artist is to be true to who I am, and aim to
create art that will stay around for its good cause.” -Christoffer
|Green Bottom series
Stained glass panel by Daniel Maher
Maher started his studio in 1989 in Massachusetts. They do restorations
faithful to the original, commissions and smaller experimental,
creative works.”The studio utilizes traditional techniques of lead and
copper foil, glass painting, etching and sandblasting. But these
artists are also masters of 21st Century tools, techniques and
materials. Our designs are new expressions in glass — through
computer-generated art and the use of beveled, dichroic and hand-blown
glass.” This panel is part of the green bottoms series which uses a
variety of bottoms from bottles, vases, stemware, jars, serving dishes
along with various reworked glass pieces.
|Winter landscape with skaters|
painted by Henrick Avercamp 1608
Hendrick Avercamp was a Dutch painter in the early 1600s, one of the early landscape painters in the Dutch style: very large scenes, from an elevated view, filled with vignettes of everyday life, with depth shown more in colour and sizes than perspective. Although mute, he was very successful – his paintings were popular. He loved skating as a child and often painted skating scenes from drawings he made in winter. This was the time of the 'little iceage'. About a hundred of his paintings are known, plus a great many sketches and drawings from which the paintings were composed.
|Guiding Light Acrylic on Canvas by Wilf Perreault 2002|
MacKenzie Art Gallery
Perreault is a magician of light. The Regina painter is best known for
a single subject — the everyday back alley. Perreault has recorded the
light of this urban landscape at every time of day and in every season.
Caught at the moment when urban planning was abandoning the grid of
street and back lane in favour of an “organic” system of bays and
crescents, his alleys strike a deep chord. Lanes and alleys are
embedded in memories of childhood and in the small rituals of
neighbourhood life. |
|Madonna, a print by Edvard Munch, from painting of 1893
more info at
Munch was a Norwegian painter who worked in France and then Germany for
much of his career. He was considered a Father of Expressionism. There
was illness, death and grief in his childhood and it seems to have had
an effect on his psychology and on his painting. He was searching for a
valid expression of painful, personal experience in art. His bad
experiences with love also coloured his life and painting.
The picture here, Madonna, was first painted in 1893 as part of a collection called “Frieze of Life”. As with other paintings he re-visited them a number of times. Some years later he did the Frieze Series as prints and it made his name as one of the classics in graphic art. The image above is a Madonna print.
|Paths of Glory painted by CRW Nevinson 1917
|This painting from WW1, called Paths of Glory, is by CRW Nevinson (1889-1946). The
painting was made in 1917 and was not seen in a good light at first,
the official censor of painting and drawings from France banned it from
the war illustrations. When Nevinson was given an exhibition in
Leicester in 1918, the painting was censored but Nevinson left it
hanging, with a strip across it saying 'censored'. He was reprimanded
for doing that. In the publicity, the War Museum bought the painting.
Nevinson became one of the most famous WW1 war artists and a number of
his works are as iconic as this one.
|Cortical Columns by Greg Dunn in gold, ink, dye, mica on aluminized panel
Dunn was a neuroscientist before becoming a professional artist. His
subjects and methods are very scientific. To begin with he was an
admirer of Japanese art. And he noticed that neurons could be painted
in the Japanese ink wash style where a few brush strokes show the soul
of the subject. He see no difference in painting a forest and painting
the brain. Dunn's subjects are all sorts of microscopic anatomy
(especially the brain) and varies plants rendered in a minimalistic
way. He has also developed a unique method of 'painting' using his
scientific approach. This image is called Cortical Columns and is done
in gold, ink, dye and mica on aluminzed panel. It neurons are hand
drawn but very true to life. A ink blowing technique is used to produce
the level of randomness he wants.
|detail of a Makonde tree of life carving (no other information)
Makonde of southern Tanzania are the most well known, skilled and
artistic. They use African Blackwood (Mozambique Ebony) in single
blocks for their wood – it is very hard and very fine grained. The
Makonde craving in this tradition were originally from Mozambique but
many migrated to Tanzania. It was in Tanzania that interest in their
sculpture as a commodity arose. A cooperative marketing organization
was set up in Tanzania. The Indian merchant Peera was instrumental in
encouraging commercial development.
Manguli Istiwawo, Pajume Allale, Roberto Jacobs, and others carved in what has become known as the “tree of life” style. Also known as "people poles", the intricate ujamaa carvings depict a column of naturalistically-carved intertwined human figures. Often appearing as though locked in dance, these are the works which brought Makonde their fame - lively and exciting, full of movement, rhythm and balance. The theme is from the creation myth of the Makonde.
There are also other styles (binadamu (erotica) and shetani (masks/spirits).
|Yamatane painting in mud at Houston Rice Gallary 2014 by Yusuke Asai
|My name is Yusuke Asai. I live in Kumamoto, Japan, and I am a
painter. I studied ceramics in high school, but when I found it too
expensive to go to university I decided to teach myself. I learned by
going to the zoo and to museums, by studying the folk art and tribal
art of many cultures, and by observing how people create things.
I do not decide on a story or meaning before I start painting. Imagery of figures and creatures comes to me in the moment. Fox, bird, cat, and sunshine - everything has a role; parts disappear and something is added. The world accepts it and keeps changing. I begin each work thinking of the countless small things that come together to make a larger world.
I choose to use the earth as a medium because I can find dirt anywhere in the world and do not need special materials. Dirt is by nature very different than materials sold in art stores!
|Arabescs de Medina Azahara Cordeba Spain circa 940 – early Islamic arabasque.||Arabasque
is found in many cultures depending on how it is defined. It has
rhythmic repeating patterns of vegetable designs or geometric forms
making a pattern rather than a 'picture'. The patterns are either
endless or confined to a space but cleverly completely covering that
space. Both are seen in this example: an endless border and a central
design confined to the square space. The form is common in Islamic art
especially mosaic decoration.