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Gallery of Images 2011              

Nicholson  Bansksy  Msangi  Copithorne  DeLouchery  Breeze/Herbert   Anne Adams   Barrett Lyon   Simon Beck  MC Escher  Lynn North  Leonardo Da Vince  Napachie   Fisher   Thomson   Millet  Kiyooka   Barberena   Smith  Reid  Toni Onley Van Gogh  Kowalski   Turner   Klimt    Matazo Vallotton   Pickering   Willendorf Venus   Relander   Maher  Avercamp  Perreault  Munch  Nevinson  Dunn   Makonde  Asai  Arabesque  new

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Nicholson river valley
River Valley
enamel on copper
by Harry Nicholson, Yorkshire
see other pieces at http://turnstonegallery.net/

where he exhibits.
Nicholson is also a poet, writer and photographer. He is a good friend.
unnamed (cleaning up Lascaux paintings)
by Banksy
original is gone but photo part of album at

"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."
unnamed (women pressing cane)
by Prof. Kiure Francis Msangi
obituary http://www.tzaffairs.org/2003/05/page/2/

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.
unnamed (brankets)
visual poem
by Judith Copithorne
other visual poems and information on artist at

Judith 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. 
water colous
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.
charcoal sketch
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
line drawing
By Art McKay
bio of the artist at

We 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 well. 

Unravelling Bolero
Gouache painting
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.
Internet Map
Computer program
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.

Snow art (unnamed)
foot prints on snow covered lakes
by Simon Beck
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Artist 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 higher levels.
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.
Day and Night
1938 woodcut in black and grey, printed from 2 blocks
by M.C. Escher
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For 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 not favorites.
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.
da vinci
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.
Drying fish
Print by Napachie of the Cape Dorset Cooperative
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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

I 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

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When 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.
The Gleaners
Painting by  Jean-François Millet 1857

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This 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.
Aleph #2
painting in acrylic by Roy Kiyooka 1964

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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.
monsanto Monsanto
linocut by Carlos Barberena in 2010

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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”.

Las Vegas
Composite photograph by David Smith
part of the Anthropocene collection

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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
Mixed media
in Canadian Museum of Civilization

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Reid 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

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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.
field with crows
Wheat field with crows
Auvers-sur-Oise July 1890
painting by Vincent Van Gogh

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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.
yarmouth sands
Yarmouth Sands
painting by William Turner

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William 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.
Adele Block-Bauer's Portrait
by Gustav Klimt in oil, gold and silver

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 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.
frozen forest
Frozen Forest
nihonga painting by Kayana Matazo

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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 also magnificent.
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

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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.
Barmby barn
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.
Willendorf Venus
prehistory carving
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

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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 DSLR. “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 Relander
Green Bottom series
Stained glass panel by Daniel Maher

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Daniel 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

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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

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Wilf 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

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Edvard 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

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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

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Greg 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)
The 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

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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.