March 31, 2013
Vancouver is blessed with an abundance of outstanding artwork, from mixed media and engravings to oils, watercolours and woodblock prints.
STEVEN NEDERVEEN: The Wave.
BY ELIZABETH GODLEY
Steven Nederveen grew up in landlocked Alberta, the child of Dutch-Canadians. His father has always been a keen sailor, and Nedervdeen spent many summers sailing in the Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound with his family. His mother, a florist and painter, gave him his artistic bent, but “my love of water and adventure comes from my father, who just turned 80.” Now based in Toronto, Nederveen graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in furniture design, and then worked in television graphics for several years. “These two occupations contributed to my current mixed-media techniques,” he says.
To capture the photographs for his work, the artist has hiked up cliffs in Scotland in sleet and gale-force winds and paddle-boarded in icy January waters. Blurring the boundaries between reality and imagination, photography and painting, he introduces an element of unearthly strangeness. His show, Immersed, a series of West Coast seascapes and landscapes, will be on view at the Bau-Xi Gallery from April 27 to May 11.
Bau-Xi Gallery, 3045 Granville St. Phone: 604-733-7011. www.bau-xi.com.
Wood engravings by artists Alistair Bell, Henry Eric Bergman, Edwin Holgate, Leonard Hutchinson and Clare Leighton will be on view in an exhibition in the Burnaby Art Gallery’s second-floor gallery from April 18 to May 19. These engravings have been collected by the BAG over the past six decades. At the same time, the annual Arts Alive showcase, featuring art by elementary students of School District No. 41, will be on display on the main floor. Memories of Place is the theme this year.
Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Ave. Phone 604-297-4857. www.burnabyartgallery.ca
The 19th century was an era of rapid urbanization and industrialization, and painters began to reflect a yearning on the part of city folk for an idealized rural life. To immerse themselves in their subject matter, artists would often make sojourns into the countryside in order to capture the details of everyday life to tempt the newly wealthy urban dwellers.
Scenes such as Bernard J de Hoog’s portrait of a mother and her children, Mother’s Little Women, evoked nostalgia for the close family in simpler times. An exhibition at Uno Langmann Gallery includes works by de Hoog, as well as Etienne Maxime Vallee, Bernard Pothast and Hendrik Heyligers, among others. Showing alongside this exhibition is a selection of fine antiques and objets d’art.
Uno Langmann Gallery, 2117 Granville St. Phone 604-736-8825. www.langmann.com
Images of Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor and Wayne Gretzky bring to mind the work of pop-art star Andy Warhol. But Italian-Canadian actor, artist and author Elisabetta Fantone’s striking paintings of celebrities, in her first solo show on Canada’s West Coast, are darker and more brooding than Warhol’s silk-screened prints. On view at the Kurbatoff Gallery from April 11 to 23, Fantone’s portraits of iconic figures are not only widely popular, they are often acknowledged by the subject of her pieces, in particular the Kardashian sisters.
Kurbatoff Gallery, 2435 Granville St. Phone: 604-736-5444 www.kurbatoffgallery.com
The Heffel Gallery, Canada’s largest auction house, will hold an auction on May 15, presented in two sessions. At 4 p.m., the Canadian Post-War and Contemporary session will be held, with the Fine Canadian Art session at 7 p.m. Vancouver previews will be held from May 11 to May 15 at the gallery’s Granville Street location, with the live auction on May 15 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.
Heffel Gallery Vancouver, 2247 Granville St. Phone: 604-732-6505. www.heffel.com
Painter Llewellyn Petley-Jones was born in Edmonton, Alberta. After living in London and Paris, he came to Vancouver in the 1950s and returned to Richmond, England in 1955, where he died. Working in oil, watercolour and woodblock prints, Petley-Jones depicted landscapes, street scenes, portraits, harbours and coastal views, as well as still life and abstract subjects. A retrospective of his work will be held April 6 to 20 at his nephew’s South Granville gallery.
Petley Jones Gallery, 1554 West Sixth Ave. Phone: 604-732-5353. www.petleyjones.co
Although Lesley Finlayson begins her paintings outdoors, on site, her goal is not a realistic representation of a landscape. “I work outside to experience the scale, the colour, the grandeur and the sounds that surround me.” Later, in the studio, she revises her paintings from memory, capturing the emotional connection she felt while outdoors. “It’s rarely about the geography, but more about letting the paint dictate,” the painter says. Finlayson, born in Scotland, formerly worked as department chair of fine arts at Langara College. Now a full-time painter, she will be showing her recent acrylic paintings at the Elissa Cristal Gallery from April 4 to 30.
Elissa Cristall Gallery, 2239 Granville St. Phone: 604-730-9611 www.cristallgallery.com