I love it when it rains brilliant work. Dave Hind, Greg Angus, David Grieve, and Brian Lorimer are making impressive moves with their work this month.
Dave Hind has a show of his work opening at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in April. https://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com/exhibition/hind-vs-hind/
Great work from Greg Angus has come in the door from his shows in Japan.
David Grieve has delivered some wonderful new pieces.
Brian Lorimer’s new work shows a new evolution in subject matter and is brilliant as always.
Dave Hind’s Art Gallery of Hamilton show will be opening in April of 2019 and running until September. It’s an extraordinary introspective exploration into the artists’ cultural identity. “Between Two Rows” is the title of Dave Hind’s mural project and collaborative offering to the show. Taking inspiration from the Two Row Wampum Treaty of 1613, the earliest treaty between the Haudenosaunee and European settlers, it explores the main idea of the treaty where each culture inhabits their own boat and travel the river together without interfering with the other. It speaks of the desire to explore each other’s “boat” or culture, but cautions us to the precarious stability of having a foot in either one during “rough water” or the importance of our roots.
The collaborative aspect of the work comes from participants being asked to reflect on their identity, who you are and where you come from, and asks they contribute a portrait, a symbol, a piece of prose that is meaningful to them. These offerings will be etched into Dave’s reclaimed aluminum and added to one of the boats, between them, or even further boats will be added to include all the offerings.
In addition to Dave Hind’s “Between the Two Rows,” Hind vs Hind, will further the introspective inquiry of the exhibit. William George Richardson Hind (1833 – 1889) was the great great great uncle of Dave Hind. William accompanied his brother Henry Youle Hind on his early land survey expeditions into unsettled Canada painting images of the journey. With the help of Simon Frank, who curated William’s work into the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s collection, Dave Hind will produce responses to his ancestors’ expedition along the Moisie River in Labrador and Naskapi.
Nature’s Scene has procured some of Greg Angus’ vibrant work from his shows in Japan. The vibrant colours of his encaustic wax medium reflect the fluidity of his other passion, Aikido. The layering of coloured wax onto a base and then peeling back to reveal the colours underneath. His technicolour explosion forest piece “Last Dance” dazzles and his more monochromatic “If I Could Hear Myself” a cooler peaceful palm frond like introspection excite the viewers eye. As he says in this Youtube video, he attempts to approach his work with humility, courage, and gratitude. In his work, Greg Angus explores and encourages the perspective of interdependence. The connection between all things, the eternal dance of relationship. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP9VrjbLoe0 Here’s a video of Greg Angus talking about his martial and visual art.
David Grieve dropped in to bring us some spectacular landscapes. “Wagi 2″ dropped my jaw. At 36″ x 80”, this mural perfectly catches the drama of the incoming storm. The lone lake island stands ready to face the storm capturing the dynamics of the stress. Life can be brutal, but our foundations, our bedrock, those who weather the storm with us will make it through. David Grieve also brought in “Dam Side 5,” “Autumn Shore 8,” and “Autumn Swamp 1.” Medium sized pieces that each highlight different elements of Grieve’s style and subject. The rocky shore pines of “Dam Side 5,” the broad flat strokes of the sky in”Autumn Shore 8,” and the bleached deadwood of “Autumn Swamp 1” stand out as white bones against the radiant splendor behind. Finally, David Grieve’s “Warm Morning Glow 5” is a 36 X 60 is an outstanding play of light and shadow, hot and cold. A shallow island being hit by the dawn sun thaws out the cool of the night.
To cap it all of we have Brian Lorimers “Coordinates” series coming in today. These bold dreamlike snapshots are accompanied by the coordinates of the locations. Winking at you to try and find the specific spots on maps and yet they’re also moments in time. Never to appear exactly the same again. A tongue in cheek rumination on space and time. Rooted in the appreciation and respect for the joys and peace that nature continually inspires and provides. All eight pieces are 40 X 40 depicting points in space throughout Ontario and Quebec. Brian Lorimer keeps stretching and evolving his work. “Coordinates” follows his series “Hudsy’s World” where Lorimer played and explored his relationship with his 5 year-old grandson Hudson, who lives on the autism spectrum, and his grandson’s art. Lorimer’s “Hudsy’s World” playfully and lovingly taps into Picasso’s famous quote, “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
We’re getting closer to announcing some exciting Robert Bateman news so come back soon. Just to drop a hint, this year is the thirtieth anniversary release of one of Bateman’s most famous works. Stay tuned as sizes and edition quantities are finalized. Please feel free to drop us a line and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. We’ll be happy to help.