Art Gallery Drop-In Tours

                                 Wang Youzheng, A Country Life Scene in Guanxi, Mid 20th century  Chinese scroll painting, ink and colours on paper  Gift of Brian S. McElney                         
Capturing the Inner Essence

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Victoria, BC
January 12, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Chinese and Japanese portrait artists tried to present an image with an inner poetic reality rather than an outward likeness. Their technical approach to portraiture was simplicity, which was in sharp contrast to the photo-likeness of some Western paintings with their problems of volume, light shadow and texture.

Chinese and Japanese portrait artists did not sit with their canvas in front of their subject, but would study them and then they would return to the stillness of their studios and work from memory attempting to invest their recollection with the profundity of their thoughts. They loved to portrait older people to show the effect of aging and display a strange kind of inner beauty. The exhibition will include paintings and prints mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries.





Carr, Emily  Sea and Sky  1977.162.001Emily Carr: On the Edge of Nowhere

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
January 13 & 26, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Although Emily Carr described herself as an “isolated little old woman on the edge of nowhere” her work has an appeal that is universal in its expressive messages.

With this exhibition, the AGGV is now the premiere destination on Vancouver Island to visit and learn about Emily Carr through her paintings. On the Edge of Nowhere will include an historical survey of Carr’s artistic career, featuring pieces in all the media and styles she explored and perfected. It will also focus on Carr’s influences and inspirations, such as European modern art, members of the Group of Seven artists, First Nations artists, Carr’s spirituality, and her interest in developing an art that speaks of her personal experience and her connection to the West Coast landscape.


 Wayne Ngan, Teapot, 1974  12.7 x 15 cm  Photo Stephen Topfer
Back to the Land

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
January 19, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Back to the Land: Ceramics from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands 1970-1985 presents the work of 31 ceramic artists working on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands in the 1970s and 1980s. Guest curated by Diane Carr, the exhibition emphasizes the “back to the land” movement of the early 1970s as the impetus for the explosion of ceramic activity in this region.

At this time, Victoria flourished as an important centre for ceramics, several galleries were established throughout the city, including Carr’s own gallery the Potters Wheel, and the artists were increasingly able to support themselves with their work. The exhibited artists were among the principal teachers in the region at this time, and many worked from influence and training in three dominant artistic styles: European modernism and the Bauhaus, the Leach/Hamada tradition, and abstract expressionism. Back to the Land is the first group exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria to focus on this period in the development of this medium, and an important step in reconstructing the ceramic history of this period.

With key pieces from public and private collections, Back to the Land brings together an impressive selection of works by significant ceramic artists of this time period. The exhibition includes a publication with essays by Diane Carr and Nancy Janovicek.

For admission information, please visit the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria website.

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