Playground

D. Helen Mackie (1926 – )

 

D. Helen Mackie
Lithograph, 19 x 13 inches

Helen Mackie received a B.Sc.. Honours at Queen’s University in Biology and Chemistry in 1943, and in 1949 she received a M.Sc. in Physiology and Biochemistry from the University of Toronto. In 1973, Mackie received a B.F.A. from the University of Calgary in Printmaking and Drawing. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the Taejon Expo International Exhibition of Graphic Arts, Taejon, Korea (1993), the Alberta Society of Artists 65th Anniversary Exhibition (1996), the 5th International Biennal Print Exhibit: 1991 ROC, Taipei, Taiwan (1991), 1st Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Kochi-shi, Japan (1990), and International Exhibition Small Forms of Graphic Art, Lodz, Poland (1985-1989). She has had many solo exhibitions as well; she exhibited at Giordano Gallery, Edmonton (1993), Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff (1987), and Kanagawa International Association, Kanagawa, Japan (1984), amongst many others. Mackie’s work can be found in the collections of City of Calgary Civic Collection, Glenbow Museum, H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II Permanent Collection, Windsor Castle Library, England, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, as well as others.

Read more at http://alberta.emuseum.com/view/people/asitem/M/15?t:state:flow=b7073df0-c94a-414f-86cf-06ea31f3c71f

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Frache, Don (1919-1994)

Don Frache (1919-1994)
Watercolour, 15 x 20.5 inches

“Frache’s oeuvre covered a wide range of subject matter, although his primary love was landscape and western history, he also painted a sizeable number of portraits. He was part of an early group of artists who took serious the development of a truly western based/Alberta art practice. Frache’s talent as a painter allowed him to depict contemporary Alberta and Albertans as well as recreating early scenes of settlement and development for those collectors hungry for images of Western Canada. His watercolors and oils offer images of the diversity of ranchland, farmland, mountains, forest, and prairie that make up the Western Canadian landscape. His palette displays the rich earthy colors and wide range of tonal values of those environments. ” from http://www.willockandsaxgallery.com/artists/frache.php#../images/Fdon2a.jpg

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Uncle Bobs Place

Kerr, Illingworth (Buck) (1905-1989)

Illingworth Holey Kerr (Buck)
Serigraph,15.75 x 19.69 in

” Illingworth Holey Kerr, “Buck,” painter, illustrator, writer (b at Lumsden, Sask 20 Aug 1905; d at Calgary 6 Jan 1989). Kerr attended Central Technical School, Toronto, and Ontario College of Art. He also studied at Westminster School of Art, London, in 1936 and, returning to Canada, taught at Vancouver School of Art (1945-47). In 1947 he became director of the art department of the Provincial Institute of Technology in Calgary. His early landscape style reflects the influence of Lawren HARRIS in his long, curving brush strokes and emphasis on design. He applied paint heavily, giving relief to an otherwise flat, spatial quality in his work. In later works Kerr used a broken brushstroke style that creates visual tension to counteract this 2-dimensionality. Named to the Order of Canada in 1983, he was given a retrospective exhibition (“Harvest of the Spirit”) at 9 major public galleries in 1985. ” from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/illingworth-holey-kerr/

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Grapes , 4/100

Yokoi, Tomoe (1943 – )

Tomoe, Yokoi (1943-   )
Japanese
Mezzotint, 7.25 x 8.5 inches

“Tomoe Yokoi was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1943. She began art studies at Tokyo’s Bunka-Gakuen University, where the curriculum was traditional techniques and the subject matter stressed realistic, everyday images such as fruits, musical instruments and flowers. Following her graduation in 1964, Yokoi moved to Paris and studied intaglio printmaking with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17. In Paris, Yokoi perfected her technique of mezzotint, expanding its parameters to include more complex images and subtle color nuances.

In 1971, Yokoi moved to New York City where she worked and introduced her art to new audiences. She developed a unique style that combines and is a synthesis of her Japanese, Parisian and New York experiences.

Yokoi has exhibited internationally in numerous air fairs and biennials. Her work is represented in the collections of the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Brooklyn Museum and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Yokoi has exhibited throughout Europe and the United States including: Norwegian International Print Biennial, Oslo; Paris International Print Biennial; SAGA National Print Exhibition, New York; IKI International Art Fair, Dusseldorf; British International Print Biennial, Bradford; and Ljubljana International Print Biennial, Yugoslavia.
The Art:

Mezzotint technique, the most difficult of all printmaking processes, begins with a form of copper engraving dating from the 17th century. A painstaking etching medium, requiring physical strength for work directly on a metal plate, it is capable of producing original prints with rich subtle tones, in a myriad of variations. The technique, sometimes called reverse engraving, begins with a dark background from which an image is lightened.
Yokoi’s art is literally a creation of light being brought out of darkness. Her still life works have a timeless quality; they combine the ancient mezzotint printmaking technique with European beau-art subjects, oriental asymmetry, and elegant design. Yoki’s mezzotint technique is unusual. The art is soft visually and physically rich in texture. A master at her art, Yokoi’s pictures have chiaroscuro without any trace of sharp lines, generally expected in etching techniques. The pieces below are classic examples of Yokoi’s best work.”  from https://www.annexgalleries.com/artists/biography/2591/Yokoi/Tomoe

http://www.psfineart.com/artist/yokoi.html
http://rogallery.com/yokoi_tomoe/yokoihm.htm
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Corn and Pepper, 9/100

Yokoi, Tomoe (1943 – )

Tomoe, Yokoi (1943-   )
Japanese
Mezzotint, 7.25 x 8.5 inches

“Tomoe Yokoi was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1943. She began art studies at Tokyo’s Bunka-Gakuen University, where the curriculum was traditional techniques and the subject matter stressed realistic, everyday images such as fruits, musical instruments and flowers. Following her graduation in 1964, Yokoi moved to Paris and studied intaglio printmaking with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17. In Paris, Yokoi perfected her technique of mezzotint, expanding its parameters to include more complex images and subtle color nuances.

In 1971, Yokoi moved to New York City where she worked and introduced her art to new audiences. She developed a unique style that combines and is a synthesis of her Japanese, Parisian and New York experiences.

Yokoi has exhibited internationally in numerous air fairs and biennials. Her work is represented in the collections of the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Brooklyn Museum and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Yokoi has exhibited throughout Europe and the United States including: Norwegian International Print Biennial, Oslo; Paris International Print Biennial; SAGA National Print Exhibition, New York; IKI International Art Fair, Dusseldorf; British International Print Biennial, Bradford; and Ljubljana International Print Biennial, Yugoslavia.
The Art:

Mezzotint technique, the most difficult of all printmaking processes, begins with a form of copper engraving dating from the 17th century. A painstaking etching medium, requiring physical strength for work directly on a metal plate, it is capable of producing original prints with rich subtle tones, in a myriad of variations. The technique, sometimes called reverse engraving, begins with a dark background from which an image is lightened.
Yokoi’s art is literally a creation of light being brought out of darkness. Her still life works have a timeless quality; they combine the ancient mezzotint printmaking technique with European beau-art subjects, oriental asymmetry, and elegant design. Yoki’s mezzotint technique is unusual. The art is soft visually and physically rich in texture. A master at her art, Yokoi’s pictures have chiaroscuro without any trace of sharp lines, generally expected in etching techniques. The pieces below are classic examples of Yokoi’s best work.”  from https://www.annexgalleries.com/artists/biography/2591/Yokoi/Tomoe

http://www.psfineart.com/artist/yokoi.html
http://rogallery.com/yokoi_tomoe/yokoihm.htm
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Country Church

Country Church
Grantins, Sylvia

Sylvia Grantins
Acrylic on Canvas, 6 x 6 inches

“Sylvia was born on a gorgeous autumn day in 1968. She grew up in the lush woods of rural Ontario, just outside the boundaries of Algonquin Park. As the daughter of two artists, Sylvia drew and painted at an early age. She explored springtime creeks, skated on the lake, built forts, and played endless Monopoly with her big sister.

Her younger years and life experience found her making a living at various jobs such as retail, baking, computer sales, and waitressing. Then, an opportunity to go treeplanting into the wilds of the north arose. There, a powerful love for northern Ontario emerged and took her there for good (maybe.) During all these odd jobs, a career in art finally began to take hold. Now, she lives in a tiny northern town where the snow swirls in beneath the door, and the lakes, trees, and rocks take her breath away.

Work days find her making the long commute from the bedroom to the kitchen table where the blank canvasses (and her clothes) are soon covered in bright dabs and waves, and spirals of bright colours. All of her scenes are inspired by real-life places, with a bit of imagination.” from http://www.vandopgallery.com/artists/dsp_artist_bio.php?ArtistID=42

http://sylviagrantins.blogspot.ca/
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Keep Afloat

Ford, Susan
Ford, Susan

Greene, Cathrine (Susan Ford)

S. Ford (Cathrine Greene)
Etching, Intaglio, Woodcut, 2.5 x 3.75 inches

“Cathrine Greene (formerly Susan Ford) graduated with a BFA in printmaking from the University of Kansas in 1967. In 1977, having immigrated to Canada, she received an MA from the University of Calgary in Fine Arts. She has taught art at every level from Grade 1 through University degree programs. Her work is in many collections-national and international.”  From https://cathrinegreene.wordpress.com/

http://alberta.emuseum.com/view/people/asitem/G/82?t:state:flow=5e8c2ded-cebd-4b88-8912-54e3b083c3c3
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Kirkby, Ken
Kirkby, Ken

Ken Kirkby
Oil on Masonite, 6 x 16 inches

“Artist KEN KIRKBY was born during an air raid in London, England in 1940. The timing may have foreshadowed the warrior-painter he was to become.

He grew up in Portugal where he had his first successful exhibit at age 16. In the late 1950s, he realized his dream to move to Canada. He found work in northwestern British Columbia and gradually migrated further north. He spent five years walking, paddling and sledding across the Canadian Arctic with various groups of Inuit.

Becoming very involved with social issues in the North, he promised the people that he would find a way to raise awareness of these issues in the rest of Canada.” from http://www.whiterockgallery.com/Ken_Kirkby.htm#kirkby_bio

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