Introducing Ben Woolfitt | Contemporary New Arrivals

    Dates

  • Friday, June 7 2024 - Friday, June 28 2024

Loch Gallery is delighted to introduce the renowned contemporary artist Ben Woolfitt to the gallery. Born in Saskatchewan in 1946, Woolfitt moved to Toronto in 1965 to study at York University. While exploring the local art scene, Woolfitt learned about Colour Field painting. An introduction to the works of Mark Rothko, Morris Louis, Hans Hofmann and Jules Olitski sparked his interest in non-objective subject matter, and his foray into painting began.


Creating is a personal and emotional experience for Woolfitt, carefully composing each piece through a long and detailed process. Working on panels, the artist washes the stretched canvas and begins a process of applying acrylic mediums and pigment to the canvas, which will then be repeated for up to as many as 120 layers a process that can take as long as four months. This technique creates an atmospheric quality and tremendous sense of depth and complexity in the final colour that invites the viewer to get lost in the seemingly endless waves of colour.

In 1972 he founded the Woolfitt’s School of Contemporary Painting, where he taught until 1979. In 1978 he established Woolfitt’s Fine Art Supplies, an international distributor of artist materials which he managed until it was sold in 2014. In 2017, he founded The modern.toronto, a museum dedicated to the exhibition of non-objective painting and sculpture.

Woolfitt has had 25 solo exhibitions and more than 15 group exhibitions in Canada, Japan, Thailand and Chelsea, New York. Most recently a major solo exhibition of abstract drawings at the Art Gallery of Ontario. His paintings are in numerous museum, corporate and private collections internationally. In Canada his work can be found in collections at the MacLaren Art Centre, Hart House at the University of Toronto, the Remai Modern and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Alongside Ben Woolfitt's paintings Loch Gallery will be featuring a collection of new arrivals from Ron Bolt and Barry McCarthy.

  • Blue Mist III

  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 42 x 36 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $10000.00
  • Radiant III

  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 22 x 18 in
  • 2017
  • CAD $3500.00
  • Radiant I

  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 22 x 18 in
  • 2017
  • CAD $3500.00
  • Radiant II

  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 22 x 18 in
  • 2017
  • CAD $3500.00
  • Blue Mist I

  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 48 x 42 in
  • 2024
  • Sold
  • Radiant IV

  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 22 x 18 in
  • 2017
  • CAD $3500.00
  • Blue Mist IV

  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 42 x 36 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $10000.00
  • Blue Mist II

  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 48 x 42 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $12000.00
  • Ferryland Light with Boat Still Life

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 48 x 60 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $12000.00
  • Frozen Wave

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 48 x 72 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $14000.00
  • After the Storm

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 42 x 48 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $20000.00
  • Precambrian Shallows

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 30 x 42 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $15000.00
  • Sea Carving #6

  • Oil on Board
  • 24 x 24 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $8500.00
  • Sea Carving #3

  • Oil on Board
  • 24 x 24 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $8500.00
  • Sea Carving #2

  • Oil on Board
  • 24 x 24 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $8500.00
  • Sea Carving #1

  • Oil on Board
  • 24 x 24 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $8500.00
  • Solar Edge

  • Oil on Board
  • 24 x 34.5 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $10500.00
  • Sun Shot

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 31 x 37 in
  • 2024
  • CAD $15000.00
  • Lakeside #1

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 18.5 x 32.5 in
  • 2023
  • CAD $9000.00
  • June Melt

  • Oil on Board
  • 20 x 20 in
  • 2023
  • CAD $7000.00