Louis De Niverville, The Art of Collage
February 3 - February 17 Toronto
What allows a painting to be most available to sustained attention is not only its physical proximity to the viewer but also the artist’s closeness to the impulse of its making. In Louis de Niverville’s painted collage that kind of closeness always involved time as a condition of the making, and on occasion time became a theme in itself.
In 1939, when de Niverville was six years old, he was “stashed away” in the hospital for “about four and half years.” Because spinal tuberculosis was thought to be easily communicable, he was permitted to be visited only occasionally by his parents. To survive emotionally and psychologically, he began to “cut out comic strip characters (Superman, Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, Blondie)”. He later wrote, “I kept them all in a little envelope and when I wanted one of them I would bring it out and make it talk and give it a life.”
In the mid 1960’s during a crisis in in his technical and creative process, he returned to his childhood technique of cutting out paper. Now he painted the sheets first, often vigorously or using arcane techniques. A pair of scissors was also a way of making line, a kind of drawing. But what allowed it all to happen was the cut out. By way of collage, de Niverville effectively reinvented not only his celebrated painting and drawing practices but he also returned to his earliest and most urgent form of making. A small sampling of this painted collage practice can be seen in Louis de Niverville, The Art of Collage which includes work made over forty years.
The earliest work in the exhibition, Time Machine is a masterpiece of de Niverville’s mid-career. A central figure seems to be entirely wrapped in strangely elegant garments – a beautiful, brown trench coat and a pinkish hood. These garments might be made of paper and perhaps, at the same time, they are not. Brass clock pieces like clouds fall from the blue sky. Some of these formations look more like living entities than machine parts or cloud vapours, and they evoke ghostly, nineteenth century cyanotype photos. Something to do with memory and its traces.
When de Niverville was in the hospital he often watched the scene visible across the road. He would “hang onto the clouds and marvel at their formations […]. In fact I saw my father quite often in the clouds […]. It was like being at the movies…. like a never ending spectacle.” With Time Machine De Niverville has produced an arresting image of time. It is easily identifiable as the time experienced when one is ill or in hospital, when clock time has been detonated. It is also the time that exists for everyone in the mind, when the eyes are turned inward, torn away from time keeping devices. Fantastic, and yet a layered, associative image of reality.
~ E.C. Woodley
All quotations are from Louis de Niverville’s “Pentimenti” in the catalogue for Louis de Niverville Retrospective curated by Joan Murray at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and travelling to thirteen venues between the spring of 1978 and the winter of 1980.
Ron Bolt "Mountain Memory: The Rocky Mountain Series"
February 24 - March 17 Toronto
Loch Gallery has the pleasure to announce “Mountain Memory: The Rocky Mountain Series", an exhibition of exceptional new oil paintings by Ron Bolt.
In Bolt’s own words he describes the inspiration for this series:
When I was sixteen my father took the family, by train, to Vancouver. For five days the train cars were our living room, kitchen and bedroom. From the dense, mysterious forests of the Precambrian shield, to Winnipeg and the big sky country of the prairies, we approached the mountains. They appeared on the horizon like a string of diamonds sparkling against a brilliant, cloudless blue. An image lodged permanently in my mind.
Almost seventy years have passed. In 2022 I took my second train trip through the Rockies. This collection reflects a very recent experience and the vivid memories of a young art student.
Favouring a camera as a sketching tool, Bolt uses photography to collect visual information and to revive emotional memory. Starting in Vancouver, Bolt’s recent journey took him to Kamloops before travelling through the Rocky Mountains. He stopped in Banff and Lake Louise before making his way through the Columbia Icefield and ending in Jasper. Prepared with his camera in hand, Bolt set out to capture the rugged wilderness and the imposing grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. The results are seen here through his paintings of “Summit #1 Columbia Ice Fields”, “Sunwapta Valley”, “High, Bright, and Clear”, and “Bow Falls”.
Winter Contemporary Group Exhibition
November 18 - December 16 Toronto
Loch Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new and recent paintings by Leon Belsky, Ron Bolt, John B. Boyle, DP Brown, Rebecca Campbell , Philip Craig, Shannon Craig Morphew, Paul Fournier, John Hall, John Hansen, Ciba Karisik, Barry McCarthy, Louis de Niverville, and David Thauberger.
Philip Craig "New paintings: Trinity, Port Rexton and Bonavista"
October 28 - November 11 Toronto
Loch Gallery is delighted to present "New paintings: Trinity, Port Rexton and Bonavista" an exhibition by Philip Craig featuring new paintings inspired by a recent trip to Newfoundland.
Philip Craig describes his latest collection of paintings:
Let me tell you about my relationship with Newfoundland. In 1975 I took my small family— Diane and our one year old son Jordan—to live in Newfoundland where I worked as set designer for the CBC. These were very busy and wonderful years. As my family grew, so did my experience as a painter. The first exhibition of my work was held at the LSPU hall in downtown St. John's and consisted of landscapes and portraits inspired by my life in Newfoundland. As a set designer I had ample opportunity to travel the island and found an abundance of inspiration.
After ten years we packed up three children and returned to Ontario so that I could paint full time. I have returned to Newfoundland many times since. Each time I gravitate more and more towards the small communities of Trinity, Port Rexton and Bonavista where I can work and spend time with our dear old friends. This summer I set up my studio in a historic forge in the town of Trinity. This forge was beautifully restored with considerable effort by my good friend Chris O’Dea. I would rise early every morning and walk the streets of this ancient fishing port. The light would change and the morning mist would lift, revealing interesting compositions of the unique little houses and churches. Down by the shore I would find the boats and fishing stages reflected in the harbour. This trip had a marked effect on each piece in this exhibition; I shifted my pallet and paint application to tell the tale. There is no doubt that there is an emotional tug to return again and again to our rocky island home. —Philip Craig
Fall Contemporary Exhibition
October 14 - October 21 Toronto
The Loch Gallery is proud to feature works by a selection of our gallery artists including: Leon Belsky, Ron Bolt, Roberta Bondar, Gerard Burns, Philip Craig, Shannon Craig Morphew, Paul Fournier, John Hall, Ciba Karisik, Barry McCarthy, John McKee, Valerie Palmer, Barbara Pratt, Carol Stewart and David Thauberger.
Contemporary Realism: Featuring Valerie Palmer
September 30 - October 7 Toronto
Loch Gallery is delighted to present a special exhibition of Realism painting. In the first room of the gallery this exhibition will feature eight paintings by Valerie Palmer, including Valerie’s latest painting, Sea-Change. In the second room of the gallery we will be presenting a selection of new and recent paintings by D.P. Brown, John Hansen, Keith Harder, Ron Bolt, Bogdan Molea, Roberto Rosenman and W. David Ward, all working in the realism tradition.
Tony Luciani and Tyson Grumm
September 16 - September 23 Toronto
Loch Gallery Toronto is delighted to feature a selection of new and recent paintings by two masters of storytelling—Tony Luciani and Tyson Grumm.
When defining his work, Tony Luciani places himself in a tradition of realism that is interpretive rather than photographic. His paintings are all rooted in comprehensive preparatory drawings and studies which he completes from life on location. Once back in the studio these drawings are refined on a larger scale where details are eliminated or elaborated upon. While working on a painting, Luciani values equally the mood and feeling he gets from the subject, as well as the realistic likeness of the subject. The outcome is a painting into which the viewer is drawn—enthralled by the detail, and a curious to discover a deeper, more significant meaning.
Tyson Grumm, on the other hand, paints unique and nostalgic worlds that often blur the lines between past and present, and reality versus imagination. Grumm’s ingenious titles and freeze-frame images give a feeling that the viewer has stumbled into the middle of a story for which they must create their own narrative to continue the tale. Drawn entirely from his imagination, Grumm’s colourful and whimsical work incorporates humans, wild animals, and whimsical backdrops to create his surreal and fantastical world, into which he invites the viewer to become lost in the topsy-turvy wonderland.
Summer Selection, Featuring Recent Sculptures by Patrick Amiot
September 2 - September 9 Toronto
For the end of summer we’re delighted to feature a selection of whimsical sculptures by the urban folk artist Patrick Amiot alongside a selection of artwork by Nick Rooney, Louis de Niverville, Tyson Grumm, Paul Fournier, Shannon Craig Morphew, David Thauberger, John B. Boyle, Rebecca Campbell and Philip Craig.
July 1 - July 22 Toronto
This summer, Loch Gallery Toronto is pleased to showcase a rotating selection of paintings, sculpture and photography by our gallery artists. We welcome art enthusiasts and collectors to view this exciting mix of styles, subjects and mediums created by artists of exceptional talent.
June 3 - June 24 Toronto
David Thauberger, born in Holdfast, Saskatchewan is well known across Canada for his paintings of vernacular architecture and cultural icons. These works of popular culture and postcard images involve an articulate debate on art, culture, and how we view our world transcending regionalism while still capturing the heart of what it means to be from Saskatchewan.
Thauberger's achievements were recognized when he was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2012. He was named to the Order of Canada in 2008, was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan Artist Award in 2009, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Recently David Thauberger’s career was the subject of a retrospective exhibition co-produced by the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon and the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina touring across Canada 2014-2016.
His work is part of many public collections throughout our country including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; the Burnaby Art Gallery; the Glenbow Museum, Calgary; the Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon; the Mackenzie Gallery, Regina; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; the Art Gallery of Hamilton; and the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal.