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Exhibition of Winston Churchill’s “Emerald Lake”

April 10, 2018
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Winston Churchill, Emerald Lake, 1929, oil on canvas, 13.5×19.5 in.

Masters Gallery is proud to announce the acquisition of Winston Churchill’s sought-after Emerald Lake from the recent Sotheby’s of London auction. Gallery owner and President, Ryan Green, woke up at 3am the morning of the auction to bid on the painting which hasn’t been on Canadian soil since it was painted in 1929.

“The 1929 Emerald Lake canvas by Sir Winston Churchill offers a rare glimpse at the artistic expression of one of the most influential minds in history” says Green. “Churchill was very fond of Canada’s natural world and made several visits. In letters written to his wife within days of painting Emerald Lake, he remarked on its beauty and expressed his wishes to one day return with her on a more permanent basis.”

It is the only painting of a Canadian subject left by Churchill in private hands. By acquiring the Emerald Lake canvas and returning it to Western Canada, Masters Gallery is acknowledging an unfulfilled wish by reuniting Churchill’s painting with its inspired place of origin. “It’s a gesture we feel Churchill would have appreciated, especially when we intend to be putting the picture on display to allow Calgarians a chance to view firsthand a piece of world history and celebration of the beautiful Canadian landscape” says Green.

Churchill painted the work during a trip through the Rocky Mountains with his brother and sons, prior to taking office. He later gifted the painting to his bodyguard, Sgt. Edmund Murray whose son, Bill Murray, listed in on the Sotheby’s of London auction site.

The painting will be exhibited starting this Saturday, April 14, 2018. We invite you to come and view this important piece of Canadian history.

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Amy Dryer Plans to Study Women in German Expressionism at her Berlin Residency

March 23, 2018

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Masters Gallery artist, Amy Dryer, will travel to Berlin on April 1st to complete a month-long SIM Artist Residency. With a continued interest in emphasizing and focusing on the narratives of women, Amy aims to delve more deeply into the stories and artistic processes of German Expressionist painters. To date, art history has been very male focused and Amy’s studies will deviate from this predominant narrative to explore alternative stories that celebrate women artists.

With expressionism originating in Germany, Berlin is an ideal place to undergo an in-depth exploration of it and how it applies to contemporary female artists today. Dryer hopes to answer a series of questions surrounding her practice through connecting and collaborating with other artists and creatives during her residency.

Several questions will guide Dryer’s research and artistic practices during this residency, including whether or not there is a difference between how male and female artists portray women in their stylistic and interpretive works; how did women artists paint and find voice during the German expressionist movement; and how has history influenced contemporary women artists.

Dryer will also contribute to a project titled Women in German Expressionism by American authors, Anke Fingers and Julie Shouts. The project will explore the marginalized voices of women in the German expressionist movement.

“Men have traditionally overshadowed women painters and some would argue that institutional structures continue to restrict women’s mobility in the art profession. I plan to integrate my research into my practice of painting and drawing the female figure linking artistic contributions of historical and contemporary women artists” says Dryer.

We’re so excited for Amy and can’t wait to see the outcome of this endeavour!

Masters Sponsors Milne Exhibition at Dulwich in London

February 8, 2018

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Masters Gallery Ltd. is pleased to announce its sponsorship of David Milne: Modern Painting opening February 14, 2018 at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, England.

Dulwich Picture Gallery presents a major exhibition of one of Canada’s greatest modern painters, David Milne (1882-1953). It will showcase, for the first time in the UK, a wide selection of his oil paintings alongside watercolours, drawings and photographs, to reveal an artist of true originality and vision.

Follow Gallery President, Ryan R. Green, and Gallery Manager, Megan Paterson, on Instagram as they journey to London for the official opening exhibition.

Second Public Young Masters

February 6, 2018

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We’re thrilled to announce that due to the high demand, our second public Young Masters event has been scheduled for February 24 at 10.30am. We invite kids (and kids at heart) to join us for a fun and informative talk about Canadian art and artists by Masters Gallery President, Ryan Green. We’ll also have cold pressed juice generously provided by JUSU as well as other treats and art-related activities.

The public Young Masters events supplement our Young Masters initiative where we’ve teamed up with elementary schools citywide, sponsoring classes to come experience the gallery and learn about Canada’s rich artistic history. For more information about Young Masters or to find out how your child’s class can participate, please contact Pamela Clark at Parker PR: pamela@parkerpr.ca.

 

Young Masters: Kids Art Culture Club

September 26, 2017

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Joane Cardinal-Schubert High School

July 27, 2017

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Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 11.21.14 AMEarlier this month, the Calgary Board of Education announced the new school being built in the southeast community of Seton had been named after Dr. Joane Cardinal- Schubert LL.B. (Hon) R.C.A. , an Albertan artist and activist of Kainaiwa ancestry who fought for First Nations engaged in the struggle for Native sovereignty. This is only the second high school in Calgary to be named after a woman.

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Cardinal-Schubert was born in 1942 and passed in 2009 after a long battle with cancer.
She attended the Alberta College of Art, 1962-1964; 1966-1967, studying painting, printmaking and

multi-media design. In 1973 she began her BA at the University of Alberta, then transferred to the University of Calgary in 1973, where she graduated with a BFA in 1977. Cardinal-Schubert worked as assistant curator to the University of Calgary Art Gallery in 1978, and the Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB, from 1979-1985.

For close to 30 years she has been represented in Calgary by Masters Gallery. She is also represented across Canada by Several other galleries. More than 26 solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe and numerous international touring group exhibitions have included her work.

She is represented in public collections of The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Bank, The Indian Arts Centre Collection, The Canadian Museum of Civilization, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and many more including, but not limited to: the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, (Duke and Duchess of York) London, England, and many corporate collections such as Bank of Montreal, Bank of America and Shell Canada Limited.

We are honoured to represent a woman with such extraordinary talent and passion in our gallery, and are delighted to see her being recognized for her accomplishments on a provincial scale.

AY Jackson at Banff Centre Fundraiser Auction

July 20, 2017

The Masters Gallery team is excited to attend Banff Centre’s annual Midsummer Ball Weekend July 21 – 23. This fundraising event draws allies of the arts from far and wide to support the institution that is so integral to the development of our nation’s artists.

A large part of funds raised will be generated by a silent auction to which Masters Gallery is thrilled to have had the opportunity to donate “Great Bear Lake”, an incredible historical painting by Banff Centre faculty and founding member of the Group of Seven, A.Y. Jackson.

All proceeds from the silent auction go directly to the Artist Fund, which provides students with the means to live and create without having to worry about their day-to-day finances. “Support to remove financial barriers for our students is crucial in helping them reach their full creative potential, and attaining the unachievable,” says Kate Price, Development Officer for Events and Ball Sponsorship.

In addition to curriculum and materials, participants are also provided with room and board, medical and counselling services, recreational facilities and programs. The fund allots students the time and space they need to dive deep into their artistic practices, experiment with new forms, and create meaningful work during their stay.