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“Beyond Landscapes, Part I”

June 10, 2017

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We are excited to be featuring David’s new collection “Beyond Landscape, Part I” as he continues on his artistic journey. An opening reception with the artist in attendance will be held today, June 10, 2017 from 11am-4pm. All pieces exhibited will be available for sale.

David J. Veres graduated from the University of Calgary in 1985 with a degree in fine art, and has since exhibited his work throughout Western Canada. His love for the outdoors, as well as his passion for the abstract recently led his work into a new direction that can be best described as “processing nature”. Cast acrylic pieces of all shapes, colours and sizes can be seen collaged across David’s three-dimensional landscaped canvases. His admiration for Wassily Kadinsky is certainly prevalent in his larger pieces Variations and Re-Assemble, whereas his love for nature can be most seen in pieces Reaching Out and That’s a Relief.

“It is a long road and will take great determination to travel ‘Beyond Landscape'” 
– David J. Veres

Introducing James Wyper

January 31, 2017

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We’re pleased to introduce our newest artist, James Wyper. James has been a longtime friend of the gallery and we couldn’t be happier to have him come aboard. Self-taught and raised in Saskatchewan, James credits visits to the Mendel Art Gallery and the artwork of fellow Saskatchewanian, William Perehudoff, as two of his biggest influences.

Take a look at James Wyper’s artwork on our website here.

(Image: James Wyper, Afire, acrylic on canvas, 40×38.5 in.)

Introducing Christopher Knights

December 2, 2016

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We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Toronto-based artist, Christopher Knights, to our contemporary roster. Christopher has been painting and studying art his whole life, eventually graduating with an award for best illustrator from Sheridan College.  Since, he’s exhibited extensively in major cities across Canada and the U.S.

His paintings are textured and energetic with rich layers that you could spend aeons burrowing into. He states that his “vision is to create images through the mystery of painting that convey the sculptural beauty of man made objects and the essence, love and magnificence of nature.” He’s “interested in facilitating a conversation between the natural world and man-made technology in a way which questions nature’s place within contemporary culture. He argues that the two are not converse to each other, but rather a harmonious and beautiful macrocosm.” The result is a gorgeous explosion of colour and vitality where these facets collide.

Visit our website to see more work by Christopher Knights.

(Image: Christopher Knights, The Golden Years, 2016, oil and acrylic on panel, 60×48 in.)

We’re Renovating

November 22, 2016

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Masters Gallery will be closed for renovations
November 22 – 28, 2016
with the framing studio open by appointment only during this time.

We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to assisting you and showing off our new space when we reopen at 10AM on Tuesday, November 29.

Remembrance Day

November 10, 2016

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Masters Gallery and Masters Gallery Framing Studio will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 11th, in observance of Remembrance Day. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you back here for coffee and cookies at 10AM on Saturday.

 

A Gift Like No Other

October 29, 2016

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Once again, Amy Dryer has begun to take on commissioned portraits just in time for the holidays. If you’ve got someone in mind for this extraordinary gift (even if that someone is yourself), you can contact Megan via email (megan@mastersgalleryltd.com) or phone (403.245.2064) for more information.

(Image: Amy Dryer, Buckaroos, 2014)

Celebrating 40 Years of Masters Gallery with Lawren Harris

October 7, 2016

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Masters Gallery is pleased to be celebrating its 40th year of business with a very special exhibition showcasing over 30 paintings by Lawren Harris, borrowed back from our incredible clients. The show will be up from October 22 until November 1 and coincides with the release of a new documentary film by White Pine Pictures, Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harriswhich we’ll be showing here in the gallery.

This exhibition is sponsored by Lucas & Wright Insurance Services and Chubb.

(Image: Lawren Harris RCA, Island, North Shore, Lake Superior, c.1924, oil on canvas, 32.x40.5 in.)

Claude A. Simard Retrospective in Quebec City

September 29, 2016

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since we lost beloved Masters Gallery artist and good friend, Claude A. Simard, known and sought-after for his vibrant and joyful paintings. To honour his incredible career illuminating hundreds of walls across the globe, The City of Quebec has organized a year-long retrospective exhibition of Claude A. Simard’s work at the Historical Cultural Centre de Sainte-Foy (2825, chemin de Sainte-Foy). The show opened on September 21st, 2016 and will continue until September 3rd, 2017 and is a must-see if you find yourself in the area. And, to further this much-deserved honour, Simons has designed a stunning silk scarf with one of Claude A. Simard’s paintings that you can take a look at here.

(Image: Claude A. Simard, Spring Blues2002, acrylic on canvas, 30×36 in.)

Amy Dryer Live Demonstration for Artwalk

August 23, 2016
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Photo Credit: CTK Photography

Calgary Artwalk 2016 is less than a month away and we’re pleased to announce that we’ll have Amy Dryer here doing a live painting demonstration. Mark your calendars and make sure you join us on September 17th to see an extraordinary artist at work!

Chris Flodberg: Paintings

August 2, 2016

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Publishers, Douglas & McIntyre, joined forces with author, Monique Westra, to compose the stunning new book, Chris Flodberg: PaintingsTo celebrate, we’ll be holding a book launch and exhibition and sale of Chris Flodberg‘s work here September 22-October 1, 2016. In the meantime, come by the gallery to get your copy.

About the book:

Calgary artist Chris Flodberg is a virtuoso oil painter, a painter’s painter. He became known for his landscapes but has since tackled a startling range of themes: World War II warships, intimate interiors, post-apocalyptic banquets, abstracts, guard dogs and, most recently, ninety-six self-portraits in ninety-six different styles. These are monumental paintings that grab the viewer by the throat and demand attention.

Flodberg is inspired by art history, but the art he creates is his alone: visceral, intensely rendered, relentlessly probing, beautiful but often uncomfortable. An acutely self-aware painter, Flodberg places a high value on honesty. His art is a dazzling collection of self-portraits and statements on everything from war and greed to the blossoming trees on his street.

Chris Flodberg: Paintings brings together 160 of Flodberg’s paintings from his first two decades. It is accompanied by five essays by Monique Westra and short musings by the artist himself.