ALREADY SIGNED UP?
BUILD YOUR WEBSITE

Exhibitions / Notices

SUBMIT View

Current notices

There are no notices at this time.

Today's notices

  • Niagara Pumphouse - Beginners Video Tips by Sandy

    Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

    If you are looking to begin your artistic journey in acrylic painting, Niagara..
    View notice

  • Niagara Pumphouse Online Watercolour Workshops

    Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is offering a series of on-line watercolour workshops..
    View notice

  • Beacon Original Art: Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Getting even more creative during COVID-19? Then apply now to participate in our..
    View notice

  • 2nd Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
    View notice

  • 10th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 10th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
    View notice

  • 5th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Cityscapes art competition for an..
    View notice

  • “Abstract” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline June 30, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as..
    View notice

  • Call for Art - 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
    View notice

  • Puppet Power 2020: Puppets Go Existential and ONLINE!

    Location: Calgary, AB

    In response to the Covid – 19 situation WP Puppet Theatre has moved..
    View notice

  • 2nd Annual Lines, Shapes & Objects

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 2nd Annual Lines, Shapes & Objects online..
    View notice

  • 2021 ArtTreasury Collector’s Annual Call For Artists – Deadline November 30, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ArtTreasury is a magazine – an annual treasure box of artist information and..
    View notice

  • Collaborative Art Project Call For Submissions

    Location: Waterloo, ON

    Co-Ex Art is a collaborative art initiative that has just released it's first..
    View notice

  • “10th Anniversary” Online Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for a..
    View notice

  • Call for Art - Still Life Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 14th Quarterly Art Competition – Still Life. For..
    View notice

  • BORDERS - ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS BORDERS | Venice July-Nov 2020 ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival Deadline:..
    View notice

  • Geoff Farnsworth: Colour Worker

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Join the Niagara Pumphouse for the opening reception for the exhibition entitled, “Geoff..
    View notice

  • Art, Wine, Interior Design Show

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Art, Wine, Interior Design Show! Exhibitor opportunities for Visual artists, Interior Designers and Wineries. Finding..
    View notice

VIEW ADVERTISING

Duncan Regehr - 'Corvus Rex' at the Winchester Galleries

By Robert Amos November 24, 2003

} Duncan Regehr - 'Corvus Rex' at the Winchester Galleries Sunset I am the ragged seive of others regrets outstretched on a yoke of ignorance but I have always known what I wanted I am only waiting for the wings. Duncan Regehr Duncan Regehr seems larger than life. He’s taller than average, and carries himself with the confident deportment born of a successful career on stage and screen. Working from his homes in Santa Monica and Shawnigan Lake, he exhibits his art in galleries in California, New York and Scotland. His success is due in equal parts to his innate ability and the diligence with which he pursues his art. Corvus Rex, his new series of drawings and paintings, is now on show at Winchester Galleries (2260 Oak Bay Avenue, until November 29). It was three years in the making and is accompanied by a 148 page catalogue. Duncan Regehr, Quill V, ink on paper, 24 x 18 inches Regehr was born in Alberta and raised in Victoria. He is the son of Peter Regehr, a microbiologist whose life-long passion for painting had an influence on Duncan. After brief periods at University of Victoria (1971) and Camosun College (1972), Duncan Regehr moved to Ontario where he pursued his theatrical career - first at Stratford and Toronto and then, in 1980, in film and on stage in California. He has also pursued his passion for paint and poetry. One of Regehr’s earlier publications describes his pictures succinctly: 'highly focussed compositions situate one or more persons in a close, yet colourful space that is often shared with a variety of thematically related objects.' The artist’s theatrical background informs these compositions. Each is based on one or more figures, emphasizing character and relationships. The characters occupy a shallow space bathed in dramatic lighting. And, though some sort of realism is intended, the characters live in a world of their own. These pictures may remind you of somewhere, but these are not depictions of an external reality. There is always a imaginative narrative at work, settting up relationships between the parts, which pulls the viewer deep into the characters’ thoughts and situations. These are symbolic paintings. Earlier experiences with Regehr’s imagery have made me uncomfortable. I recall many faces of innocence - children, maidens, the elderly - stuck in threatening situations, in isolation or alone in a crowd. His jewel-like colours, like enamels or stained glass, seem almost toxic in effect, and create a claustrophobic world deeply dyed with anxiety. Toys, dolls and voluptuous blooms crowd in, offering neither peace nor nourishment. Regehr patiently evolves his potent imagery, circling in on it through drawing, painting and lots of poetry. His themes are presented in the accompanying words, though I confess I find this poetry congested with overwrought imagery. As he wrote in a previous book, 'a verbal or literal attempt at illumination is likely to confuse, oversimplify or miss the mark altogether.' So I return to the art work and try to figure it out myself. The current exhibit, titled Corvus Rex, consists of 26 paintings, 42 large drawings in ink and pencils. This body of work has developed along two related themes. The first is the crow - corvus rex - who is black and contains a malevolent energy. His eye glints, his beak is at the ready, and his outsized legs and vicious talons hold ... an egg. The crow is black - the egg is white: the beginning and the end. In most cases, the crow is set against a dark earth and a dark sky. The rising or setting sun (beginning and ending...) sheds no light. It’s hard not to think of Edgar Alan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock. A parallel theme is the scarecrow. With its wide-eyed childlike innoncence I doubt that this straw man (or woman or child) would give Corvus Rex much to fear. A human form is hidden, trapped, emerging from within the inanimate scarecrow. Its living hands and face animate that false form of life hung on a stick. Patched and tattered, made of castoffs and throwaways, the scarecrow represents the end of life’s cycle. Which the child within begins again. Duncan Regehr, Hatch, oil on canvas, 45 x 35 inches The scarecrow motif calls up a crucifixion: a living breathing person tied to dead posts. Cunningly, Regehr continues the analogy. The cross becomes a crutch, a fence, a scaffold. With a surrealistic approach, Regehr juxtaposes isolated objects - ears of corn, old shoes, umbrellas, schoolbells, feathers, keys, brooms, candles - with the lonely scarecrow. No matter what your take on this baleful imagery, Regehr’s technique is impressive - and obsessive. Perhaps the willingness to spend hours with a pen fits neatly into the actor’s life - lots of hours of waiting. Large pen drawings of crows are masterpieces of Regehr’s distinctive and elegant line. They seem to be made more of leaves and straw than feathers, and in this way the crow itself becomes a scarecrow. In this show, Regehr’s usual carnival of colours has been subsumed under layers of dark glaze. The crows are as if transfixed in a timeless sunset on Mars. The scarecrows, and the people who seem to be born within them, wait for something in this lowering emptiness. Minutely scratched renderings of straw, feathers, woodgrain and the tattered weaving of worn out clothes yield to glimpses of a smooth, opalescent glow of flesh. Regehr’s skill and thought demand honest consideration. I admire his approach to art, his dexterity with metaphor and his radiant technique. I confess I don’t feel personally engaged by his subject matter. But I am sure Duncan Regehr is not expressing these profound visions just to make me happy. ___________________________________________ Copyright © 2003 Robert Amos Robert Amos is an artist and art writer who lives in Victoria, B. C.. He can be contacted by e-mail and you can view his paintings at www.robertamos.com