Exhibitions / Notices

SUBMIT View

Current notices

There are no notices at this time.

Today's notices

  • INK by Shawn Zheng

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Shu Cheng (Shawn) Zheng features his distinctive style of making marks in Chinese..
    View notice

  • North Shore Art Crawl

    Location: North Shore, BC

    The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts event March 7+8,..
    View notice

  • Art exhibit at local funeral home is proof art isn’t dead!

    Location: Alexandria, ON

    • Friday, 21 Feb 6--9: Wine & cheese, entertainment by recording artist Katie..
    View notice

  • New Craft Coalition: Call to Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    New Craft Coalition invites applications from all mid-career and professional artists to be..
    View notice

  • TRAVEL EXHIBITION

    Location: Toronto, ON

    John Mantha will be participating in a group show at Twist Gallery in..
    View notice

  • David Tycho: Urbania

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Guest artist David Tycho will exhibit 10 paintings from his latest series. This series..
    View notice

  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
    View notice

  • Clarkson Society of Artists 2020 Show & Sale

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    The Clarkson Society of Artists invites you to attend their annual show &..
    View notice

  • Call for Artists: Urban Matrix

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is inviting artists to take part in an upcoming group..
    View notice

  • 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
    View notice

  • Call for Art - 11th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

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

  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
    View notice

  • Poetic Notions

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Bringing together 30 artists and poets, curators & participants Holly Friesen and Carolyn..
    View notice

  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Colors Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Colors online art competition. For this..
    View notice

  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
    View notice

  • Jane Selbie and Joseph Farrugia

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. February..
    View notice

  • Dianne Davis and the WAP Collective

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. February..
    View notice

  • “Grey” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline February 28, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Grey surrounds us, sometimes in surprising ways. In beach pebbles, a..
    View notice

  • on thin ice Polar Bear Art Exhibit

    Location: Toronto, ON

    On thin ice is a solo exhibit of polar bear portrait paintings by..
    View notice

  • Support the Worldwide Art Community | Participate in 6x6x2020

    Location: Rochester, ON

    Hello Artists in Canada, We want YOU to participate in 6x6x2020! Let your creative..
    View notice

  • Olivier Du Tre: New Works

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    January 7 to February 29, 2020 At HUB@302 302-1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary, AB..
    View notice

  • WAAH 124th Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    Who:  The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH) at the Art Gallery of..
    View notice

  • The Indian Contemporary Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY, ON

    The Indian Contemporary Art Competition (ICAC) aims to discover and promote talented artists..
    View notice

  • The Loft On King Street

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Loft On King Street is one of the most unique private event..
    View notice

  • Overzealous Fine Art Exhibition 2020 Call for Entry

    Location: Toronto (GTA), ON

    Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 1st, 2020 -- Exhibition Dates: March 30 – April 18,..
    View notice

  • VOYZX Exhibition of Contemporary Surrealism

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    VOYZX Exhibition of Contemporary Surrealism 2020 is an annual international art exhibition, dedicated..
    View notice

VIEW ADVERTISING

Leier and Barton - Review

By Robert Amos April 12, 2004

} Leier and Barton - Review By Robert Amos Grant Leier and Nixie Barton are married, and each is a popular and successful artist. They have turned their acreage near Yellow Point into a wonderland of gardening and creative play, and also have a gallery and gift shop there, open from April to December. Currently, a display of their latest paintings is on show at West End Gallery (until February 27). “We’re decorative artists - and proud of it!”, Leier has declared. He makes the sort of paintings people like to look at. Though he often inscribes trite homilies on his smaller works, these canvases aren’t about “meaning”: the first thing one notices are his sizzling juxtapositions of colour. Nixie Barton, Yellow Point Oaks, acrylic on canvas, on show at the West End Gallery, 1203 Broad Street, Victoria (388-0009, www.westendgalleryltd.com) Heterogenous assemblages of objects mingle in his compositions. Chinese jars and songbirds and magnolia blossoms seem thrown together, teetering just short of chaos. Every painterly technique that comes to hand is tossed into his visual blender: drips, squeegee sweeps, glazes overlaid, all sorts of appliquéed stuff. Somehow what results is a perfect backdrop for bouquet of roses, martinis and a romantic dinner for two. Nixie Barton has, naturally, been influenced by her husband. She shares his freedom and confidence. Yet she goes her own way. The latest chapter in her continuous evolution has lead her to landscape. Built around a horizon line, her images are grounded in deep earthy fields of red which she lays down with a trowel and then ploughs up with a scraper. This earth is overhung with cloudy skies. Precipitation rains down from saturated clouds of moody, muted hue. Despite the punctuation of Tuscan “popsicle” trees, the painted atmosphere is late autumn or west coast winter. Nixie Barton, acrylic on canvas Each landscape is mated with a sidebar, an appended colour block or two. Some of these counterpoint panels have the look of leatherette, of wallpaper stencilled in bronze. Others feature inky swatches clipped from a Chinese calendar and painted in. A judicious garnish of gold leaf often adds a rich finish to her mix. Barton likes to play with her materials. “When I start painting, I use gel,” she informs me. “It’s like icing a cake. I begin with a black ground, move lots and lots of paint around, and build up textures. When I scratch through it all, the black ground shows through.” This artist begins in an abstract mode, and ends up representing something. As she says, “things happen”. Does she build up this density of effect by a slow accumulation of layers? “No!”, she insists. “I just do it in one great slosh! It sounds stupid, but I just keep doing a painting till I like it”. Grant Leier, acrylic on canvas What with motherhood, gardening, and dealing with an intrusive public, how does she find time? “Between 9 and 3 - that’s my time,” she tells me. “I have a studio of my own now - it was finished a year ago December and I have never painted more paintings in my life. Once I got out of the dining room I just went nuts!”. Last year, with her husband, she had four exhibitions (in Banff, Edmonton, Toronto and Victoria) and created more than a hundred paintings. After the pictures are shipped to eager galleries, they never come back. Barton tells me it’s surprisingly hard for them even to hold back anything for their own gallery at Yellow Point. The current batch, with their extended horizons and linear drawing style, look to me a bit like the prairies. She is quick to squash that rumour. “I have never lived on the Prairies,” she explains. Maybe it’s the farmland around their island home having an influence. Grant Leier, acrylic on canvas One of the paintings is a striking scene called Round Island, showing a cute litte treed island which looks a bit like Algonquin Park. “Actually there is a Round Island,” Barton tells me. “My family owns property on Mudge Island and it’s just off the shore there.” The rich orange underpainting, marbled like swirling fudge and overlaid with incandescent violet, may be her own interpretation. Many an artist, having developed a sure-fire technique and instantly recognizable subject matter, would rest on their laurels. It must be hard not to remain content, satisfy a ready market and keep the gallery owners happy. But Barton and Leier amaze me by their constant progress and development. When I first interviewed Leier, he was at that time doing photo realist paintings of his sister and white geese, and pasting onto them every variety of gewgaw and knick knack. Barton was working at Prestige Framing, and creating large and simple still life canvases. Yet every time I visit their latest show, they have moved on. Last year I discovered Grant Leier coffee tables and garden ornaments. This year he has placed his extravagant object-scapes on backgrounds of streaky washes of eye-popping colour. And Nixie Barton, who was dedicated to gold leaf and shrine-shaped panels last year, has brought out thickly gelled landscapes, some of them ten times as long as they are wide. Whatever next? I can hardly wait. ___________________________________________ 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