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  • Confluent Dreams

    Location: North Battleford, SK

    An afternoon exhibition, cranky theatre and musical performance all taking place at..
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  • Love At First Sight

    Location: Regina, SK

    Love At First Sight / Regina Art Collective members: Dave Gedjos / DeLee Grant..
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  • In Other Words

    Location: Regina, SK

    In Other Words / Regina Art Collective members: Nikki Jacquin / Derek Olson / Mark..
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  • Alee & Ayla: Approaches to Portraiture

    Location: Regina, SK

    H.J. Linnen; Patron of the Regina Art Collective will be exhibiting works from his..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Black & White online art..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 Venice | April 09 – May..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY 2020

    Location: London,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY – MIXING CULTURES ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition THE..
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  • Call for Proposals: 2020 The WALL Artist

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver Heritage Foundation is now accepting proposals from independent artists and curators for..
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  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Appreciation of the Arts

    Location: London, ON

    Three day art and music event to recognize local artists in London, Ontario...
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  • Call to Artists - 2020 Sooke Fine Arts Show

    Location: Sooke, BC

    Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to the 2020 Sooke Fine..
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  • INK by Shawn Zheng

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Shu Cheng (Shawn) Zheng features his distinctive style of making marks in Chinese..
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  • North Shore Art Crawl

    Location: North Shore, BC

    The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts event March 7+8,..
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  • New Craft Coalition: Call to Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    New Craft Coalition invites applications from all mid-career and professional artists to be..
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  • TRAVEL EXHIBITION

    Location: Toronto, ON

    John Mantha will be participating in a group show at Twist Gallery in..
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  • David Tycho: Urbania

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Guest artist David Tycho will exhibit 10 paintings from his latest series. This series..
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  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
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  • Clarkson Society of Artists 2020 Show & Sale

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    The Clarkson Society of Artists invites you to attend their annual show &..
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  • Call for Artists: Urban Matrix

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is inviting artists to take part in an upcoming group..
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  • 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • Call for Art - 11th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
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  • 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..
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  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
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  • Jane Selbie and Joseph Farrugia

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. February..
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  • “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..
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  • on thin ice Polar Bear Art Exhibit

    Location: Toronto, ON

    On thin ice is a solo exhibit of polar bear portrait paintings by..
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  • 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..
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  • Olivier Du Tre: New Works

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    January 7 to February 29, 2020 At HUB@302 302-1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary, AB..
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  • 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..
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  • The Indian Contemporary Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY, ON

    The Indian Contemporary Art Competition (ICAC) aims to discover and promote talented artists..
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  • The Loft On King Street

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Loft On King Street is one of the most unique private event..
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Jim Gordaneer

By Robert Amos May 3, 2004

} Jim Gordaneer By Robert Amos Jim Gordaneer, Fairfield Suite at the Fran Willis Gallery (1619 Store Street www.franwillis.com until March 27. Gospel singers, “the jockey and the bimbo”, the inner harbour shown from numerous fluid perspectives: these are Jim Gordaneer’s new paintings, and they fill the Fran Willis Gallery with an abundance of colour, surging movement and a wide variety of subject matter. To help me come to terms with it all, I recently spent an afternoon in Gordaneer’s studio. Gordaneer, at 70 years of age,works in the converted garage in his backyard. It is a comfortable, paint-encrusted space with an old wheelchair pulled up to his easel. This workmanlike room has seen a huge production over the years. As a painter of abstracts, Gordaneer first came to fame in the 1950’s, a youngster on the fringes of Toronto’s legendary Painters Eleven group. Some of his early work is currently the subject of a year-long display at Oshawa’s Robert McLaughlin Gallery (www.rmg.on.ca). Gordaneer’s painting has seen a lot of evolution since the 50’s. I first met him when he was teaching at the Victoria College of Art in 1977. Influenced by Jack Wise, Gordaneer’s lush imagery struggled to emerge from a dense chaos of calligraphic brush marks. Soon Gordaneer and the other teachers at the College were caught up in the “hard edge” movement, inspired by Joe Kyle, the principal of the college. Gordaneer said they were concerned with “the formal elements of the painting surface; composition, flat space. There was content,” he confessed, “but I didn’t feel it.” Work of that period now seems a little vacant to him, and he is retrieving many of those large canvases for continued development. In the 1980’s, Gordaneer and a number of his young associates engaged in a lengthy exploration of visual representation with philosopher Raymond Lorenz. They were dedicated to escaping from the strictures of our usual system of perspective - in which straight lines appear to converge at the vanishing point. The Chapman Group, as they named themselves, set out to create highly-resolved pictures of all types of imagery - figurative, still life, landscape. While the subject remained recognizable, it was plotted onto curved space, convex or concave or a combition of the two flowing into one another. This is called “topology”, which is explained as a study of that which remains constant within change. Some people thought Gordaneer had gone right off the rails with these convoluted spatial forms, but with hindsight we can see that his painting practice is large enough to absorb powerful ideas and still continue to grow. In the early 1990’s a mysterious ailment caused Gordaneer to fall into a coma for six weeks, and when he emerged from the hospital he refocussed, giving up his very effective teaching career. And, with the later death of Lorenz, the Chapman group was cast upon its own resources. The experience of the philosophical exploration has had a lasting effect on the artists concerned, but as Gordaneer says, “we all had to kick the ladder out from behind us.” Since then Gordaneer has been constantly on the sidewalks of his Fairfield neighbourhood. Setting up his easel in front of the most ordinary scenes, he paints the back alleys and boulevard trees in a provocative and loopy sort of way. Larger and more considered work is created in his studio. He spends about 2 1/2 hours every day, painting. Often it’s an image clipped from the newspaper which inspires him. Not that he is copying it - not by any means! “It’s just a glimpse of subject matter,” as he says, something to get him going. Figures emerge from the canvas in the course of his painting. “How far or how little they emerge is up to the individual paintings.” Lest his paintings become too factual, he works by turning the canvas round and round. This habit results in the surging dynamic of his painting. “When I work on it rightways up, I’m conscious of the figuration. When I work on it upside down, then I’m thinking of the space,” is his explanation. “I see the painting and the subject matter as a sort of dance,” Gordaneer continues. “I work back and forth.” Every painterly element is at work in his paintings - rich colour, matt and gloss finish, spatial illusions, energetic surface treatments and subject matter that just won’t quit. Race horses, deck furniture, rear view mirrors... they are all there, and much more is waiting, ready to emerge into sight. There has been a lot of talk about the end of painting, but Gordaneer continues, even if his life’s production has caused storage problems. Why does he bother with all this painting? It is a field for endless discovery. “I think it will always be here - pushing pigment around,” he concludes with a smile. It’s hard to think of an artist who has pushed it further. ___________________________________________ 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