Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Erin McSavaney: AFTER REAL, May 3rd - 26th, 2019

ERIN MCSAVANEY
AFTER REAL

MAY 3RD - 26TH
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY MAY 11TH, 4-6PM


In AFTER REAL, Erin McSavaney attempts to find a way forward as he continues to work in post-photorealism. McSavaney explores inventive methods of painting abstraction in a photorealistic manner, juxtaposing fictitious geometric pattern of his own imagining overtop of real-world landscape and architecture. Alongside large-scale works we are pleased to be including a number of small studies on paper with this exhibition, offering a glimpse into McSavaney's conceptual process and the developmental stages of the work.

Please join us for an opening reception with the artist present on Saturday May 11th from 4-6PM.













Friday, March 29, 2019

Kim Atlin: Forest Interiors, April 4th - 28th, 2019

KIM ATLIN
FOREST INTERIORS

APRIL 4TH - 28TH
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY APRIL 6TH, 2-4PM


We are pleased to present a new series of oil paintings from Toronto artist
Kim Atlin. In her latest investigation of Forest Interiors, Atlin unearths more layers of texture beneath and adds layers of drawing on top. It advances towards and away from abstraction while maintaining depth of space. Please join us for an opening reception with the artist on Saturday April 6th from 2-4PM.







Friday, March 1, 2019

JJ Jasperson: March 7th - 31st, 2019

JJ JASPERSON

WINTER WHIMSY & OTHER PAINTINGS
MARCH 7TH - 31ST

OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY MARCH 7TH, 6-9PM


Jasperson decided to take on this formidable winter with a warm coat of paint and a decent set of palette knives. This exhibition of recent works focuses on memories of many winters past and present. The locations are Canadian; every where from British Columbia, Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron to Algonquin Park.  Her subjects remain the same; times and places spent with family and friends. This time, however, many of paintings are blanketed with a layer of snow. Different subjects required different styles to evoke the feelings Jasperson was trying to convey, from the transparent drizzled washes on still planes of water to the thick impasto effects used to create the drifts of snow against dark, wintery woods.

Jasperson was born in Toronto. She received her BA (Honours English) from Bishops University and her Communication and Design Degree from OCAD. She worked for 10 years as a graphic designer, textile designer and illustrator, in both the corporate and retail sector. She then took a hiatus to raise her triplet daughters who have brought her joy, and much subject matter to explore.

JJ Jasperson's finished canvases are done in oil paints. Her preparatory sketches are in watercolour. She uses her photocopier, iPhone, Mac & printer to play around with her sketches to create a final composition which she will then reinterpret on canvas in oil paints. This technique allows her to be deliberate in composition & technique while remaining fresh and playful in her approach.












Friday, February 8, 2019

Yangyang Pan: Sultry Garden, February 8th - March 3rd, 2019

YANGYANG PAN: SULTRY GARDEN
FEBRUARY 8TH - MARCH 3RD

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY FEB. 9TH, 2-4PM


We are excited to present Yangyang Pan's latest series of oil paintings Sultry Garden. This is Pan's 4th solo exhibition with Dianna Witte Gallery. Please join us for an opening reception with the artist present on Saturday February 9th from 2-4PM.
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Qi is a spiritual energy that represents a vital energy in Chinese culture. It roughly translates to “air.” In YangYang Pan’s paintings, the spirit of Qi is palatable. The work vibrates with the richly pigmented colours and palatable brushstrokes. “My abstractions certainly share an interest in Monet’s light, and the emotional evocation is rooted in the spirit of Oriental aesthetics,” Pan said.
Pan’s practice has spanned over ten years, resulting in a visible confidence. Each brush stroke and choice of colour feel imbued with purpose. The work in “Sultry Garden,” are highly energetic paintings, looking at them, you get the sense they are buzzing. Layers of brush strokes cumulate in a lyrical abstraction made up of a symphony of colours.
Clusters of forest green make way for yellows and reds, before succumbing to off-white in “Cheerful Moment.” The downward movement of the paint strokes invokes the sense of rain, whereas the upward strokes towards the top of the painting can be read as a metaphor for the growth that rain begets. It’s hard not to feel happy when looking at Pan's canvases, yet they avoid being reductive—Pan doesn’t shy away from colours, but balances out the bright pigments with dark vignettes that frame the paintings, creating a moodiness and depth to the otherwise upbeat paintings.
While the large canvases draw the viewer into the work and fill up a space, the small works “focus on the compelling details and texture, the subtle interaction, that may be some kind of reaching out for something more personal,” Pan said. In one of Pan’s smaller canvases, "Mist Light,” she uses thick, wide brushstrokes that create a minimalist quality. In “Sultry Garden,” Pan has begun experimenting with using her fingers and newspaper to apply paint—the variety of paint strokes are visible and result in an added intimacy to the work. Pan’s work is gestural, yet controlled. Her intuition for balance comes through in her paintings in multiple forms.








Monday, November 5, 2018

Fiona Freemark: In Waves, November 9th - December 2nd, 2018

FIONA FREEMARK
IN WAVES
NOVEMBER 9TH - DECEMBER 2ND

OPENING: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9TH, 7-9PM

Fiona Freemark’s art is based on day-to-day experiences of life in Toronto, Ottawa Valley, and, most recently, the Doris McCarthy Residency located off the Scarborough Bluffs. Each work of art layers two subject matters that interact, either in opposition or tandem, to create intricate and subtle narratives based on the Canadian landscape. Freemark’s work creates a visual representation of time, sometimes spanning a single hour, day, or week.
There’s no word for the unique medium Freemark works in—it’s a blend of photography, collage, printmaking, and drawing. The process of creation begins with taking a photograph. Freemark is drawn to images with a blanket of patterns (sunlight hitting the leaves of an apple tree in the morning) or have a central focus (a wilting bouquet left for her by the Doris McCarthy housekeeper). Looking over the photographs she’s taken, Freemark intuitively makes connections between the image and her memory of the day to gain inspiration for the second image which she carves into, or out of, the photograph. Instead of a pen, Freemark uses a blade to draw with, cutting line-drawings into the photographs. The end product becomes an object itself, a still life of a still life.
During her month-long residency at Doris McCarthy’s cottage, built in the 1940s, Freemark worked to portray the site’s complex qualities by considering routines, natural light, found objects, and the overlap between interior and exterior spaces—visualized by repeating tropes of windows and reflections. The interior/exterior divide in Freemark’s work also takes the form of landscapes and still-lives, subject matter that Freemark toggles between and often blurs together.

A photograph of a bouquet of flowers sitting on a table (Bouquet/Still Life No.2) is abstracted by a cut out of another bouquet that Freemark held up to the light to create a stencil of the shadow. A cut-out of an apple necessitates the viewer lean into the work to determine the original source material—the payoff, well worth the effort. The distortion of a familiar image into the unfamiliar surprises and delights the viewer who is willing to look long enough to unravel the image.

This series of work was created with the support of the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program, and the Ontario Heritage Trust. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday November 9th, from 7-9PM.







Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Casey Roberts: Here & There, October 19th - November 4th, 2018

CASEY ROBERTS
HERE AND THERE
OCTOBER 19TH - NOVEMBER 4TH
VIP PREVIEW: FRIDAY OCTOBER 19TH, 7-9PM


We are pleased to present Casey Roberts' Here and There, Casey Roberts' third exhibition with us in Toronto. Join us for a VIP preview with the artist present on Friday October 19th from 7-9PM. RSVP.

Roberts' work illustrates a fantastic landscape by representing nature's subtle way of dealing with the peculiar aspects in it's relationship with mankind. Glow-in-the-dark butterflies, a pile of precious gems, a whale beckoning us from the sea, are signs of recognition, perhaps even gifts; just as scribbled on trees and sculptures lost in a forest state "I was here". Inspired by his conversation with the landscape, he imagines long monologues when pine forests make him laugh and mountains test his patience.

This is Roberts' third exhibition with Dianna Witte Gallery (formerly parts gallery). Roberts received his degree from the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN. He recently exhibited a solo show at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center at Depauw University in September of this year. He has work in numerous collections, including the Indiana State Museum, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the US Department of State, Eli Lilly, Indiana University and more. Robert's lives and works in Indianapolis, IN. 











Friday, September 14, 2018

Jeff Depner: ORGANIZED! September 20th - October 14th, 2018

ORGANIZED!

JEFF DEPNER
SEPTEMBER 21ST - OCTOBER 14TH


We are pleased to present ORGANIZED!, a solo exhibition by Vancouver artist, Jeff Depner.

In this latest series of work, Depner pits architectonic organization against the organic, as a method to explore compositional structure through the relationship between colours. Depner creates a functioning system of parts in constant flux by rethinking, altering and discarding forms throughout his process.

This is Depner's third exhibition with Dianna Witte Gallery (formerly Parts Gallery). Depner received his BFA in Illustration and Design at Capilano University in Vancouver, BC. His work has been exhibited across the United States, Canada and Europe (Basel and Germany). In 2015, Depner exhibited a solo show, NEW POSITIONS, at Art Cologne with Galerie Anke Schmidt. His work has been featured in numerous fairs internationally, including Scope New York, Scope Basel, Art Toronto and Art Cologne. He has been profiled in German Art, Artbox Magazine, Rising Young Artists to keep an Eye On!, Ruby Mag and the Globe & Mail. Depner lives and works in Vancouver, BC.