Sunday, November 3, 2019

Ric Santon: You Me Here There, November 8th - 24th, 2019

RIC SANTON
YOU ME HERE THERE

NOVEMBER 8TH - 24TH
RECEPTION: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8TH, 7-9PM


We are pleased to present YOU ME HERE THERE, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Ric Santon.

"YOU ME HERE THERE are the most commonly used words in the english language. I read that on the internet some time ago and made a note. Maybe it’s true, maybe not, the only fact is that it was on the internet and that means it’s real.  I have a habit of collecting phrases, images or anything that strikes me as interesting and squirrelling them away for future use. And, like a squirrel, I forget where I store most of them. 
When coming up with this new series of absentminded finger doodles on misty windows against luminous backdrops, I stumbled upon that note and I felt it fit perfectly with the theme I was trying to realize. It begins to describe something that is both direct and random, objective and poetic. It conjures an impression of a daydream. Those doodles, like daydreams, don’t last long but they leave a mark."

Please join us for an opening reception on Friday November 8th from 7-9PM.










Friday, October 4, 2019

Jeremy Miranda: One Summer, October 4th - November 2nd, 2019


JEREMY MIRANDA
ONE SUMMER
OCTOBER 4TH - NOVEMBER 2ND
RECEPTION: FRIDAY OCTOBER 18TH, 7-9PM


We are pleased to present One Summer, Jeremy Miranda's second solo exhibition with Dianna Witte Gallery. Miranda has become well known for his playful landscapes that fuse scenes of local environments with imagined architectural details - seaside sun rooms that merge with the ocean, or thin ladders that climb the side of a stories-high cliff. With this new exhibition, Jeremy is rooted in depictions of his changing routine, while keeping sparks of the ethereal within the small details of a moody sunset, or the glow of fireflies on a summer night. These new paintings are a departure from the invented narrative spaces typical in his work. They are grounded in the everyday and are primarily about observing the forms and colour that make up the spaces in his immediate surroundings. Miranda lives and works in Dover, New Hampshire. He received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2004.







Friday, August 30, 2019

Leah Rainey: Surface Shape, September 6th - 29th, 2019


LEAH RAINEY
SURFACE SHAPE
SEPTEMBER 6TH - 29TH
RECEPTION: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH, 7-9PM

We are proud to present Surface Shape, Leah Rainey's first solo exhibition at Dianna Witte Gallery. Rainey is a Canadian painter who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. She studied at Loughborough College of Art and holds a BA Hons in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art, London. In 2013, Rainey’s work was exhibited at The Power Plant in More Than Two (Let it Make Itself),curated by Micah Lexier, and in 2015 she was included in a juried group show at the Thames Art Gallery (Chatham), curated by Sky Glabush. She has been represented by Dianna Witte Gallery since 2016. 

We invite you to join us for an opening reception on Friday September 6th from 7-9PM.

Leah Rainey’s paintings are visual manifestations of our peripheral vision, like stills of something you see out of the corner of your eye. 
The balance between space and information are imprints of what we unconsciously register. In other words, Rainey captures the uncapturable, translating it into abstract shapes and surfaces that hint at its original source material.
In this recent body of work, Rainey makes paintings of paintings, creating meta-images based in and of paint, rather than reality. Her paintings are made up of fragments of various paintings, evoking a shattered mirror: each piece reflects a different surface, while the canvas itself is its own surface. Just like a mirror, Rainey’s paintings reflect its source material. By referencing small scraps and discarded cast offs of old paintings, while trying to recreate their texture and shape on a larger scale, Rainey distances the final product from the original source, culminating in a faint memory of its origin.


The process-based methods of Rainey’s paintings coalesce in multiple surfaces within one canvas, switching between direct painting to distressed surfaces with ease. The colour within the works are highly saturated, built up through multiple layers, and yet Rainey’s relationship with those colours remains restrained. This communication between limited palettes and nuanced surfaces balance the paintings and creates a sense of harmony. 



Each painting in Surface Shape can be viewed individually, but the repetition of forms throughout the series accumulates into something bigger. A thread weaves throughout the series—visual clues repeat throughout the canvases—connecting the paintings. A visual language emerges. The act of decoding each surface, Rainey’s visual language, and processing a context you don't quite understand becomes an integral part of the work. 



Rainey’s paintings translate the movement of life, and that which is left behind, into a single image; like the out-takes of a silent film contained within a single canvas.










Friday, August 2, 2019

Carolyn Gavin: New Horizons, August 8th - 31st, 2019

GUEST ARTIST: CAROLYN GAVIN
NEW HORIZONS

AUGUST 8TH - 31ST
RECEPTION: FRIDAY AUGUST 9TH, 7-9PM

Dianna Witte Gallery is proud to collaborate with artist and internationally renowned illustrator, Carolyn Gavin, in presenting her first solo gallery exhibition. We invite you to join us for an opening reception this Friday August 9th from 7-9PM.


Gavin’s work taps into a desire for art that brings joy to the viewer. Her canvases are filled with a surplus of colour, scenes from nature, and florals. In short: things that make us happy to look at. Gavin eschews straight, rigid, lines, for organic, flowing, shapes that appeal to the free-spirited viewer. 

Gavin has previously collaborated with the Jane Goodall Institute, Harper Collins Publishing, and the Botanical Garden Centre at Harvard University, and more, to bring her art to a wide audience - accumulating over 360k followers along the way. Gavin’s work is aspirational, neatly corresponding with an ethos of living a life full of confidence and energy. 

Gavin’s abstract landscapes are inspired by her wide travels. “New Horizons,” loosely depicts the landscapes of Guatemala, Belize, and the south of France. Gavin uses neon paint to depict fields of colour—because what other colour could do justice to the saturated hues of a landscape when the sunlight hits midday? Vertical stripes portray vegetation, while geometric shapes represent mountains and trees, creating a psychedelic and dreamlike world. Gavin’s work evokes Jeffrey Harrison abstractions and Vera Neumann’s illustrative florals, while at the same time being distinctly her own. 

Dianna was thrilled when Gavin reached out about hosting her inaugural show - it was a natural pairing. Originally from South Africa, Gavin now lives and works in Toronto. The minimalist, sunlit, space of Dianna Witte Gallery is the perfect venue for Gavin’s brightly pigmented work. 
We are pleased to host this milestone event that will allow a venue for people to experience Gavin’s work in real life.









Sunday, June 23, 2019

Summer Forecast: Curated by Tatum Dooley (@cdnartforecast)

SUMMER FORECAST
CURATED BY TATUM DOOLEY

JUNE 28TH - JULY 1ST

OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY JUNE 27TH, 7-9PM
CURATOR TALK: SATURDAY JUNE 29TH, 2PM



We are thrilled to present Summer Forecast, a group exhibition curated by Tatum Dooley (@cdnartforecast), and featuring work by Keiran Brennan Hinton, Heather Goodchild, Anne Griffiths, Darby Milbrath, Kristine Moran, Caitlyn Murphy and Corri-Lynn Tetz. We invite you to join us for an opening reception on Thursday June 27th from 7-9PM.

"Learning that someone sees something completely differently than you is fraught with curiosity. The fact that another person can look at the same colour and see a different shade is mind expanding: are we the only ones that see the way we do?

Take the recent viral meme of a striped dress, for example. Did you see a gold dress or a blue one? People debated tirelessly, finding it impossible to believe that something they were so sure of—something they saw with their own two eyes!—looked completely different to others. 

Is there a way to compare notes? To get a glimpse into the way someone else views the world? The seven painters included in Summer Forecast share with us the way they see their direct surroundings: the colours, the light, the shapes. Two artists can look at the same landscape and paint completely different interpretations, giving us insight into the way they see. 


Summer Forecast exists on a spectrum. On one side, there are realist painters, who paint the world as accurately as a photograph. Firmly in this camp are Heather Goodchild and Caitlyn Murphy. From there, things get a little hazy. Keiran Brennan Hinton, Darby Milbrath, and Corri-lynn Tetz all straddle the line between realism and abstraction. Their work is a slightly skewed version of reality, colourful and mystical. Their paintings are less a photograph, more a memory of an event. Then, there are the abstract painters. Anne Griffiths and Kristine Moran exaggerate the landscapes that surround them, focussing on the colours and shapes of the hills, water, and light.


If you look at a painting by Caitlyn Murphy next to a painting by Kristine Moran, it might be difficult to see their similarities. But linked together by Corri-lynn Tetz, we start to see all the ways they're similar. How each painter translates their surroundings into pigment. Showing us the way they see the world." - Tatum Dooley

Kristine Moran, Meeting (Courtesy of Daniel Faria Gallery)

Anne Griffiths, Juicy Dry

Corri-Lynn Tetz, Stacked

Darby Milbrath, Still Life

Heather Goodchild

Keiran Brennan Hinton, May 17 (3:00AM), Courtesy of 1969 Gallery

Caitlyn Murphy, Wall to Wall

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Anna Valdez: Bones & Stones, May 31st - June 23rd, 2019

ANNA VALDEZ
BONES & STONES

MAY 31ST - JUNE 23RD


We are thrilled to present Bones & Stones, an exhibition of new paintings from Anna Valdez. This is Anna's second solo show with Dianna Witte Gallery.  

Valdez's vibrant studio still lifes explore her personal history and identity through the environment surrounding her. Relying on photographs, tradition, horticulture and stories, Valdez builds her own narratives in a way that reflects both a personal and collective experience. Arranging and re-arranging her studio to suit the needs of her creative interests (painting, gardening, etc), allows Valdez to draw on relationships between spaces and objects.

Anna Valdez lives and works in Oakland, California. She received her MFA from Boston University in 2013. Beginning in 2018 and continuing into this year, Anna was honoured to be featured in The Beyond: Georgia O'Keeffe and Contemporary Art, a retrospective exhibition of O'Keeffe's work at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR and New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT.  This summer you can also view her paintings in group shows at Richard Heller Gallery Santa Monica, CA and Nancy Margolis Gallery New York,NY.







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.