CCCA Canadian Art Database

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Shape and Pattern

The Empty Museum

Paper: 46.355 x 38.1 cm/po / Image: 27.305 x 27.305 cm/po

Currencies: 40s to 60s

each disk/chaque disque : 29.845 cm/po

Featured Artists

Rudolf Bikkers RCA was a Canadian painter, printmaker, educator and entrepreneur. In 1960 at the age of 17, he was the youngest student to be admitted to the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht on a six-year scholarship and graduated with honours in 1966. He studied the cello with Bob Reuling for two years, followed by four years with Chrétien Bonfrère at the Conservatorium of Maastricht. In the summer of 1966 he emigrated to Canada. From 1967 to 1969, he taught drawing at H.B. Beal Secondary School in London, Ontario. From 1969 to 1976, he was Chair of the Printmaking Department at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. In 1975, he established the Master Print Studio “Editions Canada Inc.”, custom printing and publishing many Canadian and international artists, among them Greg Curnoe, Jack Chambers, Ed Bartram, Clark McDougall, Walter Redinger, Claude Breeze, Karel Appel and Paul Jenkins. In 1983, he became the Chair of Printmaking at OCA, (now OCAD University) in Toronto where he taught until July 1, 2012.

Creator Id: 68
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1943
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: The Netherlands
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: drawing, painting, printmaking

Ed Bartram RCA, also known as Edward or Ted Bartram, was a Canadian artist who was known for capturing the rockscape of Georgian Bay through printmaking, painting and photography. In the 1950s, on a canoe trip to Georgian Bay with his friends, he discovered Bartram Island (named after him in 1991) which he bought around 1965. Although in the 1960s, he had experimented with what he learned from Frenkel and Valius, making abstract prints and paintings, around 1970, on the island, he had a revelation. In Georgian Bay, he was surrounded by abstract rock surfaces that revealed the passage of time. He conceived of the scene as providing a metaphor for the way he made prints since in using an etching plate and gouging and scraping it, he felt he was reenacting the primordial forces he saw in action on the rockscape. The island, marked by glaciation, offered him a perspective through which he understood the natural world. The rocks of Georgian Bay and their surfaces became his theme and remained so for his entire life. In the 1970s, Bartram made prints of the rock faces and their surfaces, often suggesting the lichen that covered them through intaglio, then in 1977, recorded the scene itself in Georgian Bay with rock as a large part of the scene, leaving only a narrow area of sky at the top. The area of sky grew gradually larger, but his story was still the rock face. In 1995, he began to make variable mixed media prints that were one of a kind. Throughout his practice, he created paintings and in 2013, he gave up printing for painting. In 1974, he was awarded the Ontario Arts Council Publication & Purchase Award – "Editions 1", at the Art Gallery of Brant and as a result, his print Island Forms is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario and York University, both in Toronto, and the University of Guelph. His work is also in Museum London in London, Ontario the Art Gallery of Guelph the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and many other university and public galleries across Canada as well as many corporate and private collections.

Creator Id: 49
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1938
City: King City
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: painting, printmaking

Takao was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia in 1926. He currently lives and works in Parksville, British Columbia.

Creator Id: 592
Year of Birth: 1926
City: Parksville
Province: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: British Columbia
Gender: Male
Mediums: painting

Tim was born in Washington, D.C. USA in 1946. He currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

Creator Id: 482
Year of Birth: 1946
City: Tokyo
Province: N/A
Country: Japan
Country of Birth: USA
Province of Birth: D.C.
Gender: Male

Winnipeg, Manitoba [Libau, Manitoba, 1932 - Winnipeg, 2013] Don Reichert was a practicing artist for more than five decades. A graduate of the BFA program at the University of Manitoba, he attended the Instituto Allende of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Don’s work was exhibited in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally, including several solo and group shows at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. His most recent solo exhibitions included Bridge Reconstructions at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI in 2005 and Nature Morph at Winnipeg’s Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre in 2006, which was a continuation of a 2005 exhibit at the Art Gallery of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Don’s work can be found in the collections of many major public galleries and university galleries across the country, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Canada Council Art Bank. He received several awards for his work, including grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, and was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Don was Artist in Residence at the University of New Brunswick in 1961-62 and spent the following year painting and exhibition in St. Ives, Cornwall. He taught painting at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art at from 1964 to 1988; summer sessions at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1979 and the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1974; and led several painting workshops at Mount Allison University in the early-1980s. The CCCA Winnipeg Artists Project was generously supported by the Winnipeg Foundation, with additional research support from the Heritage Grants Program, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism.

Creator Id: 504
Year of Birth: 1932
City: Winnipeg
Province: Manitoba
Country: Canada
Beginning Year: 1932
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Manitoba
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased

Serge was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1942. He currently lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.

Creator Id: 611
Year of Birth: 1942
City: Montreal
Province: Québec
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Quebec
Gender: Male
Mediums: photography, printmaking

Ernestine was born and educated in Austria and received a Master's Degree in graphic art from the Vienna Academy of Applied Arts. Following graduation in 1961, she collaborated with her father, Professor Heinrich Tahedl, in the design and execution of stained glass commissions until she emigrated to Canada in 1963. Her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections and galleries in Canada, United States, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Japan. Her awards include the Graduation Prize of the Austrian Government 1961, the Bronze Medal of the Vienna International Exhibition of Paintings 1963, the Allied Arts Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 1966, and a Purchase Award, Concourse Artistique du Quebec 1966. In 1967, she received a Canada Council Arts Award, in 1999, the Mayor’s Prize at Kyoto’99, Kyoto, Japan, and in 2000, the Kobe Sun Prize at Flora Art 2000 at Awaji Island, Hyogo, Japan. She was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1977 and of the Ontario Society of Artists 1984. She received the Governor General's Canada 125th Anniversary Medal in 1993. She was the recipient of the 2000 Arts and Letters Award from the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the “In Celebration of Women” Arts, long-term Achievement Award, in 2004. She was invited to participate in the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy in 2003. She received the President’s Medal of the Ontario Society of Artists in 2006. The Varley Art Gallery of Markham organized and presented a Retrospective 1946-2006, curated by Katerina Atanassova, Curator, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, in 2006. This Retrospective travelled to several centers in Ontario: the John B Aird Gallery in Toronto, the Durham Art Gallery and the Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery. Tickle Scratch Productions produced a film for the Bravo television series: "The Artist’s Life: Ernestine Tahedl" under the direction of Michael Glassbourg in 2007. Preparations are underway for a solo exhibition in St. Poelten, Austria in the Nieder Österreichische Documentations Zentrum für Moderne Kunst, in September of 2012, Zagreb, Modererna Galerija, Croatia, November 2013 and for Budapest, Hungary, Bratislava, Slovakia and Berlin, Germany, 2013. Ernestine currently lives and works in King City, Ontario.

Creator Id: 589
City: King City
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Gender: Female
Mediums: painting

Ron Bloore was born near Toronto in 1925. At the University of Toronto he studied Art and Archeology and wrote about ancient Chinese bronzes in 1949. He did post-graduate studies in New York at NYU in the early fifties. He finished his MA at Washington University and went to the Courtauld Institute in London and Paris to pursue a PHD, but in ‘57 he went back to Toronto to just teach. As he studied and taught, he painted and he drew in a fashionably abstract mode. In the summer of ’58 Bloore painted his first fully non-figurative work. “It was like bursting through the sound barrier,” he said. “Complete freedom. I knew I could paint that way - non-representationally - from that point on.” He left behind the abstractions of his youth and the expressionism he saw in New York for good. His new work featured bold composition, strong colour and striking uses of texture accomplished with paint scrapers, not with brushes, and stove-pipe enamel on panel. That fall Bloore was brought to Regina, Saskatchewan to teach and paint and direct the MacKenzie Art Gallery and in this latter capacity he brought himself, his gallery and four local fellow painters to national recognition. In 1961 the National Gallery mounted the group show Five Painters from Regina which travelled across the country. Soon Bloore had a solo show in Toronto, juried shows across the country and was included in international shows in London, Madrid and San Paolo. He received an Arts Council grant to spend 1962-3 in Greece. His extensive travels from there culminated in a trip to Egypt which inspired a second breakthrough. Relief. No more colour. He summarily destroyed all the work he had done on the trip and, back in Regina, destroyed most of his paintings there. It was the dawn of the “white-on-white” period. These were white oil paintings with minimal imagery and a sculpted surface with thick relief. Bloore moved back to Toronto in 1966 to teach at York University. In the following years He was very productive, including large mural commissions and was widely collected. He became an influential commentator giving many public talks, writing in artscanada magazine and serving on many juries. He advocated a new art which was aspirational not critical, questing not questioning. Retiring from teaching in 1986 freed Bloore for a 32 painting series of monumental works and a major retrospective which travelled across Canada. Through the nineties, he continued in the same mode but on a reduced scale, still mainly white and still with sculpted elements but with strong illusions of spacial depth as well. 2003 saw the fading away of white, the return of colours and the dark brown masonite, which had begun to show through the white, soon took over the field entirely. Bloore had found what he called “an old man’s style,” a shocking transformation and an aesthetic success which took him to the end of his days. He died in 2009.

Creator Id: 70
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1925
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: drawing, painting, sculpture

Daniel currently lives and works in New York, New York, USA.

Creator Id: 629
City: New York
Province: New York
Country: United States
Gender: Male
Mediums: painting

Barry Allikas is a Montreal-based painter who is one of the strongest exponents of post-painterly abstraction in Canada. His hard-edge line is widely known for its immaculate perfectionism, as well as its wide-ranging flexibility, and his use of it across a broad array of compositional ideas. Allikas incorporates unusual information, influences and ideas into his practice, extending the Plasticien language and style in a unique and fresh manner. As a colourist, Allikas is bold and decisive, but also capable of quiet lyricism, and subtler, more tonal passages, often juxtaposed with areas of saturated chroma, creating powerful and beautiful effects. For decades, Allikas has been producing some of the best abstract paintings in Canada, a fact attested to by his inclusion in Roald Nasgaard’s landmark study “Abstract Painting in Canada”, and by his being listed by the Montreal Gazette as one of the top five abstract painters in Montreal. His work can be found in numerous private, corporate, and museum collections, among them the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art de Joliette, Hydro-Québec, the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec, and the Banque nationale du Canada.

Creator Id: 14
Social Media Link: Social Media Link
Year of Birth: 1953
City: Montreal
Province: Québec
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Quebec
Gender: Male
Mediums: painting

Margaret Priest was born in England in 1944, where she completed an MA at the Royal College of Art. She has been living and working in Canada since 1976, and is Professor Emeritus at the School of Fine Art and Music, University of Guelph, Ontario.

Creator Id: 487
Year of Birth: 1944
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: England
Gender: Female
Mediums: drawing, installation, painting

Brigitte was born in Germany in 1940. She currently lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.

Creator Id: 498
Year of Birth: 1940
City: Montreal
Province: Québec
Country: Canada
Gender: Female
Mediums: painting, text-based

Renée was born in Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands in 1949. She currently lives and works in Vancouver.

Creator Id: 625
Year of Birth: 1949
City: Vancouver
Province: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: The Netherlands
Gender: Female
Mediums: installation, painting

Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins live and work in Toronto, Ontario. They work collaboratively in the field of large format sculpture, mixed media, installation and electronic art. Jennifer and Daniel are known for their ability to creatively produce refined multimedia installations that are well-crafted, intricate and large scale. They have a diverse vocabulary that employs industrial and non-traditional materials. Engagement with the viewer is a primary focus for them and is initiated through the strong physical presence of their work. Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2001. Prior to that, Jennifer received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario and Daniel received a BA in Art History from McGill University.

Creator Id: 78
Collaboration: & Daniel Borins
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Gender: Undeclared
Mediums: installation, sculpture, video