CCCA Canadian Art Database

Woods

Material: wood

Orca Installed

each: 0.1044 x 0.0696 x 0.2436 m

Desk Job

chair: 96.52 x 58.42 x 83.82 cm, table: 86.36 x 104.14 x 45.72 cm

Featured Artists

Jane Buyers RCA is a Canadian multimedia artist who evokes the human presence and its impulse to manipulate through drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Her investigation and practice has a formal and thematic substance. Themes that have always preoccupied Buyers include books, labour and the domestic ritual. After getting her honours B.A. in Visual Art from York University (1973) and a Master of Education in History and Philosophy from the University of Toronto (1990), Buyers taught fine art at institutions in the Toronto region, was a Fine Art instructor at Fanshawe College, London, for seven years and Professor in the Fine Arts department at the University of Waterloo from 1988 to 2010, where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita. Much of Buyers work concentrates on labour and repetitive work to build a form. Earlier, she referenced domestic approximations and substitutes and later, tools and books. She is interested in the area between the utilitarian and the decorative, the natural and the artificial, the organic and the fabricated. Buyers has had over forty solo exhibitions and participated in more than one hundred group exhibitions. Her most important solo exhibitions include Inscriptions at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in 2005 which travelled to the Koffler Gallery, Toronto and the UW Art Gallery, Waterloo; and a thirty-year survey show titled Gather…Arrange…Maintain, curated by Crystal Mowry and circulated by the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (2013). The exhibition catalogue included an interview by Nancy Campbell and a conversation with John Armstrong. Her recent group exhibitions include Into the Woods at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo (2006); Pictured: Image and Object in Canadian Sculpture, and Making Space, both Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (2007-2008 and 2021). In Making Space, her work was shown with that of Vikky Alexander, Edward Burtynsky and others.

Creator Id: 109
Year of Birth: 1948
City: Elora
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Female
Mediums: drawing, installation, printmaking, sculpture

Andrew Dutkewych is a Canadian contemporary artist known for his sculptural works. Dutkewych works mainly in the areas of drawing, sculpture and public art. Dutkewych's 1977 work Cascade III is in the collection of the Gananoque Sculpture Park. In 1981 he installed his work Hole In The Sky permanently in the sculpture garden of the Art Gallery of Algoma. His public fountain-sculpture Autour et de très près (1992) is installed on the campus of the Université du Québec à Montréal. He created the permanent public artwork Entre Nous in 1992 for the Pointe-à-Callière Museum in Montreal. The piece, created through Quebec's "1% for art" program, consists of a large and a small bronze casting integrated with a stone bench, situated at the convergence of two streets that enclose the museum. In addition to the permanent collections holding Dutkewych's works are also held in the permanent collections of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. His works are also held in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University.

Creator Id: 187
Year of Birth: 1944
City: Montreal
Province: Québec
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Austria
Gender: Male
Mediums: commission, installation, public art, sculpture

Roland Brener RCA was a South African-born Canadian artist. He completed his academic training in 1965, and in 1967, Brener was one of the founders of the Stockwell Depot, a studio and exhibition space occupying part of a disused brewery in south London. Brener taught at Saint Martin's School of Art, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at the University of Iowa before being appointed Associate Professor at the University of Victoria in 1974. He retired from teaching in 1997. Brener's early practice grew from the formalist innovations of his contemporaries at Saint Martin's. During the 1980s his work developed a more playful individuality as he began to incorporate consumer items, most often toys, and experiment with kinetic sculpture driven by electronic motors or computers. In his later work he began to use the computer as a design tool to produce fantastical distortions of everyday images and objects which were then fabricated in wood or synthetic materials. Brener's work is represented in most of the major public collections in Canada, including Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada.

Creator Id: 88
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1942
City: Victoria
Province: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: South Africa (moved to Canada 1974)
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: installation, sculpture

Tom Benner has been making art for over 40 years. His primary work typically involves large-scale projects. Each piece is strongly rooted within a tradition of narrative and story-telling but is also equally concerned with materiality. Some stories are grounded with historical research, scouring book stores and libraries for information, some stories come in the form of dreams, memories. His sculptures are not solely about the individual piece, but also about the process, the materials, and the space they occupy. Hand-crafted, labour-intensive, and visibly-shaped, Benner make use of a cross-disciplinary approach, using copper, steel, wood, fiberglass, aluminum, leather, and many other materials, drawing, riveting, installing and sculpting.

Creator Id: 63
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1950
City: London
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Male
Mediums: painting, printmaking, sculpture

Lyn Carter works primarily in sculpture as well as drawing and has exhibited across Canada, the U.S.A., Australia, Britain, Spain, Mexico and China. Her work is represented in a number of permanent collections, among them the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, U.S.A., Cambridge Galleries in Cambridge, Ontario, the AstraZeneca Collection in Mississauga, Ontario, and the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2016 she was invited to exhibit in the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China. Her solo exhibition Lyn Carter: 11th Line toured three venues, most recently the Musée d’art de Joliette in Québec in 2018.

Creator Id: 119
Social Media Link: Social Media Link
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
City: Orton
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Gender: Female
Mediums: drawing, fibre, installation, sculpture

Halyna was born in Kiel, Germany in 1945. She currently lives and works in Windsor, Ontario.

Creator Id: 503
Year of Birth: 1945
City: Windsor
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Germany
Gender: Female
Mediums: sculpture

Kai Chan immigrated to Canada in 1966, having graduated with a degree in biology in 1963. He has received numerous grants and awards including the 1998 Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award and in 2002, the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Fine Crafts. In 2003, and again in January 2010, Chan was awarded the Canada Council's Paris studio residency. Kai has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the United States, Japan, Australia and Europe, and is represented in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, Quebec), Museum London (London, Ontario), the Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon, SK); the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa, Ontario), the Library & Gallery (Cambridge, Ontario), and Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimusem in Norway.

Creator Id: 123
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1940
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: China
Gender: Male
Mediums: commission, fibre, sculpture, wood

Richard was born in Comox, British Columbia in 1949. He currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Creator Id: 489
Year of Birth: 1949
City: Vancouver
Province: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: British Columbia
Gender: Male
Mediums: sculpture

IAIN BAXTER& RCA is a Canadian conceptual artist. BAXTER& is recognized internationally as an early practitioner of conceptual art. BAXTER& was co-president with Ingrid Baxter of the conceptual project and legally incorporated business N.E. Thing Co., founded in 1966. BAXTER& is Professor Emeritus at the School of Visual Arts University of Windsor and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Creator Id: 51
Year of Birth: 1936
City: Windsor
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: England
Gender: Male
Mediums: conceptual, earthwork, installation, painting, photography, sculpture, text-based, video

Bonnie Devine is a Serpent River Ojibwa installation artist, performance artist, sculptor, curator, and writer from Serpent River First Nation. She is currently an associate professor at OCAD University and the founding chair of its Indigenous Visual Cultural Program. As a conceptual artist, Devine works with a variety of media, often combining traditional and unconventional materials. At a 2007 solo exhibition, Medicine River, at the Axéneo 7 art space in Quebec, she created eight-foot long knitting needles and knitted 250 feet of copper cable to bring attention to the contamination of the Kashechewan water system. She has fashioned full-sized canoes from paper and works with natural materials such as reeds in her 2009 piece, New Earth Braid. She also created land-based installations. Devine's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the U.S., South America, Russia and Europe. Her 2010 solo exhibition, Writing Home, curated by Faye Heavyshield, was reviewed in Border Crossings. A solo exhibition of Devine's work, Bonnie Devine: The Tecumseh Papers was held at the Art Gallery of Windsor from September 27, 2013, to January 5, 2014. Her work is featured in the Art Gallery of Ontario's exhibition Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes. Devine has received numerous awards, including 2002 Best Experimental Video at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the Toronto Arts Awards Visual Arts Protégé Award in 2001, the Curry Award from the Ontario Society of Artists in 1999, a variety of awards from the Ontario College of Art and Design, as well as many grants and scholarships. She has been chosen for the 2011 Eiteljorg Museum fellowship. She received a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2021.

Creator Id: 170
Social Media Link: Social Media Link
Year of Birth: 1952
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Additional Statuses: First Nations
Gender: Female
Mediums: conceptual, fibre, installation, sculpture, textiles

After a year studying agricultural engineering at the University of Guelph, Ron Benner switched to the visual arts and went on to develop a practice that combines photography, installation and gardening. An internationally known artist and social justice activist, he collaborates regularly with community organizations involved in the defence of the environment.

Creator Id: 62
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1949
City: London
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Male
Mediums: commission, earthwork, installation, photography, text-based

Roland Brener RCA was a South African-born Canadian artist. He completed his academic training in 1965, and in 1967, Brener was one of the founders of the Stockwell Depot, a studio and exhibition space occupying part of a disused brewery in south London. Brener taught at Saint Martin's School of Art, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at the University of Iowa before being appointed Associate Professor at the University of Victoria in 1974. He retired from teaching in 1997. Brener's early practice grew from the formalist innovations of his contemporaries at Saint Martin's. During the 1980s his work developed a more playful individuality as he began to incorporate consumer items, most often toys, and experiment with kinetic sculpture driven by electronic motors or computers. In his later work he began to use the computer as a design tool to produce fantastical distortions of everyday images and objects which were then fabricated in wood or synthetic materials. Brener's work is represented in most of the major public collections in Canada, including Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada.

Creator Id: 88
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1942
City: Victoria
Province: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: South Africa (moved to Canada 1974)
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: installation, sculpture

Tony was born in 1934 in Niagara Falls (Ontario) where his grandmother ran a funeral home with the help of his parents. Starting in 1954, he studied at the Albright Art School, at the State University of New York, Buffalo, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1958. In 1955, he also attended the Yale Norfolk Summer School in New Haven. He became the first artist-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario, London, in 1960 and taught from1967. Urquhart then became full professor of Fine Art at the University of Waterloo (Ontario) in 1972, teaching drawing, painting and printmaking. He also served periodically as the head of that department until his retirement in 1999. Tony currently lives and works in Stratford, Ontario. Tony Urquhart gained recognition early in his career as an abstract painter, exhibiting at the famed Isaacs Gallery in Toronto when he was only 22. He also exhibited with renowned London group that included Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe and Murray Favro. Starting in the 1960s he also followed an independent path with his intricate 'box' sculptures. Throughout his career, however, drawing has been central to Urquhart’s art. Various authors including his wife Jane Urquhart, Michael Ondaatje, Matt Cohen and Louis Dudek have chosen his drawings to illustrate their books. He was one of the founders of CAR/FAC (Canadian Artists Representation), that successfully established a fee structure for public museum and gallery exhibitions of contemporary artists. Tony Urquhart was named to the Order of Canada in 1995. He passed away in January 2022. Videoportraits Tony Urquhart [Gordon Hawkins, Photographer, 2018].

Creator Id: 623
Year of Birth: 1934
City: Stratford
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Male
Mediums: drawing, painting, sculpture

Max Dean has been producing works of significance for over 35 years. His performances, sculptures and installations explore the complex relationship between the artist, the spectator and the work. His interactive kinetic installations that explore the nature of trust and control. Dean's early performance-based works evolved into sculptures that require audience participation; for example, the works are activated by the presence of the viewer who has the ability to affect the final outcome either indirectly, by triggering a sensor, or directly, by participating in the making of the work. The objects he employs are often extensions of the human body, such as tools and furniture. Dean's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Exhibition highlights include the dAPERTutto at the Venice Biennale in 1999; Platea dell'umanita at the Venice Biennale in 2001; Voici, 100 years of contemporary art, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; The Fifth Element, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Iconoclash and Future Cinema at ZKM, Karlsruhe. The Robotic Chair (1984 - 2006) [with Raffaello D'Andrea and Matt Donovan] is a generic-looking wooden chair with the capacity to fall apart and put itself back together. With shuddering force the chair collapses to the floor then with persistence and determination proceeds to seek out its parts and upright itself. The Robotic Chair fulfills a twenty-year-long endeavour and continues Dean's exploration of robotics and art. Max Dean was awarded the Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 2005.

Creator Id: 164
Year of Birth: 1949
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: England
Gender: Male
Mediums: audio, performance, photography, sculpture

Tom Dean is a conceptual artist, known for his work in a diverse range of fields, among them sculpture, installation art and printmaking. In 1999, he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale and in 2001, he received the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. The Globe and Mail in 2001 called him "the epitome of the artists' artist". His work was the subject of many solo exhibitions in Canada such as Ruins of the Floating Staircase (1978-1981), at Mercer Union, Toronto (1983); an exhibition of his drawings and sculptures at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston (1990); Tom Dean, at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto (1992); Tom Dean: Selected Works Past and Present (1999) at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Tom Dean: Desire at the Toronto Sculpture Garden (2001); and Ruins (of The Floating Staircase) at the Art Gallery of University of Lethbridge (2002). In 2018, the Maclaren Art Centre in Barrie organized a show titled Tom Dean: Woodcuts. He has participated extensively in group shows in Montreal, New York, Toronto and abroad such as in 2010, Traffic: Conceptual Art In Canada 1965-1980, organized by the Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto and in 2013, in Continental Drift - Conceptual Art in Canada: The 1960s and 70s, an exhibition held at the Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe (Baden Art Association), Germany. His work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia, as well as other major public collections. His work also has been commissioned by private developers such as his sculpture titled Peaceable Kingdom (2008), a work consisting of several large pieces located at King Edward Village in Vancouver.

Creator Id: 165
Year of Birth: 1947
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Male
Mediums: installation, printmaking, sculpture

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

Magdalen Celestino is a Canadian Postwar & Contemporary artist who was born in 1957. Numerous galleries and museums such as The New Gallery have featured Celestino's work in the past.

Creator Id: 121
Year of Birth: 1957
City: Houston
Province: Texas
Country: United States
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Female
Mediums: ceramics

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