ANDREW VALKO

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Born 1957 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Came to Canada in 1968. Received his Diploma in Graphic Design and Applied Arts from the Red River Community College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Also had the opportunity to study printmaking with Toshi Yoshida, at Yoshida Hanga Academy in Tokyo, Japan.

The artist’s exhibition credits include numerous solo exhibitions in the following galleries: Galerie Franklin Silverstone, Montreal, Quebec; Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto, Ontario; Cardigan-Milne Gallery and Thomas Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Assiniboia Gallery and Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan; NEWZONES Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia; Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta; Gallery 1C03, The University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Rosemont Art Gallery, Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan; The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba; and Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia and Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, Ontario. He has also participated in many group shows both nationally and internationally. His work has been shown at: University of Manitoba, Memorial University of Newfoundland Art Gallery; University of New Brunswick; Acadian University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia; University of Minnesota; Winnipeg Art Gallery; University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta; Somon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC; Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg/ Toronto; Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan; Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC; The Frederic Horsman Varley Art Gallery, Ontario; The Grand Theater, Kingston, Ontario; Waddington’s Auction House, Toronto, Ontario; Art Court Building, Ottawa, Ontario; Muttart Public Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; The Nickle Art Museum, University of Calgary; The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta; Agnes Etherington Art Center, Queens University, Ontario; Thunder Bay Art Center, Thunder Bay, Ontario; Deluth Art Center , Deluth, Minnesota; Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Art Center, Ottawa, Ontario; Cloredon Lanes Court, Ottawa, Ontario; Duxbury Art Complex Museum, Boston, Massachusetts; Danforth Museum of Art, Massachusetts; Kolding Hal, Frechen, Germany; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipan, Taiwan; R.V.S. Gallery, South Hampton, New York; and Kabatoja Gallery in Tokyo; La Maison Rouge, Paris, France; and Le Musee de Arts, Modestes, France. In addition, the artist has been represented at numerous International Art Fairs in: Miami, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts; Seattle, Wahington; San Francisco, California; New York; and Toronto, Canada.

Andrew Valko’s work has been published and reviewed in publications such as Border Crossings, A Magazine of the Arts, The New Yorker Magazine, Elm Street Magazine, Going Places Magazine, Asian Art News, Canadian Art, Style Manitoba, Western Living Magazine, Des Vie Arts, Galleries West Magazine, In My Bed Magazine, The Winnipeg Free Press, The Globe and Mail, Uptown Magazine, Regina Leader Post, The Calgary Straight, Calgary Sun, FFWD Calgary, The Georgia Straight, The Edmonton Journal Toronto Star, The Kingston Whig- Standard, and The Vancouver Sun. He has been the subject of a CBC arts program (ZigZag). In 2001 Postcard Fictions, a book featuring 67 images from the motel and drive-in series of paintings and drawings by Andrew Valko, accompanied by a short story by Toronto writer, Michelle Berry, with foreword by Robert Enright was published by Key Porter Books, Toronto, Canada. Andrew is a recipient of numerous awards and commissions. These include being elected to The Royal Canadian Academy of The Arts, receiving Manitoba Arts Council grants, the commission from Canada Post Corporation to illustrate four Pan American Games stamps and the 125th Anniversary of the RCMP commemorative stamp; as well as, a design for a fifty-cent piece for the Royal Canadian Mint. He was also commissioned by The University of Manitoba to paint a portrait of the Chancellor Harvey Secter and the Manitoba Government to paint a portrait of premier Gary Filmon and Gary Doer, and the Speaker of the House Louise Dacquay, Deni Rocan, George Hicks and Chief Justice of Manitoba Richard J. Scott. In 2009 he was a winner of the Kingston Prize, Canada’s national portrait competition.

Andrew has served or is serving on the boards of the following organizations: Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Site Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Border Crossings Magazine of the Arts, Winnipeg, Manitoba; and, Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has also served as a juror on the Manitoba Arts Council Grand Juries.

His work is represented in a wide range of public, corporate and private collections. These include: The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario; Manitoba Art Council, Winnipeg, Manitoba; The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, Winnipeg, Manitoba; University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Memorial University of Newfoundland Art Gallery, St. Johns, Newfoundland; CKRC Broadcasting, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Alliance Francais, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Aquatic Hall of Fame, Winnipeg, Manitoba; The Claridge Collection / Bronfman Collection, Montreal, Quebec; Elizabeth Taylor, Los Angeles, California; Canada Post Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario; Manitoba Government, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Assante Asset Management Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba; Investors Group, Winnipeg, Manitoba; PriceWaterHouse Cooper, LLP, Vancouver, B.C.; Esso Petroleum,Calgary, Alberta; The Nickle Art Museum, Calgary,Alberta; Great West Life, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Via Rail Canada, Inc., Montreal, Quebec; Wajima Holdings, Ltd., Calgary, Alberta; Suncor, Inc., Fort McMurray, Alberta; Burnet, Duckworth & Duckworth & Palmer LLP, Calgary, Alberta; Abex Financial Corp., Calgary, Alberta; Tecbau Techhnology, West Germany; Faitwood Foods Ltd., Hong Kong; Mahler Fine Art Inc., Seattle, Washington; West Coast Hotel Corporation, Seattle, Washington; The Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa, Ontario; and Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Aimia Toronto, Ontario.

The artist has travelled extensively through North America, Europe, Mexico, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand. He is presently living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with his wife Julia Lam and son Kalvin.

Affiliations

2004 Manitoba Arts Council Visual Arts Grants juror.
2002 Manitoba Arts Council Visual Arts Grants juror.
1999-03 Board Member, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg MB
1998 Board Member, Border Crossings Magazine of the Arts, Winnipeg, MB
Lead role in ‘Under Chad Valley”, a film by Jeff Erbach.
1995 Site Gallery (Vice-President) Administrative and Graphic Design duties and Exhibition Member.
1994 Woodblock printing instructor, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Studio Program, Winnipeg, MB
1993 Juror on a program planning committee for Main Access Gallery
1990 CARFAC Manitoba Board Member
1987 Film on the artist entitled “Soft Look” by Perry Starychuk. Financed by the Manitoba Arts Council
1979-83 Teaching Life Drawing Classes at Forum Art Institute, Winnipeg, MB
1981 Extensive travel throughout North America, Mexico, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand

Awards


1997 Visual Arts “A” Grant awarded by the Manitoba Arts Council
1988 Short-term Project Grant awarded by the Manitoba Arts Council

Collections

Canada Post Corporation, Ottawa, ON
Investors Group, Winnipeg, MB
CKRC Broadcasting Station, Winnipeg, MB
ESSO Petroleum, AB
Memorial University of Newfoundland Art Gallery
The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa
Alliance Francaise, Winnipeg, MB
Manitoba Government, Winnipeg, MB
The Claridge Collection (Bronfman Collection) Montreal, PQ
Great West Life, Winnipeg, MB
Via Rail Canada Inc., Montreal, PQ
Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg, MB
Aquatic Hall of Fame, Winnipeg, MB
Tecbau Technology, West Germany
Fairwood Foods Ltd., Hong Kong
Mahler Fine Arts Inc., Seattle, WA
Wajima Holdings Ltd., Calgary, AB
Suncore Inc., Calgary, AB
Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer, Calgary, AB
West Coast Hotel Cooperation, Seattle, WA
University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, Winnipeg, MB
University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
Assante Asset Management Ltd., Winnipeg, MB
Abex Financial Corp., Calgary, AB
Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa, ON
PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, Vancouver, BC
Elizabeth Taylor, Los Angeles, CA
Private Collection (Canada, USA, Europe and Hong Kong)

Commissions

Mural for Lover Fort Garry national Historical Park Museum, Parks Canada
Federal Government Art for Delta’s Penticton Hotel, BC
Art for Season Poster, Manitoba Theatre Center, Winnipeg, MB
Art for Season Poster, Warehouse Theatre Center, Winnipeg, MB
Art for Season Poster, Jewish Theatre at Gas Station Theatre Center, Winnipeg, MB
Designs for Contemporary Dances’ Company, Winnipeg, MB
Donor’s Wall mural, Asper Jewish Community Campus, Winnipeg, MB
Art for the 125th Anniversary of the RCMP Commemorative Stamp, Canada Post Corp., Ottawa, ON
Illustrations for Pan Am Dames Stamps, Canada Post Corp. Ottawa, On
Paintings “Movie Nights” published in New York Magazine
Walls Sculpture, Asper Jewish Community Campus, Winnipeg, MB
Design for fifty-cent piece for Royal Canadian Mint
Paintings udes for covers of books published by Turnston Press, Winnipeg, MB
Sommerville House, Toronto, ON
Weidenfelf and Nicolson, London, England, Albin Michel, Paris, France
Commissioned to paint portrait of Premiere Gary Filmon for the Legislative Buildings by Manitoba Government
Painting selected to provide inspiration in a 24-hour writing contest, co-sponsored by the Capital Times and The Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison, Wisconsin

Exhibitions


2005 “New Work” Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2002 “New Work”, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2001-2 “Night Paintings”, Traveling to: Gallery 1C023, The University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Rosemont Art Gallery, Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Center, Regina, SK, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, MB
1999 “Small Paintings”, Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB
1998 “Dusk to Dawn”, Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB
1995 “No Vacancy”, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1994 “Andrew Valko”, Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, SK
1993 “New Paintings”, Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto, ON
1991 “New Paintings”, Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto, ON
1990 “New Paintings”, Nancy, Poole’s Studio, Toronto, ON
1989 “Andrew Valko – Paintings”, Galerie Franklin Silverstone, Montreal, PQ
1984 “Recent Works”, Thomas Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1982 “Recent Works”, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
1981 “Recent Works”, Cardigan-Milne Galery, Winnipeg, MB
1980 “Colored Graphite Drawings”, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
1979 “Spring Travels”, Cardigan-Milne Galery, Winnipeg, MB

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010 Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton & Vancouver, Spring Show
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton & Vancouver, Christmas Show
2009 Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton & Vancouver, Spring Show
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton & Vancouver, Christmas Show
2008 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton & Vancouver, Spring Show
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton & Vancouver, Christmas Show
2007 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton & Vancouver, Spring Show
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton & Vancouver, Christmas Show
2006 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton & Vancouver, Spring Show
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton & Vancouver, Christmas Show
2005 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton & Vancouver, Spring Show
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton & Vancouver, Christmas Show
2004 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC
SITE Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2003 “Beyond the Bueaty”, The Nickle Museum, Calgary, AB
“New Visions; Small Works from the Arthur S. Goldberg Collection”, Danforth Museum of ART, Boston, MA
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
2002 Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC
SITE Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
San Francisco Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
2001 Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC and Edmonton, AB
SITE Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
Miami Art Fair, Miami, FL
2000 Boston Art Fair, Boston, MA
“Sunburn”, Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB
“Canadian Survey – Praries”, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC and Edmonton, AB
1999 “The Card Project”, Stratford Art gallery, Stratford, ON; Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON
“Intimate Impressions, Art from Pan America”, International Juried Print Exhibition, SITE Gallery, Winnipeg, MB, purchased award (catalogue)
“Renegade Mail Art Exposition”, Center Cultural Franco-Manitobain, Winnipeg, MB
“The Nude Show”, SITE Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1998 SITE Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1997 “Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Prairie Regopm Exhibition”, Don De Grow Curatuor (catalogue). Traveling exhibition, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB; Fredric Horsman Varley Art Gallery of Maskham, ON
Yoshida Annual International Print Exhibition, Kabatoja Gallery, Gina, Tokyo, Japan
SITE Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
“Seattle Art Fair”, New Zones Gallery, Seattle, WA
1996 SITE Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
“Seattle Art Fair”, New Zones Gallery, Seattle, WA
1995 “Contemporary Realism”, New Zones Gallery, Calgary, AB
SITE Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
“Grand Jury Show III”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
“Summer Show”, Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, SK
“Trion Contemporary Art Fair”, San Francisco, CA
“Seattle Art Fair”, New Zones Gallery, Seattle, WA
1994 “Contemporary Realism”, New Zones Gallery, Calgary, AB
“Curators Choice”, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, BC
“Group Show”, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1993 “Yoshida Annual International Print Exhibition”, Kabatoja Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo
“Realism” New Zones Gallery, Calgary, AB, Projects
“Grand Jury II”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1992 “O Canada” R.V.S Gallery, South Hampton, Long Island, NY
Nancy Pooles Studio, Toronto, ON
1991 Nancy Pooles Studio, Toronto, ON
“Yoshida Annual International Print Exhibition”, Kabatoja Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo
1990 “Yoshida Annual International Print Exhibition”, Kabatoja Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo
1989 “Yoshida Annual International Print Exhibition”, Kabatoja Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo
“4th International Biennial Print Exhibition”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
“Medicine Hat Print Show”, The Cultural Center, Medicine Hat, AB
“Virginia Christopher Gallery”, Calgary, AB
“Gallery 454”, Winnipeg, MB
“Brian Melnychenko Gallery”, Winnipeg, MB
“Boston Printmakers”, Duxbury Art Complex Museum, Boston, MA
“Contemporary Western Woodblock Prints”, Muttart Public Gallery, Calgary, AB
“Gallerie de la Ville”, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, PQ
“Nancy Pooles Studio”, Toronto, ON
“Thomas Gallery”, Winnipeg, MB
“The Boston Print Makers, 41st North American Print Exhibition”, Boston Art Museum, Boston, MA
1988 “Yoshida Annual International Print Exhibition”, Kabatoja Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo
“Contemporary Block Prints”, Memorial University of Newfoundland Art gallery, St. John’s NF, Patricia Grattan, Curator
“New York city International Art Competition #6”, Ariel Gallery, Soho NY
“The Manitoba Citizens Bursary Fund for Native People Fine Arts Exhibition”, Centennial Library, Winnipeg, MB
1987 “Moosehead Press Print Show” George Swinton Curator Traveling Exhibition Duluth Art Center, Duluth, MN
University of New Brunswick, Federicton, NB
Owens Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
Thunder Bay Art Center, Thunder Bay, ON
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
“Self Portrait Show”, Gallery 454, Winnipeg, MB
“Box Project Show”, Fleet Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1986 “Yoshida Annual International Print Exhibition”, Kabatoja Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo
“8th International Exhibition of Graphic Art”, Kolding Hal Frechen, West Germany
“Woodblock Prints by Andrew Valko and David Umholtz”, Alliance Francaise, Winnipeg, MB
“Thomas Gallery”, Winnipeg, MB
1985 “Thomas Gallery”, Winnipeg, MB
1984 “Thomas Gallery”, Winnipeg, MB
“Yoshida Annual International Print Exhibition”, Kabatoja Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo
“University of Manitoba”, Winnipeg, MB
1983 “Manitoba Printmakers”, Manitoba Theatre Center, Winnipeg, MB
“Five Printmakers”, Warehouse Art Works, Winnipeg, MB
“Arts Manitoba 6+5 Show”, Winnipeg, MB
1982 “Under Thirty Show”, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
“Moosehead Press”, Winnipeg, MB
“Anniversary Show”, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
1981 “Assiniboia Gallery”, Regina, SK
1980 “CKRC Art Manitoba Juried Painting Exhibit”, Archives Building, Winnipeg, MB
1979 “Miniature Show”, Cardigan-Milne Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
“Gallery Eas”, Honolulu Hawaii
“CKRC Art Manitoba Juried Painting Exhibit”, Archives Building, Winnipeg, MB
1978 “The One Half Show”, Red River Community College, Winnipeg, MB
“CKRC Art Manitoba Juried Painting Exhibit”, Archives Building, Winnipeg, MB

Publications


2002 “Playboy Redux?” Prairie Dog Post, Regina, January 10.
Wilson, Je. “Still Life in Motel Room”, Toronto Women’s Newspaper, Hamilton, ON, January 2.
Anderson, Jack. “Apocalyptic Modernism”, Leader Post, Regina. January 17.
“Postcard Fictions”, Canadian Art, Artbook Review.
Westra, Monica. “Postcard Fictions”, Artichoke Magazine Spring, Artbook Review
2001 Gibson, Jennifer. “Andrew Valko Night Paintings”, Catalogue.
Walker, Morley. “Connecting with the Disconnected”, Winnipeg Free Press. November 8.
Ronchon, Yvette. ‘Intimate Interpretations of Valko and Berry”, The Uniter, Volume 56, Issue 11.
Dahle, Sigrid. “Stark Images Raise Intriguing Questions”, Winnipeg Free Press. November 17.
Mills-Fen, Question. “No Vacancy”, Uptown Magazine, November 2.
“Postcard Fiction”, Book featuring 67 images from the motel and drive-in series of paintings and drawings by Andrew Valko, accompanied by a short story by Michelle berry, with foreword by Robert Enright. Published by key Porter Books, Toronto, ON.
Gibson, Jennifer. “Postcard Fictions and Night Paintings”, (In) Edition, Vol. 19/2.
Dann, Moria. “Meetings in Motel Hell”, The Globe and Mail, December 22.
2000 ‘Drive-In Days”, Going Places Magazine Jun/Jul
“Site Specific”, Artichoke Magazine Summer.
Waytiuk, Judy. “Drive-In Days”, Going Places Magazine, Jun/Jul.
1999 Young-Kutsukake, Lisa. “Didactic Discourse”, Style Manitoba Winter.
Gustafson, Paula. “Andrew Valko at NewZones Gallery”, Asian Art News, Jul/Aug.
Molter, Michael J. ‘Andrew Valko, Dusk to Dawn”, Des Vie Arts No 171.
Sevenson, Anne. “Things are Not Always as they Seem”, FFWD Calgary, June 17.
McCartney, Leah. “Virtual Voyeur”, The Calgary Straight, June 17.
Barham, Scot. “Andrew Valko Small Paintings”, Winnipeg Free Press, June 26.
1998 Smith, Peter. “I Tracked Down Artist Andrew Valko”, Calgary Sun, July 4.
Mitchell, Alanna. ‘Redrawing the Profit Picture for Art”, The Globe and Mail, June 3.
Walton, Mark. “His Aim is True”, FFWD Calgary, may 27.
1997 Buchollz, Garth. “Exhibition Truly a Site to Behold”, Winnipeg Free Press, February 22.
1996 Buchollz, Garth. “Gallery Moves, Uncrates Spunky Art”, Winnipeg Free Press, February 10.
1995 “Andrew Valko Notebook”, Border Crossings Magazine, August.
“Fax”, Muchmusic/Bravo TV Profile on Jay Mirus, August 28.
Gustafson, Paula. “Between Dream and Reality at 2400 Kingsway”, The Georgia Straight, August 18.
Batty, George. ‘Artist Gives his View of The American Dream”, The Leader Post, Regina, October 17.
1991 Hanna, Deirdre. “Valko’s Mythical Figurative Paintings”, Now Magazine, p. 68, May 16.
1989 Mcllroy, Randal. “Gallery 454’s Fourth Exhibition Vibrates with Raw Energy”, Winnipeg Free Press, p. 32, January 20.
Enright, Robert. “Valko: The Summer of Discontents”, Border Crossings Magazine, January.
1988 CBC 24 Hours News, Interview with Robert Enright.
1987 Whiteway, Doug. “Winnipegger takes Cues from Japan in Exotic Art Creation”, Winnipeg Free Press, p. 32, September 3.
1982 Ball, Denise. “From Landscapes to Female Form”, The Leader Post Regina, November 25.
Graham, John. “Under Thirty Exhibit Shows High Level of Performance”, Winnipeg Free Press, p. 25, February 17.
Graham, John. Artists reach Community via Different Avenues”, Winnipeg Free Press, p. 28, April 17.
1981 Garlick, Richard. “Aspiring City Artist draws on Seclusion”, Winnipeg Free Press, May 23.
Graham, John. “Valko’s Series of Nudes Attracts Attention”, Winnipeg Free Press, May 23.
1980 Impressions Magazine, Vol. 1, Regina, October.

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