View From a Painting Place: Milne, Roberts, Cowley, Kipling

March 26th - April 9th - Edmonton Gallery

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View From a Painting Place: David Milne, Reta Cowley, Goodridge Roberts, Ann Kipling
March 26th - April 9th
Douglas Udell Gallery Edmonton: 10332- 124 St. Edmonton, AB T5N 1R2
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 26th, 2-4 pm

David Milne is the most closely associated artist to the term ‘Painting Place’ (it was the title of his book). Milne’s particular attraction to a painting place can be seen in the number of paintings he would do in the same place i.e. “Boston Corners” always concerned with improving and formally advancing the image of his attraction. This can be also said for the other artists in this exhibition: Reta Cowley “Friesen Pasture”, Ann Kipling for her work of the view across the valley from where she lives and Goodridge Roberts where his landscapes were almost exclusively in Wakefield, Quebec.

David Milne (1882-1953) has long been recognized as one of Canada’s most original and influential artists. Milne was one of two Canadians represented in the famous Armory Show of 1913. Milne has been the subject of numerous major retrospectives including David Milne Watercolours: PaintingToward the Light, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (February 25 - May 21, 2006); the British Museum, London (July 7 - September 25, 2005), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (November 8, 2005 – January 29, 2006).

Reta Cowley (1910 – 2004) studied art under several generations of major teachers from the west: Augustus Kenderdine at Emma Lake in the late 1930s, Walter Phillips at the Banff School of Fine Arts in the 1940s, and Eli Bornstein at the University of Saskatchewan in the early 1950s. The Emma Lake Artists Workshop was an important influence on her in her early days and she remained an active participant through to the mid 1980s. In 1990 Reta Cowley was presented with the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. She has had more than two-dozen solo exhibitions of her work, and her work is included in major museum collections across Canada.

Ann Kipling was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1934. She began attending the Vancouver School of Art in 1955, and graduated with honours in 1960. In the early part of her career she studied with Jan Zach and Herbert Seibner in Victoria. She also attended the Institute Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Working exclusively on paper, Kipling has established herself as an important figure in Canadian art. She continues to live and work in the mountains of British Columbia. Ann Kipling is one of the most decorated artists in BC and is the recipient of numerous awards such as Canada Council Senior Arts Award (1977), Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award (1988), and the first recipient of the Audain Prize, British Columbia Visual Arts Award for lifetime achievement (2004), Honorary Doctorate, Emily Carr University, Vancouver (2008).

Goodridge Roberts (1904-1974) is a well-known Canadian artist of landscape, still-life and figurative painting. In 1952, Goodridge Roberts’ work was chosen, along with that of David Milne, Emily Carr, and Alfred Pellan to represent Canada in the first exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Roberts was appointed the first resident-artist at the University of New Brunswick in 1959 and awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University in 1960. Roberts has been the subject of major retrospectives organized by the National Gallery of Canada from 1969 - 1970 and by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection from 1998-1999.


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