On Painting On Painting: Doug Udell Interviews Andrew Valko

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Gallery Director Doug Udell speaks candidly at length with Winnipeg-based painter Andrew Valko on his intuitive decision to become an artist at a young age. Despite his devotion to realism, Valko shares how he looks to abstract painters like Robert Motherwell to learn about color relationships which greatly informs his own painting practice.

This video was shot in anticipation of the opening of Andrew Valko: Alone Together at the Douglas Udell Gallery Edmonton this past Saturday, December 5th.

Watch the video here.

Valko in The First Five: Portraits from the Kingston Prize

Edmonton Location

Monday, October 12, 2015

The First Five is a special initiative that brings together the first five winners of The Kingston Prize: Mike Bayne, Joshua Choi, Richard Davis, Marcia Perkins and DUG artist Andrew Valko.

The five winning paintings demonstrate special attention to mastery of the medium and a sensitive reflection of the interaction between artist and subject. Together, they are testament to the vital support for portraiture in Canada generated by this biennial award through its first decade. This presentation, developed in collaboration with The Kingston Prize, complements the 2015 show for this award at the Firehall Theatre, Gananoque, Ontario October 9th - October 25th.

Andrew Valko's Personal Surveillance is on view now at the Firehall Theatre in Gananoque, Ontario from October 9 – October 25, 2015. Gallery hours are noon – 8pm, Closed Mondays. Free Admission.

Image details: Andrew Valko, Personal Surveillance, Acrylic on Panel, 30 x 27 in., 2009.

Andrew Valko Featured in Widewalls

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Andrew Valko's work was recently featured in Widewalls Magazine's Provoke, a section that deals with themes of erotica in contemporary art.


"… By providing no specific context for his paintings, Valko creates an idea that has longevity. This idea can be interpreted and reinterpreted many times, allowing the piece to have as many different stories as you allow yourself to imagine. The author considers himself as an observer, the artificial confined spaces of hotel and motel rooms fascinate him, so he further explores the relationships between people that are produced in such environments. Another element evident in his work is the influence of digital media and the Internet on people and their relationships. Valko’s erotic characters communicate through technology rather than communicating in person with one another, and their facial expressions reveal a certain amount of unhappiness in their actions. The characters are jaded in a mixed state of profound misery and apathy, as if everything they’re doing has become nothing more than an unexciting routine."

Read more here. Caution: NSFW.

Andrew Valko will be presenting a new series of paintings in his upcoming exhibition Alone Together, November 21st - December 5th, 2015 at the DUG.

Image details: Andrew Valko, Sleepless Night, Acrylic on Panel, 1997.

Closure of Douglas Udell Gallery Vancouver

Vancouver Location

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

After 28 wonderful years, the Douglas Udell Gallery will be closing its Vancouver doors at the end of October.

We are grateful for having had the pleasure of introducing impeccable artists to our Vancouver roster over the past 28 years. We are proud of our dynamic exhibition programming and our involvement in creating and cultivating a vibrant, thriving art scene in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Most importantly, we are so fortunate to have kept up a close relationship with the wonderful art patrons of Vancouver for nearly three decades. That being said, we are committed to upholding the legacy of our gallery and ensuring that the gallery’s presence in Vancouver will continue on with future pop-up exhibitions.

Though the Vancouver gallery will be closing its doors on October 31st, 2014, our gallery in Edmonton will remain full-functioning. Our trusted Vancouver Associate Director, Raissa Alvero and gallery preparator, Darius Stein will continue to assist with gallery communications, as well as with client services such as consignments, appraisals, installations, deliveries and special services.

Please join us in celebrating the gallery’s venerable presence in Vancouver at our final closing show on Saturday, October 18th. Raise a glass to new beginnings! This closing show is a special celebration of great thanks and of 28 years of great art, great artists, great people at the Douglas Udell Gallery in Vancouver. More details to follow.

Image details: Andrew Valko, Disconnected Encounters installation shot, DUG Vancouver, February 2014.

Andrew Valko - Thoughts on Painting

Vancouver Location

Friday, January 24, 2014

Andrew Valko lends some insight into the nature of voyeurism and human connection in the digital age as well
as into his meticulous process and observer-realist vision in this video profiling the artist in his studio.

Andrew's solo exhibition "Disconnected Encounters" opens on February 22nd, 2014 at the Douglas Udell Gallery,
Vancouver. For more on Andrew, visit his artist page here.

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