1203 Broad Street, Victoria, BC - November 18 - 30, 2023
A passionate outdoorsman, Cameron Bird draws inspiration from nature and captures landscapes through plein-air painting. His love of abstraction has come into his work and can be fully appreciated in his larger studio landscape paintings that range from coast to coast.
1203 Broad Street, Victoria, BC - October 28 - November 9, 2023
Dana Irving is a Canadian landscape painter living in Vancouver, BC. At once whimsical and serene, Dana’s paintings spark admiration and contemplation in the viewer, inviting them to guess at the stories that unfold in her unique landscapes. Her work has been compared to both Emily Carr and Dr. Seuss, and both hold in her incredibly creative approaches to painting the Canadian landscape. Dana's use of striking, saturated colour and smooth, seamless brushwork create a mesmerizing combination to entice reflection and celebration. Masterfully capturing the landscapes we hold dear, Dana's sense of wonder and awe for place is unmatched.
1203 Broad Street, Victoria, BC - October 14 - 26, 2023
Jenna Robinson's first solo art exhibition at the West End Gallery in Victoria, skillfully merges the unexpected combination of coastal arbutus and mountainous larch trees.
Arbutus trees take us to the edge of land, where rock meets water, and larch trees stroll along the loftiest mountain slopes, where rock meets sky. Arbutus trees, with their contorted forms and tough wood, paradoxically possess bark as soft and smooth as paper. Conversely, larch trees bear the marks of time in their battered, gnarled, and twisted trunks, yet their needles offer a tactile elegance akin to cashmere among tree foliage.
This exhibition holds personal significance for Robinson, as it reflects her upbringing spent exploring the larch-draped mountains of the Rockies during the initial chapter of her life and her more recent years living seaside in Squamish, BC. Robinson's art is a bold testament to her realistic style, which flirts with elements of abstraction, amplifying contrast and saturating colours to create mesmerizing scenes where light weaves a tapestry of brilliant highlights and deep shadows.
10337 - 124 Street, Edmonton, AB - September 30 - October 12, 2023
Ryan Sobkovich is an accomplished young phenom from Wasaga Beach, ON. Scouted and nurtured from a young age, Ryan has been professionally exhibiting in galleries since he was sixteen. Aware of the importance of education, Ryan consciously took the time to advance his education and graduated from Georgian College, School of Design and Visual Arts in 2016 with Honours in the Advanced Fine Art Program. Now at twenty-seven he is already a veteran and one to collect in Canadian art.
Ryan's love of nature inspires him to paint wilderness scenes of Canada while hiking, camping and kayaking around the great lakes and other areas across the country. He utilizes dynamic, impasto brushwork and layered complementary colours to convey emotions, feelings and thoughts while on site in the wilderness. Ryan particularly enjoys painting 'en plein air' and painting in large scale. His works are collected by private, corporate and public collectors nationally and internationally.
1203 Broad Street, Victoria, BC - September 9 - 21, 2023
This body of work celebrates and honours the animals and wild spaces while being comforted by the coziness of home. I have a deep love of being immersed in nature with the colourful critters and furry animals, open air, frothy seas and starry skies. I also loving snuggling up in my bohemian home where I’m contained and protected, a home filled with colour, texture and pattern. May we stay wild, even as we inhabit our “civilized” lives.
1203 Broad Street, Victoria, BC - September 9 - 21, 2023
Every time I start a new painting, I am filled with excitement. I imagine new beginnings all around me... The sweet trills of songbirds, scented flowers and trees that wrap themselves in blossoms... The gigantic mountains stretching to the sky and the Salish Sea where the Orca's play; all of this and so much more.
10337 - 124 Street, Edmonton, AB - May 27 - June 8, 2023 We are excited to invite you to the unveiling of "Form and Colour," a solo exhibition by Annabelle Marquis. This irresistible showcase will feature her fascinating artwork, which has captivated audiences at the West End Gallery and around the globe.
Nearing two decades in the Canadian art market, Annabelle's work remains refreshing, full of self-assurance, vividness, and brightness, where structure and harmony are both inspirations and outcomes. Her artistic approach, deeply rooted in her beginnings in abstract art, Annabelle still aims to create abstract works that stand independently. Yet, often aformemerges, recreating movement regardless of pace or rhythm, animated by the warmth of hercolours. It is left up to the observer to offer their own interpretation to complete the narrative. As Oscar Wilde said, "Art is always more abstract than we fancy.Form and colour tell us of form and colour- that is all."
Her works have been exhibited in Montreal, New York, Miami, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Europe (France, Italy, Holland, Spain, and Romania), where she has won several awards.Join us for a glimpse into Annabelle Marquis' enchanting world of "Form and Colour" at the West End Gallery in Edmonton, AB.
10337 - 124 Street, Edmonton, AB - May 13 - 25, 2023
Andrew Mirth presents an exceptional collection of new sculpture. Trained in fine arts and carpentry, Andrew's pieces are a combination of his two worlds. Andrew keeps true to his mandate to create with discards using millwork out of the off-cuts from his projects along with re-purposing old furniture. His sculptures highlight the characteristics of intricate and custom cabinetry lines while finding new life and form in sculpture.
My process begins by gathering the discarded woodwork from my surroundings which meets the criteria of being decorative as well as functional. I select based on visual appeal, and relevance as examples of contemporary interior design colour, finishes, function and profiles. I want to display these materials out of their regular context, informs that bring attention to the shape of the medium as a crucial aspect of the overall sculpture. All of the pieces have been re-surfaced to varying degrees using popular colours for home décor. Some of the paint finishes are only touched up and original to the sourced material, and some I applied on raw surfaces.
1203 Broad Street, Victoria, BC - May 13 - 25, 2023
Join us at West End Gallery as we proudly present the captivating world of Ilinca Ghibu's latest floral painting collection. Step into our gallery and embark on an enchanting journey where gardens and flower markets spring to life on canvas, blurring the boundaries of reality and fantasy.
Born in Romania and influenced by her experiences in Canada and Paris, Ghibu's artistic exploration weaves a vibrant tapestry of cultural inspiration. With expressive brushstrokes and vivid imagination, she has crafted a unique creative voice that speaks through the language of flowers.
Ghibu's collection transports you to a dreamscape where every bloom radiates with vibrant colours and vitality. Wander through fields of untamed wildflowers, bask in the splendour of meticulously arranged bouquets at bustling market stalls, or glide atop the reflective surface of a tranquil pond. Each painting captures the essence of her imaginary world, revealing its breathtaking beauty and intricate complexity.
Ghibu's vision showcases a rich tapestry of density and opulence reminiscent of bustling flower markets and flourishing gardens. Delicate flowers adorn each composition, inviting you to explore every inch of the canvas, uncovering hidden nuances and layers of meaning. Yet, amidst this density, there is a sublime lightness and ethereal quality, enveloping the works in a dreamlike aura. This exhibition marks a significant milestone in Ghibu's artistic journey. She has transitioned from a successful legal career and now dedicates herself entirely to her craft. Through her studies in fine arts and additional training at U.Q.A.M. University, Ghibu has expanded her artistic process, adding depth and breadth to her expressive repertoire . Join us at West End Gallery to celebrate Ilinca Ghibu's remarkable artistic evolution. Her unique floral language, characterized by expressive brushstrokes, spontaneous creativity, and a vibrant palette, invites you to witness the fusion of materials, techniques, and emotions. Each canvas is a testament to Ghibu's unwavering pursuit of self-expression, imbuing her observations, sensations, secrets, and boundaries into captivating works of art.
10337 - 124 Street, Edmonton, AB - April 15 - 27, 2023
Blu Smith's latest collection, "The Shape of Things to Come," marks a significant turning point in his artistic journey. Through his use of oil and acrylic on canvas, Blu merges figuration and abstraction, resulting in a seamless integration that maintains his signature vibrant colours and textures. The exhibition also features a selection of works on paper, showcasing Blu's versatility and expanding the visual narrative he presents.
"Through my art, I seek to create a dialogue between the viewer and my inner world. Every piece visually represents my emotional state, reflecting my experiences and the world around me. With 'The Shape of Things to Come,' I aim to push the boundaries of traditional representation, merging figuration and abstraction to create a truly immersive and deeply personal artistic experience."