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Erik Olson's 5th solo show opens on Thursday, September 20. Preview the show here: https://gibsongallery.com/exhibitions/erik-olson-2/

We are pleased to present Erik Olson’s fifth solo exhibition, “Hold The Line”, new paintings capturing the people and places from his epic motorcycle journey across America.

Since April, Olson has been riding his 2018 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle from Vancouver down the West Coast Highway stopping in Palo Alto, Big Sur and L.A. After L.A., he headed east through Joshua Tree, El Paso and Marfa on his way to New Orleans then up to New York City and Woodstock, NY. He arrived in London on July 1 ready to begin painting in a new studio space located upstairs the gallery.

The paintings included in our exhibition explore people and place. Through his expressive colour, fragmented line and exuberant brushwork, Olson gives us an energetic and distinct portrait of America. They represent his adventurous solo journey and are reflective of time spent on the open road, exposed to the elements and changing conditions. Some locations he sought out, like “Big Pink”, the Woodstock, NY house that served as the setting for Bob Dylan and The Band’s famous Basement Tapes, while other places, like “El Paso” and “Joshua Tree” were unforeseen discoveries.

Vivid memories of people are represented in portraits of a tuba player from a lively street party in New Orleans, a guitar player busking in New York City, a hopeful immigrant girl from Juarez, Mexico and an exuberant child thrilled to make her first painting.

Along with the ubiquitous American gas station and a lush stretch of a highway, Olson has also painted a gutsy portrait of his bike, the iconic Bonneville that guided him on his journey.
We are honoured to present this monumental body of work, a joyful celebration of time spent on the road.
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From August 4-27, the gallery is open by appointment only. We appreciate your understanding for our need for some quiet time. We will continue to check the gallery, phone and email messages.

Have a safe and happy summer. See you in September!
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WATCH - our 4 minute VIDEO interview with photographer Susan Dobson. In the video she explains the background behind her "Slide Library" series of photographs and her interest in the history of photography.

https://vimeo.com/271318268
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Susan Dobson's May exhibition "Slide Library" is the inaugural exhibition for this exciting new body of work - over 2 years in the making.

Over the past three years Dobson has photographed two slide collections that are in the process of being dismantled. One collection focuses on contemporary and historical art, while the other mostly contains slides about photography.

Susan Dobson graduated with her MFA from the University of Guelph in 1997. Her work has been exhibited in major photography festivals such as CONTACT (Toronto), Fotoseptiembre (Mexico City), Images Festival (Vevey, Switzerland), Le Mois de la Photo (Montreal), Bitume/Bitumen (Brussels), and FotoNoviembre (Tenerife, Spain) as well as public gallery exhibitions across Canada, the US and Europe.

Recent exhibitions include the 2017 Art Gallery of Windsor Triennial of Contemporary Art, feature exhibitions at Fotonoviembre 2017 (Tenerife, Spain), Images Festival (Vevey, Switzerland), and City Landscape at In Focus Gallery, Cologne, Germany.

Extensively reviewed with articles in CV Photo, Harper’s, Photo Metro, Magenta Magazine, Prefix Photo and Border Crossings, Dobson’s work has also been published in Carte Blanche, a compendium of Canadian photography in 2006, and Massive Change, Bruce Mau’s 2004 primer on new inventions and technologies.

In 2011, Dobson received a major grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to fund a 4-year collaborative project with curator Alison Nordström of the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. The group exhibition, Of Time and Buildings, which included Dobson’s work, was first shown at George Eastman House in March 2014 and travelled to the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in 2015.

Dobson’s photographs are in the corporate collections of BMO Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank and TD Bank Group as well as many public galleries including the National Gallery of Canada, Oakville Galleries, Swiss Museum of Photography, and the Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Spain.

She lives in Guelph, Ontario where she is Associate Professor at the University of Guelph.
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For the month of April we have created vignettes of mid-century modern furniture paired with select artworks by gallery artists. The seating areas, dining room and living room are all complimented by bold works of art that are enhanced by the furniture.

Through the exhibition we show how specific installations can change how we experience the artwork. We are embracing a specific lifestyle, one devoted to living with carefully designed pieces of furniture that are geometric, sleek and ultimately utilitarian. We are not “matching” art with furniture, rather, promoting a way of life devoted to art and individuality.

The exhibition features two new monumental Erik Olson paintings: “Motorcycle #1: Daylight” and “Motorcycle #2: Moonlight Night”. These paintings are homages to an itinerant life. The inclusion of these paintings in our show mark an important moment in Olson’s life as he embarks on a 6 month-long motorcycle journey across North America.

We have paired a sublimely minimal Yves Gaucher painting from 1968-69 with a Scandinavian 1950s grey sofa and teak coffee table designed by Arne Hovmand-Olsen (Danish, 1919-1989). Will Gorlitz‘s round “Crescent Day Moon” painting not only thematically references Olson’s moonlit motorcycle, but is also striking with two Italian designed 1950s acid green lounge chairs and a coffee table by Cees Braakman (Dutch, 1917-1995).

We play with black & white and light & shadow with John Scott and Michael Snow‘s drawings on the white lacquered brutalist cabinet. Merton Gurshun’s walnut desk and Dorothy Knowles‘ painting feel like they are right out of a period movie set, while the texture of David Sorensen‘s painting balances the cane weaving in the set of four chairs and teak dining table. Our larger dining room (with our Herb & Margot Ariss teak table) beckons for a long meal in order to soak up the raw energy of Ron Martin‘s bold abstract painting and Hans Wendt‘s masterful watercolour.
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Join us on Saturday, March 24 at 2pm for an artist talk by Colin Muir Dorward

Colin Dorward will be speaking about the new paintings included in his 2-person March exhibition that reference early Christian histories, myths and legends. The work is connected to Dorward’s research for his PHD, which focuses on early medieval culture.
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March Exhibition: Colin Muir Dorward & Gavin Lynch “Crossfaded” – March 1-31, 2018

Colin Muir Dorward and Gavin Lynch met while studying for their MFA’s at the University of Ottawa in 2012. Both artists had an affinity to painting, David Hockney and DJing, and became fast friends. This is their first 2-person exhibition together and they present two visually disparate bodies of work. Dorward explores early medieval culture and myth while Lynch’s work is rooted in the landscape genre. Though the subject matter is different, both artists create representations of imagined places, rooted in their love and knowledge of the history of painting.

http://gibsongallery.com/exhibitions/colin-muir-dorward-gavin-lynch/
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Our February exhibition - A Tribute To Colour - is now online:
http://gibsongallery.com/exhibitions/a-tribute-to-colour/

A Tribute to Colour celebrates colour through the paintings of Jonathan Forrest, William Perehudoff and Hans Wendt.

It can be argued that colour is one of the most important elements in a work of art. There are so many different aspects to colour (the hue, intensity, value, shape), the way that it can be applied to the canvas (rolled, painted, splashed, stained, swiped, dripped, pulled) and the theory behind how different colours relate to each other. Colour is emotional. Colour is expressive. Colour can be simple or complex. Through the paintings of Jonathan Forrest, William Perehudoff and Hans Wendt we explore these many variations of colour.
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Now Posted: our December Ron Martin exhibition. View installation shots and read our online catalogue here: http://gibsongallery.com/exhibitions/ron-martin-back-painting/
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