Exhibition brings Jack Bush works never publicly exhibited in Canada to Calgary

CALGARY, Jan. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - 

Exhibition: January 23May 8, 2016

Reception: January 22, 2016 6 - 10 PM. Dr. Sarah Stanners, Colleen Heslin, Jesse Stilwell attending.

Jack Bush: In Studio

Curated by Dr. Sarah Stanners under the auspices of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON.

The exhibition includes 20 paintings, 5 of which have never before been publicly exhibited in Canada, and presents the celebrated Color Field artist in a manner aimed at provoking new conversations.

Until 1968, when Bush retired from his 41-year-long career as a commercial artist, he'd painted in his home in North Toronto. In 1968, Bush secured a studio at Queen and Bathurst streets, painting full-time for the first time in his life.  In Studio presents paintings produced between 1960-1973 from private and public collections from Canada and the USA.  A member of the Canadian Group of Painters (CGP), Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA), Ontario Society of Painters (OSA), and later Painters Eleven, all were left behind in the 1960s as Bush struck out to make his own audacious marks in the late bloom of his life.

Dr. Sarah Stanners, Director of Curatorial & Collections at McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, co-curated the Jack Bush retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (Nov 2014Feb 2015). Dr. Stanners is author of the forthcoming Jack Bush Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné.

Colleen Heslin: Needles and Pins

Curated by Naomi Potter

Heslin's recent works draw a clear line from the legacy of painting established by artists such as Bush, but also re-examine and oppose parallels to the Colour Field painters of the 1960s and 1970s. Constructed of hand-dyed, ink-stained fabric stitched and stretched over frames, the work acknowledges photography, domestic and historical fibre-based artwork. Heslin's chromatic expanses and engaging shapes create emotionally and narratively ambiguous, yet evocative paintings.

Colleen Heslin is a Vancouver-based artist and curator. The winner of the 2013 RBC Painting Competition, her work has been exhibited and published in Canada, USA, and Europe.

The Project Space  January 11 – April 3, 2016

Jesse Stilwell: Chromaphoria

Calgary-based Jesse Stilwell's commissioned installation uses  dazzling light and light-reflecting objects to explore colour. Stilwell focuses on optical art, perception, and illusion through uses of pattern, math, and colour theory.

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