HORIZON

  • <p><strong>Toni Onley <em>Red Rock Lake</em> 1990</strong> Oil on canvas</p><p>Among his works are many watercolors depicting the northern Canadian landscape. Onley created landscapes in the Canadian tradition, influenced by Oriental art. Icebergs, trees, water and coasts are the prominent features in these artworks. He also painted abstractly, particularly during the 1960s, when he produced his <em>Polar</em> series. <em>Red Rock</em> Lake is a good example of Onley’s interest in mixing abstraction with reality. The lines and the shadows are strong, however the colors are soft and cautious. There is an almost clear horizon line in the work however, the emptiness is almost expanded on the top and the bottom, yet in the center, we have all these beautiful colors and lines flowing together softly. Over the course of his career he is perhaps best known for his watercolors depicting the northern Canadian landscape. Onley created landscapes that merged Canadian landscape traditions with his influence from Asian art. Icebergs, trees, water and coasts are the prominent features in the artworks. Public collections of Toni Onley's work include those at the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London England; the National Gallery of Canada; the Seattle Art Museum; the Vancouver Art Gallery; the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.</p>
  • <p>TakaoTanabe’s works hover between abstraction and figuration. He became known for painting hard-edge geometric abstractions in strong colors in the 1960s. These evolved in the 1970s into semi-abstract landscapes dominated by wide horizons, influenced by Tanabe's encounters with northern Pennsylvania, the Hudson River Valley, as well as the Canadian prairie and foothills. Tanabe's quiet, light-bathed landscapes capture the essence of time and place. Takao Tanabe's work is in numerous international public, corporate and private collections including: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Art Gallery of Ontario; Canada Council Art Bank; Glenbow Museum, Calgary; McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton; National Gallery of Canada; Tate Museum, U.K.; Vancouver Art Gallery; Borden, Ladner, Gervais; Four Seasons Hotels; Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd.; Scotiabank; UBS Canada Inc.</p>
  • <p>Gordon Smith (1919-2020) has been a key figure in contemporary Canadian art for more than half a century. Since the 1950s he worked continuously to expand the dialogue between abstraction and representation. In his tangled paintings, there is the insinuation of entire fields of color below the surface. Over the course of his 75-year long career he has made paintings employing that procedure of looping and overlapping, the movement of line to line, texture into texture and color into color. His work has been an evolving search for balance between abstraction and his love of the land, which has given us insight into both the act of painting and the essence of the West Coast.</p>
  • <p>Gordon Smith (1919-2020) has been a key figure in contemporary Canadian art for more than half a century. Since the 1950s he worked continuously to expand the dialogue between abstraction and representation. In his tangled paintings, there is the insinuation of entire fields of color below the surface. Over the course of his 75-year long career he has made paintings employing that procedure of looping and overlapping, the movement of line to line, texture into texture and color into color. His work has been an evolving search for balance between abstraction and his love of the land, which has given us insight into both the act of painting and the essence of the West Coast.</p>
  • <p>An ongoing member of the British Columbia Mountaineering Club, Shives has explored mountainous areas of British Columbia and made first ascents of mountains in the north Cascades, and northern B.C. It was this closeness to nature that made it the source for Shives' painting and printmaking. The strong abstraction in Arnold Shives art works are quite the opposite of what we have in front of them which is Gordon Smith’s and Takao Tanabe’s works. The horizon line is also abstracted but we still can figure out where it is. In Arnold shives works we can see very strong and sharp lines, the representation of mountains, trees, sky and the roads are very clear. the muted and the black colors are bravely used to get the attention. Saturated colors are playing an important role in the works representing sunset/sunrise.Arnold’s work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, in South Africa, in Europe and in Japan. Shives work can be found in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.</p>
  • <p>An ongoing member of the British Columbia Mountaineering Club, Shives has explored mountainous areas of British Columbia and made first ascents of mountains in the north Cascades, and northern B.C. It was this closeness to nature that made it the source for Shives' painting and printmaking. The strong abstraction in Arnold Shives art works are quite the opposite of what we have in front of them which is Gordon Smith’s and Takao Tanabe’s works. The horizon line is also abstracted but we still can figure out where it is. In Arnold shives works we can see very strong and sharp lines, the representation of mountains, trees, sky and the roads are very clear. the muted and the black colors are bravely used to get the attention. Saturated colors are playing an important role in the works representing sunset/sunrise.Arnold’s work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, in South Africa, in Europe and in Japan. Shives work can be found in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.</p>
  • <p>An ongoing member of the British Columbia Mountaineering Club, Shives has explored mountainous areas of British Columbia and made first ascents of mountains in the north Cascades, and northern B.C. It was this closeness to nature that made it the source for Shives' painting and printmaking. The strong abstraction in Arnold Shives art works are quite the opposite of what we have in front of them which is Gordon Smith’s and Takao Tanabe’s works. The horizon line is also abstracted but we still can figure out where it is. In Arnold shives works we can see very strong and sharp lines, the representation of mountains, trees, sky and the roads are very clear. the muted and the black colors are bravely used to get the attention. Saturated colors are playing an important role in the works representing sunset/sunrise.Arnold’s work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, in South Africa, in Europe and in Japan. Shives work can be found in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.</p>
  • <p>An ongoing member of the British Columbia Mountaineering Club, Shives has explored mountainous areas of British Columbia and made first ascents of mountains in the north Cascades, and northern B.C. It was this closeness to nature that made it the source for Shives' painting and printmaking. The strong abstraction in Arnold Shives art works are quite the opposite of what we have in front of them which is Gordon Smith’s and Takao Tanabe’s works. The horizon line is also abstracted but we still can figure out where it is. In Arnold shives works we can see very strong and sharp lines, the representation of mountains, trees, sky and the roads are very clear. the muted and the black colors are bravely used to get the attention. Saturated colors are playing an important role in the works representing sunset/sunrise.Arnold’s work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, in South Africa, in Europe and in Japan. Shives work can be found in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.</p>

HORIZON

Curated by Dorsa Hadikhanloo

For this exhibition I have selected works from artists who pay special attention to horizon lines. Entering the exhibition one confronts a large abstract painting by the artist Toni Onley. In front of this painting there is a relatively small sculpture by Leonhard Epp that compliments the painting in colour and organic form. Expanding on their colour palette and reference to nature are three abstract works by Arnold Shives that are a bit bolder graphically speaking. Across from these are three other works that are as abstract as they are realistic that depict the horizon line by Gordon Smith and Takao Tanabe. These three works are organized in a specific way from right to left so the horizon lines subtly descend from left to right.