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Gordon Friesen: Beyond Kingsway

 Gordon Friesen

Beyond Kingsway
Bob Prittie Library (Metrotown)
6100 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
December 7, 2015-March 6, 2016

The work of Gordon Friesen first came to the attention of the Burnaby Art Gallery in the summer of 2014 when he had a solo exhibition at the Havana Restaurant and Gallery on Commercial Drive. At that time, no fewer than three people got in touch with the Burnaby Art Gallery to recommend that we see the show. Impressed by his work, we immediately offered Friesen an exhibition at Bob Prittie Library for 2015.

Now a resident of Victoria, Friesen grew up in Vancouver and Surrey. Beyond Kingsway depicts nostalgic scenes of Vancouver and its environs, contemporary portraits and commentary on the current state of the environment in the guise of disfigured landscapes. For this exhibition, Friesen has written brief passages to accompany each piece.

Gordon Friesen has worked in many media throughout his career. His work continues to focus on line drawing, many of which eventually get reproduced as linocuts. For more information on the artist, or to see more of his work, please visit his website at www.studio1240.com.

Image Credit: Gordon Friesen, 33rd and Fraser, n.d., linocut on paper, 2/60 (no dimensions).

“Mountain View Cemetery, where my grandparents are buried. As a child I lived close to Fraser and 47th Avenue and explored Fraser Street extensively.”