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New Acquisitions

 Brendan Fernandes July 11-August 25
*Please note the Lower Gallery will close August 18 for installation, the Upper Gallery will remain open until August 25

The Burnaby Art Gallery is pleased to announce its collection showcase, New Acquisitions. Every two years the Burnaby Art Gallery dedicates time and space to display a selection of its most recent acquisitions. This year, both historical and contemporary works will be displayed together throughout the gallery chronicling works acquired between the years 2010 and 2013 through both gifts and purchases (with the assistance of the Canada Council). Works by artists Henry Eric Bergman, Molly Lamb Bobak, Brendan Fernandes, L. LeMoine FitzGerald, Angela Gooliaff, Jude Griebel, Doug Guildford, Denise Hawrysio, J. C. Heywood, Davida Kidd, John Koerner, Michael Morris, Toni Onley, Gordon Smith, Sylvia Tait, and Lionel Thomas and others will be on display.

Artist Biographies

Henry Eric Bergman (1893-1958) was a Winnipeg-based artist trained as a commercial wood engraver who later took up a fine art practice. The Burnaby Art Gallery collection includes some of Bergman’s best known black and white wood engravings. Bergman’s etchings were often inspired by landscapes, both urban and rural. His work is held in several public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta.

Molly Lamb Bobak (b.1922) is a printmaker and painter who was born in Vancouver, BC. She studied with Jack Shadbolt and is a graduate from the Vancouver School of Art. In 1996, Bobak was awarded the Order of Canada, and in 2002 was awarded the Order of New Brunswick.

Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979) is based between Toronto and New York. He earned his MFA (2005) from the University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University in Toronto. He also completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2007. Fernandes’ practice includes painting, sculpture, performance, sound installation and printmaking. Born in Kenya of Indian descent, his work investigates the concept of "authenticity" as an ideological construct created and exploited by different cultures, both dominant and subordinate. www.brendanfernandes.ca

L. LeMoine FitzGerald (1890-1956) was a Canadian painter born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Fitzgerald was best known as a member of the Group of Seven. He joined the group in 1932.

Angela Gooliaff is a Vancouver-based artist who graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Regina. Gooliaff focuses on biological subjects and regularly explores the genre of satire.

Jude Griebel (b. 1978) earned his BFA at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is currently completing his MA at Concordia in Montreal. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally, most recently in Los Angeles and Reykjavik. He has worked as an artist in residence throughout North America, as well as at Workshop OM, Japan, the Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, and the Nes Centre, Iceland. Much of Griebel’s work uses shadow and dimensionality to depict eerie scenes of transformation and metamorphosis.

Doug Guildford has been drawing and making prints for over 25 years. With annual trips to Volger’s Cove, Nova Scotia, his work has long been inspired by a love of the ocean. In the last decade, Guildford taught himself to crochet sculptural works of art that reflect the sea and surrounding natural environment. These organic sculptures are made of found materials such as rope, fishing tackle and bait bags, and have informed Guildford’s printmaking practice. He has had successful one-person exhibitions at many public art galleries throughout eastern Canada including Open Studio, Harbourfront Centre, Tom Thompson Memorial Gallery, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington and Saint Mary’s University Gallery.

Denise Hawrysio (b. 1957) is a Toronto born multimedia installation artist. She is currently based in London, England. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. www.hawrysio.com

J. C. Heywood (b. 1941) is an artist and printmaker has spanned almost four decades. Heywood studied drawing, painting and printmaking at the Ontario College of Art, going on to teach fine art at institutions such as Queen’s University at Kingston, the University of Guelph, as well as at the Nova Scotia College of Art in Halifax. Heywood has received numerous grants from both Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council, enabling him to travel extensively through Europe, the Middle East, Japan, and to train apprentice printmakers such as Janet Cardiff. He has had several solo exhibitions in Canada and participated in international print shows in East Berlin, Yugoslavia, Taiwan, Norway, China, Poland and New Mexico. Heywood’s most recent solo exhibition: J.C. Heywood: A Life in Layers, was organized by the Burnaby Art Gallery and has been touring across Canada since 2008. Heywood currently lives and works in Montreal. The collection of prints held within the Burnaby Art Gallery’s permanent collection has been designated as Canadian cultural property - works of special historical and cultural significance.

Davida Kidd (b. 1956) is an artist who specializes in print media, photography, digital imaging and installations. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Alberta (1980). Later she received her BFA in Visual Communication Design from the University of Alberta (1984) and later her MVA in Print Media (1988).

John Koerner (b. 1913) was born in Moravia, Czech Republic. He immigrated to Vancouver in 1938, and became a Canadian Citizen in 1944. Koerner studied Law at the University of Prague, Philosophy and History of Art in Paris. Over the years he taught drawing and painting at the Vancouver School of Art and at the University of British Columbia. At almost 100 years of age, Koerner is still an active artist and painter, based in Vancouver. His recent book, John Koerner: Drawings and Observations (2013) was published by CAUSA in association with Penticton Art Gallery.

Michael Morris (b. 1942) is a painter, photographer, video and performance artist. In 1973 he co-founded and was the co-director of the Western Front Society. Morris and Vincent Trasov founded the Morris/Trasov Archive housed at the Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

Toni Onley (1928-2004) was originally from the Isle of Man, and moved to Canada in his 20’s. He used watercolour and print techniques to depict many unique regional features and weather patterns, piloting his plane to Northern Canada at times to draw and paint. His works can be found in the collections at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Simon Fraser University and the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), to name a few. In 1999 Onley was honoured the title Officer of the Order of Canada.

Gordon Smith (b. 1919) was born in Sussex, England and is a Canadian painter, printmaker, sculptor and teacher living in West Vancouver. Smith moved to Winnipeg from Sussex in 1933, where he studied at the Winnipeg School of Art. After serving as an intelligence officer in WWII, Smith moved to Vancouver to continue studying art and eventually become an instructor. Smith has been extremely active in the art community in Vancouver; in 1989 he co-founded Artists for Kids, an organization whose mission is to provide enriching art education for young people. Awards and Honours include First Prize at the Biennial of Canadian Art (1955), Senior Fellowship from the Canada Council (1960), an Honourary Doctorate from Simon Fraser University (1973), Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Allied Arts Medal (1980), Professor Emeritus from the University of British Columbia (1983), and an Honourary Doctorate from Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1995). Gordon Smith has been awarded the Order of British Columbia, the Governor General’s Award for Visual Art, and the Order of Canada for his significant contribution to Canadian Culture.

Sylvia Tait grew up in Montreal and studied for four years at the prestigious Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School under Arthur Lismer, Jacques de Tonnancoeur, and Eldon Grier. She received three scholarships, the Top Student Award and an Honours Diploma. Since the 1950s she has exhibited across Canada, Mexico, and Ecuador in solo and group shows. Her paintings are in corporate and public collections in Europe, USA, Canada, South America and Hong Kong. Selected collections include Musée de l’Art Contemporaine,Québec; Vancouver Art Gallery, BC; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba; the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and the Canada Council Art Bank.

Lionel Thomas (1915-2005) studied at the Ontario College of Art, Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, Provincetown, Mass and at California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco. He was an instructor at the School of Architecture, UBC, from 1950-59, and Associate Professor in Fine Arts until 1981. Thomas is best known for his mosaic murals and public art sculptures commissioned by public agencies, universities, and churches in British Columbia and elsewhere.  Prior to his career in public art, he created semi-abstract paintings in oil, tempera and other media, and later created intaglio etchings and enameled copper plaques based on astronomy.