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Ron Stonier: Painted Paper

Exhibition Dates: 

October 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Offsite at McGill Library, 4595 Albert Street

Ron Stonier

Image Credit: Ron Stonier, 'Untitled' (detail), 1964, oil on canvas, 70.5 x 87 cm, Collection of Sheila Cano, Photo: Blaine Campbell

The Burnaby Art Gallery is pleased to be showing acrylic paintings on paper by Ron Stonier (b.1933-d.2001). Stonier graduated with Honours in Painting from the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art & Design) in 1957. He taught painting at VSA from 1962 – 1979, maintained his own art practice and participated in several exhibits at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Stonier was dedicated to his students, provoking them to think about art, discover their own internal motivation and develop their skills. He also taught at the Burnaby Arts Centre (now Shadbolt Centre for the Arts) and was included in “In Celebration: Artists and Community”, an exhibit at the opening of the Shadbolt Centre in 1995. 

After retiring from teaching, he devoted himself to painting with a loose, gestural approach in the spirit of abstract expressionism, on large scale canvases as well as paper. His paintings are in the collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the West Vancouver Art Museum and the Gordon Smith Gallery. The artworks in this exhibition are loaned from the collection of his widow, Sheila Cano.