OCAD University Sculpture / Installation Thesis Shows

OCAD University’s Sculpture/Installation Program‚ÄĒ in collaboration with Abbozzo Gallery and Beaver Hall Gallery‚ÄĒ is pleased to announce the 2021 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibition Series titled¬†Today, Tomorrow & The Next Day. Taking place from March 4 to April 10,this series of six solo and group exhibitionswill feature the multi-media artworks of 4th-year Thesis students in Toronto galleries. It has been made possible by the generous support of the Nora Vaughan Bequest to the Sculpture/Installation program.

March 4 to 13: around the corner

Julien Woolley-Fisher

March 18 to 27: To Retrieve a Possible Heirloom

Kristi Chen

April 1 to 10: Perspective of three


Katharine Burns: Sea Change

Atlantic Canadian¬†oil painter Katharine Burns opens her second exhibition with Abbozzo Gallery this Saturday, following her debut in the Feature Gallery last fall. Impressive in their scale ‚Äď one painting¬†being 10 feet wide, two¬†of them 7¬†¬†feet wide ‚ÄďBurns¬†almost exclusively draws inspiration from the ocean she resides beside, bringing¬†the tumult and calm of the sea to the canvas in her photoreal oil paintings. Katharine Burns was born, raised and resides in Halifax and¬†is a graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, paints full-time and guides painting workshops and classes.¬†¬†

“The ocean‚ÄĒlike nature as a whole‚ÄĒembodies a few fundamental contradictions that reinforce its enduring power and mystery. It is constant, familiar, and fruitful‚ÄĒin so many ways‚ÄĒto the human species. Yet it is also intimidating and unfathomable‚ÄĒa uniquely fluctuating environment. Though I emphasize its positive, enlivening qualities, these contradictions live in this series of work, as I develop my appreciation of the ocean‚Äôs different sides. The ocean teaches us humility, respect, and gratitude. And this too, I hope is clear in the work.” – Katharine Burns

To view the Exhibition Catalogue click here or the image above.
To view the artist’s page¬†click here¬†or any image below.¬†¬†

Due to local COVID-19 restrictions, this exhibition will be online only. Following the current lockdown timeline, all unsold works will be available for public viewing in January 2021.

Marie Rioux – Temps suspendu / Suspended times

November 6th РNovember 28th
Opening Reception: Friday, November 6th 5 Р8pm

Quebec painter Marie Rioux‘s atmospheric landscapes are coming to Abbozzo¬†Gallery for her first solo-exhibition with us. Inspired by her surroundings and¬†North American geographies, Rioux paints vast¬†monochromatic landscapes¬†often interrupted by informal figures and subtle, fluorescent highlights. The work is a contemplation on the space¬†she occupies within and without where “a¬†multitude of people encountered in the metro and in streets and park inhabit my work, confronting the silence of my immense bygone lands. The¬†anonymous ‘Others’, heterogeneous, indifferent people share the same place as me.

To view the Exhibition Catalogue click here.
To view the artist’s page¬†click here¬†or any image below.¬†

Ron Eady – An Exploration of Line and Form 20 Year Retrospective

October 9th – October 31st
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 8th 5 – 8pm

Ontario based painter and sculptor Ron Eady returns for his 5th Solo Exhibition at Abbozzo Gallery. An Exploration of Line and Form takes us through the 20 year evolution of approaches to figure in Ron Eady’s artwork, the influence of encaustic, and eventual foray into sculpture. Oft reclaiming old beams, frames, and mill materials for his own purposes, Eady’s signature style marries his technical ability with his rustic and industrial aesthetic to arresting effect. 

Exhibition Catalogue can be viewed here.

Link to Artist’s page.

Heather Horton – Love Story

September 11th РOctober 3rd
Opening Receptions:

Friday, September 11th from 5 Р9 pm / Saturday September 12th,  1- 6 pm.
Artist in Attendance. 

Canadian painter Heather Horton‘s signature contemporary realist style¬†returns to Abbozzo Gallery for her¬†7th Solo-Exhibition this September. This new series of work, Love Story, sees a slight thematic departure from Horton’s¬†often personal, contemplative,¬†meditative¬†work¬†on memory, loss, and remnants of what was, to one of things found, of things loved, brightness, the immediate present and new futures. Horton’s new work is largely drawn from her time spent in Kensington, London studio over the course of this past year with whom she happily¬†tells all is¬†“the love of her life”. Such joy is viscerally apparent in her paintings.¬†

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Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, RSVP is strongly recommended in order to ensure your ability to attend. We can only allow up to 30 people into the gallery at one time 

Arnold Zageris: The Dominion of Ice and Time

Following expeditions to two of the more remote geographies of the globe, Zageris captures the rugged, unforgiving, yet fragile landscapes of Antarctica and Iceland in entirely unedited photographs. Informed by oft unseen subjects that evidence the dominion of ice, time, and their geological processes, Zageris’ photography juxtaposes the awe-inspiring grandeur of the southern hemisphere’s Antarctic glaciers with the northern hemisphere’s delicate ice and black sands of Iceland.

To Artist’s Page

To CONTACT Photography Festival Info Page

To Arnold Zageris’ Website

Catalogue and works to become available May 8th, 2020

COVID-19 Update

For all of our safety, and following the suggestions from Health Canada during the COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided that Abbozzo Gallery will be open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY FOR THE REMAINDER OF MARCH. 

Richard Jacobson’s Solo-Exhibtion¬†Pieces from a Different Puzzle¬†(April 3rd – 25th) and the¬†¬†OCADU SCIN Thesis Exhibitions Series¬†A Tending to Things¬†(March 19th – April 11th) for Shay Salehi and Mohammed Tabesh have been postponed until further notice.¬†

We will still be monitoring emails at¬†mail@abbozzogallery.com¬†and online inquiries through¬†our¬†website,¬†artsy platform, and our social medias during¬†this time will¬†be open. Our phone won’t be monitored consistently. However, Blake will¬†be at the gallery occasionally throughout¬†as we transition to working from home. If you need to reach Blake specifically, he can be reached at¬†blakezigrossi@gmail.com. Ineke can also be reached by phone during regular hours at 416-953-0420.

Thank you for your understanding in these uncertain times, stay safe, be vigilant, and reach out to loved ones!

-The Abbozzo Gallery Team

David Blackwood: Visions of Wesleyville

Running throughout the month of February, from the 1st to the 29th, the prints and paintings of David Blackwood will be on display at Abbozzo Gallery. There will be an opening on February 7th, 2020 from 5 – 8:30pm. Admission is always free.

The works of Canadian Master Printmaker David Blackwood once again return to the walls of Abbozzo Gallery for the 11th time. For decades, David Blackwood has captured and recreated the mythologies of the rugged and unforgiving East Coast of Newfoundland. Blackwood left Wesleyville to study art at what was then the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU) in 1959, but his work produced since then is almost entirely rooted in the period of his childhood in Wesleyville, Newfoundland. The oeuvre of David Blackwood depicts the miscellany of characters, trials, traumas, traditions, and landscapes just inland and on the Labrador Sea, with these subjects all personal to him, and often beautifully, hauntingly, intersecting with each other in his artwork.

David Blackwood’s long, storied, and uniquely Canadian career has garnered him much acclaim, belonging to the both private and public collections across the globe. This includes having major solo retrospective exhibitions at both provincial galleries the Art Gallery of Ontario and Newfoundland’s The Rooms, as well as being in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the Uffizi Gallery (Florence, Italy) and the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle). David Blackwood has been made a member of the Order of Canada and Ontario.

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Click here to view David Blackwood’s Artist Page

Stan Olthuis: Proximity II

Canadian painter and sculptor Stan Olthuis brings his abstract expressionist paintings and sculpture work to Abbozzo Gallery for his second Solo Exhibition with us. The Exhibition opens Friday November 1st. for the opening reception with the artist in attendance. The opening event runs from 5 – 8 pm. The exhibition closes November 23rd, 2019. Admission is free.

“These pieces are the result of my musings on relationships. Observing and perceiving emotional and physical interactions and then interpret visually. I focus on the randomness of how space can be shared to create something new by purposely bringing organic shapes together to nearly touch, firmly touch or intersect to command a reaction. The process has resulted in playfulness with colour, shape and motion. In some pieces there is an implied interactivity where the potential exists to change almost infinitesimally. The forms I work with are mainly intuitive and have been present throughout all my work both figurative and abstract. I have realized that an underlying timeless geometry is present but it takes a back seat to expressionistic gesture.

My work has always involved concept, tactility and expressionistic energy. I visualize my ‚Äėstory‚Äô and imagery simultaneously allowing the work to surprise me and come to life as I work through a rapid execution. I am almost careless in how I use colour or texture so that I don‚Äôt ‚Äėdesign‚Äô too much. I enjoy facing the fear of improvising on-the-fly to keep it interesting and open up a flow to new iterations. I like to leave the obvious raw record of the process visible but I want mystery to remain.” – Stan Olthuis

Available Artworks

Artist’s Website

Artist’s Artsy Profile

Katharine Burns: Coming Ashore

Abbozzo Gallery will be debuting new Halifax based oil painter Katharine Burns in the Feature Gallery. Drawing inspiration from the geography of Eastern Canada and the sea she grew up beside, Katharine Burns is known for her realistic representations of the ocean on canvas. Her oil paintings convey a sense of immersion into the subject of water as she depicts the eternally changing elements of the sea. Her large-scale seascapes manage to capture the dramatic and evocative nature of the ocean in all of its temperaments, whether it be a powerful crashing wave or a serene blue expanse.

“When I observe the ocean I am meditative and reflective. I feel a connectedness with nature and am reminded to be present in these moments. I am mesmerized by the rhythmic sound of the waves, the twinkling sun reflecting on the surface of the water, the fleeting moment of light cast through a breaking wave. By the ocean‚Äôs powerful influence I am drawn to recreate these moments and capture not only the reflective and luminous physical qualities, but also the emotional response brought by observing the complex element of water.” – Katharine Burns

Opening October 18th. Reception from 5 – 8pm with the Artist in Attendance. Exhibition runs until Nov. 9th.

Artist’s Image Gallery

Artist’s Website