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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 ‘story’ 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’t ‘design’ 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’s 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

Cora Brittan: Looking In Between

Opening October 4th. Reception from 5 – 8pm
Artist in Attendance. 


Opening Reception for Cora Brittan‘s Solo Exhibition “Looking In Between” will be held at the Gallery from 5 to 8pm on October 4th. The Exhibition runs until October 26th. Admission is always free.

Hamilton based painter and print artist Cora Brittan’s work comes to the Main Gallery at Abbozzo. Inspired by all the small fine details she sees in nature and architecture around her, Cora’s dreamlike, surreal, and delicate works of lightfast inks, gold and silver leaf on board and tile come to life with her charming imagination. Cora Brittan has been part of the Abbozzo Gallery roster for almost 20 years. This will be her 6th Solo Exhibition with Abbozzo Gallery.

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Olexander Wlasenko: Reel Life

Opening reception with artist in attendance begins at 5 pm on September 5th and runs until 8pm. Refreshments will be served and admission is always free. The exhibition will run until September 28th.

Olexander Wlasenko once again brings the big screen to paper in his solo exhibition Reel Life. Running concurrent with the Toronto International Film Festival, Olexander Wlasenko uses his hands and charcoal to create large scale drawings based off images from Italian Neo-realist and French New Wave films. He prefers this medium and form due to its “immediacy” and that it “evokes neo-classicism.” Olexander Wlasenko is also the Curator at Station Gallery in Whitby, Ontario.

“My studio production focuses on a personal and investigative discourse surrounding drawing’s relationship to lens based media (i.e. photography, cinema) in modern culture. The images I choose to work with trigger involuntary and perhaps atavistic memories. In relation to this, I perceive the photos and films I draw from as touchstones for retrieving a dislocated cultural memory. And yet they are not my memories, and to some degree, nor are they vehicles of my ‘culture’.

They are one step, one generation, removed. In this regard, they act as metaphors for displacement.

I use only one tool–my index finger. I manually rub the pigment into the surface of the paper. This technique gives the most dexterity and somehow the warmth of the hand transfers to each drawing.

Inspiration is concealed in the pages of history or reels of film. The images I draw from surface from the vast well-spring of historical sources. These can be vintage visual documents such as books, archives or old movies. This fascination with cinema stems from my upbringing.

If my earlier drawings were inspired by image banks close to home, I’ve recently turned to sources outside the personal realm. Lately, I’ve been culling from “art house” cinema from Italy, France and Sweden. I am interested in the “moment” when the dramatic structure of the movie plot changes in an instant. As with movie stills, my drawings are free-standing islands with a myriad of possible interpretations and interconnections.

I’ve recently become interested in extending or elongating discrete moments in film. I’m fascinated by the elasticity of film. Sequences that unfurl through cinematic time and space become transformative and tangible as charcoal drawings.” – Olexander Wlasenko

Artist’s Page/Available Work

Artist’s Wesbite.

Patty Maher: “The Sky as My Witness”

Patty Maher‘s program for the CONTACT Photography Festival, The Sky is My Witness, opens May 3rd and runs until May 25th. The opening reception will be on May 3rd from 5 until 8pm with the artist in attendance. Admission is always free.

“The Sky as My Witness” is an exploration of space, identity, and the feminine figure in the context of the natural worlds. In each tableau the face of the subject is hidden or obscured, rendering them simultaneously “any” and “every” woman. Emotion and story are conveyed with minimal information: using only posture, gesture, symbol and colour to convey meaning. The viewer encounters these anonymous and private moments within the context of an open or public landscape. This juxtaposition
creates a tension between intimacy and distance calling into question the notion of public vs. private spaces. Whether the subject is caught in a moment of grief, meditation or simple contemplation the viewer takes on a dual role as both voyeur and confidante to the undisclosed story of an anonymous figure. The landscape, rather than mere backdrop, takes on its own role as character in witness to the unfolding story. In some scenes it appears a refuge to a female figure laid bare, while in others it acts as a hostile or antagonist foil.

Recent Press for Patty Maher’s The Sky is My Witness
PhotoEd Magazine
Creative Boom
Aesthetica Magazine

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Viewable Exhibition Catalogue

Brian Harvey: “In Passing”

Brian Harvey‘s highly anticipated solo exhibition opens Friday April 5th and runs until April 30th. The opening reception with the artist in attendance will also be on the 5th and it will run from 5 until 9pm. Admission is always free.

IN PASSING is a body of work that attempts to ponder the fleeting, seemingly insignificant moments that pass, and the overlooked spaces we pass through on our way to something else – those facets of urban life that often lie in between.

“Painting allows me the opportunity to look at things that are frequently overlooked. I am drawn to the character of everyday objects and spaces, and the urban landscape in which I live. I have a strong response to things which are connected to the past, holdovers which are often ignored or forgotten about altogether. Through a layering of rapid and gestural application of paint, I seek to depict light and form, while maintaining a focus on the physicality of mark making and surface. 

In this ongoing body of work I seek to explore the character of the contemporary urban landscape through painting.  The layers of organic and geometric forms, patterns of colour and texture, lines of architecture, roads and hydro wires express a sense of place shaped by a history of urban transformation.   I am drawn to the spaces and structures which have served and survived generations but have become overlooked or entirely forgotten.  They are pieces of the urban narrative so often lost to time and “progress”.  Through a responsive and gestural application of material, my aim is to express the personality of these frequently disregarded historical facets, fixing them in time.” – Brian Harvey

Link to Brian Harvey’s website.

Link to his artsy profile.

Exhibition Catalogue.

Feature Gallery Debut: Elle Belz

Abbozzo Gallery is proud to announce newcomer Elle Belz, a Toronto based artist. Elle Belz is a contemporary expressionism artist who enjoys marrying abstract with realism and prefers portraying bold and traditional subjects with a modern twist.

For all the flower lovers out there, Abbozzo Gallery has been looking for a floral artist with a contemporary flair. Us at Abbozzo Gallery are ecstatic Elle Belz was put on our radar.

An artist page for Elle Belz should be up shortly on our website and our artsy site.

You can browse her work on the artist’s personal website, found here.

Urban Glitch: Phil Stein Solo Exhibition

Opening Friday March 8th and running until March 30th is Philadelphia based photographer Phil Stein‘s solo show. “Urban Glitch” features carefully crafted city scenes collaged on plexiglass.

Opening Reception with artist in attendance Friday March 8th, 5 – 8pm along with Elle Belz opening in the Feature Gallery.

artist website: http://www.philstein.com/

New Artist Patty Maher Featured on Instagram’s Official Page

Local Caledon photographer and newest addition to our artist roster, Patty Maher, has just had her work featured on Instagram’s official page. The post has received over 650,000 likes.

“Graphic designer Patty Maher (@pattymaher) created a photo collage where a self-portrait taken in her front yard in Caledon, Ontario, was transported to another time – more specifically, summer in the 1960s. ‘This photo was definitely inspired by summer, which I am missing in the middle of winter,” Patty says. ‘Plus, polka dots.'”

Patty Maher will be our partcipant in the esteemed city-wide ScotiaBank CONTACT Photography Festival starting May 3rd, 2019.

**a correction was made to this article, the exhibition starts Friday May 3rd and not May 9th**

Duane Nickerson | Tree: Solo Exhibition of New Paintings

From the jungles of Borneo to the Niagara Escarpment, award winning Canadian artist Duane Nickerson continues to explore the topography of the our natural environment in a new exhibition of oil paintings. The exhibition opening with the artist in attendance will be Friday February 8 from 5-8pm. The exhibition runs until March 2nd.

Duane Nickerson is an award winning Canadian artist who has exhibited his work in galleries from Singapore to Toronto and his work resides in prominent collections around the world, from New Zealand to the United Kingdom and Canada. The recipient of a Governor Generals’ Gold medal award and Ontario Arts Council exhibition grants, Nickerson continues to probe the potential of painting as a medium for expression.

Nickerson’s current work is rooted in the tradition of landscape painting, a long and varied tradition that extends to the dawn of human civilization and is featured prominently in the art making tradition of Canada. The uninhabited landscape is a key facet of Canadian identity, and it is becoming a prominent symbol for the environmental movement. Our growing awareness that the human species faces hard limits to its growth and consumption makes Nickerson’s detailed paintings of untethered, floating trees poignant reminders of the fragility of life.