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 websiteartsy 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.

RSVP Here if you’d like to attend, but RSVP is not required.

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 ‘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

Exhibition Facebook Event Page

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/