I am excited to announce Gabor Svagrik's (co-owner of the Tucson Art Academy)
Solo Exhibition in Scottsdale, Arizona. Artist Reception November 10th, Thursday Night Artwalk. Come Celebrate with Us! To Preview the Show ~ Click here
Canadian Paintings on view in England, Norway, & Netherlands
“Stormy Weather Georgian Bay,” by Frederick Horsman Varley, 1921, oil on canvas. Collection the National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa.
Paintings by The Group of Seven, plein air painters active around Toronto in the early 20th century, will be presented in a traveling exhibition that opens at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London on October 19, 2011 (through January 8, 2012) and travels until October, 2012.
“The West Wind,” by Tom Thompson, 1917, oil on canvas. Collection the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The exhibition, titled Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven, moves to the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway (January 29-May 13, 2012), and then ends its tour at The Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Netherlands (June 6 - October 28, 2012).
One of the first institutions to collect and celebrate the Group of Seven was the McMichael Collection in Toronto (www.mcmichael.com). According to their website, “In the early days of the twentieth century, circumstances brought together several artists who were committed to exploring, through art, the unique character of the Canadian landscape. Collectively they agreed: Canadian rugged wilderness regions needed to be recorded in a distinctive painting style. This style would break from European traditions and reflect an increasingly nationalistic sentiment.”
“The Jack Pine,” by Tom Thompson, 1917, oil on canvas. Collection the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The original members of the group, Tom Thompson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varlety, Frank Johnston, and Franklin Carmichael met as employees of a design firm in Toronto, and they were joined by A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris. They received financial support from Harris (heir to the Massey-Harris farm machinery fortune) and Dr. James McCallum. MacCallum owned land on Georgian Bay and Thomson worked as a guide in nearby Algonquin Park, so those became the primary painting locations for the artists’ outdoor painting activities. After serving in World War I, the members of the group joined together again, but Thompson died in 1917 before the first exhibition that identified the members as the Group of Seven.