New Acquisitions

Bill Vazan, Untitled [The Centre of the World (Omphalous – the Navel of the Eart

Bill Vazan
Untitled [The Centre of the World (Omphalous – the Navel of the Earth)], 2003
colour photograph
132 x 157 cm
Promised Gift of Mary Reid

Internationally renowned for his Land Art creations, Montreal-based artist Bill Vazan has spent more than fifty years investigating the human-cosmos relationship through his Land Art, sculpture, painting and photography. Working at major sites of cultural and historical significance around the world, and drawing inspiration from diverse sources, including current scientific thought, Vazan has evolved a personal cosmology. Impressive in scope, mathematically precise in execution, and visually arresting, Vazan’s works are the product of a curious mind probing the universe. The imagery that he...

Greg Curnoe, Hand Collection, 1990, rubber stamps on paper, 39.5 x 30 x 5 cm. Pr

Greg Curnoe
Hand Collection, 1990
rubber stamps on paper
39.5 x 30 x 5 cm
Promised Gift of Brian Groombridge, 2017

Greg Curnoe was born in London, Ontario in 1936. He studied art at Kitchener’s Doon School of Fine Arts in 1956 and the Ontario College of Art in Toronto from 1957-1960. Beginning in the early 1960s, Curnoe exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally at institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and the Art Gallery of Ontario. His artwork is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, National Gallery of Canada, Oakville Galleries, Vancouver Art Gallery among other prominent public and...

Bernie Miller, Untitled (drawing for Standard Production Model), c. 1980, oil st

Bernie Miller
Untitled (drawing for Standard Production Model), c. 1980
oil stick on paper
56 x 79 cm
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of Brian Groombridge, 2017

Winnipeg-based artist Bernie Miller’s Untitled (drawing for Standard Production Model) is a preparatory sketch for a large-scale sculptural work commissioned by the Harbourfront Centre in the early 1980s. The sculpture was kinetic and reflected Miller’s interest in robotics, movement, place and monuments. A series of gears linked by loosely sketched chains appear on the white ground of the paper. The artist’s notations and calculations are visible along the right side of the drawing. The edges of the paper are rough, suggesting that this drawing was used...

Michael Davidson, Left a Slide into Harm’s Way, 1995, mixed media on canvas, 36

Michael Davidson
Left a Slide into Harm’s Way, 1995
mixed media on canvas
36 x 28 x 3 cm
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of Brian Groombridge, 2017

In Left a Slide into Harm’s Way, Toronto-based artist Michael Davidson paints translucent layers of tan and yellow obscure a series of horizontal lines on a gessoed surface. The face of the work is covered in a light wash of white that reinforces the calm feeling of the work. The overall effect is one of tranquility and balance. Arts Writer Shannon Anderson wrote of Davidson’s work; “Elemental forces are at work here. Davidson speaks of a desire to convey a unification of opposites in this body of work. He draws from Jung’s notions of individuation: a...

Arnaud Maggs, 555555, 1978, photograph, 46.5 x 13.5 cm. Promised Gift of Brian G

Arnaud Maggs
555555, 1978
Photograph
46.5 x 13.5 cm
Promised Gift of Brian Groombridge, 2017

Renowned Canadian photographer Arnaud Maggs (1926-2012) was born in Montréal. His life as a fine artist began in the mid-1970s after a successful career in graphic design and commercial photography. He came to artistic prominence in the 1980s with his serial, documentary-style approach to image making, which ranged from early, intimate portraits and to later photographs of everyday objects. Overall, his photographs appear as visual records revealing a fascination with archives and historical documentation, while also capturing a more personal representation of human identity; recent series have re-engaged the realm of self-portraiture and performing for the...

John Scott, Untitled, 1996, acrylic and ink on paper, 91 x 60 cm. Promised Gift

John Scott
Untitled, 1996
acrylic and ink on paper
91 x 60 cm
Promised Gift of Brian Groombridge, 2017

Born in Windsor, Ontario, in 1950, John Scott attended the Ontario College of Art during the 1970s, where he currently teaches. The Toronto-based artist was an original recipient of the Governor General’s award for the Visual Arts in 2000. His work is held in significant public collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa) and the Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff). His solo exhibitions were held at venues including the Montreal Museum of Fine Art (Montreal), Ron Mandos Gallery (Amsterdam), the Art Gallery of Ontario (...

Susan Schelle, correction, 1986, photograph with artist frame, 37.5 x 30 cm, edi

Susan Schelle
correction, 1986
Photograph with artist frame
37.5 x 30 cm, edition 1/3
Promised Gift of Brian Groombridge, 2017

correction is a work on paper that contains two stacked black-and-white photographs:  the top image depicts four young boys sitting in a row, playfully eating corn on the cob. The mood is joyful and the boys are wearing the same uniform, perhaps at summer camp. In the lower image, four elderly men are dressed in suits, also sitting in row, smiling and laughing. The two images are separated by a passage of text in a classic typewriter font. It lists corrections to historic facts in the Daily:

In its Oct. 16 story “The Era of Black Listing” the Daily stated the following. Three...

Ron Giii (Gillespie), Untitled, 1988, pastel on paper, 50 x 65 cm. Collection of

Ron Giii (Gillespie)
Untitled, 1988
pastel on paper
50 x 65 cm
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of Brian Groombridge, 2017

This untitled pastel drawing on paper from 1988 exemplifies Giii’s commonly used imagery of a solitary figure existing in an undefined space. As Andrew Paterson writes in a 2008 issue of Canadian Art, “A typical Giii drawing features a stick-like figure (an animation?) either literally negotiating geometrically defined space or centred on pure, abstract paper. Utilizing this template, Giii nevertheless achieves a considerable variety of proscenium bodies admonishing and cajoling viewers.” Given his foundation as a performance artist, Giii’s interest in the figure and its relation to space and place is...

David Craven
Head of the Glamorous Woman, 1984
Acrylic on canvas, 78.5 x 96.5 cm
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of Naomi Cohen, 2016

David Craven
In Fear of Glamorous Women, 1984
Acrylic on canvas, 94 x 43 cm
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of Naomi Cohen, 2016

Canadian artist David Craven is widely recognized for his distinctive painting practices that span a forty-year career. Born in London, Ontario in 1946, he graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1969 and the Ontario College of Art in Toronto in 1973. Craven had solo exhibitions across North American, in cities such as Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, New York, Atlanta, Victoria and Edmonton. His work is represented in the...

John Hartman
Blue Rocks and Upside-Down Chair, 2011
Watercolour on paper, 22.5 x 30.25 inches, 57 cm x 77 cm
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2016

John Hartman
Finger Islands, Norgate Inlet, 2011
Watercolour on paper, 22.75 x 30 inches, 58 cm x 76 cm
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2016

John Hartman
Inside Head Island, 2011
Watercolour on paper, 22.75 x 30 inches, 58 cm x 76 cm
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2016

John Hartman
Painting the Inside Channel, 2011
Watercolour on paper, 22 x 30 inches., 56 cm x 76 cm
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2016

John...

Robert Hengeveld
Study for Wile Wild, 2011
Chalk pastel on vellum
88 x 68 cm
Gift of the artist, 2011

Robert Hengeveld
Miss November, 2012
Decoy, foam and steel, edition 1 of 3
91.44 x 30 x 76.2 cm
Gift of the Artist, 2016

Robert Hengeveld was born in Toronto in 1976, where he lives and works today. Hengeveld studied art at the School of Design and Visual Arts, Georgian College (Certificate and Diploma, Fine Arts, 1998), Ontario College of Art and Design (AOCAD, 20000) and University of Victoria (MFA, 2005). Recent solo exhibitions include those at Union Gallery, Kingston; MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph; Eyelevel, Halifax, Eastern Edge Gallery, St John’s; CIRCA, Montreal; Mercer Union, Toronto; Galerie...

Sadko Hadžihasanović
Orange Jeans, 2014
Oil on Masonite, 76 x 61 cm (30 x 24 inches) 
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2016

Sadko Hadžihasanović
Two Brothers, 2014
Oil on Masonite, 116 x 89 cm (46 x 35 inches)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2016

Sadko Hadžihasanović (Sadko) is a Toronto-based artist known for his representational paintings and drawings that combine rich narrative elements with social commentary and moments of wry humour. Born in Bihac, Bosnia in 1959, he immigrated to Toronto in 1993. Sadko studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and earned his MFA at the University of Belgrade in 1984. He has participated in over thirty...

IAIN BAXTER&
Sign, Highway 17, near Sudbury, Ontario, 1969
Duratrans lightbox
91.4 x 121.9 x 14.0 cm

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Dialogue, Jasper National Park, Alberta, 1969
Chromira print
49.5 x 72.4 cm

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White Spot Restaurant Landscape, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1967
Chromira print
49.5 x 72.4 cm

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Wheels, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1968
Chromira print
49.5 x 72.4 cm

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Highway, near Banff, Alberta, 1969
Chromira print
49.5 x 72.4 cm

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Water Tower, Sault Saint Marie, Ontario, 1968
Chromira print
49.5 x 72.4 cm

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Garage,...

Carl Beam
Untitled, c. 1997
Mixed media on Plexiglas, 30.5 x 23 cm (12 x 9 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Carl Beam
Untitled, c. 1997
Mixed media on Plexiglas, 30.5 x 23 cm (12 x 9 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Carl Beam
Untitled, c. 1997
Mixed media on Plexiglas, 30.5 x 23 cm (12 x 9 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Carl Beam
Untitled, c. 1997
Mixed media on Plexiglas, 30.5 x 23 cm (12 x 9 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Carl Beam
Untitled, c. 1997
Mixed media on Plexiglas, 30.5 x 23 cm (12 x 9 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Carl Beam
Fragile Skies, c. 1997
Photo-based lithograph, 76 x 56 cm (30 x 22 in)...

Henri Robideau, 12 Little Giants, 1980 (portfolio of twelve gelatin silver prints 3.5 x 5.5 inches, ed. 12/50) and From the Pacific to the Atlantic, Canada's Gigantic! (Toronto: Summerhill Press. 1988). Museum purchase, 2015

Henri Robideau is a senior Canadian artist whose work explores “the ironic tragedy of human existence.” He is best known for his Pancanadienne Gianthropological Survey, a project documenting the “giants” of the Canadian landscape—in this case, the large apples, birds, boots and nickels that stand as monuments to small-town civic pride in this country. Far from sentimental, this work is complemented by projects like 500 Fun Years, a satirical look at European...

John Gould
Drawn Image: Selected Works, 1959-1979 (book) with Don Quixote Wearing Bird Visor
Lithograph, both edition 57/100, 1979
Gift of Ingi Gould in memory of John Gould, 2015

John Howard Gould was a regional artist known internationally for his technically accomplished and deeply evocative drawing practice. Born in Toronto in 1929 and raised in an artistic family, Gould studied drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art from 1948 to 1952. He travelled to Europe in the 1950s and studied at the Academie Julienne in Paris. In 1957, he began working for the CBC as a scene painter, and by 1960 won the Elizabeth T. Greenshield’s Fellowship for figurative painting. During the mid-1960s, Gould began to add a new dimension to...

Norval Morrisseau
Carl, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 63.5 x 51 cm, 25 x 20 inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Cosmic Children 1, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 61 x 44 cm, 24 x 17 ½ inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Cosmic Children 2, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 61 x 44 cm, 24 x 17 ½ inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Image of David on the Astral Plane, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 35¾ x 16”
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Inner Self, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 61 x 44 cm, 24 x 17 ½ inches
...

Valerie Palmer
Clouds, 1991
Oil on linen
50.5 by 44.5 in.
Anonymous gift, 2015

Valerie Palmer is a Canadian painter based out of Michipicoten Bay, North of Lake Superior. Palmer was born in Toronto in 1950 and as a child she summered with her family at the Lake of Bays in Muskoka, where she first began painting in oils with her father. After completing her BFA at the University of Manitoba, she moved north of Lake Superior where she continues to reside. A realist painter, Palmer works directly from local models, either in her studio or outside. The first major mid-career survey of Palmer’s work was in 2000, organized by Michael Burtch, Director of the Art Gallery of Algoma, travelling to four public galleries in Ontario. She is...

Michael Dobson
Austin Sawmill, 1999
Watercolour monoprint, 16.5 x 22.85 cm (6. 5 x 9 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014

Michael Dobson
Bracebridge at Night, 1999
Watercolour monoprint, 14 x 24.1 cm,  (5.5 x 9.5 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014  

Michael Dobson
Thunder Beach, 1998
Watercolour monoprint, 14 x 24.1 cm,  (5.5 x 9.5 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014

Michael Dobson
Collingwood Harbour, 1997
Watercolour monoprint, 14 x 24.1 cm,  (5.5 x 9.5 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014

Michael Dobson
...

John Gould
Primavera, 1975
Conté on board, 82.5 x 150 cm (33 x 60 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of Dr. Nathan J. and Barbara Morrow, 2014

John Gould is one of Simcoe County’s best-known and highly celebrated artists. Working in various media including drawing, painting, film and music, Gould’s artistic output is characterized by spontaneity and improvisation. Much of his work shows a strong influence of theatre, with attempts to capture the qualities and expressions that actors convey to their audiences through performances.

Primavera, part of Gould’s Ancestor Series, is a large-scale conté drawing on board. The drawing is an excellent example of Gould’s expertise as a...

Janet Jones
Dada Flow # 3, 2006
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 239 x 137 cm (94 x 54 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the artist, with thanks to John Jones, 2014

The paintings of Toronto artist Janet Jones explore the dizzying phenomena of contemporary urban environments. Her practice investigates the hybrid spaces of contemporary globalism in relation to feminist geography and technology. Based in Toronto, she has exhibited across Canada as well as in New York, England, Germany, France and China. An Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at York University in Toronto, she has served as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Director of the MFA Graduate Program in Visual Arts. Jones received her MFA from York University and...

Leopold Plotek
Live Bait, 1987-88
Oil on canvas, 72 ¾ x 68 in. (185 x 173 cm)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of Linda Boorman, 2013

Leopold Plotek is a celebrated figure in Canadian painting, known for his sophisticated technique and deep intellectualism. His works often engage with the past, envisioning specific historical moments through a dark lens, including references to classical art, architecture, philosophy and literature. Born in Moscow in 1948, Plotek left the Soviet Union with his family and immigrated to Canada via Warsaw, Poland in 1960. He has since lived and worked in Montréal. Plotek studied at McGill University, Sir George Williams University and the Slade School of Art in London, England. He is currently a...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Duane Linklater, Tautology.

Duane Linklater
Tautology , 2011-2013
neon, wall-mounted box, 184.5 x 184.5 cm.
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre.
Purchased with the support of the York Wilson Endowment Award, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, 2014.

 

Duane Linklater (b. 1976) is Omaskêko Cree from Moose Cree First Nation on James Bay. Winner of the 2013 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary art, Linklater has participated in exhibitions across North America. He currently resides in North Bay, Ontario.

Tautology (2011-2013) is a suite of five neon sculptures depicting the thunderbird, a legendary creature in various North American Indigenous cultures. Linklater appropriated this...

Joseph Hartman, Meadow and Freight Train, Collins, ON, from the series Return, 2

Joseph Hartman
Meadow and Freight Train, Collins, ON, 2010
Digital chromogenic print, edition 2 of 9
27” x 34” (69 x 86 cm)
Gift of Kim Kieller

Meadow and Freight Train, Collins, ON, was featured in Joseph Hartman’s Return, a solo exhibition held in 2012 at the MacLaren Art Centre. This show featured work from the series of the same title, Hartman’s most personal work to date. Of the series, Hartman notes "Heron Bay and Collins are two small Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario, where I lived when I was one and two years old. I was unsure whether the memories I had of those early years were genuine or fabrications of my imagination. I returned 30 years later to find out." Over a period of three weeks...

MacLaren New Acquisitions
Working within the traditions of modernist painting, Frances Thomas employs and advances the language of gestural abstraction. Using fluid acrylics on wood panel, she adopts a vocabulary of elliptical shapes, splattered dots, meandering lines and sweeping strokes, combined with a layered palette of monochromatic or complementary hues. Relying on an improvisational playing out of materials and ideas, Thomas arrives at a poetic distillation of thought, intuition, emotion and sensation. While the artist’s fluid aesthetic summons impressions of the rhythms, energies and patterns found in nature, these references are not explicit; instead, her imagery underscores the intensities, the desires and the mysteries of existence.
 
Frances...

Arnaud Maggs was born in Montreal in 1926. In 2006, he received Canada’s highest lifetime distinction in the arts, the Governor General’s Award. Maggs was previously bestowed the Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 1991 and a Toronto Arts Award in 1992. He is a resident of Toronto. There he is represented by Susan Hobbs Gallery. Maggs is the subject of a forthcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada.
 
In 2010 the  MacLaren purchased four recent photographs by senior Toronto artist Arnaud Maggs, entitled Scrapbook 1, 2, 3 and 4 (2009). This acquisition of a complete series by one of the most highly regarded artists in Canada sets a high standard for building our collection; it also exemplifies our commitment to...
MacLaren Recent Acquisitions
Toronto artist Janet Jones probes our fascination with the future. Her process begins with taking black and white photographs of sterile public spaces, such as the lobbies of multinational corporations and underground passages. Each image is observed, recorded, transmitted, digitized and frozen as if projected onto a screen. The absence of brushstrokes contributes to the apparent flatness of these paintings. As psychological impressions of the urban environment, Jones’ imagery represents places that are everywhere and nowhere: the hybrid spaces of our globalized environment that collapse the experiential and the technological, near and far, real and virtual. Jones is interested in the sublime, but a new sublime, a techno-sublime. Using light and thin layers of fluorescent...
Photo by Jeff Thomas

The MacLarenArtCentre recently acquired 10 photographic works by Canadian artist Jeff Thomas with the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Programme of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. Jeff Thomas, Iroquois/Onondaga artist, curator and writer, was born in Buffalo, USA in 1956. Currently residing in Ottawa, Thomas has been working and exhibiting in Canada since the early 1980s. His photographic series explore imagery of First Nations people and symbolism. His interests have included looking at references made to First Nations people in mainstream culture, monuments, and toys. We have acquired examples from three series: Scouting for Indians (1992 - 2007), Indians on Tour (2000 - present) and A Conversation with Edward S. Curtis (...