Artist Spotlight: GREGORY GEIPEL
April 15 - 29, 2021
Still Vancouver captures the quiet resilience of a city that refuses to disappear in an increasingly planned cityscape.
As the face of Vancouver evolves, few structures have managed to withstand the change. The ones that do occupy a unique presence in the public subconscious: they are mainstays of the Vancouver experience, yet at the same time taken for granted—forgotten in their quiet, unassuming resilience. Still Vancouver captures the seemingly relentless inertia of a structural past that has remained timeless and refuses to be forgotten. Yet, as these buildings seem to defy the gravitational pull of modernity, one can’t help but wonder, for how long?
E. Andrea Klann, "Carousel of Dreams"
May 6 - 21, 2021
Work by Vancouver artist E. Andrea Klann fuses realism with the imagined; invented figures, symbolic narration and unexpected fragments comprise her interiors, landscapes and figurative works, created in oil on canvas.
Her compositions have a theatrical and storytelling context as she explores concepts of identity, memory, and the temporal, with the intention to invent works that evoke an emotional response. Frequent visual metaphors include illumination and doorways; reflective surfaces such as the refracted crystal prisms (jewels of light) of the chandelier, open doorways leading to unknown spaces infer unexplored territory.
An advocate of creative self-expression and ‘opening the door to imagination', Klann has taught visual art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and leads workshops in Cultivating Creativity. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, she completed art studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and in London, England, however considers herself primarily self-taught.
June 3 - 24, 2021
March 11 - 25, 2021
Vancouver artist Valerie Raynard’s new series of paintings reflect an evolution in her artistic practice towards a more patient, considered creative process. Gathering photographic material for her paintings of B.C.’s industrial landscapes involves a lot of time location-hunting, finding the right vantage points, and waiting, often for hours, for the perfect light. In these moments of waiting there is a stillness, where time slows and she is forced to be present. Later, when painting in the studio, she is re-immersed in the light, sounds, and smells of this stillness, and the paintings crystallize the moment.
This exhibition was created during the artist’s first pregnancy, in which she is also waiting for the light – a new life, and a new way of life. Making these paintings has allowed her to take a breath and be present in this moment before everything changes.
GROUP SHOW BY GALLERY ARTISTS
"Living in Colour"
January 21 - February 23, 2021
We agree with David Hockney who said “I prefer living in colour”. In the world of inevitable and irreversible changes, the longing for the presence of beauty in our lives is only natural. As we are all formed by a composite of experiences, associations and cultures, our colour perception is as unique as any original work at Kurbatoff Gallery. We are presenting to you the incredible spectrum of vibrant colours in this spectacular group exhibition by our talented Canadian artists.
HOLIDAY SEASON GROUP SHOW OF NEW WORKS BY GALLERY ARTISTS
December 16, 2020 - February 1, 2021
We believe that if there is space for art in your hearts, the world is still full of hope, beauty and joy. During this special time of the year we will be bringing for you a stunning selection of new works by our outstanding gallery artists.
We keep receiving new works, so please keep checking it out on our website and in real life at the gallery.
November 19 - December 10, 2020
In a world of ever-widening fissures between people and the way we view the world, BC artist James Wiens has decided that painting for beauty’s sake is justified and in fact, necessary. Beauty in people, beauty in the objects that they create, and beauty in the natural world around us is enough to inspire many lifetimes worth of artwork.
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: KATHY TRAEGER
October 29 - November 16, 2020
Traeger doesn`t lean towards traditional landscapes or subject matter. She loves to bring a hyper realist style into her work. Inspiration is pulled from urban landscapes, old buildings, weathered signage, anything that is iconic, eclectic or rusty. There are stories in all of these forgotten treasures just waiting to be unleashed in a painting.
DAVID WILSON, "Close to Home"
October 1 - 22, 2020
The practice of a Vancouver artist David Wilson focuses primarily upon the process of utilizing light, colour and composition to create cityscapes that reflect the pulsing, thriving energy found within the urban landscape. Over the past 20 years David's work has been collected both nationally and internationally via an extensive exhibition history of both solo and group exhibitions.
JANE BRONSCH, “Stop and Feel”
September 10 - 28, 2020
"The process of applying skins of colour to suggest space where there was flatness, and light where there was darkness, is itself an intellectual endeavor" - Bryan Rutenberg, artist.
"In today’s world, obsessed with speed and mass production, creating a hand made, one-of-a-kind visual form is my mission. When people say that my painting calms them down or takes them somewhere, there is no bigger compliment. The purpose of art is to take you away from what your swirling thoughts were a second ago, on a quick journey into an artist’s world of the imaginary. The process of creating an artwork is an incredible and fascinating ride we artists are forever thankful to have the potential to perform." Jane Bronsch
Group Exhibition of New Works by Gallery Artists
JULY 9 - AUGUST 10, 2020
Recently we have been receiving an overwhelming amount of new works by our outstanding artists.
Through most of July and August we will present rotating exhibitions of paintings, sculpture and photography by
gallery artists. Looking forward to summertime!
MARLEEN VERMEULEN, New works
JUNE 11 - JULY 3, 2020
Artist in attendance on Saturday, June 13th,
from 2 to 4 pm.
"The beauty of the landscape contains a narrative. I listen and am heard. It is the starting point of my conversation with our environment as I experience it living here on the Sunshine Coast in BC. Nature equals grandness for me, a spiritual space. I appreciate the raw, unorganized chaos...the renewal, the growth. The rhythm of the ocean, the eternity.
My intention is to capture the beauty, the expanse, the moment and the feeling that the landscape shares with me, s o I can share my experience with others. On the canvas I translate this intent by creating space, light and textures, using my skills. Painting is a merger between experiencing spirits and energies while maintaining an awareness of shaping the image." Marleen Vermeulen
Meet the Artist
Group Show of New Works by Gallery Artists
May 12 - June 10, 2020
We can not be happier to announce the news of reopening the Gallery door for public under the safety protocol.
During the time of the pandemic, we continued to work hard to support and promote our outstanding artists. Our artists kept creating in self isolation, and new works have been streaming to the gallery.
More than that, we welcomed two new Vancouver artists to our Gallery's roster: DAVID WILSON and KATHY TRAEGER.
We invite you to visit us and enjoy a variety of new paintings by JANE BRONSCH, MARIE-FRANCE BOISVERT, EUNMI CONACHER, SOIZICK MEISTER, WILL RAFUSE, VALERIE RAYNARD, BEATRIX SYJUCO, KATHY TRAEGER, MARLEEN VERMEULEN, JAMES WIENS, DAVID WILSON, ANN ZIELINSKI. New photography by GREGORY GEIPEL AND DAVID ELLINGSEN.
Celebratory Group Exhibition, "Milestones"
March 5 - April 5, 2020
We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded BEST COMMERCIAL GALLERY OF THE YEAR - VANCOUVER by the esteemed Canadian Business Awards.
The winners are decided by a combination of votes gathered from Corporate Vision Magazine's network of respected industry partners and their own rigorous in-house research, which is conducted by the dedicated industry insiders and specialists. Each award is carefully scrutinized -- from a nominee's region to their performance over the past 12 months, their commitment to innovation, their methods, and even their direct competition, to ensure that only the most deserving firms walk away with one of these prestigious trophies.
Please join us in celebrating this great honor by attending our upcoming CELEBRATORY EXHIBITION on Saturday, March 7th, 2-4 PM, which will showcase diverse new works by our gallery artists, as well as feature a special surprise - LIVE Performance Art piece by our very own Beatrix Syjuco. Some of our Gallery Artists will be in attendance.
VALERIE RAYNARD, "Harbour"
January 30 - February 18, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE IS ON SATURDAY,
FEBRUARY 1st, 2020, FROM 2 TO 4 PM.
In this series of paintings, Valerie Raynard portrays a quieter moment in the life of the coastal industry of B.C., when the work of resource extraction and transportation has ended for the day, and the sun is setting. It is a calm, glowing moment when the machines are quiet, the water is glassy, and the lights of ships and terminals have been illuminated.
In the stillness of this moment, the visual interplay of engineered geometric structures with the living, ever-changing rhythms of the sea, the mountains and the sky creates a unique language of shapes and colours. The artist aims to capture the form of this ephemeral language through painting, so that something can be gleaned of its meaning.
Group Exhibition of New Works by Gallery Artists
January 6 - 28, 2020
The best selection of new works. We are presenting an exciting mix of fine art, photography and sculpture by our gallery artists.
HOLIDAY SEASON GROUP SHOW BY GALLERY ARTISTS
December 5, 2019 - January 5, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION IS ON SATURDAY,
DECEMBER 7th FROM 2 TO 4 PM.
Meet our B.C. artists
For the best time of the year - the best selection of new works. We are presenting a mix of fine art, photography and sculpture by our outstanding talented Canadian artists. Indulge yourself and your loved ones with a meaningful gift you will cherish for years to come.
November 14 - December 3, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE ~
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, FROM 2 TO 4 PM
Artist Talk: 2:30 pm
The title "Beauty is Enough" came from years of reflecting on why we do art at all. In a world of ever-widening fissures between people and the way we view the world, James has decided that painting for beauty's sake is justified and in fact, necessary. Beauty in people, beauty in the objects that they create, and beauty in the natural world around us is enough to inspire many lifetimes worth of artwork! It encourages us, it brings us hope, it helps us to cherish the good in and around us and leaves us with a smile on our faces. James' goal with these images is for you to view, enjoy, and indulge in them and when you leave, to feel better than when you came in.
October 24 - November 12, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26th, FROM 2 TO 4 PM.
"I treat my canvas like a stage set, with simplified shapes and forms, deliberately placed to produce an artificial landscape. I try to convey the feeling we have when watching the curtain rise in a darkened theatre auditorium, when, for that brief moment, we suspend disbelief and allow ourselves to be transported into an alternative reality."
SOUTH GRANVILLE GALLERIES HOP!
October 19, 2019, from 10 to 5 pm
Please join us for this special day in Vancouver’s Gallery Row!
Kurbatoff Gallery presents Group Exhibition of New Works by Gallery Artists. It is a thoroughly selected, exciting and energetic mix of paintings, sculpture and photography. The selection will include some new works to promote upcoming Solo Exhibitions by BC painters ANDY WOOLDRIDGE and JAMES WIENS, along with new paintings by Marie-France Boisvert, Jane Bronsch, Chris Charlebois, Valerie Raynard, Jeff Sylvester, Beatrix Syjuco, Marleen Vermeulen, as well as sculpture by Reinhard Skoracki, and more! Kurbatoff Gallery welcomes an established Canadian artist to its gallery roster, WILL RAFUSE. Some of his new works will be included in this group exhibition.
October 19th schedule:
11:30 to 1:30 pm - Meet our BC gallery artists
1:30 pm - Artist Talk. BC artist JAMES WIENS will talk about his upcoming Solo Exhibition at Kurbatoff Gallery.
2 pm to 4 pm - Reception. Meet some of our BC artists.
Marie-France Boisvert, "Random"
September 26 - October 14, 2019
Opening Reception with the artist in attendance is
on Saturday, September 28th, from 2 to 4 pm.
Artist Talk: 2:30 pm
May 23 - June 13
Opening Reception with the artist in attendance
is on Saturday,
June 1st, from 2 to 4 pm.
Artist Talk: 2:30 pm.
David Ellingsen and Dolf Vermeulen
April 4 - 23
Opening Reception with the artists in attendance is on Saturday,
April 6, from 2 to 4 pm
Artists Talk: 2:30 pm
"Elemental Aura" brings together two photographic artists whose work connects strongly to land and place.
David Ellingsen’s photographs speak to the relationship between humans and the natural world. A restless artist, Ellingsen maintains a varied practice of which intersections form the foundation – intersections of observer and participant, documentary photography and contemporary art, archivist and surrealist. His work lives within the sphere of advocacy and activism, supporting photography’s dominant role in these areas. The large-scale works in this exhibition are selected from several of his projects.
Dolf Vermeulen’s images reveal close observation of the landscape and his practice is rooted in kinship with these environments. His process focuses on translation of these elemental, natural spaces into prints that radiate a deep connection between mankind and the earth. Vermeulen’s exhilarating vistas recall this connection at a most crucial time and endeavour to inspire viewers to slow down, protect our wilderness, and look forward to the unknown.
Rotating Group Exhibitions of New Works by Gallery Artists
February 21 - March 30
"Life is More Glorious Than Photographs"
January 31 - February 19
OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE IS ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd, FROM 2 TO 4 PM
Artist Talk: 2:30 pm.
"Life is More Glorious than Photographs" addresses the notion that photography is the most “true” representation of
three-dimensional space in two dimensions. In this series of paintings, Valerie Raynard continues to explore scenes of her beloved
West Coast, using photography to inform the work while seeking to enrich the visual experience with dimensions of memory and emotion
far beyond what a photographic lens can achieve. Using broader perspectives, strong foregrounds, and powerful colours, the paintings
create intense, immersive encounters with these familiar landscapes.
The title of the exhibition comes from the artist David Hockney, who has said that photographs homogenize space and thus discourage "active looking".
HOLIDAY SEASON GROUP SHOW OF NEW WORKS BY GALLERY ARTISTS
December 12, 2018 - January 15, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION WITH SOME OF OUR ARTISTS IN ATTENDANCE IS ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th, FROM 2 TO 4 PM.
We are celebrating this Holiday Season with an exciting variety of the newest works by our outstanding gallery artists.
It is a perfect time to enjoy the range of styles and techniques, from realism and figurative works to impressionism and abstraction.
New paintings by Andrew Benyei, Marie-France Boisvert, Jane Bronsch, Chris Charlebois, JG Freedman, E. Andrea Klann, Kim La Fave, Chris Langstroth, Soizick Meister, Pim Sekeris, Beatrix Syjuco, Marleen Vermeulen, James Wiens, Andy Wooldridge.
Photography by David Ellingsen and Dolf Vermeulen. New sculpture by Reinhard Skoracki, Trinita Waller, Andrew Benyei.
JANE BRONSCH, "New Works"
November 15 - December 10, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE IS ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17th, FROM 2 TO 4 PM
A Vancouver-based artist, Jane Bronsch holds Masters Degree in Fine Art. She has been successfully exhibiting her work nationally
and has her paintings in many private and corporate collections.
"With my life-long passion for visual arts I have never been too appreciative of talk around it. I am a believer in an non-expert eye. Nothing can teach you to admire, dislike or remain indifferent to what you see. Some history around the piece or the artist could be entertaining at times, but will not help your soul feeling touched by it.
Your eye stopped and the process has begun. The slight impulse pulled out of your memory a similar scene, familiar warmth, a momentary emotion, and you are reliving it again.
That is all I am hoping for. Enjoy if you do. I certainly had while working on it." Jane Bronsch
"The Taught Ignorance"
October 18 - November 6, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE IS ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20th, FROM 2 TO 4 PM
Reinhard Skoracki was born in Germany in 1942 and immigrated to Canada in the early 1990's. He studied at the Alberta College of
Art And Design and received his BFA from the University of Calgary in 1997.
Reinhard Skoracki exhibits nationally and internationally including the 2015 'NordArt' (Germany), the largest exhibition of contemporary art in Europe, the Toyamura International Sculpture Biennale, the museum of Fine Arts in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the WG Kunst in Amsterdam, the Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
His work has been published in 'New Art International' (Book Art Press, NY, 1998), 'Artful Jesters' ( Nicholas Roukes, 2003), 'The Sculpture Reference Illustrated' (Arthur Williams, 2005), among many other publications.
Reinhard has completed numerous large scale commissions in the recent years, including an outdoor donor recognition piece for the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta, a 17 foot tall outdoor sculpture of the University of Calgary, Alberta, and two multi-media installations for the Alberta Investment Management Corporation in Edmonton, Alberta.
"De Docta Ignorantia" is also the title of the philosopher Nikolaus von Kues' main work which translates to "The Taught Lesson of Ignorance", which is a paradox in itself. Relating to my sculptures where many questions are asked but not answered with the underlying provocative thesis that true knowledge abides in the consciousness of ignorance. As Socrates already said:
"I know that I don’t know". And Karl Popper added: "And not even that!".
Art can offer great visual pleasure, combining qualities from reality and imagination, criticism and humour. The artist decides to reform reality from his personal point of view, portraying dreams and conflicts of today's life and culture; an investigation into the human condition as an individual and in larger social structures".
September 20 - October 4, 2018
Dolf Vermeulen is a young self-taught photographer residing on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.
He has called this place home ever since his family moved to Canada just a year after he was born in England.
Dolf has been fortunate to visit and experience 20 countries to date, all of which has left him with valuable insights and memories.
Dolf finds it very exciting to shoot different scenes and learn how to highlight the unique characteristics of new environments.
The exhibition will feature Dolf's reflections of Beautiful British Columbia as well as impressions of his travels through Island and Norway.