Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Permanent Collection Pick of the Week!

Opening this Friday on July 29th will be a small historical display from the Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, helping to create context for our main exhibition, Steven White’s, Combine Project. Each work illustrates rural life in Ontario during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the agricultural landscape that make up an important part of our Canadian heritage.

An interesting artist being featured is John Sloan Gordon. Gordon began teaching art in 1897 shortly after returning to Hamilton from Paris where he had been studying at the Academie Julian. There are a couple of Gordon’s Graphite drawings from 1895 that will be displayed. Of particular interest is an untiled graphite drawing of a farmer’s well groomed cabbage patch field. There is a feeling of peace and calm when gazing at this image, as well as a distinct sense of distance from a bygone era. Gordon shows us a lifestyle that appears simpler in contrast to our fast- paced era of rapidly transforming technologies, offering further commentary on White’s themes of agriculture and technology.  

Rebecca Madamba
Collections Management Assistant

John Sloan Gordon (1868 -1940)
Untitled (Light Coloured Cabbage), 1895
Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Anonymous gift to honour the Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

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