Friday, July 01, 2016

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!  
July 1, 2016
In celebration of our country’s 149th anniversary, GPAG presents two prints by Canadian artist John Boyle, both inspired by historically important Canadians.
Tom Thomson, arguably Canada’s best known artist and the most important influence on the painters that would become known as the Group of Seven, is featured in a number of Boyle’s works including:

Untitled (Portrait of Tom Thomson). This Pop-inspired piece idolizes the historical figure with vibrant colours and rhythmic patterns.
Canadian Martyr Box includes portraits of prominent Canadian people, as well as Canadian places and things. William Lyon Mackenzie, Peter Matthews, Louis Cyr, and Eliakim Malcolm are painted on each face along with St. Paul’s Steeple and a Louis Cyr-inspired rocking chair.

John Boyle was born in London, Ontario in 1941. Initially intending to become a writer, Boyle changed his concentration to painting after visiting an exhibition of the work of Vincent Van Gogh in Detroit in 1962. A largely self-taught artist, he focuses his work famous Canadians and elements of Canadian landscape. Boyle is one of the few artists since the early twentieth century to focus on the Canadian sociopolitical figures outside of the realm of portraiture.
Boyle is known for emulating the colour profile of screen-printing by omitting half-tones from his palette. This creates a dramatic intensity in his paintings that reinforces the importance of the figures. Strong colour, richly patterned areas and figures spaced randomly throughout the painting emphasize the direct response of the artist to his world. His work places him firmly within the realm of the Canadian 1960s-era Pop phenomenon. His work was featured in the acclaimed National Gallery of Canada exhibition, Heart of London in 1969, which celebrated the regionalism that was developing in the Canadian art scene in the late 1960’s.
Boyle has been deeply passionate about artist’s rights throughout his career. In 1970 he was a founding member of the Niagara Artist’s Company in St. Catharines, one of the first Artist Run Centres in Canada. The following year, he was the founding spokesperson for the Canadian Artists’ Representation. In 1975, he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy.

**This post was queued to be posted on July 1.  Unfortunately, technology sometimes doesn't work the way it's supposed to and the post was not published on Friday.  These artworks are still on display in the Gallery if you would like to see them in person and help us celebrate our great country! **

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