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The Art Dealers Association of Canada Inc. (ADAC) is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1966. ADAC is the only National Association of art dealers representing artists throughout Canada. ADAC maintains a high standard of connoisseurship and adherence to ethical practice within the profession. Dealers are selected for their knowledge and scholarship in their respective fields of expertise.

The ADAC mandate includes stimulating the art market in Canada, and encouraging the awareness of the visual arts both nationally and abroad.





























On Saturday, February 4th, 2017, Mira Godard Gallery is pleased to open “Homely” an exhibition of new paintings by HOLLY FARRELL. This is Farrell’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The artist will be in attendance.

“Initially, I began painting Still Life as an exercise to hone my drawing and painting skills. A late starter, almost 30, I came to painting as a way to alleviate the stress of my day job working with children who had developmental challenges. I would pull my subjects from my daily existence – the usual clutter that comes from gleaning furnishings from family and friends – stuff passed down through people that have long since gone, and some things with not so much history. At the time I didn’t think much about what I was doing other than trying to make what I was drawing look like what I was drawing. As I improved I began to reconnect with my subjects. I would place them alone against a spare wall, or on a white surface so I might focus better while I worked. The meditative quality of my practice had me thinking of my history with each piece – my mother serving food in ‘that bowl’, the fancy teacups my grandmother served Red Rose in, the books that kept me company when I needed solace. After a time I realized that I had discovered where I truly wanted to go with my painting…I wanted to go back.

Homely is how I would describe most of my subjects. It’s how I feel when I look at my paintings, whether I am connecting to something, someone, or some time. A clear line is drawn to people who are closest to me. My cookbook series is an homage to my mother…memories of her baking pies, roasting roasts – memories of her standing behind the counter of our family diner, lipstick on cigarettes and coffee cups. Chairs, bowls, clocks…other domestic tools…functional things that now hold special meaning, allowing us to reach back for a moment and maybe experience a bit of the past.

In a broader sense, once I painted myself out of my apartment and started to look for new ‘material’ in vintage shops and at antique shows, my world seemed to open up. I was still drawn to all things domestic and I found myself truly connecting with the simplest, and homeliest of things that had been treasured, saved, for one reason or another, maybe out of frugality, maybe for love, maybe for practical purpose. I see the cracks, the tears, the fading and the wear from repetitive motion. Dog-eared pages mark old books and dart boards hold years upon years of holes - old fashioned games from times before the computer, or even before colour TV (at least in my time). These and more connect me to home, to family and friends.

I have always felt my work somehow crossed over from Still Life to Portraiture and back again. Rooted in nostalgia, when I look at my work I am always reminded of someone.” - Holly Farrell

HOLLY FARRELL was born in North Bay, Ontario and currently lives and works in Toronto. A self-taught artist, she has been painting professionally for over 20 years and has exhibited in Canada, U.S.A. and Japan. Farrell’s paintings are in corporate and private collections throughout North America, Europe and Japan, including: BMO, Canada; Nordstorm, Boston; Sony Music, Japan; TD Bank; Wires Jolley LLP, Toronto and Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection, U.S.A.

To arrange an interview with the artist, or for more information, please contact the gallery at (416)-964-8197, via email: godard@godardgallery.com, or visit: www.godardgallery.com.










The Stephen Bulger Gallery is pleased to present “Canadian Photographs”, our first solo exhibition of work by Geoffrey James, one of Canada's pre-eminent photographers.

For the past six years, James has travelled throughout the country confronting the many realities of Canadian life. The project promises to come to fruition in 2017, the year of the nation's sesquicentennial. “Canadian Photographs” explores the lyrical possibilities of everyday life. Canada is glimpsed from a train window, seen at a demolition derby, or a high-school prom. The photographs bear witness to Canada's past as a dominion while also looking at the sometimes provisional way the future is being built.

James' colour photographs display an uncanny wit that isolates innocent moments, seemingly banal locations, and speaks volumes about our nation's precarious identity. Seen together, this chronicle of the present is a telling document of who we are by showing us how we live, offering an opportunity to ponder where we might go from here.

Geoffrey James was born in Wales in 1942, studied Modern History at Wadham College, Oxford (BA and MA), and immigrated to Canada in 1966. A self-taught photographer, James is the author or subject of more than a dozen publications and is represented internationally in major collections. He has had solo exhibitions at the Palazzo Braschi, Rome; the Americas Society, New York; and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. He has participated in group shows at Documenta IX, Kassel; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; and the San Francisco MOMA. Geoffrey James is a Guggenheim Fellow, recipient of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, and the Governor-General’s Prize in Media and Visual Arts. He lives in Toronto, where he has been named the city’s first Photo Laureate.