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RICHARD YORK: Resonance – New Editions

I have always admired the emotional depths that music is able to explore—how a particular piece can produce a profound effect on a listener.

My new work strives for similar resonance between viewer and the visual medium, where movement, dynamics and reverberation are created through analogous effect in line, form and colour—“visual” harmony instead of the “musical” harmonics. It is my pursuit of that same elusive intangible that I intend my reduction woodcuts and linocuts to provoke. And, if successful, achieve great personal satisfaction knowing that my carefully carved images, inked and printed by hand, have struck a chord and resonated with a viewer.

This obsession stems from an unforgettable incident forty years ago. As I stood before Franz Marc’s painting of Blue Horses I was overcome with visual emotion. Overwhelmed as the forms and juxtaposition of colour vibrated off the canvas directly toward me. It is an emotion I remember each day as I set out to work towards instilling that feeling in my printmaking.

I will consider Resonance a success if my vision of the West Coast moves the viewer in a personal or emotional way.

-Richard York


On Saturday, February 2nd, Mira Godard Gallery is pleased to open “Resonance” an exhibition of recent limited edition prints by RICHARD YORK. The artist will be present.

RICHARD YORK was born in Delavan, Wisconsin in 1955 and raised in Sacramento, California. He moved to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia in 2009, becoming a Canadian citizen. While building his art studio on Salt Spring, he co-wrote a PBS documentary about the environmental history of California. The documentary “Becoming California” won 2 San Francisco Bay Area Emmy Awards in which RICHARD YORK and his writing partner both received Emmys for best documentary.

An early interest in woodcuts led York to begin printing as a teenager and he has been printmaking for forty years. RICHARD YORK’s keen appreciation and deep understanding of environmental issues informs and inspires his work. His small edition reduction woodcuts and linocuts, combining abstraction, texture and colour, reflect his interest in the uneasy and often tense boundaries between natural and man-made landscapes.

RICHARD YORK is represented exclusively by Mira Godard Gallery.

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

Mira Godard Gallery

Established in 1962, Mira Godard Gallery is one of Canada’s largest commercial art galleries with three floors of exhibition space featuring paintings, sculpture, and works on paper, including original prints and photographs.

Mira Godard Gallery focuses on contemporary Canadian and international art. We are proud to represent major artists who have won distinction here and abroad. Many of the works which have been shown in the Mira Godard Gallery have become part of the permanent collections of public galleries, museums and corporations.

For five decades, Mira Godard Gallery has worked directly and discreetly with corporate and private collectors in building collections, providing appraisals and buying and consigning works for re-sale.

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