Our winter exhibition celebrates the work of 10 Canadian artists who were born between 1931-1946. Through the artworks of these diverse artists, we explore the relationships, regionalism and artistic influences of Iain Baxter, David Bolduc, Ian Carr-Harris, Greg Curnoe, Murray Favro, General Idea, Ron Martin, Royden Rabinowitch, Joyce Wieland and Ed Zelenak.
We have chosen artists for this exhibition who we feel have made a significant contribution to Canada’s cultural art history. Whether they lived in Vancouver, London or Toronto, each of the 10 artists pursued serious careers as visual artists from a young age. The majority of the paintings and sculptures included were created between 1961-1975, or more specifically, when the artists were 24-35 years of age. Many of the works are some of the first paintings or sculptures made, were included in their first solo exhibitions or recognized as seminal works within their long careers.
This generation of artists grew up under the authority of the Group of Seven, the emergence of the New York School of abstract art and the influence of changing technologies, Marshall McLuhan and Pop Art. We are honoured, now, decades later, to explore how each artist reflected on their own environment and to discover their rich artistic legacies through the work included in our exhibition.