NEWS

November 1, 2017

On the first of November I fly to Toronto to attend the the grand opening of The Kingston Prize exhibition at the Peel Art Museum and Archives in Brampton on November 4. The several friends and relatives who live in or near Brampton would be welcome to join me at this gala, just get in touch with me by e-mail and telephone. After this party I will spend a week in Toronto and several several days in Ottawa - visiting galleries, museums and friends.

 

September 30, 2017  

This weekend a grand opening party takes place at my new studio in Victoria. Having turned seventy years old this year, this party will also begin my one-month, every-fifth-year birthday sale of artwork. Many works, oil paintings, drawings, prints and chapbooks are available for only $70. Contact me to make an appointment for any day in October.

 

August 7, 2017

          On August 10 I begin a two-week exhibition of a triptych, Three Thinking and Drawing Lessons, in the Ministry of Casual Living display window in Odeon Alley, on Yates Street, just west of the Odeon Theatre, in Victoria, BC. Earlier this year, the triptych was displayed in a similar exhibition window at the Burnaby Art Gallery.

          This three-part mixed media drawing on paper is the latest in a long series of works in which I consider the many links between learning to think and learning to draw. Reflecting my sense that one is always learning to think or draw, I continue to work on the triptych between exhibitions. In this way, I hope to close a bit of the gap between dreaming and knowledge.

Three Thinking and Drawing Lessons, triptych, each panel 30 x 22 inches, mixed media on paper on board

Three Thinking and Drawing Lessons, triptych, each panel 30 x 22 inches, mixed media on paper on board

August 5, 2017:

          A recent mixed-media self-portrait drawing has been accepted as one of thirty finalists from across Canada for the 2017-2018 Kingston Prize exhibition. The show will travel to three Ontario locations:

Firehall Theatre, Gananoque, from October 6 to October 22, 2017

Peel Art Gallery (PAMA), Brampton, from November 4 to January 21, 2018

Harbourfront Centre - Artport Gallery, Toronto, from February 2 to April 22, 2018

Here is the link to the Kingston Prize: kingstonprize.ca

         In this mixed-media drawing, I acknowledge the natural shift in my studio practice from objective concerns for the problems of art making toward a more autobiographic range of subjects that reflect the conditions of physical and psychological aging. I am discovering that the self-portrait, whether actual or metaphorical, might be the most autobiographic and psychoanalytic subject an artist can pursue.

             There are many ways to represent one’s self. In Self-Portrait, I present four of them. There is the presumed objective depiction of the physical self. There is a version of the remembered self. There is a secret self that one dreams of and tries to emulate. There is also a kind of Platonic self. As the viewer of this drawing will discover, seeing all these aspects of the self-portrait at once is difficult, suggesting that vision, like knowledge and understanding, is illusive.

Self-Portrait, 2015, mixed media on paper, 11 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches.

Self-Portrait, 2015, mixed media on paper, 11 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches.

 

July 29, 2017:

          On July 29, 2017, two recent drawings will participate in a group exhibition, Psychedelia, at the Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria. The opening of the exhibition is from 7 to 9 PM on Saturday, July 29.  The exhibition continues until August 17. The Martin Batchelor Gallery is at 712 Cormorant Street. The telephone number is 250-385-7919 and the e-mail address is mbatch@shaw.ca.

A Pataphysical Commentary on the Ancient Science of Feminine Psychedelia, 2017, mixed media with collage on paper, 17 x 11 in.

A Pataphysical Commentary on the Ancient Science of Feminine Psychedelia, 2017, mixed media with collage on paper, 17 x 11 in.

A Pataphysical Commentary on the Ancient Science of Masculine Psychedelia, 2017, mixed media with collage on paper, 17 x 11 in.

A Pataphysical Commentary on the Ancient Science of Masculine Psychedelia, 2017, mixed media with collage on paper, 17 x 11 in.

 

          The drawings I produced especially for this exhibition are not particularly psychedelic. Only a few of my drawings from the 1960s vaguely contain subject or stylistic reference to psychedelia. However, I have been interested in pataphysics for many years, and I have occasionally produced individual works, or series, that reference this 'science'. In this website, the two series, Thoughts Faster Than Light and Dreams of Knowing are examples of this interest. Among other things, pataphysics is the science of the impossible. With reference to the two drawings shown in Psychedelia, there is probably no such thing as masculine or feminine psychedelia, no such thing as an ancient science of psychedelia and, therefore, no possible pataphysical or any other commentary on these 'inventions'. To appreciate this irony one would need to be stoned, and perhaps that is psychedelic.

 

March 20 - May 14, 2017:

Adventures of a Drawing Boy
Burnaby Art Gallery:
Bob Prittie Library (Metrotown) | 6100 Willingdon Avenue
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts | 6450 Deer Lake Avenue

          For this series of mixed-media drawings on watercolour paper, Brian Grison has developed a project that is a commentary on the mental life of the student, with himself as the artist/student model. The appropriated image of a boy making a drawing is a stand-in for Grison, as well as the typical student, who is engaged in a practice similar to the process of making art. 

          The apparently random composition and deep layering of images is meant to create distractions from the drawing boy. It is also meant to represent the mental processes that interfere with the student/artist’s ability to concentrate. 

          This two-part solo exhibition can be visited at both the Bob Prittie Library and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, satellite exhibition spaces of the Burnaby Art Gallery.

The Scholar, (detail), 2016, mixed media on paper, 23 x 23 in. The Idealist, (detail), 2016, mixed media on paper, 23 x 23 in. The Lover, (detail), 2016, mixed media on paper, 23 x 23 in. Photos courtesy of the artist

The Scholar, (detail), 2016, mixed media on paper, 23 x 23 in.
The Idealist, (detail), 2016, mixed media on paper, 23 x 23 in.
The Lover, (detail), 2016, mixed media on paper, 23 x 23 in.
Photos courtesy of the artist