For decades, artist Barbara Cole has captured dynamic photographs of figures floating underwater. Much more than shimmering studies of her subjects, these images often evoke and explore deeper ideas. This approach is reflected in Surfacing, a series of underwater portraits that aims to “open up a dialogue on mental health.”
The photographs featured in Surfacing star women submerged in the ocean. As the series is intended to speak to issues of mental health, one may expect to find the subjects struggling against the tides and currents. Instead, however, Cole puts a positive spin on this topic, using this series to offer an “ode to the power of will and strength to overcome.” This is evident in the positioning of the figures, who are shown rising from the depths and, as the series’ title suggests, “surfacing.”
ARTICLE IN FRENCH | Plongez dans l’univers de l’artiste italien Willy Verginer alors qu’il présente sa plus récente série de sculptures de bois hyperréalistes à la Galerie LeRoyer du Vieux-Montréal. Les questions écologiques et environnementales sont au cœur de l’oeuvre de Verginer, qui vit et travaille à Val Gardena dans le nord de l’Italie, vallée célèbre pour sa station de ski, son parc naturel et… ses sculptures sur bois. Pas étonnant, donc, de constater que ses sculptures grandeur nature abordent l’étroite relation qui unit l’homme et son environnement.
Montreal-based graffiti artists Stikki Peaches and CDI Furniture have come together on a one-of-a-kind collection of distressed Chesterfield sofas for the launch of Bois & Cuir‘s new furniture store. The graffiti-covered sofas and divans form a collection called “CECI N’EST PAS UN DIVAN,” in which Stikki Peaches has taken the British design classic and given it a distressed finish. Sofas were given a street art-inspired rework with metal studs, spray paint, acrylic and painted Tunisian tiles each getting added to the leather upholstery.
IN FRENCH | La technique de travail adoptée par Willy Verginer est révélatrice de son approche à la fois figurative et conceptuelle. Ses sculptures sont composées d’une masse de plusieurs blocs de bois, séchés naturellement pendant 6 ans afin d’éviter que le bois ne se transforme. De ces masses grossières, il fait naître les formes de sa sculpture à l’aide d’une scie à chaîne et d’une hache, avant de raffiner son travail à l’aide de ciseaux à bois, jusqu’à utiliser de tous petits outils pour travailler les paupières ou lobes d’oreille de ses figures.
Museum de Zwarte Tulp (the Black Tulip) is currently displaying the first solo exhibition of the Chinese artist Zhuang Hong Yi in The Netherlands in almost 10 years. It is a retrospective exhibition with key works from the period 2003 – 2018. The source of inspiration for the collages, ‘Landscapes’ and ‘Flowerbeds’ which can be seen in the museum, were the endless, colorful flower bulb fields that Zhuang saw glide away below him on his first flight from China to The Netherlands.
On May 15, celebrated sculptor Paul Villinski will speak with curator and scholar Lisa Freiman about his three decades of transforming discarded materials into environmentally aware conceptual projects and large-scale installations. Villinski will also sign copies of his new monograph published by Vivant Books.
ARTICLE IN FRENCH | En septembre 2018, l’ouverture du « premier musée du street art » canadien a fait grand bruit à Montréal, capitale des arts du pays. La promesse était belle : 24 étages investis par 24 artistes et ouverts au public 24 heures sur 24… Le tout orchestré par une marque d’alcool. Intrigués, nous sommes allés voir cela de plus près : visite.
On s’attendait à un bâtiment remarquable au premier coup d’œil,haut et entièrement peinturluré… Mais rien de tel ne nous attendait avenue de Gaspé. Dans cette artère calme du quartier du Mile-End, immeubles de logements et bureaux se serrent pour faire face au froid hivernal. Pas (ou presque) de vitrines – tout se trouve à l’intérieur des bâtiments. (...) C’est donc ici que s’est glissé, de façon plutôt discrète au premier abord, le musée Romeo’s, dédié au street art.
Willy Verginer'sculptures are currently featured in the exhibition "Nature in Art" at the Mocak Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow until the end of September. This exhibition shows contemporary works of more than 70 artists from many countries, in techniques ranging from painting, photography and video to object and installation
Marie-Josée Roy won the Arts and Humanities Award at the Gala des Pythagore. Organized by the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières, the Gala des Pythagore wishes to promote exceptional graduates. Six categories come from the major fields of study: health sciences, administrative sciences, social sciences, sciences and engineering, arts and humanities, and finally, education, letters, and languages. Congratulations Marie-Josée!
ARTICLE IN FRENCH | La Ville de Québec et la Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec ont inauguré l’œuvre d’art en hommage au célèbre hockeyeur Jean Béliveau. Intitulée Briser la glace, la création du sculpteur Éric Lapointe donne le coup d’envoi à l’allée commémorative dédiée au hockey, située place Jean-Béliveau. « Cette œuvre a été créée en anamorphose, c’est-à-dire que sa forme varie selon l’emplacement du spectateur, a ajouté le maire de Québec, M. Régis Labeaume. Lorsqu’on s’installe sur la rondelle située au sol, un imposant Jean Béliveau apparaît, alors qu’il se transforme lorsqu’on se déplace. C’est une création audacieuse et surtout, spectaculaire. Elle marque le début d’une allée qui présentera des œuvres fort diversifiées, qui ne passeront pas inaperçues. » Briser la glace mesure 28 pieds de hauteur par 30 pieds de profondeur. Très graphique, la sculpture évoque le caractère spectaculaire du joueur. Ses plans et ses angles sont complexes, comme les changements de direction vifs du hockey.
In his new solo show “Chiaroscuro : A Stikki Obsession” at Galerie LeRoyer, the artist Stikki Peaches is presenting 20 new Interpretive Hybrid works inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio and his School. Many of the artist’s favorite iconic characters are present. Such as his favorite musical artists Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse & Kurt Cobain, who all tragically died at age 27. This piece, originally titled Saint Cecilia with Two Angels by Caravaggio follower Antiveduto Gramatica, is now titled The 27 Club for the obvious reasons. The Lute Player as a psyched-out and surreal Jimi Hendrix.
Underwater photography has since grown further into an art of its own. Contemporary photographers Barbara Cole and Christy Lee Rogers have become two of the most prominent artists in the field, ingeniously using water as an artistic tool to transform reality. They don't simply drag our on-land surroundings into a pool, in the style of Mozert, but rather take advantage of the submarine environment to create a dream-like alternate dimension.
New Orleans music soars to new heights in a stunning new art installation in the Marshall Family Commons at the Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex.
New York artist Paul Villinski created “Currents” to celebrate New Orleans’ musical influence around the world. The work features 125 vinyl records crafted into a flock of birds that spring from a vintage turntable as they take flight across a wall in the lobby of the new unified building for the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Villinski created the birds using classic records from famous New Orleans artists like Dr. John, Ernie K-Doe, Sidney Bechet and more.
ARTICLE IN FRENCH | Issu du monde du design de mode, l'artiste urbain Stikki Peaches s'est construit une réputation internationale avec ses oeuvres sur papier placardées sur des murs. Le Montréalais a réalisé cet été Young Dalí sur la façade d'un restaurant de la rue Prince-Arthur, une oeuvre qui mêle messages de paix, surréalisme et des éléments de sa personnalité, dont une partie reste dans l'ombre...
The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens will host international artist, Jan Kalab, in their upcoming show, The Soul of Graffiti: Jan Kalab.
The upcoming show will feature Kalab’s classic sculptures, 3-D canvases, select new works, and an original installation.
The Soul of Graffiti: Jan Kalab will run from August 28 to December 2 and is held in partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia.
"Figure transformation has been a predominant theme in my work. Over the past thirty years, I have been operating as a painter but employing traditional photographic tools," says Barbara Cole, a fine art photographer from Toronto whose whimsical take on underwater photography will certainly make you think twice.
Ole Aakjaer is an internationally-recognized watercolour artist, whose love of music, literature, films and photographs, along with his childhood dream of becoming a cartoonist, has inspired him to create a unique and vibrant style of paintings that leave a lasting impression. This complexity of watercolour deepens the dramatic effect put forward by the artist with his use of abundant colourful hues and hidden symbolism, creating daring female portraits that cannot be forgotten.
Jacqueline Surdell is part of a new group exhibition entitled Orwellian Offspring opening on June 29th and taking place at the Chicago Artists Coalition. The exhibition also features the works of Mitsu Salmon, Marie Baldwin, and is curated by Courtney Cintron.
ARTICLE IN FRENCH | Art review of Focus exhibition on Mateo, published in the culture section of 24H Montréal on June 13th 2018.
Noted as saying “I became an artist simply by taking pictures,” Barbara Cole’s successful career in photography is based on trial and error and a love for water. With an interesting backstory that includes failing to finish high school, working as a model and taking on the role of fashion editor at a local newspaper (at the age of 18), Cole established a beautiful body of work and a distinct style with no formal training. Accepting an opportunity to become a member of the fashion industry, rather than exploring the medium, she allowed her time on the clock to guide the way. Although it took her many years for to consider herself an artist, Cole helped to transform the community.
ARTICLE IN FRENCH | Marie-Josée Roy's artwork was chosen for the cover of Éric Lapointe's new album Délivrance, on sale since May 4th 2018.
Barbara Cole dives into her four-foot swimming pool, and it turns into the ethereal world full of beautiful figures dancing in the light. A ballerina’s pearly tutu, like a white rose bud, furls and unfurls. Scarlet lips — red swordtails — blaze among blurry water patterns. Dancing layers of mermaid-length hair and diaphanous fabric make water and light tremble and break proportions. Figures become unrecognizable. In return for their identity, water renders them lighter than air, making them fascinating in their peculiarity.
On your next visit at SAQ, you'll probably see some colourful characters on Romeo's Gin + Tonic cans. Introducing Ludo Fox and Frankie, created by Montreal urban artist Antoine Tava, they're will be your new favourite summer drink!
Yes, you're right: these surreal sculptures do look like they've been carved from stone or moulded from some kind of plaster. But incredibly, they've all been sculpted from wood alone. They're the creation of Willy Verginer, a 60-year-old Italian artist who lives and works in Ortisei BZ, South Tyrol, and whose works are located in numerous private and public collections, both Italian and international.
The latest series "Figure Painting" by Toronto based artist Baraba Cole received an Honorable Mention award at the Tokyo Internation Foto Awards 2017. Congratulations!
The series "Falling Through Time" by Barbara Cole got an honorable mention award at the LICC 2017 (London International Creative Competiton). Congratulations!
A multitude of artists from modernism to present day were, and still are, interested in representing intimacy, a peculiar human activity related to sexuality. Without a doubt, such an art was an effect of the artist’s fascination with one’s body (or their own), but it also served as a critical reflection of certain social and political phenomenon.
Nevertheless, regardless of any particular discourse, the young Russian painter Ivan Alifan produces authentic and quite uncanny works centered on the human body and in general the topic of intimacy. From a completely new perspective, the artist examines the very notion of what desire is by rethinking and reshaping primarily the traditional genre of classical portrayal.
Quebecer and Italian, Antoine Tavaglione likes to integrate his origins into his pop culture-inspired works. After studying animation cinema and working in a creative agency, the artist left the quietness of his office work to dedicate himself to his studio and mural production. His very first exhibition in 2011 already drew attention on his unique style: symbols with sticky and dripping cartoony characters. This metaphor of the dictatorship that brought him to find his own graphic identity is however far from being a recurring theme. Antoine Tava makes no secret of his insatiable fondness for both Italian and American pop culture. He multiplies references to the heroes of his childhood and adolescence with a blend of humor, satire and tribute. From Dubai to New York through Barcelona and Soa Paulo, his work has already been around.
Willingly staying anonymous, Stikki Peaches pictures masked superheroes or overexposed fashion and movie icons that fascinated him as a child. Their faces are his playground. The Montreal-based artist gathers and superposes layers of paper, old magazines, comics, fabrics, reclaimed objects, then writes, spray-paints, tattoos and little by little transforms their irreproachable physique to convey his messages. He leaves his wheatpastes on the walls of Canadian, American and European cities. If you stumble upon one, do feast your eyes on it as his street works are all original pieces.
Born and raised in Spain, Javier Martin is a multidisciplinary artist who has travelled, lived and worked in various countries, from Europe, South Korea, Hong Kong, to the United States. For over a decade, he has been developing his most iconic series of artworks, “Blindness”. In this series, with painting and collage, he reproduces images of seemingly perfect models, symbols of a standard of beauty that most people desire
He is not like most other artists. Hell, he is not like most other people. He is a fast emerging Montreal artist, but he refuses to use his real name. He goes under the curious pseudonym of Stikki Peaches.
ARTICLE IN FRENCH | Autrefois perçu comme une « pollution visuelle », le street art est aujourd’hui porté aux nues, coté dans les enchères d’art et commandité de toutes parts. Dans la foulée, Montréal, où se tient depuis jeudi la cinquième édition du festival Mural, s’est taillé une place enviable dans le milieu mondial des arts de la rue et du graffiti.
The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present the first, retrospective solo museum exhibition of sculptor Paul Villinski, (American, born 1960), known for his site-specific installations and transformative use of found materials. Paul Villinski: Farther will survey developments in Villinski's practice over the past decade, as well as publicly debut multiple new works. Paul Villinski's installations engage with subjects; both sublime and neglected. Influenced by a life-long concern for environmental issues, his work transforms seemingly discarded materials - often found on the streets of New York City - into uplifting and humanizing works of art. Flocks of aluminum-can butterflies, wings feathered with lost gloves, and fantastical flying machines evoke motifs of flight, metamorphosis and rebirth.
Galerie LeRoyer is exibiting Stikki Peaches & Tim Conlon at the 3rd edition of FAM - The Mural Art Fair will be taking place at Marché Bonsecours, a venue acknowledged as one of Canada’s top ten finest heritage buildings that is today a true emblem of Montreal. Presenting 18 exhibitors, FAM will be showcasing more than 100 urban and contemporary artworks from local and international artists.
After 23 years, Galerie Saint-Dizier is merging with Galerie LeRoyer, Brian Brisson founder of both galleries as taken this action to enabled Galerie LeRoyer to double the exhibition space afforded to its artists, focus on its vision and gain a permanent space dedicated to exhibitions, vernissages and events.
FENDI's Spring/Summer 2017 window installation feature new bespoke artwork by contemporary German artist Anke Eilergerhard. Countless pastel colored silicone swirls recall dollops of whipped cream, towering in precarious piles of fine floral porcelain. The French-inspired opulence of the collection continues into the sculptures, connecting the worlds of fashion and art through the lens of humanity's notions of beauty.
Every year CHEAP organizes a Street Poster Art Festival divided in two main components: pieces by guest artists and an open call for artists. CHEAP selects guest artists to create site-specific work articulated throughout Bologna’s urban and suburban landscape.
Since 2010, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation have provided emerging artists with an international platform to showcase their work. The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series is a search to discover this year’s next big name in visual arts. Thousands will submit their artwork online and selected artists will be rewarded with a platform to share their artistry with curators, collectors, and art enthusiasts around the world.
Fifteen years after taking Time Magazine's 9/11 cover photo, Calgary-born photographer Lyle Owerko continues to choose light over darkness.
ARTICLE IN FRENCH | Le sculpteur Éric Lapointe pratique l'anamorphose. Cet art de haute voltige consiste à créer des formes en apparence chaotiques mais qui, lorsqu'examinées d'un certain angle, retrouvent leur sens. Étonnant! La Fabrique culturelle retrouvé le créateur à l'église de Deschambault. Il raconte commenter deux anges de bois fabriqués par Louis Jobin en 1815 ont dû être enlevés de leur socle extérieur à l'entrée du cimetière. Pour les remplacer, Lapointe a proposé deux autres anges fabriqués selon le principe de l'anamorphose. Et il en va ainsi de sa production de pièces et de sculptures uniques. À découvrir.
A Conversation between Antoine TAVA and Estelle Gervais from The Fine Print Magazine.
Galerie LeRoyer is pleased to announce its participation to Scope NYC 2015. From March 6th to 8th, 2015. VIP Opening on the 6th at 2 PM.
We've just received Barbara Cole's new book!
VIDEO IN FRENCH | Rebecca Makonnen meets with artist Stikki Peaches for Formule Diaz tv Show, on Télé-Québec.
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ARTICLE IN FRENCH | D'abord sculpteur dans les années 70, le Vancouverois d'adoption Andre Petterson est devenu un adepte des collages, de la peinture et de la photographie, avant d'embrasser une technique mixte qui donne d'heureux résultats.
Galerie LeRoyer is pleased to announce its participation to the first edition of Context Art Mimia, from December 5th to 9th 2012.
Galerie LeRoyer is attending Art Toronto 2012, from October 26th to 29th 2012