Islanders invited to view the Provincial Art Bank
To celebrate the Art Bank’s 40th anniversary, the provincial government is purchasing new works of art and inviting the public to view the Provincial Art Bank collection.
The Art Bank acquires, loans out, and displays works by professional Island artists for public spaces.
There are 14 new acquisitions being added this year, including work by Heather Millar, Damien Worth and Sandy Kowalik. The new pieces were selected by a peer-review jury from 67 submissions.
At the 40 year celebration at the Shaw Buildings on March 8th at 5:30 pm, visitors can view the 14 new works and take part in guided tours of the buildings where other pieces are on display. The tours will be led by Confederation Centre Art Gallery staff Kevin Rice and Kate Sharpley.
“For 40 years, the Art Bank has supported Island artists and acquired many significant pieces,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown. “On this major milestone, we are inviting Islanders in to our public buildings to view the Art Bank pieces and to encourage them to purchase Island art for display in their own businesses and organizations.”
The provincial art bank was established in 1979 to encourage the celebration of, and public interaction with, PEI’s artistic excellence.
There are now 229 pieces in the collection which is housed in Access PEI sites, the provincial government complex and public libraries.
Minister Brown said government is committed through the provincial Cultural Action Plan to renewing annual investments in the Art Bank, and to having more work displayed in public spaces. “By encouraging more people to view the art at events this year, we hope to encourage Islanders to purchase work from Island artists and share it with the public.”
The provincial government doubled its annual investment in the Art Bank during the past two years, and has invested $40,000 in the last 12 months in the acquisition of visual art by Island artists.
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Here are the 14 pieces added to the Provincial Art Bank this year.
Artist Name: Heather Millar
Title of Work: Goldie
Medium: Oil on canvas
Description: The painting of "Goldie" essentially represents every goldfish the artist had as a child. The goal with all her work is to present the viewer with a bare representation of subject matter devoid of background so the viewer is not distracted by superfluous details. In doing this, she feels that the subject matter has been elevated from mere object or form to something that commands reverence.
Artist Name: Damien Worth
Title of Work: Archive
Medium: Mixed media on canvas
Description: This diptych uses an abstract landscape to represent psychological modes of organization and classification. Concerned with how we compartmentalize ideas and memories of significance, this work's maze-of-glass architecture stands as metaphor for 'procedures of thought'.
Artist Name: Eun-Mee Yang
Title of Work: Fracture
Medium: Mixed media on canvas
Description: One cannot help but be impressed by the forces of nature and how these forces affect nature itself, and ourselves within it. In a painting such as 'FRACTURE' the artist tries to give form and painted structure to that which has been shattered or decomposed. The world we live in is subject to such forces and her painting seeks to find a way to live with them.
Artist Name: Stephen MacInnis
Title of Work: Summer Days by the Pond
Medium: Watercolor on paper
Description: In the past two years, after several years focused on abstraction and long series of mixed media paintings, the artist has returned to painting figurative, narrative paintings in watercolors. While these are watercolor paintings on paper, his technique is focused on fine graphic patterns and vibrant colors. Images and symbols are drawn from the local PEI landscape and the full range of art history to tell enigmatic, absurd, and often funny stories about the human condition featuring androgynous characters.“Summer Days by the Pond” draws on the Classical myth of Narcissus to reflect on contemporary traps of self-obsession and self-representation.
Artist Name: Keri Locheed
Title of Work: Vessels
Medium: Slip cast porcelain
Description: Vessels is a composition of sculptural forms that are inspired by the intricate visual language for handheld objects that contain liquid. Such objects permeate many aspects of daily life in Canada and elsewhere. A vessel is understood through its physical properties, within a cultural context. There are 8 slip-cast porcelain sculptures. Clay models were hand built and used to create plaster molds. Porcelain slip was hand-mixed and poured into each plaster mold to cast 6 different porcelain models. The process of casting models from the plaster molds was repeated 8 times. For each sculpture, 6 slip-cast models were assembled and fused together using additional slip, and decorated using a combination of painted underglaze and graffito techniques.
Artist Name: Monica MacDonald
Title of Work: We Played in These Fields
Medium: Acrylic/collage mixed media
Description: “We Played in These Fields” is part of the artist’s current series of work that is rooted in her deep connection with the landscape of Prince Edward Island. She has returned to landscape for inspiration and finds the work moving further toward abstraction as she attempts to capture the energy, spirit and essence of the subject matter.
Her art is a celebration of the world around her - the landscape, the weather, the everyday fabric of life. Lively brushwork, multiple layers and vibrant joyful colors are common elements in her paintings.
Artist Name: Greg Garand
Title of Work: Burlington Farm
Medium: Oil on canvas
Description: Burlington Farm is a view of Jim Evan’s beef farm located at the intersection of Irish Town and Prince County Line roads. This studio piece was painted over the course of the fall of 2018 and is subsequently a very layered and textured piece.
Artist Name: Donald Andrus
Title of Work: Aurora Stitched
Medium: Spray paint, fresco slip
Description: This painting is part of a new series of paintings begun in late 2017. They each deal with a surprising interventional form placed within the context of an apparently placid atmospheric "skyscape." The attempt the artist makes in a painting such as this one is to reconcile completely unrelated visual experiences within the same field of vision. He generally works with a mixture of mediums, in this case lacquer spray paint, gel pens and a thin slip of fresco (plaster, powdered pigment and acrylic medium) on canvas.
Artist Name: Jessica Sheppard
Title of Work: MacMillan Point
Medium: Oil on wood panel
This little painting was inspired from a place called MacMillan's Point near Brackley Beach in Prince Edward Island. It is made of oil paint on a 12x12" wooden panel that is 1.5" in depth. The edges of the panel have been left untouched, showing a light wood grain.
Artist Name: Ben Stahl
Title of Work: Orwell Cove Dusk
Description: This is inspired by the ever-changing mood of P.E.I. landscape. All one has to do to see it is to sit by the waterfront and watch the parade of clouds changing the light to get the feeling the artist is expressing.
Artist Name: Anna Karpinski
Title of Work: Portage Old Rail Trail
Medium: Archival inkjet photograph
Description: Portage Old Rail Trail is a photograph she created as a continuation and homage to the work of Lionel Stevenson. In Lionel's book of images titled 'The Island', he writes, "Sometimes it's hard to stay awake, everything is so familiar. I'd just become part of it and not look anymore, if I didn't work to stay awake and aware." Once we are awake and become aware, a need arises to merge with what we have deeply noticed.
Artist Name: Sandy Kowalik
Title of Work: Still Waiting
Medium: Raku-fired terra cotta
Description: "Still Waiting" is a sculpted head and neck, created as part of "The Listening Series". Influenced by the strong abstracted forms of primitive sculpture, this series examines the present day focus on people telling their stories and expecting to be heard. (Is anyone listening?) Modelled from terra cotta and using the ancient method of raku firing, "Still Waiting" incorporates the basic elements of earth, fire, air and water.
Artist Name: Deborah Brady
Title of Work: Fortune Oyster Art 4470
Description: A collection of one-of-a-kind photographic fine art pieces. Each piece reveals a miniature Island landscape hidden on the inside of a weathered oyster shell. The viewer is engaged by the experience of seeing something new in something that is so familiar. Using macro lens and extension tubes, she assess each one for interesting shapes, texture and colors. In addition to knowing the ‘birthplace’ of the shell in the Oyster Art piece, she provides a perspective—a photo of the entire shell positioned next to a ruler and a rectangle outlining the small section that was photographed for the art piece. The result is a unique piece of Island art with a unique story that prompts memories of our shores.
Artist Name: Deborah Brady
Title of Work: St Chrysostome Oyster Art 0523
A collection of one-of-a-kind photographic fine art pieces. Each piece reveals a miniature Island landscape hidden on the inside of a weathered oyster shell. The viewer is engaged by the experience of seeing something new in something that is so familiar. Using macro lens and extension tubes, she assess each one for interesting shapes, texture and colors. In addition to knowing the ‘birthplace’ of the shell in the Oyster Art piece, she provides a perspective—a photo of the entire shell positioned next to a ruler and a rectangle outlining the small section that was photographed for the art piece. The result is a unique piece of Island art with a unique story that prompts memories of our shores.