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Masters Gallery Ltd.  Dealers in Fine Canadian Art since 1976. The art of collecting quality.

“In art, nothing matters but the object one creates with his hands. Art dominates words about art.” - Claude A. Simard
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(Claude A. Simard, RCA, “Green House” 2001, acrylic on canvas, 30x36 in.)

Painters Eleven member, Hortense Gordon, was well into her artistic career when she moved away from figurative work to fully embrace abstraction by the end of the 1930s. Through this period, she found influence in French Cubism and studied under Hans Hoffman. “Figure in Solution” is a work from Gordon’s late career with powerful colour harmony, angular form and linear structure, making for an engaging and dynamic composition.
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(Hortense Gordon, “Figure in Solution” 1956, oil on canvas, 20x15 in.)

On Tuesday evening, Masters Gallery President, Ryan Green, spoke on the life and art of Nicholas de Grandmaison to a crowd of almost 200 at Calgary’s spectacular New Central Library. The building was recognized by the New York Times as one of the top places in the world to visit in 2019 and it was an honour to be part of its incredible forward-thinking and community-minded programs and services.
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(Photo of the library interior from AvenueCalgary.ca)

Inspired by the classic Etta James song, “At Last”, this romantic Amy Dryer painting was a commissioned wedding gift for a very lucky couple.
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(Amy Dryer, “At Last...The Stars Above Are Blue” 2018, oil on canvas, 20x16 in.)

The en plein air oil sketch is synonymous with Tom Thomson. Even Lawren Harris admitted later in his career, “I’ll never be as good as Tom.” In just five years (1912-1917) Thomson produced an unprecedented body of work which changed the perception and practice of art in Canada. In this work recently sold by Masters Gallery, “Canoe Lake Autumn Tapestry”, the vitality, directness and sheer beauty of a revolutionary vision can be seen. He would go on to make a larger canvas of this sketch now in the collection of @natgallerycan .
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(Tom Thomson, “Canoe Lake, Autumn Tapestry” 1915, oil on wood, 9.5x10.5 in.)

“Different artists or personalities lead to different styles. I am not primarily a realist. A lot of people think that when you are doing a realist painting, there’s no abstraction. In fact, it’s all abstraction. I paint the light, not the objects.” -Andrew Valko
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(Andrew Valko, RCA, “Highway Kiss” 2001, silkscreen, AP, 13.5x13 in.)

William Perehudoff’s work took notable influence from the flat, linear qualities of the vast Saskatchewan prairies. “Nani no. 13” is a minimal abstract that employs vivid colour, linear structure and a command of negative space to create a powerful composition.
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(William Perehudoff, RCA, “Nani no. 13” 1969, acrylic on canvas, 64x77 in.)

Janet Mitchell’s colourful palette and stylized forms make for wonderfully playful compositions. “Moonbirds Fly Overhead” is a vivid street scene, rich with energy and whimsy. .
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(Janet Mitchell, RCA, “Moon Birds Fly Overhead” 1993, oil on canvas, 36x40 in.)

Danielle Lanteigne makes use of line, geometric shape and playful perspective to abstract everyday objects in her still life works. “Oranges et ses feuilles” is delightfully energetic with strong contrast and rich texture.
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(Danielle Lanteigne, “Oranges et ses feuilles” acrylic on canvas, 20x20 in.)

Philip Surrey was an important leader in expanding Canadian landscape painting to the urban realm. Surrey’s vibrantly coloured “Carré, St. Louis” is a candid capture of the streets and people of late night Montreal.
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(Philip Surrey, RCA, “Carré, St. Louis” oil on board, 11x8 in.)

Celebrated worldwide, William McElcheran’s busy, portly bronze figures are a lighthearted satire of the structures that guide the corporate world.
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(William McElcheran, “Untitled (Five Businessmen)” 1978, bronze, ed. 4 of 6, 14x19x13 in.)

Cameron Douglas’s delightful bronze sculpture, “Taking Flight”, is an elegantly simple reflection on the act of embarking on a new adventure.
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(Cameron Douglas, “Taking Flight” bronze, ed. 6 of 12, 15x19x17 in.)

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