Flow: Works from the Permanent Collection

Val Nelson, Rush Hour 2 (2014), oil on canvas, 122 cm x 152 cm. Collection of Surrey Art Gallery, gift of the artist.

See paintings, sculptures, and ceramics from our Permanent Collection that “flow” in different ways.

Our world is marked by the ever-present movement of peoples, products, and ideas over vast distances and at rapid speeds. These movements and transmissions dictate the limits of life, the energetic potential of nature, the dynamics of economies, and the transformative potential of society and individuals.

Our world is marked by the ever-present movement of peoples, products, and ideas over vast distances and at rapid speeds. These movements and transmissions dictate the limits of life, the energetic potential of nature, the dynamics of economies, and the transformative potential of society and individuals.

Sara Graham, Thornton Rail Yard, Surrey #4 (2015), mixed papers and silicone glue.

Drawing from Surrey Art Gallery’s permanent collection, the over two dozen artworks presented address numerous themes, including transnational migration, the circulation of information and data, the force of waterways and weather systems, the physical movement of human bodies, and the transportation of materials and products to market by rail or by foot.

Some works, like Val Nelson’s painting Rush Hour 2 (2014), draw attention to the flow of people in our cities. In particular, Nelson’s work examines the relationship between the congestion of our roadways with our culture’s enthusiasm for grand detached homes and single-occupancy vehicles. Delving more into the movement of goods, Sara Graham’s Thornton Railyard, Surrey, BC (2015) uses miniature filigreed collage techniques to depict the contours and history of movement of one of British Columbia’s largest rail yards.

Brendan Tang, Manga Ormolu Version 4.1-a (2009), ceramic clay and mixed media.

Soheila Esfahani’s The Immigrants: Homage to F.H. Varley (2015) reimagines a classic image of new immigrants arriving in Canada as seen in Varley’s c.1922 painting with found blue and white porcelain plates and custom ceramic decals. Brendan Lee Satish Tang’s brightly coloured clay vessel Manga Ormolu Version 4.1-a (2009) combines stylistic elements from Ming Dynasty era ceramics with techno-pop robotic elements reminiscent of Japanese anime, manga, toys, and video games. Out of Tang’s vessel gushes a black pumice-like ectoplasm meant to evoke both nineteenth-century spiritualism and twentieth-century science fiction. The potential for gushing black liquid of another sort is seen in Edward Burtynsky’s large-scale photographs showing shiny steel liquid natural gas pipelines zig-zagging across British Columbian landscapes.

The wide variety of images and objects make visible some of the most central conflicts and issue of our time.

The opening reception is the evening of April 14th.
We hope that you will be able to join us for the opening and post-opening gathering later that same evening.

Exhibition Details
Location: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Ave
Price: Free
Date: Apr 14, 2018 – Jun 10, 2018
Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 9pm
Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 12-5pm
Closed Mondays and holidays

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Treat yourself to a painting class: 2018 Open Studio with Val

Make a date with your painting practise! This is a great way to get your process moving forward, by committing to six 3-hour once-per-week painting sessions. With Val’s helpful tutelage, tackle technical and conceptual concerns in the company of like-minded painters. You will work on a personal project during the class–bring a project to completion (very empowering!) or begin something new.  Each session will begin with a drawing warm-up exercise in your sketchbook. Arrive early to set up (2pm and later) so you can make the most of your time!

I will have room for only 5 students, so don’t delay 🙂 I look forward to seeing you soon!

OPEN STUDIO PAINTING WORKSHOP Feb/March 2018

Six Friday afternoons: 2:30-5:30pm

Dates: Feb 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23

Location: Val Nelson Studio, 1000 Parker Street, #322b

Pre-requisite: This is not a beginners’ class. Some painting experience recommended. Oil or acrylic.

Tuition: $350 includes GST

To Register: $75 deposit secures your spot. E-transfer, cheque, or hand-delivered cash all acceptable. Send to val@valnelson.ca

Cancellation policy: Please note that one weeks’ notice is required for cancellation with full refund of deposit. No refund for last-minute cancellations unless I can fill your spot.

Questions?: To determine if this class is for you, send me an email or call me: val@valnelson.ca   778-865-2650

 

 

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New Drawings

Lux 2, 7 x 7 inches, white painted wood frame, 8-ply mat, $695

Are you thinking that you would like a drawing to brighten your space? Between some of my larger paintings, I like to put my attention towards drawings. Please contact me for a private art viewing, or to put aside a piece for you.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ALL THE DRAWINGS 🙂

Thank you so much!

xoVal

val@valnelson.ca    778-865-2650

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You’re invited: EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL 2017 Thursday, Nov 16-Sunday Nov 19

It’s that time of year again! I look forward to sharing with you some recent work in my studio at the Eastside Culture Crawl, where I’ll be showing gestural line drawings and paintings of baroque interiors, as well as intimate Paris portrait drawings and self-portraits.

You can view Available Work here.

I’m excited that my new book, Song for a Tired Businessman, will be for sale.

 

And once again I’ll be taking donations for my Optimistic Pursuits pencils, 100% proceeds to Recovery Through Art Society .

I hope to see you there!

FESTIVAL HOURS

Thursday, November 16
5 pm – 10 pm

Friday, November 17
5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday, November 18
11 am – 6 pm

Sunday, November 19
11 am – 6 pm

STUDIO LOCATION: #322b-1000 Parker Street

ENQUIRIES: val@valnelson.ca  778-865-2650

xoxVal

 

 

 

 

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EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL 2017

Visit Val in her studio: #322b-1000 Parker St, Vancouver, BC
Thursday, November 16/Friday, November 17:  5-10pm        Saturday, November 18/Sunday, November 19: 11am-6pm

 

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“Art-making Magic”: Contemporary Art Bus Tour from Surrey to View Vancouver Studios

    Photo credit: Michael Cox

Six-hour trip on Nov. 8 will be led by Surrey Art Gallery staff

SURREY — A tour bus organized by Surrey Art Gallery is headed to Vancouver to visit studios where “artmaking magic happens,” on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

The six-hour daytime Contemporary Art Bus Tour, led by SAG curator Jordan Strom and curatorial researcher Rhys Edwards, will make stops at six studios on Vancouver’s Eastside, including those operated by artists Lyse Lemieux, Elizabeth McIntosh, Ian Wallace, Tiko Kerr, Val Nelson and Judson Beaumont.

“This is a fabulous, up-close opportunity to talk to several critically acclaimed artists about how they make art and organize their studios to facilitate their creative process,” notes a post on the city’s website.

“On this tour, you’ll experience a real diversity of art mediums, styles, and studios while getting to know some prominent Vancouver artists.”

The fee is $39 for the tour, designed for those aged 16 and up. Tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is presented by Surrey Art Gallery in partnership with Surrey Art Gallery Association, or SAGA, a non-profit society.

More event details can be found at surrey.ca/artgallery, or call 604-501-5566.

-Tom Zillich, Surrey Now Leader

https://www.surreynowleader.com/entertainment/bus-tour-from-surrey-to-view-artmaking-magic-at-vancouver-studios/

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Some Portraits

I’ve been researching portraiture, including a series of painted and drawn self-portraits, and also some drawn portrait studies I made in Paris of people I met there this past Spring. All but one of these were painted from life.

Self-portrait with headphones, oil on paper, 15 x 11 inches

Self-portrait with big neck, oil on paper, 15 x 11 inches

Self-portrait as Kokoschka, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Self-portrait as a Dutchwoman, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Mute, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Self-portrait painting, oil on canvas and oil on paper diptych, approx dimensions: 10 x 10 and 11 x 15 inches

 

Self-portrait in electric light, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Self-portrait with broken clavicle, approx dimensions 11 x 11 inches, graphite and pencil crayon on paper

Self-portrait in springtime, oil on paper, 8 x 10 inches

Pauline, Paris, graphite pencil in Moleskine sketch book, 8.25 x 10.25 inches

 

 

Michelle, Paris, graphite pencil in Moleskine sketch book, 8.25 x 5 inches

Melissa, Paris, graphite pencil in Moleskine sketch book, 8.25 x 5 inches

 

Julien, Paris (detail), graphite pencil in Moleskine sketch book, 8.25 x 5 inches

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Toronto Star article

A lovely article about some very nice peeps who collect my work in the Toronto area.. Below is their country house, with my art hanging in the dining room–thank you Toronto Star!

Cobourg-area farm transformed into family’s getaway

photo credit: Toronto Star

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CRAFTSY Online Painting Class

For those of you who enjoy my paintings and also like painting yourselves,  you might like an inside view of how I make them! Here’s a link for 25% off on my CRAFTSY online class: Loosen Up! Techniques for the Painterly Approach. Lots of tips on brushwork, composition, and some pointers on colour mixing. Enjoy!

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Palace of the Mind: EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL Nov 17-20

Come visit my studio during the Crawl and see my current collection of paintings and prints–– Optimistic Pursuits: Palace of the Mind. 10% of sales benefit Vancouver Recovery Through Art Society.

Nov 17 & 18: 5-10pm

Nov 20-21: 10am-6pm

#322b-1000 Parker Street, East Vancouver

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Little Theatre of the Mind, 11 x 15 inches, drypoint print, Invitational Group Show at Fine Art Framing #100-1000 Parker Street

My paintings and drawings of baroque and rococo interiors invite the viewer to surrender to spaces of seductive old-world opulence and beauty. Sometimes serene and restful, sometimes “crashed” together with mysterious juxtapositions such as urban traffic jams, they suggest the interior life of the human imagination, in its limitless capacity to transform reality.

Intimate drawings of Paris rooftops and historic European interiors in warm magentas and ochres appeal to the dreamer as a place of refuge, distant from the cares of the world. As these tend to sell quickly, please let me know you’re interested in them! I’m going to Paris in Spring of 2017 and  taking requests for drawings that I make from that trip.  I’m also planning a pop-up exhibition based on myresearch there.

Look for the magic Optimistic Pursuits drawing pencil! (by donation, 100% to VRTS)

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I’m thrilled to support this wonderful initiative whose front line is The Art Studios, providing art classes, workshops, psycho-educational groups, and studio time for people struggling with mental health and addictions issues. It is an incredible space, both in regards to the dedicated and patient staff that work tirelessly to help make the studio run and to the talented artists that come to utilize the space. Most significant is the honesty, comfort, and candidness that the members so freely share in regards to having mental health and addictions issues. Many clients are quick to attribute massive changes and benefits in their lives to the program and the community that it has created.

Mark your calendar also for November 24th at Heritage Hall from 12-8pm: The Art Studios Winter Art Sale. Proceeds from the artwork sold will go to the artists themselves and to the members’ fund, in addition to the money raised from donations, the silent auction and raffle. Don’t miss the opportunity to see an amazing and varied array of artworks set to the backdrop of live music, and, more importantly, come and show encouragement and support to talented people healing themselves through art, while trying to help others do the same.

 

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