Masters of Abstraction / Newzones Now + John Barkley

Opening This Saturday : October 26 – November 23 Opening Reception Saturday, Oct 26, 1-4 pm
Newzones is pleased to announce the group exhibit, Masters of Abstraction / Newzones Now.

This exhibition will feature selected works from acclaimed abstract artists Jack Bush (1909-1977), William Perehudoff (1918-2013), Gershon Iskowitz (1921-1988), and senior artists Charles Arnoldi (b. 1946), and Ron Shuebrook (b. 1943). Along-side the works of these Modern and senior artists, Newzones will be presenting the next generation of abstract talent including Michael Batty, Shayne Dark, Jonathan Forrest, Bradley Harms and Marie Lannoo. This juxtaposition forges a dialogue between the modernist voice of abstraction and abstraction today.

A visual language of form and colour, Abstraction has been explored fervently by artists world-wide for the past two centuries. Each of these Newzones Masters have established themselves on top in the abstract world with unique approaches to style and technique.

Abstraction is wide-spread across Canada. In the late 1950’s William Perehudoff (Saskatoon) was influenced by his friend Jack Bush (Toronto). As they entered the 1960’s, art critic Clement Greenberg (New York) glamorized the Prairies and welcomed all artists to remote Canada to enjoy our beautiful landscape. The foundation of Abstraction in Canada was created with line form and color!

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This body of work reflects a shift back to a more intuitive process of art making in which the artist attempts to reach into his/ her depths, or what is referred to as the psyche, the unconscious, the ground, or the source. The work emerges from a dialogue of equality in which the canvas responds to the artist’s marks and in turn the artist acts. Here the painter is attempting not only to resolve formal relationships but dredge up revelatory symbolic content or archetypal content. In the words of Paul Tillich, "to express that which is of ultimate concern".

Barkley’s work connects to a range of Canadian artistic traditions. Writers have noted the influence of the Canadian landscape artist Tom Thomson and Group of Seven while also recognizing the Automatiste influence of Borduas and Riopelle in surface application and process method. John Barkley has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally and is included in numerous corporate and private collections.

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