Canadian Art News Roundup–May

Vancouver Spring Art Sale

Two paintings that have hung in the halls of the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and were purchased directly from the artist in 1955 for between $300 to $350 each, netted just shy of $2 million in Vancouver at the Heffel Auction House. The two E.J. Hughes paintings were Coastal Boats Near Sidney, BC and Mouth of the Courtenay River.

Another of Riopelle's paintings-- Soufle D'oies












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Claude Theberge’s Brilliant Color Paintings

A Moment of Tenderness















Born in 1934 in Edmunston, New Brunswick, Claude Théberge was raised in Témiscouata and graduated from Quebec City’s École des Beaux-Arts. With the help of scholarships given to him by the Canada Arts Council and the Quebec government, he attended the best French art and design institutions while dividing his time between Montreal and Paris where he studied art and explored abstraction and hyper-realism. Continue reading

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Vinyl Wall Art Quickly Transforms your Space

Vinyl wall art decals give you an easy way to change the look of any room quickly, and as often as you like. Bedrooms, living rooms, offices, even kitchens and bathrooms can take on a completely new look when the focus is changed.

Japanese Maple Tree








Here at artGalore, we have decided to carry both types of vinyl wall art. With small differences, both types are safe for your walls, simple to apply, and can really spiff up a room in no time! The first type is meant for re-use, and can be repositioned elsewhere, and used a couple of times on different surfaces. The second type is made for more of a permanent application. It can easily be removed, but in doing so, the letters and graphics will be stretched out and not suitable for using again.

We have many different types of designer decals that simply stick to the wall and can be used and re-used again and again. Our site has lots of colorful decals to make your child’s room a place they will love going to each night. Included in this group are: dinosaurs, trucks, flowers, and rainbows among others. For living and dining areas, there are animals, plants, trees, flowers, and landscapes of fabulous cities that can instantly transform your space; even great faux windows looking out over New York City or Paris. Redecorating is a breeze with vinyl wall art, and simply changing the wall color and replacing the vinyl is easy, too.

Dinosaur vinyl wall art










If you have a favorite quote or song lyrics, you might want to design a vinyl wall saying to update and personalize your walls. These are printed on sturdy vinyl, cut out, and backed with adhesive so that they are easily smoothed on flat wall surfaces, glass, or even on a vehicle. With the strong bond to the surface, these will last several years.

Vinyl wall art won’t hurt your walls—it goes on easy, and comes off easily as well, as long as it is only applied to recommended surfaces. Do not use vinyl wall art on stucco, concrete, brick, or surfaces that are painted with sand or sueded paints.

Cinderella vinyl wall art

Customized wall art is available, as are business logos. You simply upload a copy of the graphic you want, and it can be printed on vinyl for you. Customized vinyl lettering is also available, and you can set it up in different fonts, different colors and sizes, as well as different vinyl colors.

Use this new alternative vinyl wall art to freshen up the décor in your home in no time. It doesn’t take any special skills or painting techniques to make your interiors pop!




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Canada’s own Group of Seven

The Group of Seven were famous Canadian landscape painters who associated quite closely in the 1920s. They are most famous for their paintings of remote areas of the Canadian landscape, and their influences came initially from the Impressionists in Paris during the late 19th century.

Falls, Montreal River by JEH MacDonald

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What is Neo-Impressionism?

Neo-impressionism refers to a technique where the painting color pigments are not mixed together on the paint palette or on the canvas. Instead, these pigments were placed side by side as small dots, and only in the observer’s eye the mixing of colors seems to have taken place. It was a very new and original, as well as controversial, style of painting led by Georges Seurat. (I cannot help but think of the mega-pixels in today’s modern digital cameras—a series of dots placed side by side, when viewed as a whole give us a vibrant and detailed picture.)

In the Garden, Camille Pissarro

This avant-garde movement began in France in 1886 and lasted just until 1906 during a transitional period in the history of painting and art. However, Neo-Impressionism in the whole influenced how 20th century painting evolved.

The Neo-Impressionists renounced Impressionism’s random techniques, preferring instead measured techniques grounded in optics and science. Several writers of the time had published treatises about color theory, and this encouraged the Neo-Impressionist’s belief that their painting style created a more vibrant color in the viewer’s eye than the traditional mixing on the palette could. This ‘optical mixture’ was felt to create shimmers of light on their canvasses. During this time, the separation of color by use of individual strokes of paint pigment became known as Divisionism, and the application of precise dots of paint became named Pointillism.

Georges Seurat was the champion of the movement, opting for the more precise and scientific painting method, rather than the Impressionist’s realism. He and fellow artists Paul Signac and Camille Pissarro preferred the term ‘chroma-luminarism’ which denotes their interest in intensifying both the color and the light in their paintings.

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, c.1886

Georges Seurat’s first large painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, which measured 81 X 120 inches and was completed in 1886, is considered as Divisionism’s founding masterpiece. Neo-Impressionists were first exhibited at the last Impressionist Exhibition in 1886. Camille Pissarro introduced and basically foisted Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, and their ideas about painting, on the likes of Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir. This new style of painting created international buzz very quickly, though it would be short-lived.

The year 1886 was a major turning point in the art world, as it saw not only the birth of Neo-Impressionism, but also the Symbolist movement that questioned the principle of Realism and was championed by Paul Gauguin. Because the Impressionists were finally recognized in France, and also internationally acknowledged and touted as genius because of a successful exhibition in New York City, they no longer felt the need for their annual exhibitions and prolific art creation.

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News from around the Art World

Smithsonian finds color photos of ’06 ‘Quake: A volunteer at the Smithsonian Institution has uncovered what is believed to be the first, and likely the only, color photos of the city of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and massive fire that all but leveled the city.

San Francisco October 6, 1906 after earthquake and fire

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R.H. van Rijn (AKA Rembrandt)

Dutch Renaissance Master painter Rembrandt van Rijn was born July 15, 1606. Widely revered as one of the greatest painters in world history, he was definitely the most significant Dutch painter of all time. Rembrandt created his art during a historical period called the Dutch Golden Age. He achieved his initial success as a portrait painter as a youth, and his paintings and etchings remained popular throughout his life. He also was a master teacher for many other important painters of the time for more than 20 years.

Rembrandt Self-portrait c. 1659

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Canadian “Asian Fusion” Artist Don Li-Leger

Garden Delights I

Canadian artist Don Li-Leger was born in North Vancouver, BC in 1948 and raised in the area while displaying a keen interest in nature and art. He has painted since he was a child, focusing on natural elements within his surroundings. He studied throughout the 1970s at the Banff Centre, and the Vancouver School of Fine Art. He also studied plant ecology at the Simon Fraser University. His studies in natural science and art in the 1970s drew him to India and Asia because of the philosophical, gardening, and art traditions. In his early works, he built a reputation as realist, print maker, and nature painter. Continue reading

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Canvas Transfers are Easy and Elegant

Canvas Transfer with a Black Floater Frame

Canvas transfers are a beautiful way to turn snapshots, posters, and art prints into elegant stretched canvas artwork that mimics original oil paintings. Adorn your walls with these beautiful pieces of art and transform your home. Canvas transfers preserve your artwork and give it added durability, while preventing fading and water damage at the same time. Continue reading

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Impressionist Art

The 19th-century saw an art movement that started in Paris and took the world by storm. Impressionist paintings are characterized by small and thin brush strokes, unusual angles, and the accurate capture of light as it changed and depicted time passing. Ordinary subjects, like

Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet

landscapes, people, or objects were often painted in this new and not so ordinary way. Continue reading

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