Modernism dominated craft and design in Canada from the 1940’s to the 1970’s. This exhibition explores the modernist viewpoints held by Canada’s most prominent designers and craft artists working in this period.
Indian and Persian miniature paintings and calligraphy provide an excellent opportunity for the study of the variety and excellence of artistic expression within the limitations of a surface the size of a book page.
Thursday, September 15th - animation screenings and artist talk.The Further Adventures of Girl is an ongoing, ever-expanding series of works that explore questions of how group identity, national identity, and militarism are depicted in popular culture.
This exhibition features a selection of recent acquisitions to our contemporary collection by Canadian artists. Works by Vikky Alexander, James Gordaneer, Terrance Houle, Kristina Kudryk, Mike McLean, and Kate Wilson reflect the socio-cultural history of North America
During the Meiji period two significant wars were fought and won, one against China in 1894-1895, and the other against Russia in 1904-1905. There was an avalanche of prints dealing with these wars produced in Japan, especially referencing the Sino-Japanese War.
The exhibition, A Brush with War: Military Art from Korea to Afghanistan, explores the two military art programs that started more than twenty years after the Second World War; the Canadian Armed Forces Civilian Artists Program (1968-1995) and the Canadian Forces Artists Program (2001- present). Initially influenced by the art of the First and Second World War programs, over the past sixty years military art has moved gradually in new directions, current works expressing artists’ more personal rather than documentary responses to their subjects.
Serenity pervades the Asian garden for this was a place of retreat from the pressures of everyday life. It is where the elite could indulge in their “longing for mountains and waters” without turning their back on their unrelenting obligations to state and family.
For thousands of years mankind has tried to overcome the transience of Nature’s most beautiful gift: flowers. The Immortal Garden explores the ways in which artists and craftsmen have translated the beauty of the garden into objects to delight the eye of the collector winter and summer, generation after generation.
Silent As Glue is organized and circulated by Oakville Galleries.
This exhibition brings together work from three established North American artists, Lynda Gammon (Victoria, BC), Matt Harle (Beacon, NY) and Elspeth Pratt (Vancouver, BC). The common thread in their work is that it allows for a contemplative exploration of the relationships between architecture and space; handmade processes; the vernacular; humble everyday materials.
The works in this exhibition lead us through an experience that hovers between reality and artifice. From the social construct of gardens and parks to the politics of environmental policies and precariousness of the ecosystem which we inhabit; each artist reveals new perspectives for the viewer and provides an opportunity to question how we use, alter and manipulate public and private spaces.
The Garden in Historical Art from the Permanent Collection
A blend of garden imagery and music, this exhibition named in honour of the Roman goddess of flowers and springtime reflects an exploration of growth, fertility, and renewal in the life cycle as expressed in art throughout the centuries.
My public art practice is heavily inspired by street art, travel, social revolution and community collaboration, all of which have the capacity to infiltrate a personal narrative into public space. The starting point for 250 Remix is an investigation into Victoria’s urban landscape through the navigation of media, social eccentricities and areas of communal tension. Rather than recycling the politicized stereotypes of Victoria, I explore the nuances that are currently making history.
Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) is acknowledged as one of the foremost German artists of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Acclaimed as a painter and draughtsman, Dürer was most admired for his abilities as a printmaker. The collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria contains 26 original Dürer prints, made possible through the gifts of several generous donors.
Chinese propaganda posters are associated with the image of Chairman Mao Zedong and the “achievements” of the Communist Party. Artists had to make depictions of what the Communist party considered the ideal of a better life and of social behavior under their Communist system.
The miniature art forms in this exhibition express the delight of the Chinese and the Japanese in small things and their aptitude for exquisite workmanship on a miniature scale. Both China and Japan boast a great range of artistic achievements in miniature. Since early times, Chinese and Japanese miniature art has been characterized by exceptional delicacy, preciseness and exquisiteness.