Posts Tagged ‘national gallery of canada’

Artist of the moment…….Gordon Appelbe Smith

Gordon Appelbe Smith is a world renown painter associated with the Abstract Expressionist style of painting. Gordon Appelbe Smith is a painter,muralist,  sculptor, and printmaker. The artist is renowned for his landscapes as well as his abstract works.

The artist was part of World War 2. He was leg was shattered during the conflict.

Smith is part of the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

Gordon Appelbe Smith was born in Brighton, England in the year 1919. The artist’s parents separated and his mother took him and his siblings to Canada.

For his artistic education Smith attended the Winnipeg School of Art and  the Vancouver School of Art. In addition Smith took summer classes at Harvard and the California School of Fine Arts located in San Francisco, California.

In this clip we view a great winter landscape by the artist that fetches more than $140,000 at auction:

Gordon Smith also spent a fair amount of time teaching at the Vancouver School of Art and the University of British Columbia.

Though in his 90s Smith is still a daily painter. He is based out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Smith is not stopped at all by the fact he doesn’t get around like he used to. In this clip we visit the artist at his home studio:

Price range information: Prints start around $1,000 and originals in oils or acrylics can reach $100,000.

What a great story and its great to see he still paints at his advanced age!


Artist of the moment…..Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau was a Five Nations artist born in Beardmore, Ontario, Canada in the year 1932. His nickname was “Copper Thunderbird.” Marc Chagall named him the Picasso of the North. Picasso and Chagall even attended a Morrisseau exhibition together. Morrisseau was self taught and new he would be an artist from the age of a child.

Founder of the Woodlands School of Canadian Art.

Part of the Anishinaabe clan.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $80,000.

Many times he will sign his works in syllabics writing.

Morrisseau worked in acrylics and was a very active printmaker.

In this clip from the Norval Morrisseau Historical Society we view many of the artists works:

In  this clip we view Norval Morrisseau giving a brief lecture.  He had amazing energy!

Morrisseau passed away in 2007 at the age of 75 years of age.

Norval Morrisseau was the first member of a First Nations clan to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Canada.

What a wonderful artist I love his style that s slightly more realistic than other First Nations Tribes.


Artist of the moment……Davidee Saumik

Davidee Saumik was an Inuit artist born in 1925. Saumik was a carver who enjoyed producing mother and child works in addition to works with animals. Sometimes the roles are reversed. Instead of a hunter chasing a muskox, the muskox has captured the hunter. Like many Inuit artists, humor is part of their theme! Saumik also enjoyed working with other traditional Inuit characters including the shaman and drum dancers.

Saumik lived in the Inukjuak, Nunavut Territory, Canada region.

The artist was a sculptor and worked in stone.

In this clip we see an example of a mother and child work by Davidee Saumik:

Davidee Saumik passed away in 1984.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Saumik is part of the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. The work is from 1955 and below is a link to this work. The work is a signature example of his mother and child theme:


Artist of the moment….Simon Kasudluak

Simon Kasudluak in an Inuit artist born in Nastapoka Islands  Quebec region of Canada in the year 1925.  Kasudluak enjoys working with the hunter or mother and child as his favorite genres to work in.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip from our friends at Waddington’s Auction House Canada we view a work titled “Hunter Preparing a Seal.”

In another clip from Waddingtons we see a piece titled “Mother and Child.”

Simon Kasudluak is part of the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. A link to the website is here:

No more information on this artist.


Artist of the moment….. Mark Tungilik

Mark Tungilik was an Inuit artist born Repulse Bay, Nunavet Territory, Canada. Mark Tungilik was born in 1913 and passed away in 1986.

price range information: $1,000 to $6,000.

Included in the National Gallery of Art in Canada.

Tungilik began working with stone. Enjoys working with the figure and incorporating many mediums into his art.

Tungilik had a wife that was also an artist, her name was Louise Tungilik. She passed away in 1982. Below an example of her art.


Sorry, no more info available. More Inuit art coming soon though!


Artist of the moment…..Osuitok Ipeelee

Osuitok Ipeelee was one of the first famous and world renown Inuit artists who was born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1923. Ipeelee  loved to incorporate many different mediums in his carvings. His father was a respected carver named Ohotok. He sold his first carving done in ivory in the 1940s. James Houston, the urban Canadian that longed for more in life and moved to the wilderness and helped bring the Inuits much needed revenue from art that was lost from fur trading and trapping. Houston penned a book and a movie was made about his journeys. Check my previous post on James Houston.

Ipeelee was included in the trip of Inuit carvings that traveled the globe in the early 1970s, the first time the Inuit artists were put on the world stage.

Sadly as he got older Ipeelee developed Parkinson’s disease and switched a very minimal style. I would compare it to the great Edgar Degas and the way he simplified forms as his eyesight all but disappeared but he still wanted to create art, so he did!

Included in the National Gallery of Canada, the Vatican Art Collection, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Price range information: Most works range from $1,000 to $17,000.

In this clip we see a great example of using mixed media is shown is his sculpture of a caribou in the gallery. Rather than carve the entire work in stone, as many of his peers would do, the artist decided to use real antlers on the carving. A work of art might contain antlers, tusks, animal hide, ivory, and stone.

In this clip from Waddington’s auction house we visit a sculpture that is an etched tusk on a walrus head base.

Here we see a wonderful piece celebrating the mother and child relationship.

The artist passed away in 2005 at the age of 82 years old.