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PREVIEW IN PRINT | FEATURE: Peter Aspell: Saints and Sinners, Mystics and Madness / The Mad Alchemist

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FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016

COVER IMAGE: Shuvinai Ashoona, Untitled (2010)
(detail), graphite, coloured pencil and ink on paper
[Marion Scott Gallery/Kardosh Projects, Vancouver BC,
Feb 26-Mar 26]












The Blur in Between
Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton AB – Jan 23-May 8, 2016

Laura Vickerson: The Between
Nickle Galleries
Calgary AB – Jan 29-Apr 2, 2016

Agitation and Propaganda: The Soviet Political Poster 1918-1929
Frye Art Museum
Seattle WA – Feb 6-Apr 3, 2016

Silva Part II: Booming Grounds
Nanaimo Art Gallery
Nanaimo BC – Nov 21-Feb 20, 2016

Shuvinai Ashoona: A For Sure World
Marion Scott Gallery/Kardosh Projects
Vancouver BC – Mar 19-Apr 23, 2016

Sandra Meigs: What Is the Mind of the Mystic
Winchester Galleries
Victoria BC – Feb 2-27, 2016

Allison Hrabluik: The Splits
Simon Fraser University Gallery
Burnaby BC – Jan 30-Apr 22, 2016

Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel
Surrey Art Gallery
Surrey BC – Jan 16-Mar 20, 2016

James Lindsay and Lance Austin Olsen: Hide in Plain Site
Deluge Gallery
Victoria BC – Jan 29-Feb 27, 2016

Paul Majano: I Was Here
Surrey Art Gallery
Surrey BC – Apr 9-Jun 12, 2016

Peter Aspell: Saints and Sinners, Mystics and Madness
West Vancouver Museum
West Vancouver BC – Jan 13-Mar 26, 2016

Peter Aspell: The Mad Alchemist
Richmond Art Gallery
Richmond BC – Jan 23-Apr 3, 2016

Imitation of Life
Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Lethbridge AB – Feb 13-Apr 7, 2016

Evann Siebens: The Indexical, Alphabetized, Mediated, Archival Dance-a-Thon!
Wil Aballe Art Projects
Vancouver BC – Feb 25-Mar 26, 2016

Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma WA – Jan 30-May 1, 2016

Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy
Portland Art Museum
Portland OR – Feb 6-May 8, 2016

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle WA – Feb 11-May 8, 2016

The Blur in Between
THE BLUR IN BETWEEN

Agitation and Propaganda: The Soviet Political Poster 1918-1929
AGITATION AND PROPAGANDA

Shuvinai Ashoona: A For Sure World
SHUVINAI ASHOONA

Allison Hrabluik: The Splits
ALLISON HRABLUIK

James Lindsay and Lance Austin Olsen: Hide in Plain Site
JAMES LINDSAY

Paul Majano: I Was Here
PAUL MAJANO

Peter Aspell: The Mad Alchemist
PETER ASPELL

Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley
PAINTED JOURNEYS

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic Arrives
KEHINDE WILEY

DEPARTMENTS

Vignettes – quick takes on current shows: Alberta, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington

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Erik Stotik: Fugue

Catalogue Reviews
Interesting catalogues from recent shows as well as archived catalogues.

Three paintings in the style of Margaret Keane

Confessions of
an Art Appraiser
The Case of Clarence's Château-Gaillard

Distortions and Dimensional Changes in Paper: Causes, Mitigations and Appreciation (Part 2)

Conservator's Corner Distortions and Dimensional Changes in Paper: Causes, Mitigations and Appreciation (Part 2)

Portland: A Visual Arts Scene Takes Flight

Gallery Views
Portland: a visual arts scene takes flight

Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker: Frye Art Museum Director

Behind the Scenes
Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker: Frye Art Museum Director

The Life and Art of David Marshall

Unheralded Artists
The Life and Art of Ina D.D. Uhthoff

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Peter Aspell, The Mad Perfumer

Peter Aspell, The Mad Perfumer (2002), oil on paper [Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Jan 23-Apr 3] Photo: Shane O’Brien

Peter Aspell: Saints and Sinners, Mystics and Madness

West Vancouver Museum
West Vancouver BC – Jan 13-Mar 26, 2016

Peter Aspell: The Mad Alchemist

Richmond Art Gallery
Richmond BC – Jan 23-Apr 3, 2016

Peter Aspell, The Bride

Peter Aspell, The Bride (2003), oil on canvas [Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Jan 23-Apr 3] Photo: Shane O’Brien

Peter Aspell, Man in the Herring Bone Suit

Peter Aspell, Man in the Herring Bone Suit (2002), oil on canvas [Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Jan 23-Apr 3] Photo: Shane O’Brien

Peter Aspell, Imprisoned Dwarf

Peter Aspell, Imprisoned Dwarf (1988), oil on canvas [Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Jan 23-Apr 3] Photo: Shane O’Brien

Born in Vancouver in 1918, Peter Aspell differed from his West Coast peers, such as Jack Shadbolt and Gordon Smith, in his pursuit of largely figurative rather than landscape-based art. His energetic paintings and drawings reveal the influence of early Modernists (think Fauvists and Expressionists), and also evince a particular fondness for the playful and unfettered imagery of Paul Klee. Aspell’s work also reflects his interest in the Jungian idea of the archetype.

Early on, he borrowed images and motifs from African, Egyptian and Northwest Coast art, again revealing the influence of the early Modernists in their references to the art of pre-industrial peoples. Later in his career, Aspell turned to satirical portraits of “types,” from popes and generals to clowns and industrialists. He also began to produce dystopian images of human-machine hybrids, culminating in his apocalyptic triptych, March of the Machines. Essentially, Aspell used archetypal, mythical and mechanical figures to symbolize the human condition and explore a range of emotions and experiences. His palette was equally wide ranging, varying from rich and vivid primaries to monochromatic combinations of black, white and grey.

This two-venue retrospective, covering the late 1980s to 2004 (the year of his death), seeks to redress the sense that Aspell’s art has been overlooked by public galleries and museums.

Robin Laurence

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