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Arnold Shives, Mt. Raleigh

Arnold Shives, Mt. Raleigh (1974), linocut on paper [Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, May 24-Jun 26] City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection, gift of David Hui

Arnold Shives

Burnaby Art Gallery
Burnaby BC – May 24-Jun 26, 2011

Arnold Shives, Rays of Sun

Arnold Shives, Rays of Sun (1994), linocut on paper [Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, May 24-Jun 26] City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection, gift of David Hui

Arnold Shives, Horseshoe Bay

Arnold Shives, Horseshoe Bay (2000), linocut on paper [Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, May 24-Jun 26] City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection, gift of the North Vancouver Community Arts Council

British Columbia artist Arnold Shives is an experienced mountain climber who derives much of his subject matter for painting, assemblage and printmaking from photographs taken during expeditions. As with the works of Toni Onley, Gordon Smith and Richard Diebenkorn, Shives adopted a modernist approach to picture making that has continued to inform his paintings and prints of landscapes over the past 50 years.

His imagery reveals his background as a master printmaker and his love of the wilderness. With layered shapes, simple colours and a strong use of line, he creates assemblages of scenes in nature. His materials have included watercolour, linocuts, pastels, monotypes, etchings and experimentations with grounds like plywood, board and perforated steel.

Shives’s work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, South Africa, Europe and Japan, and is in numerous major collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the San Francisco Art Museum. He studied at the University of British Columbia, earned a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute during the 1960s, and received an MA in Painting from Stanford University in 1967. After a lifetime of receiving many awards and distinctions, including Canada Council grants, he was appointed a member of the Royal Canadian Academy (RCA) in 2006. Arnold Shives lives and works in North Vancouver.

Mia Johnson


 Mon, Apr 4, 2011