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Harry Kiyooka, Stella

Harry Kiyooka, Stella (1966), silkscreen [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, May 17-Jun 14]

A Parallax – Harry Kiyooka & Roy Kiyooka

Herringer Kiss Gallery
Calgary AB – May 17-Jun 14, 2014

Harry Kiyooka, Blue Eyes Purple Jacket

Harry Kiyooka, Blue Eyes Purple Jacket (no date), medium [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, May 17-Jun 14]


When something is said to be a parallel to something else, it means the two share a common direction or course but don’t converge. Parallax refers to the difference in the seeming position of something when you look at it along two different sight lines (like the apparent shift an object makes when you look at it first with only your right eye and then with only your left eye). These two concepts are appropriate to keep in mind when you experience the paintings and prints of Calgary-born Harry Kiyooka and those of his brother Roy (born in Moose Jaw), who passed away in 1994.

Although Harry is the first to admit that Roy, an interdisciplinarian, is the better known of the two (“I took the academic route”), the significance of their work depends on what matters to – in a sense, the sight line of – the viewer.

That said, both brothers share equally in their passion for artmaking and a desire to convey art’s lessons not only in the studio but in the world beyond its walls. There are other parallels, too, particularly at the outset. According to Roy, “We were of a generation who felt … in tune with the signatures of the global village,” and this of course meant recognition of an atomized post-war world that could no longer be represented in figurative terms; it had to be expressed internally, as a condition.

Viewers of this exhibition will note that both brothers are accomplished portrait painters, with similar styles. However, it is in their later abstractions that the two distinguish themselves. But even there they come together, most notably for their facility in colour, line and form.

Thru Jun 26 at the Nikkei National Museum, Burnaby BC, Roy Kiyooka – A Commemorative Exhibit








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Harry Kiyooka, Sun Forest

Harry Kiyooka, Sun Forest (1954), medium [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, May 17-Jun 14]

Roy Kiyooka, Cafe Couple
Roy Kiyooka, Cafe Couple (1953), medium [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, May 17-Jun 14]

Roy Kiyooka, #3 Court Magenta Purple
Roy Kiyooka, #3 Court Magenta Purple (1971), medium [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, May 17-Jun 14]

Harry Kiyooka, Skeen of Time
Harry Kiyooka, Skeen of Time (1966), medium [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, May 17-Jun 14]

Roy Kiyooka, Woman in Green Blouse

Roy Kiyooka, Woman in Green Blouse (c. 1953), medium [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, May 17-Jun 14]

Roy Kiyooka, Bowl of Fruit Still Life

Roy Kiyooka, Bowl of Fruit Still Life (1951-52), medium [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, May 17-Jun 14]

Roy Kiyooka, Monica

Roy Kiyooka, Monica (c. 1954), medium [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, May 17-Jun 14]


 Fri, Jun 6, 2014