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Alan Wood: Dreams and Memories

Winsor Gallery
Vancouver BC – Nov 13–Dec 7, 2008

Alan Wood, Good Morning, Good Evening (Light Pools)

Alan Wood, Good Morning, Good Evening (Light Pools) (2003), acrylic and paper collage [Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC – Nov 13-Dec 7]

Alan Wood, Ocean Pools

Alan Wood, Ocean Pools (2003), acrylic and paper collage [Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC – Nov 13-Dec 7]

In a new series of landscape collages and wood reliefs, senior Canadian artist Alan Wood recalls the cliffs, forests, waterfalls, rock formations and tidal inlets of British Columbia's Gulf Islands and the Pacific Northwest Coast. Loose, rough, flat sections of paper collaged on hard surfaces conjure up strong impressions of the untamed landscapes and indigenous colours.

For 40 years, Wood has constructed complex abstractions of the BC environment. Dreams and Memories builds on this legacy and also introduces the figure of his recently deceased wife Flora McLeod. The simple, stylized figures have "a compelling, universal quality" that represents human experience, especially that of loss and loneliness. Wood further expands this symbolism by placing the figures separately from the landscape forms.

Wood was born in 1935 in Lancashire, England and moved to British Columbia in 1974. Since 1962, his work has been exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions in Great Britain, Europe, Canada, the United States and Australia. He may be best known for Ranch (1983), a 320-acre painted construction installed in the foothills of the Alberta Rockies. His work has been collected by Alcan, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC Building Corporation, BC Provincial Collection, the Burnaby Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, CBC, Public Works Canada, the Richmond Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Texaco Resources, Toronto Dominion Bank, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, among many other prestigious galleries and universities.


Mia Johnson

 Wed, Nov 19, 2008