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Ron Stonier, Cardboard Series

Ron Stonier, Cardboard Series (1964), oil on canvas [Trench Contemporary Art, Vancouver BC, Oct 28-Nov 27]

Ouroboros: A Survey of Paintings by Ron Stonier 1963-1989

Trench Contemporary Art
Vancouver BC – Oct 28-Nov 27, 2010

Ron Stonier, Couples

Ron Stonier, Couples (1975), acrylic on canvas [Trench Contemporary Art, Vancouver BC, Oct 28-Nov 27]

Ron Stonier, Untitled

Ron Stonier, Untitled (1970s), oil on canvas [Trench Contemporary Art, Vancouver BC, Oct 28-Nov 27]

Described as a “consummate colourist” who painted a significant series of post-abstract expressionistic paintings, RonStonier was a painter’s painter for many years of his career. He continued to paint vigourously during a20-year period when painting was not particularly fashionable as an art form in Vancouver. Following his death in 2001, a large quantity of unseen work was moved to storage.

A survey of Stonier’s work, titled Ouroboros (meaning something constantly cycling, replenishing itself) is the inaugural exhibit of Craig Sibley’s new Vancouver gallery, Trench Contemporary Art, and the first exhibit of images from the collection of Sheila Cano. They show the steady progress of Stonier’s style from a more lyrical abstract expressionism to a less painterly, hard-edge approach. The survey addresses the career ofthe “ambitious, curious and talented” Vancouver painter and proposes a re-evaluation of the influential artists working and teaching art in Vancouver during the 1960s and 70s.

Ron Stonier was born in Victoria, BC in933 and graduated from the Vancouver School of Art in 1957. His teachers included Jack Shadbolt, Don Jarvis and Bruce Boyd. Other local artists who influenced him were Gordon Smith, B.C. Binning, and Bruno and Molly Bobak. After graduating from art school, he spent a year on a Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation travel study scholarship. In 1962 Stonier became a teacher at the Vancouver School of Art and, with Geoff Rees and David Mayrs, started the Tempus Gallery in Vancouver. He showed numerous times at the Vancouver Art Gallery. From 1979, he taught part-time and dedicated himself to painting.

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Mia Johnson

Ron Stonier, Untitled (1965)

Ron Stonier, Untitled (1965), oil on board [Trench Contemporary Art, Vancouver BC, Oct 28-Nov 27]



 Mon, Nov 8, 2010