May brings us much needed warmth and sunshine; and this year it also brings us new works by artist Daniel Barkley. After showing across Canada and the United States, it is our great pleasure to have Barkley’s solo exhibit, his first in Montreal since 2003, grace our gallery walls.
Barkley is a key representative of New Realism in modern Canadian painting. The title of this show, Oeuvres récentes (Recent Works), underscores his approach where no particular concept or theme is required to make up a cohesive exhibition. One canvas unconsciously leads to the creation of the next.
Despite the apparent absence of a through-line, the human figure stands out as the main subject of Daniel Barkley's paintings and, since the outset of his career, he re-visits the classic personae from history and particularly art history. As the viewer walks through the gallery of portraits, he can observe the artist's modern interpretation of Icarus with his wings covered in blue plastic and see a Lazarus wearing a mask of equally blue clay, or witness a most unsettling vision of the Conversation between Saint Anthony and Saint Paul .
Born in Montreal in 1962, Daniel Barkley holds a Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University. He has many solo and group exhibits to his credit, with shows across Canada and the United States (Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, New York, Chicago, Sante-Fe, San Fransisco, Mexico City...). In 2004, the Musée des arts contemporain des Laurentides (Laurentian Museum of Modern Art) hosted a retrospective of his works, and in 2007, University of Toronto's Justina M. Barnicke Gallery assembled and presented a collection of works defining his career. Since 2000, his watercolours have won top prizes at many national competitions. When :
May 19 – June 13
Wednesday May 19, 6 p.m.
Opening Hours :
Wednesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday - Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.
Dominique Bouffard, Directrice