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Calligraphic Influences: Ben Wasylyshen & John King
with Aliana Au & Winston Leathers
February 7 - May 25, 2014

The Buhler Gallery wishes to thank
Sponsor:  Johnston Group

Description: Johnston Group



(Pictured at the February 6th opening night reception, from left, Ben Wasylyshen, Artist;
Patricia Bovey, Project Lead/Curator Buhler Gallery; Aliana Au, Artist & John King, Artist)
Photograph by: Carlos Fuentespina

Each brushstroke is a decision”.

So wrote Robert Motherwell, the well-known American Abstract Expressionist artist. He also said “I almost never start with an image. I start with a painting idea, an impulse, usually derived from my own world.”

These statements underline the power of the idea in abstract painting and are equally germane for contemporary art and the traditional art of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. Calligraphy, the art of writing, has also been defined as ‘an ornamental line in drawing or painting.’ Calligraphy with its principles of harmonious proportions and balance is certainly an important root of various forms of contemporary abstraction. This exhibition explores the intersections of calligraphy and the contemporary abstractions of Winnipeg artists Ben Wasylyshen, John King, and Aliana Au and Winston Leathers. The works emanate multiple moods and emotions of joy, movement, and anticipation." (Patricia Bovey, FRSA, FCMA, excerpt taken from exhibition brochure)

Calligraphic Influences cover

For more information, please call Tanya Gadd at 204-237-2309 or tgadd@sbgh.mb.ca.


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