Gurevich Fine Art at the Toronto International Art Fair

Toronto International Art Fair

October 24th - 27th, Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto. Booth #1114

Gurevich Fine Art presents seven of Manitoba’s finest talents in the world of contemporary art. These artists have earned numerous accolades and awards, locally, nationally and internationally. Most importantly their visions of our world are compelling and gifted.

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Featuring the Works of: 

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Elder Brothers, Ilfordchrome (cibachrome) photograph, 73.5" x 90"

Buffy Sainte-Marie 

Buffy Sainte-Marie is a Canadian-American Cree singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist. All areas of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s artistic projects are marked by an originality and fearless diversity. Working within emerging technologies Sainte-Marie very early combined photography, wet painting, pointillism- pixelation, abstraction and realism techniques. The final product is an intensely contemporary statement of colour, line and subject matter that draw from her love of design, dance, animals and Aboriginal cultures. 

Buffy likens her electronic paintings to “painting with light”. A pioneer in digital art, she has used the entire 30 year history of digital imaging software to combine colours, light and over-painting with metallic dyes to create significant, brilliantly coloured timeless paintings that are reflective of her heritage while being very rooted in the present. Her works have graced the covers of Art Focus and Talking Stick magazines and been featured in MS. Magazine, Yahoo, and USA Today.

Carole Freeman, The Fairs - Bald, acrylic on mylar 11” x 8.5”

Carole Freeman

An observer of  life and people, Carole Freeman's art practice combines clinical study, empathy, humour, and ironic juxtaposition as an approach to narrative image making and portraiture. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in 1980, Freeman astonished the art world  with a return to painting in 2008 after a long hiatus in her career. Her work is playful and provocative, capturing character and moments.

This year, Freeman's work was exhibited in Classical Values: Modern and Contemporary Drawings at Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles , as one of four living artists including David Hockney alongside other luminaries such as Picasso, Matisse, and Klimt.  In 2012, Freeman was invited to speak about her practice on the panel Making Art in the Age of  New Media, moderated by Janet Carding, Director of the Royal Ontario Museum, for the Canadian Arts Summit at the Banff Centre. Freeman's work has been highlighted  in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and Now Magazine as well as numerous blogs including ArtDaily and Los Angeles Magazine.

Cyrus Smith, U8, oil, paper, string on canvas, 63" x 63"

Cyrus Smith

Winnipeg born, Berlin based, Cyrus Smith is as influential as he is brilliant. This makes it problematic to clearly summarize his practice in a neat package, save to say ‘contemporary artist’. Titles aside, one can note that he is continuously pushing himself and his visual language, exploring his penchant for anarchy. His large-scale acrylic and mixed media paintings reject idealism; stale artistic methods and modern society’s unchecked embrace of ‘rationalism’. 

Some of Smith’s materials are taken from his own failed paintings, enabling a personal reclamation rather than from a pop cultural source. The resulting images are a mix of controlled chaos, humour, and tongue-in-cheek experiences. The works are a pop-art statement of postmodern defiance. 

Kae Sasaki, Untitled, Oil and Patina on Gold-Leafed Panel, 2014, 40" x 40"

Kae Sasaki

The richness in the raw materials of Kae Sasaki’s work develop from the ideas born of Fairy tales and classical myths. Her artwork is a unique investigation of the boundary between narrative and its interpretation, art and its allegory. Using an innovative ‘patination’ method to apply gold and silver leaf to her work, Sasaki’s work is stunning in its technique and raw beauty.

Sasaki graduated from the University of Manitoba with her BFA Honours in 2012. She was commissioned by the University for a Bronze Sculpture. Her work has been exhibited at the Winnipeg Art Gallery among others and she has won several awards including the Alice Hamilton Painting Prize in 2012. 

Megan Krause, Navigating Hindemith, Watercolour, Acrylic and Oil on Panel, 24" x 24", 2012

Megan Krause

Using watercolour and oil paint, Krause’s work investigates consumer habits, environmental issues and questions of sustainability. Her compositions layer organic imagery with linear elements, juxtaposing ambiguous patterns with representational structures. Her paintings become an effort to resolve her ideological intentions with her conflicting actions. 

Megan Krause completed her BA in International Development Studies at Canadian Mennonite University and more recently her BFA Honours in Painting at University of Manitoba. In September 2012 she was selected to be a participant in the yearlong Foundation Mentorship Program offered by MAWA. Krause has been awarded three grants in 2014 including The Nellie McClung Arts Legacy Award.

Cliff Eyland, Meditation Block 4, Oil on Block, 5" x 3"

Cliff Eyland

Driven by his belief that libraries are the foundation of civilization, Cliff Eyland settled on the 3” x 5” index card as his constraint. These intricate works cover many styles, abstract, landscape, and figurative. They are best presented in juxtaposed multiples. 

Cliff Eyland is painter, writer, professor, and curator. He has exhibited his work in art galleries and libraries in Canada, the United States and Europe. Exhibition highlights include solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the New School University in New York, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Struts Gallery and Gallery Connexion, the Art Gallery of Calgary, , the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and eyelevelgallery,. His permanent installation of over 1000 paintings at Winnipeg’s Millennium Library opened in 2005. Another installation opened at the Meadows Library in Edmonton in 2013 and most recently at Halifax Central Library.

Christian Worthington, 1607, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 2013, 48" x 80"

Christian Worthington

 Christian Worthington’s large ethereal abstracts and gorgeous representational paintings are ‘implicitly ontological’. “My work comes from the view; implicitly (and stubbornly) that art should only deal with the nature of being itself (ontology). Art contemplated and experienced in this context can be a powerful tool in bringing the senses into a deeper appreciation. ”

A Canadian-born painter who resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba Worthington is a life-long student of the works and legacies of the Old Masters - most notably Caravaggio, and Rembrandt, as well as modern masters Rothko, and Frankenthaler.

His art hangs alongside prized works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. His work has been shown in, and sold to, private and public collections across North America and the UK, notably the collections of the Royal Bank of Canada, the Trump Towers in Miami, Florida and the public collections of the Government of Manitoba. He has appeared on the CBC National, Time out London, Image Journal, Imago, Eat your Arts and Vegetables, Cardus, and has been a speaker at many events, including the Manitoba Society of Artists conference on art history at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.