Harold Klunder

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Klunder is celebrated for his energetic, rich textural paintings that echo the Dutch tradition of impasto painting and at the same time exist at the cusp of figuration and abstraction. He is now considered to be one of Canada’s best living painters.

“Looking at the work of any number of younger Canadian painters, his influence cannot be underestimated,” said David Liss, Curator of Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in 2009. “His current work is vibrant, fresh and attuned to the pulse and relevancy of current global painting. If not for the confidence and maturity of his paint handling and a complex pictorial sophistication, viewers could not be faulted for assuming that these are the works of the next young hot-shot from Brooklyn or Berlin.”

Klunder’s watercolours are executed quickly; but his oils are often made over periods of years. Therefore the period during which the casual observer looks at the work bears no relationship to the length of time that it took for the work to be realized. As Klunder says “There is a compressed period of time that is inherent to the work and that is difficult to explain to people.”

Klunder’s abstract watercolours have deep hues that are hard to achieve in this medium:  “I am very conscious when I am not painting; but when I start to paint I want to be someone who knows nothing, so that it can remain fresh. Of course, this is oversimplified because your own history determines where the work might go, I think. So I suppose a part of me looks to a link to my own past.“

Klunder received his advanced education at Central Technical School in Toronto. His work has been shown extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America and is represented in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Musée d’art contemporain (Montreal), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Museum London, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Winnipeg Art Gallery among others. Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy (RCA) in 1983, he has taught and lectured at many universities and art schools across Canada, in the U.S. and South East Asia. Klunder currently resides in Montreal and also paints in his studios in Flesherton, Ontario and Pouch Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador.


Feb 3 2017 - Mar 1 2017
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The Quiet Behind Vivid Colour

Published Nov 26 2015 by Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald

Ineke Graham’s colours are bold and her geometry dynamic, but her aim is contemplation. The title of her first solo exhibit in 11 years is Contemplating Stillness “to emphasize serenity in my work,” says the Halifax artist and former owner of Studio 21. “We live such a stressful life. I am expressing a need for…

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