10 Pieces of Art To Know, Love and Bid On

The Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre fundraising event is on April 8 at Hotel Arts. There’s going an art auction and you can bid on work by some of Alberta's (and Canada’s) most influential artists.



 

The Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre is a charitable society and gallery in Springbank. The centre was founded by the influential, Calgary-based artists Harry Kiyooka and Katie Ohe and is overseen by a board of directors. It’s still in its fundraising phase, but when complete, it will be a place to appreciation contemporary art, to learn about art and for artists to complete residencies. Simply, it’s a centre that Alberta needs.

To help achieve its fundraising goals for the centre’s final phase — the pavilion — there is a fundraising event on April 8. The event is at Hotel Arts and is a chance to meet artists, admire art and even purchase your favourite pieces. 

Fifty-eight artists contributed work for the event. That means there’s a wide range of artistic styles showcased (and for sale). About a quarter of those artists were students of either Ohe or Kiyooka. And between 80 and 90 per cent of the artists are Alberta-based but known in big art centres. Roughly 50 per cent of the artists belong to high-level, professional arts organizations such as the Royal Canadian Academy of Art or the Alberta Society of Artists. (That’s kind of like a knighthood for an artist.)

The artists who have donated work for this event are all kind of a big deal. They’re all talented creators, and their work is recognizable, valuable and beautiful. Here are just 10 pieces you can admire at the event on April 8, bid on and maybe even call your own. 


LOSS FOR WORDS/All at once...

Derek Besant​

Derek Besant, RCA – LOSS FOR WORDS/All at once …, 1998; hand-tinted gesso on Mayfair; 15.5” x 45.5”.  Image courtesy of the artist. 

 

A little bit about the piece: This piece was inspired by graphic novels, storytelling, text fragments and associations that construct a kind of personal narrative. 

Its fair market value: $2,500

Just a few facts about the artist: A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, Besant is a Calgary-based artist who studied fine art at the University of Calgary. Besant is known for using untraditional materials and technology, and creating work that relates to themes like memory, language and the body. 


Spheres

Alexander Caldwell

Alexander Caldwell – Spheres, 2014; photograph on metal; 38” x 38”. Image courtesy of the artist and Paul Kuhn Gallery in Calgary. Photo by Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals, Calgary.

 

A little bit about the piece: Caldwell works mostly with found materials. Typically his work melds minimalism and pop art. 

Its fair market value: $3,000

Just a few facts about the artist: Caldwell studied at the Alberta College of Art (now Alberta College of Art + Design) from 1981 to 1985. He was one of Katie Ohe’s students and specializes in sculpture. Caldwell’s work can be seen around the city — think of the 11-foot bronze bear outside the Taylor Family Digital Library. 


The Prime Elements #743

Peter Deacon

Peter Deacon, RCA, ASA – The Prime Elements #743, 2014; mixed media and watercolour on paper; 7.5” x 22”. Image courtesy of the artists and Willock & Sax Gallery in Banff. Photo by Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals, Calgary.

 

A little bit about the piece: This piece, and others in the Facing West — Looking East series, refer to memories, movement, relocation and past experiences. 

Its fair market value: $1,500

Just a few facts about the artist: Deacon is a member of both the Alberta Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy of Art. Originally from England, Deacon now lives and works in Calgary. He’s taught in the department of art at the University of Calgary, he’s the recipient of numerous awards and his work has been included in many corporate and public galleries. 


Untitled 2278

Mark Dicey

Mark Dicey – Untitled 2278, 2013; acrylic on canvas; 46.5” x 38.5”. Image courtesy of the artist and Jarvis Hall Gallery in Calgary. Photo by Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals, Calgary.

 

A little bit about the piece: Dicey’s piece is his personal response to a range of influences including colour, form, shape and texture. And that influence constantly changed as the piece changed during the creative process. 

Its fair market value: $5,400

Just a few facts about the artist: Dicey is an abstract painter whose work has been shown in a variety of Calgary galleries, including Jarvis Hall Fine Art, Paul Kuhn Gallery, the New Edward Gallery, Glenbow and others. He’s represented by Jarvis Hall Fine Art.  


Lost and found #5

Helena Hadala

Helena Hadala, RCA – Lost and found #5, 2012; gouache, watercolour, chalk and graphite on rag paper; 5.75” x 6.25”. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals, Calgary.

 

A little bit about the piece: Many of her pieces, like this one, reflect an ongoing conversation between her European background, her experience in Asia and Australian Aboriginal culture.

Its fair market value: $500

Just a few facts about the artist: Hadala taught at the University of Calgary and the Alberta College of Art + Design, along with several other institutions. It’s possible to see Japanese influences in her work — she studied in Japan from 1980 until 1982. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art


Burning Sappho’s Books/Drought

Alexandra Haeseker

Alexandra Haeseker, RCA – Burning Sappho’s Books/Drought #7/15, 2003; digital print with UV ink on paper. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals, Calgary.

 

A little bit about the piece: This piece is part of an exhibition that toured several Asian countries, including Japan, Korea, Thailand, China and Egypt. It ended in the Egypt as this is where Sappho’s original nine volumes of poetry were burned. 

Its fair market value: $1,200

Just a few facts about the artist: Haeseker was born in the Netherlands and moved to Canada in 1955. She works largely in print media and tends to focus on the role of animals, how they interact with humans, and codes of behaviour that humans seem to be obsessed with instilling. 


Medieval Red 

Harry Kiyooka

Harry Kiyooka, RCA, ASA – Medieval Red, 1962; oil on canvas; 36” x 32”. Image courtesy of the artist and Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary. Photo by Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals, Calgary.

 

A little bit about the piece: Created in 1962, this piece was made while Kiyooka was exploring Op Art Idiom — an art style that derives from mathematical systems and basic geometric shapes. 

Its fair market value: $15,000

Just a few facts about the artist: Kiyooka is a key figure in promoting art in Alberta. He has four advanced degrees from universities across North America and studied art in Italy, assisted by a Canada Council grant. His abstract paintings have been shown around the world, he taught art at the University of Calgary and is now a Professor Emeritus, and he is a founder of the Triangle Gallery and the KOAC


Monsoon No. 11

Katie Ohe

Katie Ohe, RCA, ASA – Monsoon No. 11, 2006; welded fabricated steel with powder coated surface; 7” x 10.5” x 11”. Image courtesy of the artist and Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary. Photo by Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals, Calgary.

 

A little bit about the piece: Ohe’s sculptures are known for their fluid movement. You’re meant to interact with this sculpture. Give it a gentle spin and watch how it silently transforms. 

Its fair market value: $10,000

Just a few facts about the artist: Ohe studied under some of Canada’s greatest artists, including Arthur Lismer. Her kinetic sculptures (and her prints) have been shown around the world, and she has commissioned work throughout Calgary too. She is a founder of the KOAC


Untitled (Libby)

Evan Penny

Evan Penny – Untitled (Libby), 2000; colour photograph on paper; 17” x 13”. Image courtesy of the artist and TrépanierBaer Gallery in Calgary. Photo by Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals, Calgary.

 

A little bit about the piece: Penny’s sculpture is hyper-real. In fact, it’s so real that this is almost like having another person in your home. 

Its fair market value: $3,500

Just a few facts about the artist: Penny is originally from South Africa but moved to Canada in 1964. He studied at the Alberta College of Art (now ACAD) and learned from Katie Ohe. He’s known for his hyper-realist figure sculptures. Penny currently lives and works in Toronto. 

 

Skyline II

Verna Vogel

Verna Vogel – Skyline II, 2009-10; mixed media on canvas; 45” x 26”. Image courtesy of the artist and Christine Klassen Gallery in Calgary. Photo by Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals, Calgary.

 

A little bit about the piece: This abstract work is an examination of place and human experience. 

Its fair market value: $2,900

Just a few facts about the artist: Vogel has lived, studied and worked in Ontario, British Columbia and Malaysia. She currently lives and works in Calgary and focuses on creating urban environments in an abstract way. She is represented by the Christine Klassen Gallery

 

The KO Arts Centre Fundraising Art Auction Gala is on Friday, April 8. Tickets are $100. Hotel Arts, 119 12 Ave. S.W., koartscentre.org

 


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