David Robinson – Semblances

David Robinson – Semblances – new sculpture in bronze, silver and steel from maquette to monumental scale refine the formal and philosophical questions that have occupied the artist through his long career. June 6 – 29. Opening Reception Saturday, June 6th 5 – 7.

David Robinson’s  imaginative renderings of the eternal vagaries of human activity; his masterful classical figures – Atlas, Daedelus,Telos, Onus, like Sisyphus and Tantalus, represent archetypal myths of meaning. They appear to witness their own creation, to know themselves, and as viewers, seeing them, we come to know ourselves.


Taiga Elemental

“International woodwork star, Brent Comber, has made delivery of a new work (to the Duthie gallery Sculpture Park) –  a massive double sculpture that will stun visitors…. Two 8 x 8 chunks of a giant sitka spruce trunk form the Taiga Elemental’s imposing mass. With bulging but smoothed whorls and treatment in a black, tar-like stain, the pair speak of organic life swirling into existence in the depths of time. But standing upright as monuments they also carry the gravity and mystery of the Easter Island moai or Olmec colossal heads. This is a piece that will invite much contemplation and discussion.” Elizabeth Nolan,  Driftwood  (photograph by David Borrowman)


PROVENCE  En plein air paintings by  Heather Caldwell

May 2- June 4

Opening reception with artist – May 2nd, 5 – 7 pm

Heather Caldwell received a Diploma in Illustration and Design from Capilano College (University) and a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

She lived, painted, taught and exhibited in France for 5 years ; the paintings in Provence perfectly capture her deep appreciation of the abiding beauty of the French countryside.


Imprints 2015

Following the success of last year’s print show and having an abiding interest in prints and printmaking, the Duthie Gallery is pleased to present a fresh collection of prints: woodcuts, etchings and linocuts by Arnold Shives, Jan Smith, Richard Tetrault and Richard York

April 3 – 30,  Gallery hours: Fri, Sat, Sun 11 – 5pm or by appointment.

With mass replication available so easily to all, sometimes in forms which may not survive the next update, we like to celebrate the individual, particular and authentic hand-printed – hand-carved, engraved or etched in wood, metal or stone prints. Ink on paper. Really limited editions.

Reception with artists  – Saturday April 11 6 – 8 pm.

Arnold Shives has been exhibiting paintings, prints and multi-media work internationally for over three decades and has received a number of awards and distinctions. His work is in dozens of public collections including London’s Tate Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His art reflects nature and the media of life in all its diversity. There is a dynamic to his art, whether graphic or multi-media, that mirrors the vitality of the British Columbia wilderness Shives has explored as a mountain climber.

Jan Smith studied printmaking at Emily Carr and the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design. She worked with the Malaspina Cooperative for many years and had several solo shows. Her etching and metalwork for printing led to jewelry where her exquisite singular pieces are shown in exhibitions  across Canada and the US.

Richard Tetrault’s paintings, prints and murals explore life within the contemporary urban landscape. Based in Vancouver, he has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally. Tetrault’s woodcuts, linocuts, monotypes and acrylics are multifaceted investigations examining the artist’s place in the context of community, the street and the industrial environment.

Richard York was first inspired by an exhibition of Albrecht Durer’s woodcuts; he has studied the process and history of block printing for over forty years and full time since moving to Salt Spring. He opened his working studio gallery (STUDIO 2901) in Fulford village in 2012.

New Stuff!

The Duthie Gallery reopens for the spring with a show of STUFF paintings by Nicola Wheston.

In her Artist’s Statement Nicola writes: “Stuff” is a series of paintings about the accumulation of material things and what it means to be a “consumer”. As a consumer society, we have simultaneously developed the pathology of hoarding. With the paintings in “Stuff”, I wish to reveal some of this pathology, including the sadness, the need to fill the empty places within ourselves, and the shocking reality of having so much “stuff”.

The exhibition opens February 14th; the gallery is open weekends or by appointment. The opening reception with the artist will take place Saturday March 7th from 5 – 7pm. Everyone is welcome.

At VanDusen now

Master printer Richard Tetrault is exhibiting his woodblock prints now until September 3rd in the Discovery Room at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver; he is holding a special presentation of the wood block print process in the Discovery Room on Saturday August 23rd between 1 and 3pm. All welcome. Please contact us at Duthie Gallery (1-250-537-9606) or Richard Tetrault( 1-604-257-8335)for more information.

From September 3 – 30, Michael Dennis’ interior sculptures of the female figure in yellow cedar will be on display in the Discovery Room.

Touch Wood – 55 acres of monumental wood sculpture is on at VanDusen Botanical Garden until October 2014. A spectacular show – don’t miss it.

On Salt Spring Island at the Duthie Gallery – Davids Robinson’s Dead Reckoning is on until October with work by Deon and Kathy Venter and the Summer Lights show is open nightly through the end of August from dusk to midnight.

Deon Venter – Review of Midden

A rare window into a master artist’s work in process is being offered at Duthie Gallery this month, where a selection of Deon Venter’s studies in charcoal and oil called Midden are on exhibit.
The works include studies from some of his older and best known periods, such as the Missing and Last Supper series, as well as his newest work, including views of Ganges Harbour completed within the past few weeks.

During an interview before the show’s opening on Sunday, Venter explained that while these works sometimes focus on a particular landscape — such as the Tsawwassen ferry terminal dolphins, the Garry Oaks Vineyards or a stretch of flooded farmland — what he’s working toward is the expression of a more internal landscape or an emotional truth the viewer can connect with.

This can be a difficult task for those who have studied art, Venter explains, because the pure expression of childhood becomes structured into formulaic channels.

“You get schooled into a narrative and representation and you quickly lose the past that’s spiritual and impulsive and emotional,” he said.

Venter made a name in Canada partly for using tar as a medium, scraping away sections and using turpentine to create unique effects. He discovered the process while studying art in his native South Africa, when he made away with a canvas truck covering that had blown off. Venter cut the canvas sheeting, coated with tar on one side and painted white on the other, into smaller pieces and used those for his base.

While he gave up using tar and other toxic compounds in 2006, much of Venter’s work has included a build up of texture and then removal in some way. In his Last Supper Series, of which several studies are currently on display, he did this both in medium and in concept. The finished paintings (provoked by the USA invasion of Iraq) started with a representational work based on Da Vinci’s masterpieces, but were stripped down to resemble a much-faded fresco.

In Rubbed Out, the image is further obscured by a heavy grid with diagonal perspective lines. A study for Scrubbed Out, another painting in this series, has a tangle of uprooted trees at the forefront of this same grid, overlaying the implied dinner scene under the vaulted hall.

A number of examples from Venter’s Tapings series on display reveal the fascinating traces of his Missing works. The strips of thick oil paint that make up the images are what has been peeled off from large-scale group portraits of the missing women of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Originally they were meant to be displayed in trays, offering the traces of the victims like DNA samples. As Venter explained, his job as an artist is not to document, but to create some kind of emotional connection through the image.

The structure behind this connection is clearly revealed at the Duthie Gallery show. Charcoal drawings such as Dolphins and Landing reveal a firm grasp of line and composition that anchors expressive and layered final works. The complex lines of grape supports tracking through the Garry Oaks vineyards in winter will provide the visual strength underlying evocative depictions of the same space.

Venter’s latest work has focused on some very local scenery, based on the walk he and his artist wife Kathy Venter take from their Merchant Mews studio into town at the end of each day. Studies in oil on linen represent the changing quality of light in the sky and as reflected on water. As the studies progress, Venter’s practice of removal can be seen in terms of his brush strokes, which become more gestural and abstract. The retreat to the inner landscape is glimpsed.

“In Canada, landscape influences all of us. It’s one of the reasons we live here on the West Coast,” Venter said. “And when one observes something one starts to feel something. There’s an interaction.”

By Elizabeth Nolan, Driftwood May 3/ 2014

Midden – Deon Venter

The Duthie Gallery is pleased and proud to be presenting an exhibition of the work of Deon Venter.
June 1 – 30 – Opening reception – Sunday June 1st 5 – 7pm

The drawings and paintings of this exhibition take their subject from the immediate surroundings of the islands of Southern British Columbia.  The harbours, ferry landings, vineyards, landscape and people of this place.

*The Duthie Gallery, in concert with Deon Venter, is presenting this exhibition of drawings and wash paintings at greatly reduced prices to support two large projects Venter is currently working on.  This provides collectors a unique opportunity to view and acquire preparatory works for his large scale paintings. domain search name .  


Please join us at the Duthie Gallery on Saturday May 10th – 5 – 7pm for
the opening reception of IMPRESSIONS.

*’Impressions’ *

Prints by Benita Sanders, Richard Tetrault, Nicola Wheston, Mark Stevens,
Richard York and Jan Smith. May 10 – 27 at the Duthie Gallery.


RELIEF PRINTMAKING with master printer Richard Tetrault

Friday / May 9 & 10 / 10 – 4 pm
at the Duthie Gallery
125 Churchill Rd.

$165/ all materials supplied:
inks, blocks, tools
class size 10/ teen to adult, all levels

Participants will develop facility with the materials and techniques of designing, cutting and printing, including transposing images into woodcut formats; transferring drawings to the blocks; incorporating various woodblock cutting techniques; the basics of tool sharpening and maintenance; color mixing and experimenting with papers. The portable nature of relief printmaking allows the artist to create a series of prints working in studios of virtually any size.

Participants are asked to bring at least 3 designs as sources for prints. These should be uncomplicated, tonal sketches or paintings, rather than line drawings. 
Some still life materials will also be available for you to use. 

Snacks and coffee/tea will be provided.

For more information and registration please contact Celia Duthie
250-537-9606 / celiaduthie@gmail.com