Wednesday, 4 November 2015

New Artist, Reymond Pagé

Pulse Gallery is very pleased to present Reymond Pagé as a new artist to the gallery.

Reymond Pagé is a Winnipeg artist who for years was comfortably ensconced in the traditional medium of the very simple, very basic, pencil.
Although he spent three years in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba, he eventually recognized that drawing his professors instead of studying their formulae was not a recipe for a high GPA. As such, he is a graduate of the university's Fine Arts program.

After a transformative two hundred and seventy-five day journey around the world with his family, his work began to reflect the inspiration of that time, and evolved to include acrylic and oil painting, and moved to simpler realism and abstracts. 

Read more on Reymond's page...

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Polar Bear Night of Stars and Light

Polar Bear Night of Stars and Light

We are pleased to showcase Manitoba author and illustrator, Jennifer LaBella, in an exhibit of original framed and unframed art from the book; A Polar Bear Night of Stars and Light and other works. From October 9 to November 22, 2015.

Meet the author/illustrator on November 21 & 22 from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Way up in the Arctic, two Polar Bear cubs and their mother lived a contented life. But one snowy day, while the cubs played, they somehow lost sight of their mother. Their search for her led them into the path of several other Arctic animals. Was it one of the Arctic creatures or something else that helped them realize they weren’t as lost as they thought? 
Jennifer LaBella’s children’s picture book, “A Polar Bear Night of Stars and Light,” was awarded a Silver Medal in the “13th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards.” There were over 4000 books entered from around the world and 104 books entered in the “Children’s Picture Books, All Ages” category. The awards were presented in New York City in May 2009.
An excerpt from the Forward in the book;
Great artists have a unique ability to see life differently; their vision is a special gift to all of us. Jennifer LaBella is able to reach in and touch the souls of these animals and then bring them to life through her unparalleled talent. Her art allows us to travel with her and begin to understand the actual spirit of this place and its wildlife, leaving us with a determination to inspire others of the need to become better caretakers of this precious planet. 
There is a strong chance that by the end of this book you will not be the same. The magic itself will change you, and hopefully, forever change our future.
Robert Buchanan, President
Polar Bears International

Thursday, 21 May 2015

New works by Wayne Purvis

We are very excited to have quite a few new works by Wayne.

Apple Green Awnings, framed watercolour

Wayne's paintings very rarely depict a specific place but are a compilation of many.  His effective use of perspective adds depth to his work, evoking mood and drawing the viewer in, hoping to transport them into the shadowy, sunlit, or rain-drenched scenes.

Feel free to see more of Wayne's work on his page or LIKE our Facebook page to see new works from all of our artists and artisans.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Introducing Lillian Kazuk

"Lily's Prairie" is our special exhibition at Pulse for the month of April.  We are showcasing the diverse work of Manitoba Artist Lillian Kazuk, and hosting a reception with the artist in attendance on Friday, April 24 from 7-9 pm.

Lillian Kazuk's artistic life has been influenced by the pastoral landscape of her youth, marked by the colours and moods of nature blooming from the prairie around her. An Interior Design graduate from the University of Manitoba, she has had a successful practice for 39 years.  When not painting or designing, she loves to garden, cook, and travel, and enjoys cottage life on Lake Winnipeg.

Watercolour is Lillian's passion.  She relishes the textural nuances of paint and water, capturing the light and movement of nature's special moments in time. She has recently branched into an impressionistic landscape style with acrylics to explore expression via aggressive brush techniques and a saturated palette.  This 'new' medium highlights her versatility in topic and subject, and brings a fresh perspective to her watercolour studies.

Lillian Kazuk paints to harmonize our past with our present, to appreciate the simple via the complex, and to see cosmopolitan life through a rural lens. Most of all, she enjoys sharing it with you.

We hope that you can join us for the reception to have an opportunity to meet the artist and consider the wide variety of her work; a selected showcase of her work will be available for viewing throughout the whole month.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

"Colour is its own Reward"

We have been remiss in not highlighting the special show running in the gallery throughout January.  

We are showcasing the acrylic paintings by artist Jayne Nixon, who has long graced our gallery with her fine work in stained and kilnworked glass. 

Jayne Nixon has lived in Winnipeg for 20 years. Her inspiration comes from travelling, as well as time spent living in other cities. Her work is often reflective of growing up in Vancouver. 

She has studied many art forms and chose glass art as her primary focus. Jayne worked at Prairie Stained Glass for many years, where she fabricated religious stained glass windows and taught jewelery making, mosaics, and kiln cast glass.

In her own words, “My inspiration for this current focus, acrylic painting, began with doodling and an interest in creating bold and colorful work similar to stained glass.

‘I am inspired by many artists; the most important thing is to find your own voice.’ Some of my favorite artists are Salvadore Dali, Johannes Schreiter, Georgia  O’Keeffe, Ione Thorkelsson, Rennie Macintosh, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.”
Several of these acrylic abstracts will be on display in Pulse until January 31.
"Arms Outstretched", 2014, 10"x20"

"A Drop in the Ocean", 2014, 8"x36"

"A Slice of Life", 2014, 20"x16"

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Contemplating Excellence in Manitoba Fine Craft

A recent visit to the SOFA Chicago show (Sculptural Objects Functional Art and Design) caused some contemplation of the richness, quality and diversity in craft that we have here in this province.

The show is a prominent one, showcasing galleries from across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand offering fine craft, sculpture, furniture, and jewelry in a variety of mediums.  There are many lectures and expert panels, focusing on aspects of the advancement of craft, issues specific to mediums, to collectors, to aesthetics itself.  It was truly fascinating to both observe and participate, and listen to discussion about sloppy craft, postmodern craft, fine craft, technologically based craft, craft made by fabricators supervised by the artist, and on and on.  The level of the discussion was impressive, as was the relative sophistication of the audience, and their apparent ability to contemplate the deservedly high price of the objects at the show--often reaching many, many thousands of dollars.

A quick tour through Pulse Gallery here in Winnipeg, our small gallery focusing exclusively on Manitoba art and fine craft, reveals an astonishing diversity of offerings at a variety of accessible price points, and a level of craftsmanship and artistry that is worthy of pride.  SOFA was wonderful, but it served as a strong reminder that our own Manitoba makers work at a very high level, with admirable artistic concept and skill.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Visit us next weekend!

We are proud to participate once again in Culture Days Manitoba!

For the fifth year, Culture Days invites everyone to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country!  Last year, attendance across the country topped 1.7 million Canadians.

Pulse Gallery will be opening the gallery to demonstrations by our artists and artisans on Saturday September 27 and Sunday, September 28, from 1 - 4 pm.   You can watch them create, and ask questions about their processes.

September 27, Saturday, 1-4 pm:  painting, sculpting, and mosaic demos
September 28, Sunday, 1-4 pm:  painting, sculpting and chainmail demos  

Plan a visit to the Forks and create/participate/celebrate at a variety of venues!