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!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Spotlight on...Dale Turner

Dale has been a foundation artist of Pulse Gallery since its opening.  While her subject matter and techniques are diverse, her style is always identifiable.  Painting allows Dale to create and express her own beliefs and values for others to both enjoy and interpret according to their own individual tastes and understanding.  Art, for Dale, is a never-ending experience about life, our inner self, and the development of our individual expression.

"Roots Matter", acrylic on canvas, 24"x48"
Dale's strong and confident use of limited colour palettes is a signature aspect of her work, whether it be a neutrally-toned abstract with metallics as above, or one of her striking poppy series.

Recently, Dale has been producing abstract pieces with powerful themes referencing the power that music has in our lives.  Once again, she limits her colour palette with striking results, and the piece is at once accessible and thought-provoking.

"Sentimental Jazz", acrylic, 24"x36"

Her "Winnipeg Icons" pieces are strikingly modern, and bring to life Winnipeg's new Canadian Human Rights Museum and the Esplanade Riel, with the backdrop of the often-overlooked urban beauty of Winnipeg's downtown.  Her sophisticated use of colour gives these more representational works a strongly contemporary power.

"Winnipeg Icons", framed acrylic, 20"x40"

"Winnipeg Icons", acrylic on canvas, 20"x60"

Dale has reproduced a few of her works in a series of high-quality blank greeting cards and small framed prints, both of which are a very popular item here at Pulse.

Selection of blank greeting cards with reproductions of paintings by artist Dale Turner

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Spotlight on...Garry Budyk

Garry is a nature photographer, birder and amateur naturalist from Winnipeg Manitoba, and his photos of Manitoba's beauty are a favourite of many of our customers, both locals and visitors.  His attention to detail, professional presentation, commitment to customer service, and meticulous cataloguing combine with his artistry to make him the artist of choice for people looking for scenes from a particular area in the province, or for those trying to capture a certain memory. 

In Garry's own words, "I strive to create images that take a step beyond being simply “beautiful pictures” (and I daresay there are unlimited opportunities to find said beauty in Manitoba!).  What I attempt to create are images that catch the viewer's eye, draws them into the scene and makes a connection to their own life experience.  Smiles and good memories of sitting by a rushing waterfall … Grandpa's old barn … hearing the crunch of the leaves as you walked that path through the forest … that little owl you found roosting in your backyard.  Beautiful photos yes--but hopefully so much more."

As a young man, Garry became fascinated with the view through the lens.  Working mostly in black and white, he spent several years learning the basics of composition, lighting and exposure, and in the process exposing many thousands of frames.  Black and white led to colour, and the rich vibrant hues of Kodachrome.  Seeing the world anew in full glorious colour led Garry to embrace the brilliance and clarity of colour work.  This can clearly be seen in his work right to this day.

However, black and white continues to be an important part of Garry's work.  Architectural gems in the Exchange District, historic prairie elevators and monochromatic renderings of the natural world are some of the main themes Garry chooses to present in black and white.

A recent addition to Garry's catalogue of Manitoba scenes has been a selection of focused post-processing work adding a contemporary edge to his already diverse offerings.  Garry has kindly offered us some insight into these new pieces.  "Earlier this year, as an antidote to our already too-long winter , I began experimenting with some extreme alterations of some common and uncommon scenes I have experienced and photographed. My normal modus operandi involves a realistic interpretation , with a comfortable compostion and touch of warmth . The photographs I began working with by no means had “uncomfortable” compositions or lacked warmth but my experiments were designed to see these attributes from a totally different perspective . The result is what I've come to call 'Images of Manitoba … Alternate Realities'."

Garry offers a selection of his work in a variety of sizes and formats in the gallery, and as well is able to work with the customer to customize size and mounting choices within a very reasonable timeframe.  Yet another reason to visit Pulse Gallery!