Elan Spring Newsletter

A big Thank You to everyone that came to see the Geoff Rees Exhibition. We were blessed to have so many visitors who had Geoff as a teacher and mentor from his teaching years at Emily Carr, he was everyone’s favourite, and continues to inspire so many. It was also very good to see Geoff and Elisabeth’s dear friends and family that came and gave him tremendous support and love. Geoff’s works are hugely significant to our Vancouver artists, his influence extends beyond the realms of institution, he taught us how to think, feel, and see, rather than just how to paint. Geoff’s free spirit is reflected in his masterful usage of dynamic colours and assertive opulent gestures within his brushstrokes. The power of each piece lies beneath the delicate layers of paint, and each painting is satisfying and refreshing. If you haven’t read what Jack Shadbolt wrote about Geoff, you can read it HERE.

Geoff’s work is one of our favourites. If you missed the show, we still have a couple of pieces by Geoff hanging in our current exhibition.

We are exhibiting a collection of works from different artists, a variety of new pieces, as well as re-visiting some old favorites. One piece we recently acquired is from the German artist Ulf Puder, who has influenced an important generation of contemporary artists in Europe. Another one is a beautifully delicate piece from Vancouver based artist Sean Mills. Across from Sean’s piece hangs a large David Craven drawing, whose works are represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and the Vancouver Art Gallery. In the main showroom, you’ll also find a large diptych by international award-winning architect Tony Robins, aside from his busy architecture career, he is managing a full time art practice, producing thought-provoking elegant pieces. You will also see a painting from Marc Séguin, done in oil and ashes on canvas, silent and hauntingly alluring.

We are also showing pieces from David Urban, Tony Scherman, Ricardo Mazal, and Medri MacPhee, as well as a beautiful collection of Gordon Smith pieces. This show will be up until our next exhibition, watch for our invitation for the next opening.



We took a trip to Victoria last month to see the Beyond the Edges: Art & Geometry exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Among the many beautiful pieces, including works by Brian Fisher, Roy Kiyooka, Maxwell Bates, Robert Murray, most special of them all, the two pieces by Elan’s very special artist Joseph Kyle. We would like to extend our gratitude to Haema Sivanesan, who is one of the wonderful curators of this exhibition, and who gave us a fantastic tour.

If you happen to be in Victoria, this show is charming and delightful, and is a must-see. Show runs until April 22nd.



We will be doing a series of visual concerts, but in case you have never been to one, a visual concert, like a musical concert, is where an audience sits and experiences an artwork one at a time. During the viewing, a description will be given, hopefully allowing the viewer a deeper, more complete experience of the work. Viewing art in this manner allows the viewer to engage in a focused concentrated way without distraction, leading to what can often be a profoundly moving experience. Our visual concert will be focused on the works of Joseph Kyle.

We are taking names for those who are interested in coming to the next one. If you are interested, please feel free to email us info@elanfineart.ca and let us know, so we can email you when we plan to host one.