Summer Newsletter – 2018


If you haven’t had a chance to visit for a while, you might have missed the opportunity to view some great pieces, here are just a few that have recently sold.

Maxwell Bates, “Church in Saanich”, 1964, Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 48″

Lawren Harris, “Abstract”, 1958, Oil on Board, 24.5″ x 30″

Ignacio Iturria, Untitled, c.1996, Mixed Media on Canvas, 19.5″ x 79″

Guido Molinari, Untitled (October 1962), 1962, Oil on Canvas, 45″ x 38.5″

The empty spaces on the walls are once again filled with delight and beauty. Come and see some of our new acquisitions,  such as this 1993 Jack Shadbolt 56″ x 48″ painting titled “The Last Flowering” in our main gallery space.

Also, showing for the first time in our main gallery space, is this impressive 47″ x 81″ 1977 David Craven drawing titled “Politico VII”.

David Craven was a New York based Canadian artist, who is widely recognized for his distinctive painting practices that spanned a forty-year career. Craven’s work is 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.

If you were wondering where is Landon’s impressive 90″ x 158″ painting titled “Mirror (Square)” from the Autumn Almanac Exhibition,Landon and her handy helper Jack unraveled it for us one last time, before taking it off the stretcher and diligently rolling it, wrapping it with fabric into a large candy shape getting it ready for transport.

A big thank you to Landon and Jack for all their hard work, it is very difficult to say goodbye to this magnificent powerful work. If you would still like to see Landon’s work in the gallery, there is another equally extraordinary piece titled “Short Waves” currently on view.



In anticipation of an exhibition we are currently working on for Fall 2018, we would like to introduce a work by one of Elan’s notable artists Tony Robins, who is a well-known architect based here in Vancouver with a dedicated full-time art practice.

Tony Robins and his firm AARobins have received awards from Paris to Japan. Tony is a recipient of the prestigious Prix de Rome in Architecture, a winner of the Lieutenant Governor of BC/AIBC’s Special Jury Award for the Kits Beach Restaurant and Lifeguard Project, as well as recipient of Canadian Architect Magazine Awards since the firm’s inception and first project in 1981. won the 2014/15 Western Living “Architect of the Year”, “Interior Designer of the Year” and “Eco Designer of the Year”.

This work “Roundhay Garden Scene” explores the juxtaposition of the classic and contemporary, where the first frame of the first moving picture is laid next to a Base64transmediation of the picture.

Detail of Tony’s “Roundhay Garden Scene”

In simpler terms, Base64 is a computer language, where images are read only as numbers and letters, a string of codes.

Here is the 2.5 second long “Roundhay Garden Scene” film. The earliest celluloid film was shot by Louise Le Prince using the Le Prince single-lens camera made in 1888.

It was taken in the garden of the Whitley family house in Oakwood Grange Road, Roundhay, a suburb of Leeds, Yorkshire, Great Britain, possibly on October 14, 1888. It shows Adolphe Le Prince (Le Prince’s son), Mrs. Sarah Whitley, (Le Prince’s mother-in-law), Joseph Whitley and Miss Harriet Hartley. The ‘actors’ are shown walking around in circles, laughing to themselves and keeping within the area framed by the camera.

Elan Fine Art is proud to support the 2018 Odlum Brown VanOpen. A Tennis Canada Event, the largest and most celebrated Men’s and Women’s professional tennis tournament in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Tickets are on sale now, we would love to see you there. Find the image of this Joseph Kyle painting in the tournament program.

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 and let us know, so we can email you when we plan to host one.