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Reflections on Typography

Posted by on March 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm.


The Bellevue Gallery presents, Nicholas Purcell, designer and maker of exceptional handmade furniture,

Reflections on Typography

A journey from graphic design to fine furniture.
One may wonder how typography and fine furniture might find semblance together in
the same work. The original inspiration for these pieces came when I stumbled upon a
tray of vintage letterpress type. Inspired, I reflected on the printers who stood laying up
rows of type one letter at a time and the heavy machinery pressing the images of the
printed word.

The small letters and intricate motifs reminded me of a brief experience with this form of
printing in my early schooling in graphic arts. Later as I went on to study as a graphic
designer I had an immediate affinity & aptitude for hand lettering & designing with type.
It is this background and my current work as a furniture designer that combined to inspire
this exhibit.

I call myself a ‘Designer and Maker of Exceptional Handmade Furniture’; but there is no
escaping that I am an ‘Artist ‘. The lens through which I see the world and approach my
work has defined me all my life. In all the work I do I try to apply this same artistic
sensibility – believing there is intrinsic value in ‘good design’ & the ‘handmade object’
and in practicing the highest level of craftsmanship.

Show runs from May 23rd, 2013 – June 30th, 2013. Opening reception: May 23rd, 2013; 6pm – 8pm

Michiko Suzuki’s, “A Feeler” Installation

Posted by on March 15, 2013 at 11:24 am.

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Pari’s exhibit, ‘The name of this tree…’ featured in NS News

Posted by on November 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm.

“Bellevue Gallery held the opening reception of their latest show The Name of This Tree. . . on Oct. 11 with artist Pari Azarm Motamedi in attendance. The show, which runs until Nov. 10, features paintings by Pari based on the works of Iranian poet Mohammad Reza Shafii Kadkani…” (via North Shore News)

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The name of this tree…

Posted by on October 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm.

October 11, 2012 marks the opening of Bellevue Gallery’s exhibition, ‘The name of this tree…’ featuring paintings by Pari Azarm Motamedi.  This latest exhibition by Pari is based on the poetry of Mohammad Reza Shafii Kadkani.

Kadkani’s poetry expresses, in beautiful layered images, the observations, thoughts and experiences of an artist and scholar experiencing life in contemporary Iran.  Pari aims to convey her interpretations of these poems and their layers of meaning in a visual language that has been developing over a lifetime of contemplation and work.

While interpreting Kadkani’s poetry, Pari has chosen to focus on three different areas of concern and preoccupation which affect both the twenty first century poet living in Iran, and the twenty first century artist living in the West.  She believes the same areas of interest are shared by many of us living in this era of questions and contradictions.

The first area of concern focuses on poems that are a response by the poet to immediate and spontaneous times in ordinary life. The poet alludes to the importance of appreciating the moment instead of focusing on what lies beyond.  Secondly, the author focuses on sociopolitical events, and finally Kadkani deals with universal questions of life, human experience, and existence.

In Kadkani’s poems one encounters a sensitive, thoughtful artist saddened and angered by all that is happening around him and in the world.  Even so, Kadkani sees beauty, living life fully in each moment while at the same time deeply thinking about the bigger universal questions of life.

Pari shares the same concerns as Mohammad Reza Shafii Kadkani, and expresses this through her work and paintings, using Kadkani’s poetry as the source of her inspiration.

Mark Heine in September Globe and Mail

Posted by on September 15, 2012 at 11:48 am.

“His art is shrunken to fit on a postage stamp. It has also been blown up to decorate the side of a ship” (the Globe and Mail, 2012)

The Bellevue Gallery hosted a solo exhibition by Mark Heine this past summer, called Child’s Play. The Gallery was pleased to show off Mark’s incredible talent and clients and patrons alike enjoyed his vibrant paintings. A recent article on Mark can be found in the September 13th issue of the Globe and Mail.

Signed, sealed, and delivered, Mark Heine’s art is yours. (via The Globe and Mail)

Michiko Suzuki & Wayne Eastcott exhibit at Canadian Embassy in Japan

Posted by on July 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm.

Following his exhibition, Systems: New Works on Metal and Paper at the Bellevue Gallery, Wayne Eastcott traveled to Japan with fellow printmaker and gallery artist Michiko Suzuki, to exhibit at the Canadian Embassy. “Printmaking eh?” consisted of 4 artists, showcasing their work in the Prince Takamado Gallery in the Canadian Embassy, Japan.

Click here to see a preview of the work.

“Child’s Play” in the North Shore News (07/20/2012)

Posted by on July 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm.

“Heine never gets tired of painting his main subjects, his two daughters. The works speak to the other parents and grandparents who remember idyllic days on the beach”…

Here is a link to the article in the North Shore News highlighting Mark Heine’s show here at the Gallery. Written by Jen St. Denis (

Chelsea House Exhibition featured in NS News

Posted by on June 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm.

On Friday June 1, 2012 the Bellevue Gallery’s Chelsea House Art Exhibition was featured in the North Shore News Bright Lights. Click here to view the article.

From May 4-12, 2012 the Bellevue Gallery hosted a children’s art exhibition as a fundraiser for Chelsea House preschool. For one week the walls were adorned with works of art created by children who attend Chelsea House.  Some pieces were auctioned off as a fundraiser for the school while others were pieces that each student took home with them. This show not only helped raise funds for the school but also emphasized the importance of art as an aspect of learning and growing.

Bellevue Gallery participating in the North Shore Art Crawl

Posted by on April 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm.

This year the Bellevue Gallery will be participating in the North Shore Art Crawl. Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22, 2012 from 11am-5pm.  It’s a free weekend event with artists’ studios and galleries open for all to explore. There are 200 artists and 50 locations to enjoy. The Bellevue Gallery will be featuring our current exhibition, Systems: New Works on Metal and Paper by Wayne Eastcott. Not to be missed!



All: The Span of a Heart featured in the North Shore News

Posted by on March 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm.

Bellevue Gallery’s latest exhibition, All: The Span of a Heart by Galen Felde, was recently featured in the North Shore News Bright Lights. Click here to see the full article.