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“The Promise of Rainbows”

Posted by on January 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm.

Interview with Aaron Robbins discussing his new piece “The Promise of Rainbows”, featured in Bellevue Gallery’s new exhibition Evolution.

Q: What was your inspiration behind this piece?

A: There are both emotional and methodological inspirations to my paintings. The emotional aspects of my paintings come from personal life experiences while exploring the rich landscapes that surround me and have had contact with in my travels across Canada. The methodological inspirations are driven by a desire to explore with materials that give a different and new visual effect to my paintings. Principal technical objective in this painting is transparent layering, colour suspension and sepatation creating both physical and rendered depth, balance and movement. An invaluable process of creating these new compositions is to manipulate digital references of previous paintings and internet image searches.

Q: What does this piece represent to you?

A: “The Promise of Rainbows” represents a new beginning and hope for the future.

Q: Is there any kind of story assocaited with it?

A: The story behind the painting can be referenced biblically in Genesis Chapter 9. Everything corrupt and evil has been washed away giving new hope for the future. Storm clouds dissipate; light emerges, creating new life and the creation of a rainbow. The rainbow in the painting is represented by the intense colours forming on the ground.

Q: How long did it take you to create this piece?

A: My recent body of work has been taking a really long time. The labour involved with each painting is quite intense. Four to seven layers of pouring medium with painting in between each later. Painting on the pouring medium is similar to painting on glass. The paint has a hard time adhering to the medium and at first has quite a bit of translucency. Dealing with the transparent coats of paint involves repainting the image multiple times, for example, each flower took 2-3 hours totaling approximately 35 hours.

Bellevue Gallery welcomes Chang-Soo Kim

Posted by on November 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm.

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The Bellevue Gallery is honored to exhibit the work of Chang-Soo Kim during the month of November. Kim studied in Korea and in Germany, and lives in Seoul, South Korea, where he is a professor at the college of art in Kyungwon University. He has exhibited internationally with considerable success.

For Chang-Soo Kim the human face is not only the building block of his painstakingly constructed images, but also the subject matter. These works are thus a form of meditation on the nature of humanity. Just as the pixel is the basic constituent of a digital image, so Chang-Soo begins with digital images of human faces at a scale close to the single-pixel level and then manipulates large numbers of them with precision to create images of other faces and places. It is a profoundly humanist approach to the making of art, one that he is currently extending into new areas. The process of his work is a direct link between the images of anonymous strangers and the creation of images of Everyman.

Embrace Life Art Auction on Sept. 9th, 2010 (featured in North Shore News)

Posted by on September 21, 2010 at 11:22 am.

Thanks to the North Shore News for attending the evening and snapping some amazing photos of some of the beautiful faces that were in attendance.

Over $14,000.00 was raised for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Click here to read their coverage

Embrace Life Art Auction Featured in North Shore News, Sept. 5/10

Posted by on September 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm.

The Embrace Life Art Auction for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice was well documented in both the North Shore News and the Outlook.  See a preview on Sept. 5th.

Embrace Life Art Auction featured in the North Shore Outlook

Posted by on July 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm.

The Embrace Life Art Auction, hosted by Bellevue Gallery and in collaboration with Innovative Fitness, was featured in the North Shore Outlook on Thursday August 19, 2010. The North Shore Outlook tells the story of how Embrace Life emerged and the importance of the event, For the Children.

Click here to view the For the Children article.

Colours of India in the North Shore News

Posted by on May 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm.

The COLOURS OF INDIA exhibition featuring photography by Emma Milley brightens the pages of the North Shore News.

The North Shore News captures the essence of this exciting exhibition held at the Bellevue Gallery.  A portion of the proceeds from the sales in this exhibition will go to the non-profit organization Just Go.

Click here to read the North Shore News article.

Erica Grimm-Vance featured in Trinity Western Magazine

Posted by on April 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm.

“A heart attack is an ugly thing. It conjures images of excessive cholesterol, clogged arteries, pulsing valves and ventricles, red-faced pot-bellied candidates, and yes, death.”

That’s how Amanda Smit Regier’s article about Bellevue Gallery artist Erica Grimm-Vance entitled The Aesthetics of Attentiveness begins. In the no. 18 issue of Trinity Western magazine (click here for the online version) Grimm-Vance, an art professor at Trinity Western University talks about her 2008 heart attack and how it taught her to see deeply and connect in a more profound way with life and the world around her.

The Bellevue Gallery is pleased to represent the art of Erica Grimm-Vance. With her long-standing interest in issues of embodiment, Erica’s personal experience brings a new depth of understanding to her work.

The Aesthetics of Attentiveness in Trinity Western Magazine

Welcome to our new and improved home on the web!

Posted by on April 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm.

The Bellevue Gallery is excited to launch our new website in the hope of helping you, the viewer access information quickly and efficiently.

Some added features include the ability to view all the gallery artists at a glance. If you are interested in a particular artist, simply click on their profile to find their individual section with a full gallery of their artwork as well as their biographies, curriculum vitas and artist statements. You can bookmark your favorite artist and check back for updates and new artwork.

The exhibition pages have been extended to include photos from the individual exhibitions and will be updated regularly to include show photos. In addition, the exhibition pages now link directly to the artist pages so you can get a clear idea of what each artist on display has to offer. Here you can view the present exhibition, the upcoming exhibitions, and those from the past.

Another new addition to the Bellevue Gallery site is the ‘News’ section.  Look for postings and articles about events in the Gallery, information about upcoming shows, newspaper and magazine articles, as well as artist and other gallery related information.

Finally we’ve added new social media tools to our site so you can easily share your favourite pages, artists or shows with your friends through email, Twitter, Facebook or a myriad of other social networks. You’ll find the social network buttons on all news articles, artist profiles and exhibit pages.

It is our desire to serve both our artists and our clients better. We are grateful for the support and encouragement given in the past and look forward to continued growth in the future. If you have any questions, comments or want to get in touch with us for any other reason visit our Contact page for contact information.

Bellevue Gallery in the North Shore News

Posted by on April 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm.

North Shore News recently ran a short piece on our latest gallery show TWO featuring the works of Galen Felde and Nadine Stefan. The piece included a full gallery of photos from the opening including the photo above. Click here to see the full gallery.