Meet: Greg Pyra
Our collection at Petley Jones Gallery has a wonderful diversity of art. It is not often that an artist has such diversity amongst his or her own work - Greg Pyra is one of these rare artists. Our selection of work by Greg Pyra contains exquisite landscapes alongside vintage-style figurative paintings. His mastery of the medium of oil is obvious when comparing these images of very different genres...
Meet: Brigitta Kocsis
I first encountered the work of Brigitta Kocsis while digging around the Petley Jones Gallery inventory. I pulled out a selection of her work - four little canvases including #6, seen below. A perfect square, measuring only ten inches by ten inches, it is a small image with a big emotional impact. I found myself in awe of the central figure and her spooky surroundings. The diluted, dripping...
Meet: Diana McNish
Our front window at Petley Jones Gallery is currently alive with vibrant, figurative sculptures by Diana McNish. Below is Prunella - she is larger-than-life, not only in her appearance but in her size. Her torso folds over at the hips, but if she were able to raise herself upright, she would tower over your average professional basketball player. Her curved upper-half is, in fact, made of one...
LINE: PAST & PRESENT
On Saturday, we opened a new exhibition called LINE: PAST & PRESENT. From now until August 4th, we will be showing drawings from contemporary and historical artists in support of the Vancouver Drawn Festival, a one-of-a-kind celebration of the medium of drawing. It is a unique multi-venue event that includes free lectures, gallery tours, exhibition openings, and artist talks across the city,...
Meet: Clayton Anderson
The average visit to Petley Jones Gallery begins the following way: you walk through our front door and down the ramp into the gallery space. You take a look around at our collection and eventually approach the front desk. Here, you will typically find two things: our lovely Gallery Manager, Jeen, and a featured painting, which is presently a big dreamy landscape in blues, greens, and grays. The...
Duncan Regehr x 2
If you happen to find yourself in Victoria over the next six weeks and you love colourful, kooky, figurative oil paintings, then you are in for a treat. Duncan Regehr, one of our contemporary artists here at Petley Jones, will be showing not one, but two retrospective exhibitions over the next two months. The Legacy Gallery is showing “Transformation: A Retrospective” from June 13 -...
The ArtWalk was a huge success! Our thanks go out to the South Granville Business Improvement Association and our friends on Gallery Row for making it possible. Not only was it great publicity for the participating galleries, but it was an amazing chance to admire the variety of art in Vancouver and meet some really lovely people. We had hundreds of visitors stop by - some folks were interested in...
I'm Stephanie the Intern, nice to meet you.
Being a Petley Jones Intern has its perks. The gallery’s absolutely massive back-room inventory is like Disneyland for a recent Art History graduate like myself. In the last couple of months, I have photographed and touched and labelled more incredible pieces of art than my brain can comprehend. An unexpected perk is the killer workout my arms and legs have been receiving from lifting and...
Sounds Good on Paper
It’s been a pretty crazy last couple of weeks here at Petley Jones Gallery. While everyone walks around peacefully out in the snow/rain/hail/sun (whatever Vancouver decides to throw at us for the day), we’ve been busy gearing up for next Thursday’s opening including making, designing, and printing Sounds Good on Paper exhibition catalogues. Sounds Good on Paper opens March...
Petley Jones Gallery is getting ready to launch a new website. It’s going to be fresh, innovative, and full of fantastic images. Watch out internet, a new and exciting website is about to blow your mind. Stay tuned!!
Down the Rabbit Hole
Art lovers of Canada unite! Pilar Mehlis is featuring in a contemporary group show, Down the Rabbit Hole: The Whimsical World of Pop Surrealism, which explores the themes of fantasy, fairytales, and urban mythology. It is sure to inspire and awaken a sense of curiosity and wonder in everyone. The exhibition is taking place at the Art Gallery of Calgary and runs from February 10, 2012- April 7,...
An artist is not paid for his labor, but for his vision- James Whistler
We’re back from the holidays!!! What better way to celebrate the new year then enjoy inspiring art. We are currently displaying art by: Ann Nelson Blake Michael Hermesh Debra Van Tuinen Gerda Lattey Clayton Anderson Gordon Smith Herbet Siebner Gathie Falk Don Li-Leger
Thomas Anfield Featured in the Vancouver Sun →
Polychrome Fine Arts in Victoria, British Columbia opened an exhibition of sock monkey paintings by our very own featured artist Thomas Anfield. The show, Monkey Island, comprises of more than 20 works by the Vancouver artist. Anfield plays around with the concept of the sock monkey, a stuffed folk-art doll made from work socks. What I love most about Anfield’s paintings is the way they...
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go...
The purpose of art is not a rarified, intellectual distillate- it is life,...
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”- Edgar Degas