Sep 17 - Dec 24, 2022 Douglas family art centre

Richard Calver: Life Force

Randolph Parker, Shoal Lake Elm Tree, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 101.6 x 76.2 cm / 40 x 30 in, N 49º 30' 22.24" W 95º 02' 32.59"

Richard Calver, Dandelions Rejoicing, 1989, linocut 47 x 34.3 cm / 18.5 x 13.5 in
Edition of 50, completed 50

Richard Calver (1946 – 2021) was an English-Canadian artist who was an innovator of his medium, linocut printmaking. With a highly identifiable style that is both illustrative and expressive, Calver attracts the eye with a dynamic energy and captures it in unparalleled detail. Through his contemplative disposition and naturalist ideals Calver has produced a body of work that is introspective and insightful, exploring who we are – within ourselves, to each other, and as beings of the natural world.  The power of his work is in its ability to slow us down, make us study, and understand the greater workings of life.

The natural world is amazing. Each leaf and branch uncoils and stretches out according to its own inner rhythm, its own pattern and design within the larger pattern.

– Richard Calver

Did you know?

The editor of the local newspaper pushed for Kenora to be named “Tresilva” instead.  He thought the word was excellent because it could be written without lifting the pen off the paper. The name Tresilva was tremendously unpopular with the townsfolk and was quickly abandoned.

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