The first major exhibition of paintings by Haisla artist, Lyle Wilson is currently featured at the Bill Reid Gallery.
The exhibition, Paint: The Painted Works of Lyle Wilson was conceptualized by Maple Ridge Art Gallery curator, Barbara Duncan and reveals the impressive range of traditional and contemporary elements of Wilson's evolving artistic vision, while celebrating his accomplishments as a painter. Created over a period of 20 years, this collection of 58 works was curated to be enjoyed in its entirety, as well as to show pieces with remarkable detail in execution, and reflect narrative themes and personal stories.
"While historical Pacific Northwest Coast paintings on boxes, screens, and house fronts arouse much interest among experts and the public, modern works in this medium are largely ignored. Because I also work in wood and metal, I know that painting is as challenging as these other media. Yet the inventiveness and skill involved in painting in Northwest Coast styles is not widely recognized" Lyle Wilson cited in Paint: The Painted Works of Lyle Wilson
The exhibition catalogue, Paint, offers not only a comprehensive visual record of the exhibition, but some 30 essays by the artist that help to explain his paintings, and reflect his keen interest in the Haisla language.
The presentation of Paint in this Gallery would not have been possible without the generous support of the Deux Mille Foundation, The Mary and Gordon Christopher Family Foundation, Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, and The Listel Hotel.
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation
March 27, 2013 to September 15, 2013