Artists Represented by Bremner & Bremner
John James Audubon
Audubon, the son of a french sea captain, loved rambling the countryside, where he collected and studied nature relating to birds. He had no sense of business responsibility, so, at the age of 34, Audubon committed the remainder of his life, to the study of birds, their behaviors and their habitats. His earliest drawings date from 1805. Audubon worked with his sons and other assistants, but needed someone to truly convey his visions. Success was found when he teamed up with master engraver and colorist, Robert Havell Jr., to create 435 plates of his work. The resulting richness of Audubon’s mature compositions convey a vitality of the events and subjects he observed. The degree to which life is captured in such elegance and refinement, is a true measure of the resounding success and a testament to John James Audubon’s, Birds of America.
For more than forty years, Al Green devoted himself to sculpture, a passion that colored his life. Green’s initial work consisted of representations of the human form, including a series of female figures and life-sized busts. These impressionistically textured works in wax and clay were cast in bronze and patinated in rich tones of brown and green. Influenced by such luminaries as Archipenko and Lipchitz, Green pursued a cubist, angular aesthetic, which ultimately became his artistic style. Green went on to create works in categories that include Musicians and Dancers, Sports, Human Figures, Cactus, Religious Symbols, Totems, Awards and Towers. He favored casting 12-18 inch bronzes but his creativity extended to large scale work, many of which are installed throughout Toronto. His peers including renowned artists Sorel Etrog and Maryon Kantaroff recognized the presence and emotional power of Green’s work immediately. Green was a generous donor of his work to charity, has had several solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions. His work can be found in public and private collections in Canada and around the world.
As co-founder of Greenwin Construction, Green helped develop and shape the urban landscape of Toronto. Early on he received the nickname “Dream Maker” because of his social involvement and generosity. He was a tireless philanthropist, and honored with the Order of Canada for his devotion community service.
In 2000, he founded the Al Green Sculpture Studio & School, which fulfilled his desire to provide a venue for sculptors to work and learn in an open, accessible environment. Green continued to enrich himself and others through his involvement in arts organizations including The Sculptors Society of Canada and The Art Gallery of Ontario.
Canadian, born 1951
Born and grew up in an outpost camp near Pangnirtung. Archie is an amazing and talented artist, who learned to carve while watching his brother work. Archie is a very kind peaceful person. His art is also very soft and the movement flows through his art. Being in his forties, Archie is sure to be considered an artist who art is in very high demand . Some of his carvings include women caring for children, hunters and Inuit legends. The Inuit people have had a long history of creativity dating back over a thousand years and art is an important part of their culture.
Lee Anne LaForge
Canadian, born 1949
“I have enjoyed looking at your website Lee Anne. You have made some powerful work!” David Monkhouse, Curator, The National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa based artist Lee Anne La Forge has been working in acrylic and encaustic media since 2007. After retiring from a thirty-year career in public education, she has turned her attention back to her passion for creating art.
LeeAnne has had the privilege of studying under the legendary New York School of Modern Art painter, Lila Lewis, who was herself a student of the late great Helen Frankenthahler. Influenced by Lila’s nonrepresentational approach, Lee Anne has gone on to develop her own style of abstract art. She works in both acrylics and encaustic beeswax.
Her work in Encaustic Beeswax is an organic process of layering of beeswax mixed with dammar resin and color pigments and the fusing of each layer with heat. Her work of combining photographic images with encaustic paints creates an interesting balance between the two art forms.
From the artist …”My work is an outward expression of my journey of faith. It is the embodiment of life, the visceral, raw and unspoken. I use color, blurred lines and hard edges to speak my truth. The process of constructing and deconstructing, the scaping back of layers exposing traces of what lies beneath gives my work soul. I hope that those who view my paintings will be able to identify with them on an emotional level. That would make me happy.”
First Nations (Ojibway), 1931-2007
“My art speaks and will continue to speak, transcending barriers of nationality, of language and of other forces that may be divisive, fortifying the greatness of the spirit that has always been the foundation of the Ojibwa people.” Norval Morrisseau – Travels to the House of Invention
Norval Morrisseau (Copper Thunderbird) was a Grand Shamon of the Ojibwa people. Founder of the Woodland School of art, heralded as the Picasso of the North, Morrisseau as a single force, brought his message to all through his art.
Norval Morrisseau is one of the most original and important artists, indigenous or otherwise that Canada has produced. Norval was the first to paint the ancient myths and legends of the eastern woodlands, stories previously passed down by the oral tradition. He spent his youth in remote isolation in northern Ontario, near Thunder Bay, where his artistic style developed without the usual influences of other artist’s imagery. As the soul originator of his “Woodland” style he has become an inspiration to three generations of artists.
Norval was brought up by his grandfather who introduced him to Ojibwa shamanism and told him the stories and legends passed down amongst the Ojibwa people. Norval began producing images to illustrate these stories. He would draw on the sandy beaches of Lake Nippigon with a stick and let the waves take the images away. He was told by some that it was taboo to relate these stories. Norval Morrisseau is not a man that is easily dissuaded by ancient taboos. He developed his style, adding striking color to his paintings and eventually took them south to Toronto where they were meet with rave reviews. His work now hangs in all of the most prestigious museums in Canada and around the world.
Inuit, born 1953
Bill Nasogaluak is an Inuit artist born in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada in 1953. He started drawing at a young age then transitioned into painting. For many years, he practiced his art in his spare time while he worked as a certified electronic technician. He then became a full time artist in 1992 and focused primarily on sculpting.
His artwork mainly represents interpretations of what he knows best; his Inuvialuit culture, the mythology and traditions of his people, the relationship between the land and wildlife, and the struggles facing the Inuit past and present way of life. Bill tells the stories of Inuit legends and struggles through the use of metaphors and symbolism.
Bill has pursued many avenues along his chosen career path, such as teaching art at the Arctic College and competing in ice carving in Burges, Belgium. He has been a judge for the De Beers ice carving competition in Yellowknife, and has participated as a competitor in the past.
He has participated in and led many collaborative projects. He was the lead in the design and production of the new Ceremonial Mace for the Northwest Territories legislature after the land negotiations in 1999. He participated in the creation of the commemorative sculpture to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik. He also has Inuksuit installations in Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, India and Peru. In addition, he was an artist in residence in Arles, France in 2017.
Bill has been interviewed by National and international media, has been published in newspaper, magazines and multiple books on Inuit art. He is a true Renaissance sculptor in modern time.
Canadian, born 1964
Momcilo Simic was born in Yugoslavia in 1964 and is now living in the Kitchener area of Ontario. Momcilo Simic completed his studies at the University of Belgrade where he earned his degree in psychology. He practiced psychology for seven years. Momcilo started to paint during his studies. The connection between psychology on one side and painting on the other goes back to the past in visual arts and has a role in the understanding of a work of art. In Simic’s paintings each object is purposefully put at the exact place in relation to other objects and therefore has it’s own meaning to the viewer. He is self taught and completely devoted to his paintings. At first painting was a hobby but later, through exploration and determination, it became his profession. His paintings were part of several group exhibitions in Belgrade, Rome and Paris. Simic’s works are filled with vibrant reality and are almost exclusively devoted to capturing the inner beauty of still life and the silent depths of landscapes. The colors of his works are harmonious and at the same time graceful and luminous. His works are part of numerous collections in Canada. USA and Europe.
Tim is a self-taught First Nations artist from Sachigo (near Sandy Lake), Ontario. He started drawing at the age of nine and was encouraged in the Woodland discipline by his parents. By twelve years of age, he was painting. … Tim Tait’s favoured medium is acrylic, which he lays down on both canvas and artists’ papers.Tim is starting to be discovered by collectors, nationally and internationally.
– Submitted by Bremner & Bremner – fine art