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Losing Control of the Landscape: Ross Penhall

October 4 – Dec 16, 2023
West Vancouver Art Museum
680 – 17th Street
West Vancouver, BC

Losing Control of the Landscape: Ross Penhall

Ross Penhall’s vibrant landscapes on view through May 15, 2023


Heffel, the Vancouver-based national art auction powerhouse, is expanding its national network with a new display and art storage space in Calgary.

The space launches with a preview of Heffel’s spring auction, including works by Alex Colville, Jean Paul Riopelle and Doris McCarthy, says the company.

The works will be on display from March 24 to March 26 at the new 4,500-square-foot facility in an industrial park at 220 Manning Road N.E.

The new building includes a gallery and a secure storage facility for fine art. Heffel plans to hold exhibitions, special events and auction previews throughout the year, and will also offer secure storage for collectors, both private and corporate.

The auction preview is free and open to the public.

Previews will then be held in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, with the spring auction to follow May 25 as a live broadcast from the company’s digital sales room in Toronto.

A highlight of the sale is Colville’s painting, June Noon, 1963, which has been consigned from a collection in Germany. It is expected to sell for $1.5 million to $2.5 million.

Other pieces to watch include A.Y. Jackson’s Émileville, Que., estimated to fetch $125,000 to $175,000, and Arthur Lismer’s An Ontario Village (Meadowvale), estimated at $250,000 to $350,000.

Also on offer is Riopelle’s Sans titre, valued at $400,000 to $600,000, and William Kurelek’s Cutting the Ice, at $70,000 to $90,000.

Heffel is also mounting a Calgary exhibition of works by Colville, Thinking, Making, Reflecting, from March 25 to April 25, and a group show featuring works by artists in its stable, including Ross Penhall, Barry Ace, David Blackwood and Joe Fafard.

Colville’s works can be viewed online here. A digital version of the catalogue is available here.

The new space was developed by Telsec, with Dovetail acting as contractor. Its design was handled by Calgary architect Rick Balbi, with interiors inspired by HB Design.

Heffel is keeping its existing office and gallery in downtown Calgary.

Assiniboia’s Shurniak Art Gallery excited for upcoming exhibits and activities this year

April 19, 2022

With pandemic measures all but lifted, the Shurniak Art Gallery in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan is preparing to host several exhibits and activities this year, some of which it couldn’t host during the past two years.

Staff are working to transform some of the galleries so the venue can host an exhibit from White Rock, British Columbia, featuring works from the collection of late founder William (Bill) Shurniak, explained public relations officer Gail Mergen. Shurniak had a home in White Rock, so these works are his final bequest to the gallery after he died in 2020.

These 38 paintings will go on display by Tuesday, April 26.

“It’s like an extension of some of Bill’s favourites … (with) beautiful large canvasses,” Mergen said. “Also, we have a donation by the artist Ross Penhall from Vancouver. He has donated a surprising painting in memory of Bill Shurniak. It’s called ‘Flyover’ and we’re including that in the White Rock collection.”

The painting is surprising because of how big it is and its subject matter, she added.


Shurniak Art Gallery, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan

One Girl Can  |  Annual IWANTtoBE Fundraiser

April 19, 2022

One Girl Can, a Vancouver-based charity, is hosting its eighth annual IWANTtoBE fundraiser, presented by TD Private Giving Foundation, to fund 140 university scholarships for young women in Kenya.

LIVE AUCTION ITEM: Ross Penhall, Hidden Beach, Haida Gwaii, 40 x 32, oil on canvas

A father-daughter fishing expedition to Haida-Gwaii was the artist’s inspiration for this piece.

Date & Time
April 19, 2022 | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Commodore Ballroom
868 Granville St, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver BC V6Z 1K3

Here and There (Along the Line) Exhibition

February 27 – March 28, 2020
Gallery Jones | Vancouver, BC

Ross Penhall, “Final Approach,” 2019 oil on canvas, 44″ x 60″

Ross Penhall: Artist Statement

I have been painting for more than twenty-five years, but curiosity and creativity have been in me since I was a boy. Since then, they have become an inseparable part of my life, informing my thoughts and interests.

Practicing my craft every day in or out of my studio has become second nature to me: a way of life in which there is no boredom. The rituals and routines of how I do my work are as important as the art itself. I am sustained by the years of my life poured into my work, and the body of work that speaks for itself.

I’m becoming more content with the joys and discomforts of living the creative life. I realize these feelings or moods are cyclical. I practice gratitude. My creative flow comes from daily practice, which builds a strong base allowing me to move forward.

I inch my way, removing obstacles and distractions. Art is problem solving and making adjustments. There are no mistakes, only adjustments.

The subjects I choose are familiar to me — I see them around me everyday and in my travels. In these subjects I look to contrast, balance and amplify what I see. My interest lies in the composition, transforming the world outside and making it my own, while allowing the viewer to find their own story.