Monday, January 23, 2017


Here are more works from the Alex Janvier exhibit at the National Gallery. The first is Grand Entry, with more information beneath it.

This trio of canvases particularly caught my eye for their colours.

This particularly powerful work, less abstract than others, is O'Kanada. It was a response to the Oka Crisis of 1990, and is filled with rich symbols and references.

This last painting, with its explanation preceding it, seemed quite fitting- the painting feels like winter, so Cold Lake Air suits as a title. Tomorrow we'll start looking at some of the art up in the world art galleries.


  1. Interesting art but not completely my cup of tea. Still, enjoyed your blog post.

  2. Some beautiful work here. I like the flow of the lines in the 2nd photo from the top.

  3. I had never heard of Alex Janvier, but his work is beautiful. I like the way he's using colours and lines.

  4. Oh I very much like these pieces William, the last one has actually inspired me to think about getting my paints out again 😊

  5. I was about to say that the first one was my favorite and then I scrolled down to the second one. Wow, I'd love to see that one in the middle hanging on my wall.

  6. Since my imagination is pretty weak, I always wonder how they get such a picture in their mind. Putting the picture in their mind on a canvas is another thing.

  7. @Linda: I do too.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Lauren: admittedly I feel the same way about a Picasso. I can see that it's art, but it just doesn't speak to me.

    @Lowell: I do as well.

    @Jan: he has quite a gift.

    @Grace: I thoroughly enjoyed this.

    @Sharon: I imagine his art is pricey!

    @Red: it's a marvelous talent to have.

  8. I too like the last one the best and I have not time to read all the other info. I am afraid.

  9. Oh wow. I really like the first and last one. A lot.

  10. The last photo is my favorite, I like a lot of this painting.

  11. I enjoy the style. Another 'should go to Ottawa' motivational post!!!!

  12. @Karl: it's quite a work of art!

    @Carolann: thanks!

    @RedPat: it seems popular.

    @Whisk: me too.

    @Orvokki: his work spoke to me.

    @Jennifer: you should come on into town before this exhibit closes in April.

  13. The last one is my favorite too.

  14. I guess I am not a fan of modern art....but the colors are pretty in that last one.

  15. He does a much better job of blending modern art with real life than most. I could become a fan.

  16. I love this selection. These are beautiful, all of them. The "Cold Lake Air" makes me cold looking at it. I'm not sure I can fully appreciate breathing it in.

  17. @Lois: it is a beauty.

    @Janey: I thought so too.

    @Cloudia: you're welcome.

    @Tanya: thanks!

    @Mari: I enjoy his work.

    @Kay: it was quite something to see in person.