Thursday, November 21, 2013


We have a second studio visit scheduled in December, we will visit Beau Dick on the 8th of December. 

Beau Dick is currently the artist in residence at the AHVA at UBC. 
Here is an interesting introduction to the man, the myth, the legend; the maker of monsters.
A carver who takes much of his inspiration and technique from traditional Kwakwaka’wakw art, Beau’s work has been particularly noted for its embrace of contemporary influences, often incorporating European and Asian styles into his creations. His masks in particular have been lauded for their rough yet realistic presentation, representing a piece that is both austere yet incredibly life-like. As the artist himself has put it:

“My style is sometimes referred to as “Potlatch Style” as it comes from a tradition of ceremony which requires many masks to be made in a short period of time. It takes many years of practice and an understanding of balance in order to create a work that is appears finished in a natural and instinctive manner, without seeming overthought.” 

Currently, Beau Dick’s work can be seen in the exhibitions, Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential School at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery on the UBC campus (until December 1, 2013) and The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part VI at the Charles H. Scott Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (until November 24, 2013).  

Beau Dick, acclaimed as one of the Northwest Coast’s most versatile and talented carvers, was born on Village Island, Kingcome Inlet, BC and lives and works in Alert Bay, BC. Reaching out beyond the confines of his own Kwakwaka’wakw culture, Dick has explored new formats and techniques in his work, including painting and drawing. His work can be found in private collections as well as museums, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, QC), the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), the Burke Museum (Seattle, WA), the UBC Museum of Anthropology and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Dick’s work has been exhibited most recently inSakahan: International Indigenous Art (2013) at the National Gallery of Canada, 75 Years of Collecting: First Nations: Myths and Realities (2006) at the Vancouver Art Gallery andSupernatural with Neil Campbell (2004) at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver). In 2012, Dick received the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award for Visual Arts.
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory’s Artist in Residence program is supported by funding from the University of British Columbia’s First Nations Studies Department and the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Office.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Join us as we visit with Jordy Hamilton on Sunday December 1st. 

If you are interested in attending this visit, as well as other CASV events, you can join as a member, find all the info you need here:

Jordy Hamilton completed an MFA at the University of British Columbia in 2011. In 2012, he was a finalist in the RBC Painting Competition, as well as in the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver’s inaugural emerging artist’s prize and was chosen as one of the top ten emerging artist in the VIP MFA Art Fair.  Jordy currently lives and works in Vancouver. In his work, painting functions as the primary mode of a multifaceted approach to art making. Sculpture, film, photography and installation have been employed at times alongside a more traditional studio practice. Recent bodies of work have developed around themes such as painting, craft, time, work, desire and escape.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Emerging Artist Prize reception, 2012
Emerging artists in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland are invited to submit their work for consideration for the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver's second Emerging Artist’s Prize. 

The CASV has announced the prize, which comes with a cash award of $3,000 to encourage and support artists within the first five years of their careers.  The prize is the only one of its kind selected through an open competition.  “There are other artist prizes awarded in Vancouver, but those are by nomination only, and focus on mid-career or senior artists,” explained CASV Board Member, Rachel Lafo, Chair of the Emerging Artist’s Prize.  “We wanted to provide emerging artists with a chance to showcase their work and receive financial support to enable them to keep on working.” 

The prize is open to artwork in all media by artists residing in the Lower Mainland. The prize defines an emerging artist as someone who has completed training, is in the first five years of an artistic career and has had at least one exhibition at an artist-run centre, public gallery, or commercial gallery.  A jury will select five finalists whose work will be exhibited at a public Gallery in Vancouver in mid-May 2014. The finalists will also receive a cash prize.

The prize is entirely funded by CASV memberships and donations.  

The CASV is a not-for-profit membership-based organization that focuses on promoting an appreciation and understanding of Contemporary Art.  Members enjoy studio visits, art trips, and lectures by prominent artists, critics, collectors, designers, architects and fine art professionals from North America and abroad. Founded in 1977, the Society has sponsored talks by such acclaimed artists and curators as Andy Warhol, Arthur Erickson, Germano Celant, Jessica Stockholder, Omer Arbel, Wanda Koop, Rebecca Belmore, Stan Douglas and many others.

For more information about eligibility and how to apply, please see the CASV website at and click on the Emerging Artist’s Prize link or


The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver is a registered not-for-profit organization entirely reliant on member support.  Thank you for yours!  Please visit the CASV website for event listings and membership information. 

Founded in 1977, the CASV creates opportunities for exploring, appreciating and understanding contemporary art.

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The Contemporary Art Society is grateful to many members and friends for their generous donations to support CASV's Emerging Artists Prize. Several supporters have also donated works of art that are being auctioned through Maynards, the proceeds from which go directly towards funding the Prize. 
One of those works, Myfanwy MacLeod's, Clarice, a cut-up film poster from 2011, is now available on Maynards online auction (lot #99) until November 18.

Now you have a chance to acquire one of her works while at the same time supporting the Emerging Artist's Prize, To bid, follow this link:

Myfanwy MacLeod, Clarice, 2011, cut-up film poster

Vancouver based Myfanwy MacLeod has a diverse practice that blends references to folk art, abstract painting, art history, film history childhood experience, and high and low culture. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery, the Satellite Gallery, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, and Museum London, among others. MacLeod will have a solo show at the Vancouver Art Gallery from March to June 2014.


A couple of images from Reece Terris' fascinating artist talk a couple of weeks ago. It was a great survey of the many projects Reece has been working on since completing his degree at SFU. Thanks Reece!

Join us on Saturday November 16th for an artist talk with Adad Hannah.
See you then!