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YORKVILLE GALLERY TO HOST B.C. ARTIST INVASION THIS SEPTEMBER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2014
TORONTO - Mayberry Fine Art is pleased to announce the addition of three new artists to its roster, shown in upcoming exhibition West Coast Heat: Introducing New BC Artists Ben Skinner, Sarah Gee Miller & Brandy Masch.
Through text, illustration, and paper, all three artists will not only bring something different to Mayberry Fine Art, but also to Toronto.
Embracing some of the best emerging talent Canada has to offer, Mayberry is excited to introduce new artists that appeal to both beginning and established collectors.
“We’re particularly excited about this upcoming show, because it really demonstrates that Mayberry is a gallery dedicated to emerging artists as much as established ones. It’s a playful show, with lots of colour, and it’s a great way to kick off the fall art season here,” says gallery manager Melissa Poliah.
Ben Skinner (b. 1977) grew up in Southern Ontario, but now calls Vancouver home. A master of tongue and cheek word play, he explores text visually using a wide range of media. His art toys with words, colours, and irony. His work reflects pop culture syntax and euphemisms making them humorous and thoughtful. He completed his undergrad at NSCAD (2000) before completing an MFA at the School Of The Art Institute of Chicago, (2003) where he was the recipient of the Visiting Artist Program Fellowship Award.
Sarah Gee Miller (b. 1964) lives and works in Vancouver. She manipulates archival cardstock, often painted with acrylics, to make collages revealing an interest in regularity, equilibrium and the formalities of hard-edged abstraction. The superimposition of vibrant colour and mathematically-derived forms results in what she calls utopian geometry – that is, acknowledging there is rationality and clarity alongside the magical properties of symmetry and beauty.
In the last few years she has participated in several group shows and four solo exhibitions. Her work can be found in corporate and private collections across Canada, in Britain, the United States and Australia and has recently been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine as well as Papier 2014 art fair, held in Montreal.
Brandy Masch (b. 1973) grew up in Kitimat, British Columbia. She received her BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2001) in Vancouver. Brandy paints primarily in acrylic gouache, ink and watercolor. A large part of her inspiration comes from our ecosystems, issues on biodiversity, urban development and its impact on the environment. Her pieces combine flora, fauna, and mechanics in a style that is intricate, charming and slightly sinister. She now resides and paints in Kelowna.
ABOUT MAYBERRY FINE ART
For over 40 years, Mayberry Fine Art has been helping clients around the world build valuable collections of Canadian art. Mayberry Fine Art specializes in paintings by the Canadian Group of Seven, Canada’s post-war artists and leading contemporary artists from across the country. With galleries in both Winnipeg and Toronto, Mayberry Fine Art are well established as national fine art appraisers and dealers.
West Coast Heat will be on display and open to the public at Mayberry Fine Art, 110 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, from September 4 – 30, 2014, with an opening on September 13 from 1pm – 5pm.
For more information on Ben Skinner, Sarah Gee Miller, Brandy Masch or Mayberry Fine Art, please visit: mayberryfineart.com.
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For press inquiries, including images, please contact:
Kate Barron, Contemporary Art Specialist, Mayberry Fine Art