Wallack Galleries is pleased to present the exhibition ATMOSPHERE by Agnes Ivan; a highly regarded artist who is celebrated for her bold, non-objective painting style. A self-identified and undeniable colourist, Ivan’s work is rooted in her brazen use of gesture and colour. Her latest body of work is as energetic and moving as ever, representing a return to her love of bright hues after a period of loss and mourning.
“I listen to CBC Radio as I paint. The images flash in front of my eyes, my bold colours represent my mood as the music plays. My brother died and I couldn't do bright colours hence I started painting shadows again. I’m now back with red, blues, and yellows - the primary colours that I love. Arms and eyes dance while I paint with passion.”
- Agnes Ivan
AGNES IVAN has had a long and celebrated career as an artist. As a student at the Ontario College of Art in the early seventies, Agnes was singled out as an artist of promise. At a major art exhibition at Toronto City Hall during this period, her work was awarded the title of Best in Show.
In the seventies, Agnes had numerous successful exhibitions in Toronto and was awarded several Ontario Arts Council grants as well as Canada Council grants in 1975 and 1978-1979. Along with her commercial triumphs during this period, Agnes had numerous institutional exhibitions at such prominent venues as Harbourfront Gallery in Toronto, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Hamilton along with international exhibitions at the International Centre in Paris and the Cultural Centre in London, England.
The 1980’s proved to be another accomplished decade with numerous exhibition including solo shows in Spain and Germany. The last twenty years have been eventful for Agnes as she continued to have a rich and rewarding career as an artist and instructor at the Ottawa School of Art. Wallack Galleries is Honoured to have been associated with Agnes Ivan for over thirty years.
Agnes Ivan’s work is proudly held in many private collections, including those in Canada, USA, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland.