Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Arnold Shives Mountain Imprints

Arnold Shives,
  Snowpatch, 1973. Linocut on paper. City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection
JULY 20 TO AUGUST 30, 2012
Teck Gallery, SFU Vancouver Campus, 515 West Hastings   
Book Launch: Tuesday July 31 from 6 to 8pm  
The Simon Fraser University Gallery is proud to present Mountain Imprints, a small exhibition of Arnold Shives prints on loan from the Burnaby Art Gallery, curated by Bill Jeffries. Cliffs, peaks, glaciers, crevasses and forests are all part of Shives' language - his motifs from the past fifty years of painting and printmaking. Shives captures the rough edges of our mountains and seems to posit that their beauty can really only be seen by looking at those rough side. The force of geological form and structure takes precedence over beauty in his art, and yet it is those structures that constitute the beautiful bold strokes delineating our mountains. Tough mountains can, in Shives' art, yield tough mountain pictures in which the picture may be as unresolved as the mountain geology.

Arnold Shives lives in North Vancouver. He has been climbing BC's mountains since the 1950s and has made them the subject of his art since 1960.

The exhibition runs from July 20 to August 30 at SFU's Teck Gallery - 515 West Hastings Street.

Please join us for the launch of a new 120 page book: Alpine Anatomy: The Mountain Art of Arnold Shives on Tuesday July 31 from 6 to 8pm, at the Teck Gallery.

The book is co-published by the SFU Gallery, Burnaby Art Gallery and Tricouni Press.
Teck Gallery, SFU Vancouver Campus | 515 West Hastings
778-782-4266 | | | Open daily during campus hours