The Gallery at L.E. Shore

The Gallery at L.E. Shore in Thornbury is a lovely, vaulted exhibition space that hosts monthly exhibits by both individuals and groups within the community. The Arts & Culture Council, a volunteer appointed body, juries exhibits and assists in programming a variety of arts and cultural presentations. Subscribe to the In The Gallery blog.

In the Gallery: October Duo

In the Gallery: October Duo

Posted by Franz on September 30, 2022

The Arts and Culture Council (ACC) for The Gallery at L.E. Shore is pleased to announce the launch of October Duo. Featuring the works of Bill McCann and Michael Black. Join the artists for their open reception on Saturday, October 1st from 2-4pm!

This exhibit runs October 1 - 27, 2022 and is available in-person at The Gallery in the L.E. Shore Branch and online via our Exhibits webpage. For information on purchasing art in The Gallery contact L.E. Shore by calling 519-599-3681 ext. 142, or through emailing TheGallery@TheBlueMountains.ca.

Michael Black
Michael graduated from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD U), in 1984 and holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto (2003). For 30 years, he worked in education. Michael has shown his work in Toronto, Charlottetown, Port Perry, Creemore, Thornhill, Port Hope, Ottawa, Blue Mountain and Peterborough. His work is held in many collections.

Informed by a late Modern interpretation of abstraction, Michael's current practice typically moves between painterly and post-painterly interpretations of cultural history and biomorphic forms. The age and patina of old walls, scraps of manuscripts, natural forms, etc. provide sources for the textures and compositions he uses in his work. Whatever the source, Michael attempts to balance the pre-planned with the immediacy of the painting process itself so that the images created are able to convey universal themes as well as to allow for variations in interpretation.

Bill McCann
Bill’s works are mixed media on canvas, board and paper, expressing a multitude of ideas, emotions and characters.

Vivid colour plays a central role in his work. His portraits of the famous and the obscure, for example, often capture personality through blocks of contrasting colour and bold brushstrokes. A strong narrative is also a signature of Bill’s work. His content addresses love, sex, anger, ageing, fear, surprise, embarrassment, conceit, etc. His characters are often in amusing and many times disquieting situations.

Portraiture has always been a part of Bill’s oeuvre. It became more important to him, however, after he attended President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. While in Washington, D.C., he went to the National Portrait Gallery. It was a revelation for him. The Gallery was packed with young people going from room to room enthusiastically asking questions about those long dead sea captains; important civil rights leaders; rock stars; politicians; etc.

Canada does not have a comparable gallery. Bill decided he would dedicate more time to portraiture. In Ottawa, in 2017 for Canada’s 150th anniversary, he exhibited a cross section of some sixty individuals who had an impact on Canada at the federal level.

Bill has had many solo shows, as well as a number of group shows in the
last fifteen years. His works are in collections in Canada, the United States, Italy, France, Australia and the Middle East. His portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald is in the permanent collection of the Canadian Library of Parliament, and other works are in the official Residence of the Canadian Consul General in San Francisco.

He is represented by Orange Gallery in Ottawa.


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