Personal Topographies

A selection of works drawn from the permanent collection

August 25 to November 4, 2012


Wanda Lock, Into the pool, 2011, mixed media on paper,
55.8 x 76.2 cm. 
Gift of the artist, 2011.
Photo: Yuri Akuney Digital Perfections

This exhibition of works drawn from the Kelowna Art Gallery’s permanent collection is a look at artists who approach or incorporate landscape from a personal perspective. Rather than producing straightforward topographical depictions, the ten artists in this show have unique ways of thinking and working with structures, materials, and arrangements that shift their work out of the traditional landscape niche. The pieces in the show range from work that is largely conceptual to almost abstract, from fanciful and imaginary to distorted expressions that are linked to perceived information in only the loosest of ways.

The ten artists whose work is included are David Alexander, BC Binning, John Hartman, Jim Kalnin, Ann Kipling, Wanda Lock, John Noestheden, Toni Onley, Jack Shadbolt, and Alan Wood, all but two of whom live or lived and worked in British Columbia. Many of the pieces in the show are being exhibited for the first time since they entered the collection.

A small gallery handsheet listing all the works has been produced to accompany the show. This publication is free to visitors.



John Hartman, Rock Creek, BC, 2000, oil on linen,
101.6 x 121.9 cm. Gift of the artist, 2012.
Photo: Yuri Akuney Digital Perfections


Jack Shadbolt, Secret Garden # 5, no date, lithograph on paper,
50.2 x 66 cm. 
Gift of Simon Fraser University via the Estate of Doris Shadbolt, 2009. 
Photo: Yuri Akuney Digital Perfections

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