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Norman Yates: Towards Landspace 1991

March 10 – April 7, 1991

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

This exhibit features works by Canadian landscape painter Norman Yates. “Landspace” is a term coined by Yates to describe his experience with and natural affinity for the openness of the Canadian prairies. Yates describes the origins of landspace:

My experience on the land gives me … a notion of space, that is a vision of an expanse of country combined with a feeling of continuous and unbroken extension in every direction – landspace.

Treetop Sketches by Katharine Maltwood

Untitled, Katherine Maltwood, 1939

Untitled, Katherine Maltwood, 1939

June 26 – July 29, 1988

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

For the last twenty years of her life, after having left England to retire in Victoria, BC, Katherine Maltwood increasingly turned to landscape sketching. Frequent visits to her country retreat “Treetops”, situated on a high promontory in Cordova Bay, yielded this Treetop series. These works, a part of the Maltwood Collection which the artist bequeathed to the University of Victoria, bear witness to Maltwood’s mature talent and record the pristine grandeur of the Pacific Northwest as she enjoyed it in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Maxwell Bates: Landscapes

Maxwell Bates, Rithet's Swamp. Acquired in 1996.
Maxwell Bates, Rithet’s Swamp. Acquired in 1996.

May 12 – June 12, 1983

McPherson Library Gallery

This exhibition features 45 works, considered to be Maxwell Bates‘ best pieces. Circulated by the Medicine Hat Museum, it investigates the stylistic evolution of his unjustly overlooked landscapes. Only 9 of the landscapes are “pure landscapes”, that which lack the “touch of man”. The majority of the paintings include such “touches of man”, such as a road, fence, barn, or prairie couple.

To see more of Bates’ works, visit out online inventory here and search “Maxwell Bates”.

About the Artist:

Maxwell Bates, a well-known Canadian painter and architect, died in Victoria in September, 1980. He is remembered primarily for his haunting figural images. Bates worked and studied in the United States and Europe. His teachers included Max Beckmann and Abraham Rattner, expressionists obsessed with the exploration of humanity in all its guises. He worked his entire life to attain the qualities of directness, simplicity and intensity.

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