Alistair Bell, an esteemed Canadian printmaker who passed away in 1997, would have turned 100 this fall.
To coincide with his birthday, Bell's son Alan has donated 27 prints, watercolours and drawings to the Nanaimo Art Gallery, including some familiar landscapes.
An exhibition showing 15 select pieces from the collection will be shown at the Nanaimo Art Gallery from Sept. 13 to Nov. 23.
Downtown gallery co-ordinator Toby Lawrence said one standout piece is a woodcut block that will be on display beside the print it created called Small Goose.
She also mentioned a 1984 woodcut called Trollers at Tofino, and a 1965 pen and watercolour drawing inspired by Yellow Point called Perforated Rock II.
"Alistair Bell's style is a bit more reminiscent of the German expressionist style," she said.
"He uses bold lines in favour of really minute detail. He looks for a graver emotional impact as opposed to an exact representation of the subject matter he's working with."
Lawrence said the last time Bell's work was displayed in Nanaimo was in 1994, and those
were completely different pieces.
Alan Bell approached the Nanaimo Art Gallery looking to donate some of his father's art.
"He's devoted most of his life to printmaking and is quite a renowned Canadian artist, so the donation, we're very fortunate to be receiving this donation in Nanaimo," said Lawrence.
"This exhibition showcases amazing donations we get to our permanent collection and is part of our effort to make our permanent collection more accessible to the general public."
There is a reception and talk by Alan Bell on Oct. 30, at a time yet to be determined.
More information is available at www.nanaimoartgallery.com.
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