Major Art Unveiling by Jeff Burgess
of “THE DINNER PARTY”
Jeff Burgess, the artist and the mind behind "The Red Brigade" the massive ensemble painting at Liquidity known to all as the “Pope painting” will be on hand to reveal his latest large scale ensemble piece entitled "The Dinner Party". It melds ancient mythology with Old Masters' painting influences along with a dose of classic literature and modern symbolism to create a work of art that only Jeff could imagine and then create.
Jeff Burgess graduated with honors in 1980 from the Alberta College of Art and Design and has been a practicing artist and illustrator since 1983. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his artwork appears in many collections throughout Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia. Jeff’s work is included in the collections of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Microsoft, Liquidity Wines, The Alberta Art Foundation, and The Calgary Contemporary Arts Foundation. Jeff is on the faculty in the IDEA program at Capilano University teaching Illustration, life drawing, and art history. He is also currently the Visual Arts Coordinator at Langara College, developing the Commercial Illustration and Graphic Novel Certificate Programs for Continuing Studies.
“Ocean”, a photographic exhibition by David Burdeny
AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER
For the first time, Liquidity will dedicate its entire gallery space to a special retrospective of his work. The show, entitled "OCEAN", will feature the artist’s own selection of his favourite images captured as he explored the World’s oceans.
David Burdeny graduated with a Masters in Architecture and Interior Design and spent the early part of his career practicing in his field before establishing himself as a photographer. Burdeny translates his intimate appreciation for the structure, details and metaphorical value of space into sublime observations on how the contemporary world is still pregnant with mystery and potential. The spare landscapes seemed modeled to serve as liminal spaces - as thresholds and portals and points of departure that lead the viewer to a complex intimacy with the expressive force of empirical awareness. David’s images have won many major awards including: New York’s International Photography Awards™. David Burdeny lives in Delta, B.C. and works from his studio in Vancouver.
Artist Lecture with Marie Khouri
She has now completed more than 20 public art installations across BC and around the world. Of note are two major projects that are in the works for 2017. "Eyes On The Street" (shown above) has been commissioned by Concert Developments. Cast in mirrored stainless steel, the sculptures will hover over a body of water near Science World. The other is for Hotel de Crillon. This ultra luxury hotel occupies a palace built in 1758 on the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
Marie Khouri’s works have won many awards including: Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement Award 2014 & Western Living Design Award. Vancouver-based sculptor Marie Khouri represents the broad multi cultural and diverse demographic of Western Canada. Born in Egypt and raised in Lebanon, Khouri has developed a vast range of cultural and historical influences within her practice. With a childhood interrupted during the Lebanese Civil War, Khouri was relocated to Spain, Italy and Canada, finally settling in Paris where she was classically trained in sculpture at l’École du Louvre. On her return to Vancouver, a retrospective of her life took form in her sculpture, reflecting a passion for innovation and spontaneity.
“My Music” exhibition by Tim Okamura
AWARD WINNING PAINTER
Liquidity is proud to feature a major new exhibit by Tim Okamura of his uniquely styled portraits. Tim describes it as “My work is really about the idea of our taste in music defining who we are in some form or another, and in the case of this show, defying expectations and most importantly, breaking down stereotype."
Tim Okamura’s work has been selected 9 times to partake in the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. He was even shortlisted to paint Queen Elizabeth. Tim is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting and was selected for the Smithsonian Institutes Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today Exhibition.
Tim Okamura investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting - one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of story-telling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs. Tim is also featured in the award winning documentary “Heavyweight Paint”.