SOMETHING ABOUT WINNIPEG

November 4 - 25, 2016

GUREVICH FINE ART

Winnipeg, Canada


         And each part of the whole falls off

      And cannot know it knew, except

    Here and there, in cold pockets

                  Of remembrance, whispers out of time.

                         Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror: John Ashberry


Gurevich Fine Art is pleased to present SOMETHING ABOUT WINNIPEG, new paintings by Carole Freeman. This show will be Freeman’s first solo exhibition with Gurevich Fine Art in Winnipeg.


While considering her solo exhibition for Gurevich Fine Art, Freeman, a Winnipeg émigré, felt compelled to make it be ‘something about Winnipeg’ – memories of growing up, family and friends - inspired by friendly people, bleak winters, brief summers, big skies, Winnipeg culture, history, and geography. In her Toronto studio, Something About Winnipeg evolved into over 80 pictures depicting Freeman’s investigation, acknowledgement, and surrender to “Peg’s” enduring influence and significance, and the mark it left on her psyche.


Her subjects, from the everyday (a cinnamon bun, nose warmers) to the unexpected (a pirate, a thief, a Mountie, a princess) enchant, and populate Freeman’s imaginative, capricious, and poignant retelling of historical and personal stories of her hometown. From the monumental to scaled down moments, Winnipeg people, still life, and landscape, Freeman’s paintings express both singular allegories and one continuous metaphorical narrative that raise questions of time, place, and personage, with some answers in cryptic, playful, or emotive titles. In the long run, Something About Winnipeg became Freeman’s “self portrait in a convex mirror”.


48 Portraits was inspired by Gerhard Richter’s 48 Portraits of white European men of historic and cultural interest painted for the German pavilion of the 1972 Venice Biennale and Austrian artist Gottfried : reply 20 years later of 48 women. Freeman’s version expands that conversation to equal numbers of female and male figures, all Winnipeg connected, some known, some less-known, some of aboriginal heritage, in an attempt to level the playing field and address issues of rights and equality.


As source material, Freeman employed personal and found photographs for access to subjects and the creation of this body of work, as well as the distillation of works by Piero Della Francesca, Manet, Sargent, Richter, and Margaux Williamson. In the words of former art critic for the Globe and Mail, Gary Michael Dault, Something About Winnipeg, is Freeman’s “epic undertaking…the Summa of a city… the jewel in the crown”.(2)


Carole Freeman is a painter of people and narrative pictures. Her imagery combines clinical study, empathy, humor, and ironic juxtaposition. Occasionally referencing Old and Modern Masters, she whimsically subverts past and present history – art, cultural, personal - with the “zeal of a transgressive visual polyglot”.(1) Stylistically lying between classical representation and contemporary figuration, Freeman’s paintings manipulate time and space through fine detail and gestural brushwork, monochromatic and luminous color, lightness of spirit and soulful depth.


Freeman is an alumna of the School of Art, University of Manitoba and the Royal College of Art, London, England. Toronto solo exhibitions include Selections 2012 -2016, Portraits of Facebook, opened by the director of Facebook Canada, and three exhibitions of celebrity portraits featured during the Toronto International Film Festival. Group exhibitions in Los Angeles have placed Freeman’s work with artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Elizabeth Peyton, Picasso, Matisse, Klimt, Lautrec, and David Hockney.


Freeman presented her art practice at The Canadian Arts Summit in Banff to the chief executives, artistic directors, and board chairs of Canada’s 50 largest not-for-profit cultural institutions. She has completed many commissions including portraits for Morgan Spurlock, director and star of Supersize Me, and for the collection of Lord and Lady Glentoran, Dublin, Ireland. Her work is represented in private, corporate, and public collections in the U.S.A., England, Ireland, Italy, Australia, and Canada.


As part of Friday Night Walks, Freeman will be interviewed by Alison Gilmore, Art History professor at the University of Winnipeg and journalist for the Winnipeg Free Press, on Friday, November 4, 6 p.m., at the Free Press News Cafe.


By sheer serendipity, the CCCA Canadian Art Database 20th Anniversary Symposium The Winnipeg Effect: Should I Stay or Should I Go? is being held at The Winnipeg Art Gallery, November 3 – 5, with gallery tours on Saturday, November 5. To capture the full Winnipeg effect, a tour of Something About Winnipeg is not to be missed. The artist will be present at both the Friday gallery opening and the Saturday tour.

1. “Carole Freeman’s Selections 2012 -2016”, David Saric, Artoronto.ca, August, 2016.

  1. 2.“Surprise Appearances”, Gary Michael Dault, Arabella, Summer, 2016.

Freeman (right) interviewed by Alison Gilmore, Free Press News Cafe,  November 4, 2016,

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