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Past Exhibitions

The Wild Side of Art

July 1, 2010 - October 15, 2010

Permanent Collection of The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
Curated by Lynn LeCorre-Dallaire

The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie presents the theme of animals in art as enrichment for our children’s summer programs. All the artworks by Alberta artists are selected from our permanent collection, with the exception of the interactive mural display commissioned by local artist Tim Heimdal. An animal cave was the inspiration behind this interactive display, which is located in The Green Space, for all to enjoy.

The study of animals in art provides many challenges for artists, as they need to depict them as a still form. Some artists choose to portray them in their natural environment, whereas others capture them as symbolic icons as seen by Native artists. All of the works are a representational style of art in a variety of media.

The subject of animals captures our hearts and attention by looking at the lighter side of life, or perhaps a wilder side of life. The animals chosen in this exhibit are either domesticated or wild, but all are commonly found in our region. Tim Heimdal’s mural offers us a glimpse of animals in other lands for a more global perspective of living creatures. Tim Heimdal has a playful approach to animal anatomy by showing us an insiders perspective of they study of living creatures. This piece is titled ‘C.A.T. Scan’ which is a play on words for the x-ray imagery.

C.A.T. Scan, mural by Tim Hiemdal in The Green Space at The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

C.A.T. Scan, mural by Tim Heimdal in The Green Space at The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie