Layers of Home
February 2, 2018 - March 30, 2018
With this selection of John Snow’s work from the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie’s Permanent Collection, we can view his skill and playfulness in his colour compositions and in his variety of optical configurations. These modern and contemporary lithographs and lino block prints invite you to contemplate the atmosphere of home. Also on view is the newly converted, and previously unseen film The Sad Phoenician and Friends (from 1981) featuring his lesser known ciment-fondu sculptural works, paired with poetry and music.
Guest Curated by Danielle Ribar
A Grande Prairie local, Danielle Ribar has curated at the Grande Prairie Regional College. A graduate of the Visual Arts and Design Diploma she was awarded the Euphemia McNaught Scholarship in 2017. She has participated in group exhibitions across the Peace Region and has been widely recognized for her contributions to artistic excellence.
Ribar hopes to inspire and encourage creativity in others while exploring artistic expression in her own practice.
About The Artist
John Snow, while immersed in his career of finance, was an Albertan artist who was proficient in painting, sculpting, print making, and most notably, his fine art lithographs. Snow started producing art during his time as a Royal Air Force Navigator and received his first formal art training in 1946 when he returned to Canada. Snow would continue practicing art for the rest of his banking career while also receiving an honorary degree in Doctor of Laws from the University in Calgary in 1984. John Snow was a mentor, along with his fellow artist Maxwell Bates, who helped bring modernism and a more rich and diverse artistic culture to his community in Calgary. Snow was innovative and imaginative in his artistic techniques and perspectives and would become known as Alberta’s premiere lithographer.