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My interview with internationally known artist Andrew Salgado

Twenty-five years ago, at the age of 10, Andrew Salgado was just another kid who’d decided to take art classes at Regina’s Neil Balkwill Centre. Today he’s a celebrated and critically acclaimed artist whose last 11 solo exhibitions (in cities as diverse as London, New York, Miami and Cape Town) have sold out, and who has been interviewed by major magazines and newspapers around the world. In January and February, Salgado’s paintings were featured in a survey exhibition entitled TEN at The Canadian High Commission in Trafalgar Square, London, which coincided with the release of the first artist monograph (work published in book form) featuring his paintings. He’s even been ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:49, March 2nd, 2017 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Saturday Special from the Vaults: A 1997 interview with Tolkien artist John Howe

John Howe is an artist particularly well known for his illustrations based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. He and Alan Lee served as the chief conceptual designers for The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, so you have well have seen his work without even knowing his name. But when I interviewed him for InQuest Magazine back in 1997, all that lay in the future. You can read all about his current work on his website, but 15 years ago, this was what he had to say... (Photo: John Howe, 2003, by Stefan Servos) *** Vital Stats Name:  John Howe Birth:  August 21, 1957, in Vancouver, B.C. Occupation:  Illustrator Base of Operations:  Switzerland Family:  Howe's wife, Fataneh, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:36, February 4th, 2012 under Blog, The Vaults | Comment now »

SF Signal book cover smackdown includes Terra Insegura

John DeNardo over at SF Signal is running a Book Cover Smackdown--and the Stephan Martiniere cover for Terra Insegura is one of them.So which do you like best of these three? Terra Insegura by...me! (Cover Artist: Stephan Martiniere)...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:17, April 16th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

Donovan Chester: the fiery art and craft of raku

Pottery is a unique form of creative expression, one whose practitioners must be as well-endowed with technical savvy as they are with artistic vision. That's particularly true of raku, the ceramic form practiced by Regina's Donovan Chester. Don's studio was the destination of the third Twilight Tour put on by the Mackenzie Art Gallery this summer. About a dozen of us crammed into the confined space, surrounded by bags of clay, buckets of glaze, finished and half-finished pots, and learned about the history of raku--and how Don himself practices it. Raku dates back to the 16th century, and historically is very much bound up with the Japanese tea ceremony. According to the Museum of Raku, the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:00, August 9th, 2001 under Art Columns, Blog, Columns | Comment now »

Wilf Perrault: playing with light

Wilf Perrault's art is among the most immediately recognizable work by any Regina artist. His landscapes capture, not the countryside, but the back alleys of this city and others, alleys where trees, bushes, power poles, fences, garages, puddles and snow come together to create unexpected beauty. Until recently, Wilf created his art in a small studio in Miller Collegiate, where a long row of windows provided light and a view outside and the door was always open for students and staff to drop in. But now Wilf has moved into a spacious new studio, formerly used by fellow Regina artist Joe Fafard, and last Thursday several people, myself included, visited it as part of the MacKenzie Art ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:59, August 1st, 2001 under Art Columns, Blog, Columns | 2 Comments »