Arnold Shives, Snowpatch, 1973. Linocut on paper. City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection

Arnold Shives: Mountain Imprints

July 20 – August 30, 2012
Teck Gallery

The Teck Gallery is proud to present Mountain Imprints, a small exhibition of Arnold Shives prints on loan from the Burnaby Art Gallery. Cliffs, peaks, glaciers, crevasses and forests are all part of Shives’ language—they are his motifs from the past 50 years of painting and printmaking. Shives captures the rough edges of our mountains and seems to posit that their beauty can really only be seen by looking at those rough sides. The force of geological form and structure takes precedence over beauty in his art, and yet it is those structures that constitute the beautiful bold strokes delineating our mountains. Tough mountains can, in Shives’ art, yield tough mountain pictures in which the picture may be as unresolved as mountain geology.

Arnold Shives lives in North Vancouver. He has been climbing B.C.’s mountains since the 1950s and has made them the subject of his art since 1960.

Curated by Bill Jeffries.


Book Launch: Alpine Anatomy: The Mountain Art of Arnold Shives
Tuesday, July 31, from 6–8pm, 2012
Teck Gallery, Vancouver
The book is co-published by the SFU Gallery, Burnaby Art Gallery and Tricouni Press.