Bev Pike’s exhibition, Folly, opens tonight at the Grenfell Campus Art Gallery.
Pike is known for her large-scale theatrical gouache paintings of landscapes — often formed from bundles of fabric — which are psychologically unsettling.
Since graduating from the Alberta College of Art in 1974, Pike has exhibited in exhibitions across Canada including solo exhibitions at the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina; St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax; the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa; the Winnipeg Art Gallery and most recently, the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba.
Her work is included in such public collections as the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, the National Library of Canada, the Women’s Library and the Tate Modern in London, England and numerous artist-book collections throughout North America and England.
She has received grants from Canada Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council and the Manitoba Arts Council. In 2009-2010 she was a mentor at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) and has been a visiting artist at several universities and galleries including the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the University of Manitoba School of Art, the Alberta College of Art and Design, and the National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum.
She was a participant at the Rethinking the Baroque conference at the University of York & Castle Howard, UK. The artist lives and works in Winnipeg.
The opening takes place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the gallery with opening remarks at 5 p.m.
On Friday, Pike will discuss her work and how it fits into the concept of neo-baroque and art historian Gerard Curtis will provide context for the Baroque. This will take place in FA224, the fine arts lecture theatre, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.