Winsor Gallery presents new work by Luke Parnell

VANCOUVER, January 5, 2013 – Winsor Gallery announced today the upcoming exhibition feature of a new series of work by Vancouver based artist Luke Parnell.  On display will be a new group of paintings created by Parnell entitled Re-contextualising the De-consecrated.

For this series, Parnell surveyed the exhibition history of Northwest Aboriginal art in the 20th and 21st centuries. He focussed on creating responses to eight different historical and contemporary exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Beat Nation exhibition currently touring throughout Canada (2012-2014). On display are eight paintings that reference a particular exhibition in the series, each one also has a corresponding positive or negative criticism of the studied exhibitions. 

For Parnell, this new series “raises questions of sacrosactity; what is sacred, how do we treat the sacred and who should have access to the sacred”.

Re-contextualising the De-consecrated will be exhibited from January 18 to February 15, 2014. An opening reception launching these works will be held on Saturday January 18th (2-4pm); the artist will be in attendance.

About Luke Parnell
Luke Parnell is an artist of Haida and Nisga’a heritage who, through the use of traditional techniques from the Northwest Coast, investigates contemporary social issues. Parnell also simultaneously acknowledges the historical implications of his method of working within his practice.  His work continues to address ideas of rights, ownership, and privilege in the context of his own postmodern experience. Parnell has been a professional artist for ten years. Having graduated from Emily Carr with distinction, Parnell is the recipient of the 2012 Winsor Gallery Graduate Student Award. He has exhibited work across Canada, and is currently a professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
About Winsor Gallery
Founded by Jennifer Winsor in 2002, Winsor Gallery has distinguished itself locally, nationally, and internationally as a premier source for contemporary art. Foremost a commercial gallery, Winsor Gallery strives to ensure the long-term development of our artists’ careers through promotion, collaboration, and thoughtful curation.
Through this commitment to forging strong relationships with our artists, we have accrued one of the most attractive portfolios of established and emerging talent in Vancouver, and many of our represented artists have been recipients of such prestigious awards as the Governor General’s Award, the Joseph Plaskett Award, the Gold Medal of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, and the International Studio Award at the Museum of Modern Art New York.
A cornerstone of the Vancouver art scene, Winsor relocated from its seminal South Granville space in 2012 to The Flats on East 1st Avenue. The gallery is part of a burgeoning industrial neighbourhood that has become Vancouver’s new centre for contemporary art.

Images (left – right):
The Legacy, 2013
Luke Parnell
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36”

Down from the Shimmering Sky, 2013
Luke Parnell
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 40”

Transforming Image, 2013
Luke Parnell
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36”

For more information please contact:
Sunshine Frere
Winsor Gallery