John Koerner, A Retrospective: Six Decades

John Koerner

Jun 20, 2011 – Jul 02, 2011

Not many artists can claim a successful career spanning more than six decades, but, at 97 years old, esteemed Canadian painter John Koerner continues to surprise viewers with his creative spirit and productivity. The Elliott Louis Gallery is pleased to present "John Koerner, A Retrospective: Six Decades," which celebrates the scope and output of the artist's remarkable career. The exhibition will run from June 21 through July 2, 2011 at the Elliott Louis Gallery in Vancouver. Koerner also will discuss his career and work at a special artist talk at the gallery, slated for Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm.

The first retrospective of Koerner's work in 20 years, the exhibit gathers more than 50 paintings from prestigious private and public collections as well as from the venerable artist's personal collection, most of which have never been publicly released. The show not only reflects the breadth of Koerner's career, but also parallels a time when the city was a fledgling cultural community on Canada's western shores to its current stature as a major North American centre.

The oldest active member of the Vancouver School of Art, which introduced modernism to western Canadian art, Koerner has had a formative influence on the region's painting, counting among his colleagues and close friends Lawren Harris, Gordon Smith and Jack Shadboldt. His work is renowned for its luminous colours, ability to capture light and the meditative, joyful spirit it evokes. Koerner has always maintained an optimistic approach in his work: "Early in my career I decided what the general direction of my work should be, and that despite the horrors and disasters in this world, it would celebrate all positive values," says Koerner.

Born in the former Czechoslovakia in 1913, Koerner began painting when he was four years old. He studied under Fritz Kausek in Prague and with Victor Tischler, Othon Friesz, and Paul Colin in Paris before moving to Canada in 1939. In addition to maintaining an active painting career, Koerner taught drawing and painting at the Vancouver School of Art and the University of British Columbia. His work has been featured in more than 50 solo and group exhibitions, and can be found in dozens of collections across Canada and around the world, among them the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Tokushima Museum in Japan, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Tate Gallery in London.

Artist Work
African Scenes: African Memory
32 in x 40 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
African Scenes: Fulanis on the Move
30 in x 66 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
African Series:The Fires of Biu
31 in x 41 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$8000

Artist Work
Balcony with Butterflies
36 in x 38 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Balcony with Volcanoes
50 in x 84 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$25000

Artist Work
Bedroom Still Life
18.75 in x 68.25 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$8000

Artist Work
Cara Italia
22.5 in x 32 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Celebration: Opus 14
42 in x 50 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$14000

Artist Work
Celebration: Opus 9
42 in x 50 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Coast Glitter #17
23 in x 30 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Coast Glitter: Opus 11
50 in x 36 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Coast Glitter: Opus 7
20 in x 26 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$4800

Artist Work
Compass Rose: Opus 10
50 in x 84 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$25000

Artist Work
Compass Rose: Opus 14
50 in x 84 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$25000

Artist Work
Cosmic 15
11 in x 15.5 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$2400

Artist Work
Cosmic 17
11 in x 18.5 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$2400

Artist Work
Cosmic 22
11 in x 15.25 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$2400

Artist Work
Cosmic 23
12.25 in x 16.25 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$2400

Artist Work
Cosmic 7
30 in x 40 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Garden of Eden
50 in x 84 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$25000

Artist Work
Harbour Reflections
36 in x 36 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Hikari 3
42 in x 54 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Marine Series 1
22 in x 22 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$3100

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 1
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 13 "The Balcony"
54 in x 60 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 19
40 in x 32 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$8000

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 2
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 24
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 25
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 26
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 30
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 31
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 32
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 33
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 34
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 35
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 36
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 36A
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Music of the Spheres: Opus 4
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$1800

Artist Work
Orchard 2
8 in x 10 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Orchard I
10 in x 8 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway
20 in x 30 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway 162: Kosode
50 in x 42 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$14000

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway 167: Karaoke
50 in x 42 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$14000

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway: Opus 17
7.5 in x 5.5 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway: Opus 18
7.5 in x 5.5 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway: Opus 19
5.5 in x 7.5 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway: Opus 20
7.5 in x 5.5 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway: Opus 310
in x in
Other Media

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway: Opus 311
40 in x 90 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$21000

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway: Opus 314
30 in x 40 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$8000

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway: Opus 316
30 in x 40 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$8000

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway: Opus 320
36 in x 36 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$8000

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway: Opus 89 "At Haida Gwai"
50 in x 42 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Pacific Gateway: Opus 96
50 in x 126 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$35000

Artist Work
Slovanic Dance
40.5 in x 32 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$8000

Artist Work
Spring Rhythms
36 in x 33 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Still Life
10 in x 12 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$2100

Artist Work
Still Life with Tree
24 in x 30 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
The Fisherman
22 in x 16 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
The Fives
17 in x 27 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
The Garden of Eden: Opus 1
10.5 in x 16 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$2500

Artist Work
The Garden of Eden: Opus 18
42 in x 30 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$8000

Artist Work
The Garden of Eden: Opus 3
24 in x 21 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$3300

Artist Work
The Garden of Eden: Opus 37
48 in x 42 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$12000

Artist Work
The Lighthouse: Opus 119
42 in x 52 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$14000

Artist Work
The Lighthouse: Opus 120 A
48 in x 108 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$30000

Artist Work
The Lighthouse: Opus 7
7.25 in x 10.25 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
The Lighthouse: Opus 73
42 in x 50 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$14000

Artist Work
Totemic Fives
30 in x 20 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$4000

Artist Work
Two Sailboats
14 in x 19 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Artist Work
Uluru
30 in x 40 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$8000

Artist Work
Wedding Gift
36 in x 48 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints


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