Elan Fine Art recently hosted an Open House on the weekend on May 18 and 19, 2013 with art works by Francis Bacon, Douglas Coupland, Marcel Dzama, Tanis Saxby, Willem de Kooning, Gordon Smith, Angela Grossman, Jack Shadbolt, Raymond Clements, Richard Ciccimarra and Joseph Kyle.
The last artist in the above list is the late Joseph Kyle, a painter in the style of geometric colour-field abstraction for over 400 paintings. With a bit of research, I discovered a few interesting synchronicities…
Pushing the Boundaries of Geometric Abstraction
Paul Kyle, son of Joseph Kyle and art dealer at Elan Fine Art has written, “Kyle’s great use of colour combined with geometric form provides the opportunity for a unique visual experience that can be truly inspirational and uplifting.” Joseph continued creating large and challenging paintings until he was bedridden, two months before his death, March 16, 2005. Paul also said his father was deeply spiritual and devoted to the teachings of Sri Aurobindo from the time he was a young man until his death. However, it was upon further discovery of the late artist’s contribution to the Vancouver art scene that I found the artist even more intriguing…
Pioneering the Vancouver Art Scene in 1967
Joseph Kyle was born in Belfast, Ireland on February 24, 1923. He eventually lived in Vancouver to work as a producer in the budding film industry and producing programs for CBC. To be media-savvy in Vancouver in 1967, Kyle founded Intermedia Society, a pioneering focus for collaboration and innovation in the arts. His colleagues included Jack Shadbolt and Michael de Courcy.
Although I have not met Michael de Courcy, a member of Intermedia, I met his son Miles de Courcy in 2009 at grace-gallery during a gallery dinner where I invited Andrew de Lillio Rymza, an art collector as a guest. Andrew knew the senior de Courcy since the late sixties and seventies, and when he was introduced to young Miles de Courcy, he said he “saw him when he was still in his mother’s womb”!
Pioneers in the Vancouver Social Media Art Scene from 2000
It was in 2000, after my father had passed away that I decided to follow my passion in fine art and joined the SEARCH program run the Alliance for Arts. It was at the arts program, I met Dr. Lycia Trouton (doctorate in creative arts, public artist and educator). To be social-media savvy in Vancouver in 2000, we co-founded Artistrun as a public art and culture-jamming project. We registered the Artistrun Media Society to promote art as a means of social change. Over the years, the Artistrun social media network grew to thousands of art supporters in Vancouver. I was included in the Diane Farris group show “Twitter/Social Media” in the spring 2010 for our ongoing contribution to the Vancouver art scene through Artistrun social media (http://www.dianefarrisgallery.com/liza-j-lee/).
Like Joseph Kyle, Lycia Trouton was born in Belfast. She was also born in the same year when Intermedia Society began in Vancouver and when the “Troubles of Ulster” began in Belfast. The latter resulted in thousands of deaths from sectarian violence from 1967 to 2000. It was also in 2000 in Vancouver, after starting Artistrun Media Society that Trouton began “Linen Memorial”, her monumental contribution to Canadian-Irish relations, with ongoing site conscious installation to re-narrate the deaths of “The Troubles” of Ireland and Northern Ireland (http://www.linenmemorial.org/).
Back to the Open House at Elan Fine Art in 2013
I invited Andrew to the Elan Fine Art Open House and discovered he already knew of Joseph Kyle, the late painter and founder of Intermedia Society, not surprisingly as he knows Michael de Courcy who has documented Intermedia – http://www.michaeldecourcy.com/intermedia/blog.htm.
At the Elan Fine Art Open House, there is a large Joseph Kyle painting prominently hung on the main wall and neatly stored in the back are what appears to be 100 more Joseph Kyle paintings. What I found astonishing was Kyle’s dedication to his consistent art style, geometric abstraction, as a form of meditation. And that evidence is found in the artist’s description of his work:
“There is a point where beauty meets truth,
where wisdom meets delight,
where heaven meets earth. It is to this vision of the sublime
that my painting aspires.”
Perhaps all art is form of meditation and I describe my own painting process as: “Each painting is a precious tile, created like a Tibetan sand painting, but without a sand mandala’s temporal nature; both create lasting permanence of peace and joy. Some of the artwork contain actual sand and each one is produced from the place of inner peace, such as the ones with the sun, which represent our inner light and connection to spirit.” (http://ljldecor.com/earth-tiles/)
Painting from Joseph Kyle