Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Women in Stone

“Women in Stone”
Robert Canaga
Last year we took a trip to Ireland. The first day, while my wife was at work, I went to one of my all-time favorite museums, the National Gallery only to find HUGE storm damage had closed all but two galleries.
Sean Scully was having a small show in the rotating gallery space they had set up. I had seen his work of and on over the years but never thought much of it. This time I had a visceral reaction to it. I disliked it on many levels: dead colors, sameness of mark, quality of the paint. 
I walked through 5 times making sure I was not just in a bad mood but the looks on the guards faces told me they agreed.

In the next room were photos he had done  of the rock fences and walls on Aran Island. These were the beginnings of his paintings and they impressed me.
We left the east and drove up to Sligo for a few days, then down to Glin on the Shannon River. I took pictures of wall, fences, burial mounds, city walls, and just about anything made of rocks all along the way.
On a day trip to Limerick I saw a wall made of white rock with brick where a fireplace had been.

The shape and color reminded me of a figure. When I got home I went through some of my recent files and found photos of models and began inserting them into the rock photos.

The result pleased me so I hired models and finished the series you see here.
I hope you enjoy them.
All work is in an edition of 50.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Going to be a Great Year

So far this year one of my favorite photos and two paintings have sold, and it looks like more will sell by the end of the week.
The show will be up at Oregon Wine LAB until the end of February.
I have shows at Saginaw Vineyards and INEugene in April then in May the Saginaw show continues and I hang a show at Anam Cara Cellars in Newberg and the Women in Stone show at Bodywise in Portland.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Busy Week!

When I got home from a short trip last week I found a puzzle in my studio. My able studio assistant had stretched a few new canvases for me and one was of particular interest: It was put together with two 50 inch bars and two 48 inch bars. The problem was that the two sizes were opposite each other. I thought about it for a while then hung it like a diamond. This is the result.
Down in the Valley

I am very pleased and surprised at the results and may have to repeat this mistake.
Now one to a more standard approach: This one is a little smaller but is very energetic. It took all day slaving over a hot easel to get this one where I want it.
This whole series has connected me to the wines and vineyards of Oregon and I can't wait to find out where they will take me.

Looking South

Friday, November 4, 2016

Arts and Business Alliance Project

Four the last several months we have hung work by Lillian Almeda and Kirk Lybecker in the 1200 and 1600 buildings at Valley River office complex. Campbell Realty manages the buildings and we are hoping to expand our base and hang more art where the public can see it in their daily lives, not just in museums and galleries.
Today I will be hanging 5 of my paintings in the 1200 building (also known here as the upside down pyramid) including these two new ones. Hope you get a chance to see them in person.
"Seasons Change" 40x40 oil and wax on linen

"Tractor Road" 24x48 oil and wax on linen

Thursday, November 3, 2016

My Work at Horizon House

"Taking Root"
I was honored to be accepted into a very impressive and important collection of Northwest artists in Seattle. This 5'x5' oil and wax on mounted linen will hang with such notables as Frank Okada (my teacher), Jacob Lawrence, Mark Toby, Jim Dine, Dale Chihuly, Morris Graves, and so many more. I felt like a kid in a candy store! Everywhere I looked I saw work the moved, intrigued, or astounded me.
This is a huge honor. I hope many people will get to see it and I hope they respond.
Morris Graves
Mark Toby

Kenneth Gilkey

John Grade
Dale Chihuly

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Some new and old work.

This afternoons folly. 72x18. I will gradually add opacity and shift colors.
This one is 16x16 and one of my favorite quick and simple ones. Only took two years;)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Robert Canaga Installs Oregon Bounty Exhibit at Oregon State Capitol

Robert Canaga Installs Oregon Bounty Exhibit at Oregon State Capitol

Salem, Ore. – “Oregon Bounty” an art exhibit comprised of large oils and wax on linen mounted on American Easel panels (made in Salem) will be displayed at the Oregon State Capitol West Galleria from August 23 to October 20, 2017. The art, by Eugene-based artist Robert Canaga, depict Oregon vineyard landscapes and represent an understanding of terrior – how environmental factors play a part in crop’s epigenetic qualities. This exhibit aligns with the Capitol’s October 8 event titled “Oregon’s Bounty: A Celebration of the Harvest.”
Canaga has done a lot of work in Southern Oregon and his solo exhibit at the Coos Art Museum landed him a space in their permanent collection which is how he came to be selected to exhibit at the Capitol. This exhibit also fulfills a lifelong dream of Canaga to see his professional works at the Capitol.

“The reason it has been such a dream is that Gov. Tom McCall had one of my watercolors in his office in 1968,” Canaga explains. He had sent it to the Governor when he was just a child and remembers seeing it on the wall of his office in a photograph.

Canaga was born in Oregon and is known as one of the state’s most experimental printmakers. He currently focuses on abstract painting in oil, raw pigments and wax. His involvement in the arts community spans decades. He is current chair of Travel Lane County, and former curator at The Gallery at the Watershed in Eugene and at Opus6IX Gallery. His work is collected nationally. Canaga is also owner of Robert Canaga Studio in Eugene. More information about the artist can be found at http://opus6ixgallery.blogspot.com/.

Canaga will be available to meet during an artist’s reception at the Capitol on Thursday, September 22 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information about the “Oregon Bounty” exhibit, please call Visitor Services at 503-986-1388 or visit www.oregoncapitol.com. The exhibit is free and open to the public during building hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding holidays. Parking around the Capitol is metered.