SARAH MARTIN - Vintage Banff

Includes Sarah Martin
Saturday, June 15 from 2 - 6 pm

Showing Sarah Martin

SARAH MARTIN - Vintage Banff

There was a time, when the small mountain town of Banff was an even smaller spot beneath the towering south face of Cascade Mountain. When camera shots of holidays were grainy and monochromatic – but all the more charming for it.

Looking at these images of times passed, we tap into a collective nostalgia. Images like these provide a portal and a mirror to examine our own adventures and consider how we will remember our Banff days spent with loved ones, when the fullness of time finds us in other places and a million faces away.

Sarah Martin’s distinctive mixed media compositions play with vintage photography and combine them with contemporary elements, creating a pleasing aesthetic exchange between old and new.

In an era where more images are being captured than ever before, the departure points for these works are trapped in time, constrained even then by how many images a reel could hold and are finite resources.

Rediscover the Banff of yesterday, and greet the stunning mixed media compositions of Toronto artist Sarah Martin. Get to know Sarah a little better here in her interview with the Boston Voyager!

To find out when artworks from this collection will be released keep your eyes peeled on our social media (@canadahousegallery) and join our email list by contacting info@canadahouse.com to be the first to know when pieces become available!

SIMPLY THE BEST TRAVEL BREAK
SIMPLY THE BEST TRAVEL BREAK
SM068
mixed media, panel
36 x 36 in.
$1,800 CAD


SIMPLE DAYS
SIMPLE DAYS
SM067
mixed media, panel
45 x 50 in.
$2,600 CAD


I KNEW WE WOULD SEE SUCH BEAUTY
I KNEW WE WOULD SEE SUCH BEAUTY
SM066
mixed media, panel
40 x 50 in.
$2,600 CAD


SLOWNESS OF TIME
SLOWNESS OF TIME
SM065
mixed media, panel
36 x 48 in.
$2,400 CAD


SUMMER VACATION
SUMMER VACATION
SM063
mixed media, panel
40 x 36 in.
$2,000 CAD


WHERE THE BEST MOMENTS ARE FOUND
WHERE THE BEST MOMENTS ARE FOUND
SM062
mixed media, panel
36 x 36 in.
$1,800 CAD


LET'S STAY ALL DAY
LET'S STAY ALL DAY
SM061
mixed media, panel
36 x 36 in.
$1,800 CAD


DAY TRIP LOVE
DAY TRIP LOVE
SM060
mixed media, panel
36 x 36 in.
$1,800 CAD


SUMMER DIVE SHOW
SUMMER DIVE SHOW
SM059
mixed media, panel
35 x 35 in.
$1,650 CAD


ROYAL TOUR
ROYAL TOUR
SM058
mixed media, panel
35 x 35 in.
$1,650 CAD


SUCH FANTASTIC VIEWS FOR PAINTING
SUCH FANTASTIC VIEWS FOR PAINTING
SM057
mixed media, panel
35 x 35 in.
$1,650 CAD


SUMMER FUN
SUMMER FUN
SM056
mixed media, panel
35 x 35 in.
$1,650 CAD


LUCKIEST GUY
LUCKIEST GUY
SM053
mixed media, panel
18 x 18 in.
$550 CAD


I have been a practicing artist, with gallery representation for over 10 years. My studio has recently been built in my back garden, so you know where I am spending most of my time! My bodies of work have changed over the years, but one thing has remained the same - my love of integrating old photographs.

I have always been interested in old photographic images and the way photographs can give a sense of emotion or recognition. During art school, I began to actively use old photos of my mother in my art. It was less of a nostalgic approach, and more of a curiosity to understand what this private British woman was like as a child and teenager. I used the photos as a type of ‘window into the soul’ approach. However, the more I explored old photography, the more I would have a sense that in some way we can all feel connected to old photos. Photography has the ability to tap into the collective memory, a feeling of recognition, or at least a stirring in our own memories that gives us connection to the photograph.

My practice has continued to use photography in a variety of ways, sometimes adding so much paint, the photo image is more hidden, other times the photography is prominent. It is the blurring of the mediums that continues to intrigue me; where the photo ends and where the paint begins, and how the two mediums can work with or against each other.

When I was in art school, someone had placed 2 perfect circles on the window. At the time, I liked the idea that I was looking through layers - the translucent painted circles, the glass pane and the scene beyond - 3 layers. It has also evolved over the years, as I tend to be drawn to man-made markings left in nature. For example, tree’s that are marked with bright circles or patches to delineate trails. The idea that man has left his mark, which both guides, but at the same time is leaving a reminder of man’s presence on nature. So, now when I add the red circles, which have become a bit of a signature of mine, I am hovering within those 2 concepts: layers and my own marks imprinted on ’nature’.

Education

York University, Toronto, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Georgian College, Barrie, Diploma of Fine Arts

Exhibitions

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2018 BEAR, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2017 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2013-14 Toronto Outdoor Art Show, Toronto, ON
2013-14 VAM, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississaugua, ON
2011 NOIR, Renaan Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, ON
2011 Iconic, Westin Harbourfront Castle, Toronto, ON
2009 Sketch it Out, APW Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2008 Japan/Canadian Exchange, works on paper, Joshibi Art Museum, Japan


SOLO ART EXHIBITIONS:

2011 Enchantment, Marlow Gallery, Barrie, ON
2010 Nuit Blanche, La Bell Epoque, Toronto, ON
2008 The Ubiquitous Voyeur, Georgian College, Barrie, ON

Collections

The Ontario Art Archives, the Director's Office for Archives Information
Princess Margaret Lotto, Oakville Showhome 2015
Bridgepoint Health, Toronto
Melrose Hotel, Washington DC
County of Simcoe

Publications

2015 Simpson, Peter. "Where to Buy Art", Ottawa Citizen
2014 Klementti, Jane. "Artist Profile", Sunday Crush
2013 Winter, Colleen. "Artist Profile", The Good Life
2008 Blenkhorn, Leigh. "Be a Ubiquitous Voyeur", The Barrie Advance
2006 Luong, Linda. "Artist Profile", Where Toronto
2003 Chavdar, Radev. "Lessedra World Art Print Catalogue"

Credits

HGTV- Income Property, The Expandables. Several Episodes each season, 2011-2017
2015 House and Home TV Segment
2015 CityTV
2014 NBC - Hannibal, Season 2
2013 CBC, The Listener
2013 NUVO digital magazine
2011-13 W NETWORK - Candice Tells All