Long known for his exquisite intaglio monoprints, master printmaker Stu Oxley (Elora, ON) has shifted his practice to include large-scale painting. The survey exhibition Distant Grounds reveals Oxley’s innovations in colour and form in both mediums. His paintings and prints contain atmospheric washes of rich colour, with drips and marks emphasizing the artist’s hand and interrupting the works’ subtle tonal shifts. Presented by AGG in partnership with the MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie), Distant Grounds is the first solo exhibition of Oxley’s paintings to be shown in Guelph.
On display in conjunction with Distant Grounds, the exhibition Artists at Riverside Studio represents the spectrum of artists Oxley has worked with over the course of his print practice. Featuring works produced between 1980 and 2015 by these nineteen artists: Walter Bachinski, Carl Beam, Brian Boigon, Joe Fafard, Ted Fullerton, Richard Gorenko, John Hartman, Stephen Hutchings, John Kissick, Marie Lannoo, Margaret Priest, Cheryl Ruddock, Tony Scherman, Neil Shawcross, Ron Shuebrook, Doug Stone, Frances Thomas, Tony Urquhart, and Tim Zuck. Artists at Riverside Studio is co-curated by Stu Oxley and Emily McKibbon (MacLaren Art Centre).
Thank you to Stu Oxley for his curatorial contributions to the Artists at Riverside Studio exhibition, Ron Shuebrook and John Kissick for their eloquent essays on Oxley’s work, Emily McKibbon (Associate Curator, MacLaren Art Centre) for her organization of these exhibitions and the online publication, the exhibition lenders who have supported this project, Paul Kuhn Gallery for their generous publication support, and the dedicated professional staff of the MacLaren Art Centre and the Art Gallery of Guelph.
The MacLaren Art Centre and the Art Gallery of Guelph jointly extend our sincere gratitude to the City of Barrie, the City of Guelph, the University of Guelph, the Upper Grand District School Board, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as our Patrons, Friends, Partners, and Sponsors for their generous support, all of which has made these exhibitions possible.