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Angry White Men III: The Puppet Masters

Angry White Men III exhibition view

Busy times at the Visual Space Gallery on Dunbar in Vancouver, B.C.

Island Paintings III, my exhibition of landscapes, ended on Wednesday evening October 7. After a hectic 36 hours – during which landscape paintings were taken down, wall fastenings and screws removed, holes patched, patches sanded, and walls painted – a completely different set of works was laid out and hung. Angry White Men III: The Puppet Masters opened at noon on Friday, October 9, 2020. If you missed the landscape exhibit, I hope you’ll visit and see a dozen paintings in the lower gallery.

“Decency these days requires the ability to stare barbarism in the face, randomly, intensely, without ever becoming inured to the ugliness of its features.”
– Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker

Angry White Men III exhibition view

Barbarism, hatred and prejudice fill the world right now, and in the US, at least, have been driven in large part by the Puppet Masters. These are the ruthless and intelligent men who foment division, fan racial and religious prejudice, and spread false information, thereby allowing them to control their minions, winning influence, wealth and power.

I have painted large portraits of 20 of these Puppet Masters, and I’m exhibiting the paintings with a sampling of earlier paintings of their gullible followers from the earlier Angry White Men and Mug Shot (puppets) series.

Angry White Men III exhibition view

My friend and fellow-artist Ian Penn helped curate the exhibition, placing the Puppet Masters paintings on the gallery walls so that their eyes command the room, and then crowding the paintings of their minions toward a coordinated chaos in the back, echoing the “malignant alchemy” of the Puppet Masters’ black art. Please view images of the exhibition and the work of putting it together.

My goal as an artist is to depict, with unflinching honesty, the world in which we live. Come face our reality, and, with me, resolve to change it for the better.

Days of COVID19 – Let’s stay safe
I’m taking every precaution. I have been loaned a HEPA air-filter machine. Masks will be worn by all visitors, physical distancing maintained, and a maximum of 10 people will be in the gallery at any time. Surfaces will be disinfected frequently. I’m booking appointments, so please write to haughton-art@shaw.ca and let me know what time work for you, or to ask questions about any work that intrigue you.

With affection and respect, David

ANGRY WHITE MEN III: THE PUPPET MASTERS
Visual Space Gallery, 3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
October 8-21, 2020
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Installation Views

Come tour the islands with me

Island Paintings III
Visual Space Gallery, 3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, BC
Thursday September 24 – Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Noon – 5PM daily with extended hours on Wednesdays & Fridays until 8PM

Come “tour” the Islands!

If it takes a village to raise a child, I require a posse of talented people to help me put on an exhibition. As always, my wife Lyne encourages me and, when I am struggling to decide if a painting is finished, assesses whether the painting has “hoomph” (with a French accent, of course). Ted Clarke (ImageThis) takes meticulous photographs of finished paintings; Graham Warren (Westart) makes classy floating frames that compliment the works, and a crew from Brandon Thiessen (Thiessenartservices) hangs the paintings in Yukiko Onley’s Visual Space Gallery.

Letting people know about the exhibition also involves a great deal of effort: almost as much as painting the works. Mia at Kits Media prepares these newsletters and updates my website. Janice at Preview Graphics designs my print adverts. But these are strange and distanced times, and I could very much use your help. Please make people you know aware of this show. Word of mouth referrals by your art-loving friends, relatives and acquaintances – whether it be accomplished by phone, email, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – would be much appreciated.

Re COVID19: I will be taking every precaution. I have been loaned a Heppa air filter machine. Masks will be worn by all visitors, physical distancing maintained, and a maximum of 10 people will be in the gallery at any time. Surfaces will be disinfected frequently. I’m currently booking appointments at 15 minute intervals. Please write me at haughton-art@shaw.ca to let me know what time works for you, or to ask questions!

If you cannot come in person, please have a look at each exhibition on my website: https://www.haughton-art.ca/exhibitions/island-paintings-iii/.

I hope that in these days of a COVID-altered existence, when one cannot travel easily to one’s favorite island, wherever it may be, that you can take a vicarious pleasure in my painted reactions to the wonderful islands of British Columbia.

I hope to see you during the next two weeks at the Visual Space Gallery on Dunbar.

With affection and respect, David

Two new exhibits September – October 2020

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Dear Friends,

What is it about islands that triggers such feelings of wonder and romance? That you look out on water in all directions? That you are seemingly cut off, sheltered from the world? That you are free to indulge and enlarge a fantasy of romantic hideaway with a special lover, or a restorative individual refuge where you can learn great wisdom or prepare to do great deeds? Whatever the sequence of sensation, synapse and synthesis, to me, islands represent magic.

I will continue to paint islands and from islands, but Island Paintings III is the final exhibition of the “Island Paintings”. It will be shown in Vancouver between September 24-October 7. I expanded the two series View from the Ferry and View from the Spit begun in Island Paintings I and Island Paintings II. I’ve added two new series to the mix: Bamfield (View of Deer Group Islands) and Gulf Islands with Arbutus (the oft-promised paintings of Gabriola, Mayne, Salt Spring and Saturna). There are some beautiful “sherbet colours” in the show; I am quite pleased!

I hope that in these days of a COVID-altered existence, when one cannot travel freely or easily to one’s favorite island, wherever it may be, that you can take a vicarious pleasure in my painted reactions to these most wonderful islands in British Columbia.

ANGRY WHITE MEN III: THE PUPPET MASTERS

Immediately following the end of the Island Painting III exhibition, I will be hanging Angry White Men III: The Puppet Masters, October 9-21, 2020.

As you may remember, back in 2016, sparked by the enabling of hate that followed the US election, and by the rise of white-supremacist and nationalist demonstrators in both the USA and Europe, I began the Angry White Men series, a sub-set of my Face of Evil opus.

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As more and more of these paintings were completed, I realized that there were three distinct groups of these men:
• the angry white men on the street, practicing intimidation with fearsome weapons, Nazi tattoos, fascist flags and other symbols of racism,
• the puppets: confused, mentally ill, ignorant and/or socially awkward white men recruited and then driven to commit vile and violent acts,
• and finally, the Puppet Masters: the intelligent men who – with cold detachment – work to manipulate and profit from their more credulous angry white brethren.
The Puppet Masters are the men who most need to be called to task: people like conservative media celebrities, Canadian far-right internet bloggers, radio talk-show hosts, white supremacist leaders, and American Presidents.

As a white man, I felt it would be presumptuous of me to paint the victims of hate crimes. However, I believed, as a white man, I should call out other white men’s bad behavior and attempt to stop it. If I stood silent, without protest, I would be allowing untruths to spread and evil to grow.

Please come see both exhibitions, if you can. We will be complying with Public Health guidelines regarding number of visitors, masks and physical distancing. You can email me at haughton-art@shaw.ca or call me at 604 525 2412 to book a time at which I expect you.

If you cannot come in person, I will be posting exhibition photos of each show. I also plan to create a series of short video tours of each exhibit. I will highlight a few paintings and point out what most makes them remarkable to me.

I will let you know when they are posted. Please let me know what you think, or write me to ask me to comment on a specific work you have seen among the posted works. It will be fun.

IN THE TIME OF COVID19, May 18, 2020


A NEW NORMAL – NOT QUITE YET.

It will be some time (18 months?) before a “new normal” is reached and everyone has either been exposed to Covid19 or has received an effective vaccine. For now, the border is closed, Washington State remains locked down (but about to slowly loosen restrictions), and we are home in British Columbia safe and self-isolated. Continue reading

Island Paintings II opens Thursday March 5 at Gallery 110

You’re invited to the reception of Islands II at Gallery 110, Seattle on Friday, March 6. The paintings will be exhibited until Saturday March 28, 2020, when I’ll be giving an artist talk titled Islands and Poetry, followed by a closing party 3-5PM.

Cape Flattery I

Cape Flattery I, 2020

I just returned from Seattle and Gallery 110 where I watched our Curator, George Brandt, work his magic hanging the paintings in Island Paintings II. George has hung literally hundreds of exhibitions over the years, and he takes several hours looking at each work, moving paintings from in front of one wall to another, and then back again. It is like watching a chess grandmaster. He seeks to group works that speak to each other: to pair up paintings that make each other stronger and more noticeable.

Then the installation committee gets to work measuring and hanging in the pattern and groupings that he has devised. Please see the installation views at https://www.haughton-art.ca/exhibitions/island-paintings-ii/installation-views-of-island-paintings-ii/

Island Views II

TWO INVITATIONS FOR YOU

Please come to the Opening Reception Friday March 6, 2020 from 5-7 PM. We are preparing excellent finger-food and will be serving wine. Please RSVP to haughton-art@shaw.ca so that we know how many are attending and we have enough for all to enjoy.

Please come to an artist talk I’ll be giving on Saturday March 28, 2020 at 2PM: Islands and Poetry. It will be followed by a closing party 3-5PM.

If the above celebration dates don’t work with your busy schedule, come visit me in the Gallery. I plan to be down in Seattle at Gallery 110 most Thursdays, and all the Fridays and Saturdays during March. I look forward to seeing you. Drop by during regular hours (11AM -6PM), or schedule a time that works for you by contacting our director, Trevor Doak, at director@gallery110.com

Top of the Island X

Top of the Island X

Island Paintings II: Two Previews and An Exhibit

invitationNewsletter January 2020

Dear friends,

In recent years, during my work on behalf of ER doctors in British Columbia, I made many short-notice trips to Victoria to argue with the Health Ministry and advocate for more staffing in our beleaguered Emergency Rooms. I often left home well before dawn to catch the first morning flight via either helicopter or seaplane. A side benefit of each trip were the spectacular views: aerial views of Galiano and Mayne, Thetis and Salt Spring, with their coastlines straining to interlock; Mount Baker and the mountains of Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula; and the light reflecting off the sea in Active Pass and between Saturna, Orca and Sucia Islands. I would make frantic little sketches on scraps of paper and take scores of photos. Similarly, over the years, during trips by ferry to the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island, I captured images from ships’ windows as we moved sedately between the islands, entered and exited the harbours, and passed ships, lighthouses, cliffs and rocks.

For well over a decade, I have been pondering two new series of works based on these voyages: Views from Above and Views from the Ferry in a series titled Islands Paintings II. The first series of new paintings will be shown in Seattle during March, with two previews in the Vancouver area before they leave. You are invited!

View from the Ferry III

View from the Ferry III (Exiting Active Pass – Dawn), 2019, Acrylic on Multimedia Artboard, 8 x 20 inches

INVITATION TO THE PREVIEWS
In advance of the Seattle show, I’m inviting you to join me for a studio preview at our home in New Westminster. Please RSVP for either date so that I can have enough wine, tea/coffee and treats! If those dates don’t work with your busy schedule, email me and let’s set up a date before February 26 see these works before they go south.

Sunday January 26, 2020, 2-5 PM
Sunday February 23, 2020, 2-5 PM

View from Above VI (South over Such Island)

View from Above VI (South over Sucia Island), 2019, Acrylic on Multimedia Artboard, 7 x 18 inches

INVITATION TO THE SEATTLE EXHIBIT
Island Paintings II will be exhibited at Gallery 110 in Seattle’s Pioneer Square during March 2020. I’m still hard at work painting a series of works “Cape Flattery” (& environs): the islands, stacks and islets off the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island. Those works will be added to the website in early February.

Island Paintings II
Gallery 110, 110 Third Avenue S., Seattle WA
March 5 – 28, 2020
Reception: Friday March 6, 2020, 5-7 PM
Closing Party: Saturday March 28, 2020, 2-5 PM

View from Above VIII

View from Above VIII (South to San Juan Island), 2019, Acrylic on Multimedia Artboard, 7 x 18 inches

Join me for the last week of Island Paintings

Five days left!
The exhibition closes at 5 PM Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Please come visit and bring your friends! I’m attending the show every day, noon-5 PM. Come have a latte and a homemade espresso brownie, and keep me company.

If you cannot see the show in person, all the works are posted here.

Artist’s Talk: “Island Magic: Paintings and Poetry”
Sunday September 22, 2018 from 2-3 PM. Refreshments will be served.

The reception was a great success. Thank you to all who came to the party – it was wonderful to see you! Chef Claire and her staff served delicious finger food. Yukiko Onley captured the convivial atmosphere in her photos. Thank you Yukiko!

Hoping to see you soon, David

September 2019 – Island Paintings

ISLAND PAINTINGS – Landscapes of British Columbia

Visual Space Gallery, 3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver

The show is up! 35 paintings in the Island series were beautifully framed by Graham Warren of Westart and then elegantly arranged on the gallery walls thanks to the expertise of Cole and Moses from Thiessen Art Services.

Please come see the exhibition during its two week run! The exhibition opened Thursday at noon and closes at 5 PM Wednesday September 25, 2019. Please bring friends! If you cannot see the show in person, Mia Johnson of Kits Media has posted all the works here.

You are invited:
Reception: Tomorrow, Saturday, September 14, 2019, 4-7 PM.
Please RSVP if you plan to come. I want to have enough wine and food!

Artist talk: Sunday, September 22, 2019, 2-3 PM.
I will be giving an Artist’s Talk: “Island Magic: Paintings and Poetry”, Sunday September 22, 2018 from 2-3 PM. Refreshments will be served.

A COMMISSION STORY

Good friends commissioned a large (48 x 96 inch) painting of Quadra Island (below) for their winery in Oregon. I worked on these in different locations including my artist friend Ian Penn’s studio and my outdoor covered front patio.

When I agree to do a commission, it is almost always with the following guidelines.
1) I am sent to paint somewhere/somehow different than usual and you indicate what size work you want.
2) I paint three works in that location/size, but without specific instructions regarding what the painting will look like. You are committed to the purchase of one of the three, but at a 30% discount from what a work that size would normally cost.
3) You chose your painting. Shown above is one of my three larger-than-usual finished works. Which would you chose? Come see all three in person.

SEATTLE ART FAIR

As you may remember, Gallery 110 was part of the 2019 Seattle Art Fair, pictured below. We exhibited 13 of our Gallery artist-members in Booth G03. It proved to be a fantastic opportunity for the artists, and for the Gallery, to acquaint Seattle with the wonderful work we exhibit every month.

We got to meet and talk with many interesting people, a number of our works went off to new good homes, and we felt very happy with the whole experience.

I’m looking forward to seeing you and catching up, so please come by my new exhibit at Visual Space this week! Yours, David

Upcoming Exhibits August & September 2019

SEATTLE ART FAIR

August 2-4, 2019
CenturyLink Field Event Center, Booth G03

Big news! Gallery 110 will be part of the 2019 Seattle Art Fair, with 13 of our members exhibiting in Booth G03. I will be showing twelve paintings from 80+ Views of Mount Baker, shown in Vancouver in September 2018, as well as selected works from 40 and 40+ Views of Mount Baker. In addition, in honor of the opportunity, I’ve painted three new large Mount Baker works. I have a few free VIP passes for anyone who would like to visit the Fair. Get back to me immediately if you are serious about attending! Continue reading

A Week of Angry White Men

Angry White Men II is now on display at the Visual Space Gallery.

I invite you all to attend the Artist Talk this Sunday March 24, 2019 , 1-2 PM “Why Paint Angry White Men?” Questions and discussion to follow. Please come.

I’ve had all sorts of responses to this exhibit so far: “Intense”, “Fascinating work” and even “Epic!” (from a passing 11-year-old boy). It is a difficult exhibit, full of colorful paintings with distasteful subject matter, made all the more painful by how closely it reflects the reality of today’s world.

Between the time of an interview with CBC’s North by Northwest on Thursday morning and the airing on Saturday’s radio program, the horrific events in Christchurch New Zealand occurred. I take heart knowing that one brave man pursued the killer and likely saved many more people by doing so. These terrorists are bullies and cowards, wildly and willfully misinformed.

A big thank you to all who came to the reception on Saturday evening. The delicious food was made by Chef Claire. The paintings were framed by Graham Warren of Westart and hung brilliantly by Cole and Moses of Thiessen Art Services. That so many people came and looked and talked and understood made me proud to be a Canadian.

PRESS COVERAGE
Sheryl Mackay of CBC Radio interviewed me for her weekend program North by Northwest. She is wonderfully skilled at this, armed with insightful questions and a warmth that comes through in her voice and demeanor. I hope you will have a chance to listen.


 
I would also like to thank Gabrielle Lynch-Staunton who wrote an article in the BCMJ about my leaving medicine, available here as a PDF

UPCOMING SERIES OF WORK
I’ll be turning to landscape works for the next six months with my series of “Island Paintings” – in particular, paintings of Quadra Island and the Discovery Islands near and beyond Campbell River. I plan to show them mid-September at the Visual Space Gallery on Dunbar in Vancouver. The reception will be on Saturday September 14, 2019. Later next year, I plan to return for one more exploration of Angry White Men – this time focusing more on the truly evil puppet-masters: the trollers, enablers, and distorters of truth.