Drapell: TRIBE and Georgian Bay

Exhibition at John Mann Gallery

TRIBE, 1974, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.

DRAPELL: TRIBE and Georgian Bay

May 25 – June 22, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday May 25, 2024, 2-5pm
John Mann Gallery, St. Catharines

In 1973-74, a refugee from Prague, Joseph Drapell, painted these critically-acclaimed works (later known as Great Spirit series). Drapell developed his ‚Äúcompression technique,‚ÄĚ as an artistic response to the paintings of Morris Louis. The echoes of the First Nations imagery may be visible in these works today, but they must have filtered into his imagery through the chance of his technique, without his knowing. This deeper connection was only brought to his attention some 45 years later.

The infinite view from his island is a theme that has nourished Drapell’s art for 54 years. John Mann Gallery gathered several earlier paintings together with his current work in this exhibition DRAPELL. A former curator of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts said this in 2004:

‚ÄúDrapell has become a towering figure‚ĶToday he stands as one of the greatest masters of our age.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Prof. Kenworth W. Moffett, PhD.

N.L. DRUM DANCE, 1974, acrylic on canvas, 69 x 137 in.

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