June 9 – 30, 2012
At 2260 Oak Bay Avenue
Friday, June 8, 2012 10 am -5:30 pm
(work subject to prior sale)
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 1 - 5 pm
Philip Mix in attendance.
Elizabeth Ely, harp; Karel Roessingh, piano
Philip Mix was born in Edmonton Alberta in 1955. His formal art education came from the Alberta College of Art, Calgary and he received his Bachelor of Arts in painting in 1980. In 1982 he apprenticed in art conservation at Monro Restorations, Calgary and at Museum Services, San José, California. In 1986 he started a conservation studio Fine Art Restoration in Victoria B.C. becoming a member of the Pacific Conservation Group, and Canadian Conservation Associates.
Extensive travel has enabled Philip to show his paintings internationally in galleries such as Cadogan Gallery, London, England. More recently Philip enjoys continued success with his developing style and is presently represented by galleries in British Columbia and Alberta.
“I have often thought there should be something more than curiosity attached to artifacts that have had the distinction of transforming the consciousness of a generation. When I was a kid I hadn’t the slightest idea that an era would vaporize by the time I reached mid-life. Now, however I shudder a little when I notice the discarded treasures at a roadshow, the toys I played with, the typewriter whose pounding keys kept me awake till one AM as my father corrected essays. And if I didn’t give it a lot of thought then, I have lately wondered, was that epoch as remarkable as this new one. I knew one thing back then, “Modern” art was as trippy as any off kilter midway ride; putting myself into that chariot wasn’t going to be easy, so I hung on the periphery, and watched with guarded fascination. Of my show of “Still Lifes” last March 2011 at Winchester Galleries, art critic Philip Willey made this observation, “Inanimate objects have been reduced to their essentials so that they become one with their backgrounds”.
Well I‘ll be jiggered; he’s describing Modern art! Yes I’m almost one hundred years too late, but hey, I’ve put my big toe in and haven’t been scrambled. But I digress; art was just one of the paradigms that took repeated quantum leaps of faith “back then”. Music, architecture, fashion, cinema, mechanical technology, and yes, even toys all jostled to become the winners in a Lewis Carroll’s “Caucus-Race. The impact on our present day can hardly be overstated. However, in the end it seems it is a little more, but not much more, than curiosity that we are left with, and a lingering headache. Still, while amateur historians attempt to clog up You-Tube and the Internet with snippets of pithy trivia too vast to calculate, it is well to gently remember the well used, lovingly amassed inventions of a remarkable, and remarkably recent, past. These are my imagery, these curiosities, and I leave it to others to say more.”