Dick Der

Selected Works

Biography

Born

China

 

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

   

Selected Exhibitions

2011:  ECAS, 19th Annual Exhibition, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton AB

2010:  ECAS, 18th Annual Exhibition, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton AB

2009: Fall Exhibition Group Show, Scott Gallery, Edmonton AB

2008: David Lindley Presents Abstraction, Keystone Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

2008: Snapshots, Scott Gallery, Edmontn, AB

2006: 20 Years of Canadian Painting, Scott Gallery Edmonton AB

2004: International Group Show I, Caelum Gallery, New York NY

2004: Dick Der, Caelum Gallery, Francisco Pro, New York, NY

2004: 12th Edmonton Contemporary Artists Show, Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton AB

2003: 11th Edmonton Contemporary Artists Show, Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton AB

2003: Field of Vision, Connect Four, Stanley A. Milner Public Library Gallery, The Works, Edmonton AB

2003: Miscellaneous Connections Revisited, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2002: 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Edmonton Contemporary Artist's Society, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

2002: Flash Point: Painting, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

2002: Chinatown Tango, Scott Gallery, Edmonton AB

2001: Sweet 16, Profiles Art Gallery, St. Albert AB

2001: 9th Edmonton Contemporary Artists Show, Arts Barns, Edmonton AB

2001: Miscellaneous Connections, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton AB

2000: 113 Degrees West in the Cross Hairs, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

2000: New Works, Caelum Gallery, New York NY

1999: Recent Works, Scott Gallery, Edmonton AB

1998: 6th Edmonton Contemporary Artists Show, Arts Barns, Edmonton AB

1997: Singapore Art Exposition, Singapore

1997: Show Case, Monserrat Gallery, New York NY

1997: 5th Annual EGAS Exhibition, Arts Barn, Edmonton AB

1997: Disrepresention, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

1997: Disrepresention, Travelling Show, Edmonton Art Gallery AB

1997: Gallery Artists, Scott Gallery, Edmonton AB

1996: Holly Ball, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

1995: Free The Spirit, Profiles Gallery, St. Alberta AB

1995: Edmonton Abstraction, Akins, Der, Rasmussen, Kathleen Laverty Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

1995: Der, Mann, Hippel, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

1995: 3rd EGAS Exhibition, Commerce Centre, Edmonton AB

1994: Selections from the Norcen Collections, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

1994: Asian Artists, Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton AB

1994: 2nd Edmonton Contemporary Artists Exhibition, Commerce Center, Edmonton AB

1994: Panini E.Vini, In the Rough, The Works Art & Design Festival, Edmonton AB

1994: Panini E. Vini, In The Rough, The Works Festival of Art & Design, Edmonton AB

1993: Studio Watch, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

1993: Gallery Artists, Kathleen Laverty Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

1993: Edmonton Contemporary Artists Society Exhibition, Commerce Center, Edmonton AB

1992: Art in Blume, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

1991: Art for All, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

1991: The Technician's Show, FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

1990: Edmonton90, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

1990: Art for All, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

1989: Small Art, Latitude 53, Edmonton AB

1989: Three Abstracts, Kathleen Laverty Gallery, Edmonton AB

1989: Edmonton 89, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

1989: Aztecs, FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, EdmontonAB

1988: The Feel of Abstract Art, Edmonton Art Gallery, Travelling Exhibition

1988: Technicians, FAB Art Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

1987: Great West Saddlery Show, Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton AB

1985: 10 Plus, Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton AB

1984: Artist's Collect, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB

 

Selected Collections

Singapore Eromatic Company, Singapore
Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton AB
The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB
The Camino Foundation
Norcen Resources Ltd., Calgary AB
Anglo Continental Limited, Hong Kong
Alberta Cultural Branch, Red Deer, AB
Alberta Cultural Branch, Edmonton AB
Grand Prairie College, Grand Prairie AB
Numerous other public and private collections

 

Selected Publications

Bouchard, Charles. Review – Field of Vision, Stanley A. Milner Gallery, Edmonton Journal, June, 2003

Bouchard, Charles. Review – 10th Anniversary EGAS Show, The Edmonton Journal, Sept. 2002

Bouchard, Charles. Preview – Flash Point, The Edmonton Journal, March, 2002

Bouchard, Charles. Review – Dick Der at the Scott Gallery, The Edmonton Journal, April 12th, 2002

Mandel, Charles. Review – Disrepresentation, The Edmonton Journal, 1998

Early, Rita. ReviewFolio, University of Alberta, 1998

Berger, Carol. Review – Sixth Annual EGAS Show, See Magazine, Oct. 1998

Art Review, Disrepresentation Travelling Show, Jasper Booster, Oct.22 1998

Mandel, Charles. Review – The Works, The Edmonton Journal, 1994

Cairney, Richard. Review – Dance with Spirituality, See Magazine, Sept. 1995

Art Review, Outlook, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1993

Beauchamp, Elizabeth. Visual Arts, The Edmonton Journal, March, 1991

Artist Statement

There is a continual active dialogue between the internal self and the external reality.  As a painter, I use this dialogue to make my paintings objects of contemplation, to evoke a tranquil, mystical and spiritual experience.

I work on cradled masonite or plywood on which canvas is usually stretched over the surface. There is the thrill of the alchemy that take place as various types of mixed media or collage materials are introduced to the painting and before the paint is applied.

Many of the materials are found objects, discarded detritus from construction sites and the streets of the city, such as metal, wire, wood, machine parts, card board, etc. These materials help to structure the surface of the painting. Some of the objects are altered to change their history. A variety of subtle surfaces, textures and color are the results which invite the viewer to examine a particular detail but also encouraging an awareness of a constant change of focus within the painting. A focus that is part of the natural or man made urban decay, yet at the same time speaks of rebirth as part of the ongoing life cycle.  The paint is both earthly and metallic in quality, a combination that expresses luminous warmth reminiscent of something ancient and archaic, a unity which evokes a sense of both the urban and the rural, at the same time leaving behind a mood of unequivocal spiritual silence and peace.