Vancouver/Victoria Art Galleries

This summer I headed west, and as always, I visited as many art galleries as possible. Here then, is a list of spots visited, along with a link and brief description.


ABOVE: Bill Reid, The Raven and the First Men, 1980, wood sculpture. As seen at the Museum of Anthropology UBC.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Housed in a beautiful old mansion, and a quick drive from downtown Victoria, this gallery houses some big names in Canadian art.

Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature

Located by the harbor in Victoria, this small gallery showcases the work of Robert Bateman as well as his contemporaries. It’s a must see, especially if you’re a fan of his work.

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Bill Reid is a huge presence in Vancouver with marquee pieces in the airport and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Unsurprisingly, he has his very own gallery. Unsurprisingly, it’s a must see.

Contemporary Art Gallery

A small downtown space with just enough room for a few pieces. I especially liked a video by Maryam Jafri. It’s no longer on display though.

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Another small space, this time located at the University of British Columbia (a 20 minute bus ride from Vancouver), the work on display is very contemporary and non-traditional – at least it was when I was there.

Museum of Anthropology at UBC

Although technically not an art gallery, this made the list as it was by far, the most spectacular museum/gallery in the Vancouver/Victoria area. It’s holdings of First Nations art, and the way it’s displayed is incredible. It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re coming from, this is a bucket list museum.

Vancouver Art Gallery

The top public gallery in Vancouver, the Giacometti exhibition (which ended 9/22) was a well-curated look at the artists work. Although it’s over, it gives you an idea of the type of show this gallery is capable of.



Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

A few weeks back, I traveled to Quebec City, and while there, I visited the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec to look at some art. Here is a quick review.


ABOVE: David Altmejd, The Flux and the Puddle (detail), 2014, installation (various materials), 129 x 252 x 281 inches

I love Quebec City, and would recommend it to anyone who has yet to visit. Culturally, the city has much to offer, and among it’s many attractions, there is the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. If you can fit it into your schedule, I suggest you go.

While the work on display may change between now and the time you choose to visit, here are some highlights from my recent trip:

Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist

A founding member of the French Impressionists, Berthe Morisot is nowhere near as famous as her male counterparts. That’s a shame, because her work is just as good. While the exhibition closes on September 23, it gives you a good idea of the quality of shows the museum attracts.

David Altmejd, The Flux and the Puddle

Altmejd is one of my favorite artists, and even if you don’t care for his work, walking around this installation, and taking it all in, is an experience. The Flux and the Puddle is on long term loan to the gallery.

Jean-Paul Riopelle, L’Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg

Part of the museums permanent collection, L’Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg is the largest painting ever produced by Riopelle – and the largest ever purchased by the museum. He began working on it in 1992 after learning of the death of his former companion, the American painter Joan Mitchell. It’s as beautiful as it is haunting.