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“Art should be accessible to all.”
Canadian Sculptor Bruce Garner 1934-2012
One of Canada’s pre-eminent sculptors, Bruce Garner, passed away Oct 2 after a lengthy battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. He was 78 years old.
We were very sad to hear about the passing of Bruce Garner. Bruce is a critically acclaimed Canadian artist whose work is held in collections around the world. We are honoured to have Bruce’s work being exhibited in the Lorraine Fritzi Yale Gallery. Bruce was the artist chosen by Don Monet owner of the CUBE Gallery to display his art for our first show of the season The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe. Bruce’s art gave us a poignant glimpse into the world of entrapment.
The Ottawa sculptor and painter understood what it is like to feel trapped. While his speech was stifled and his ability to move his body thwarted, he still found artistic release through his paintings. On canvas, he projected and portrayed movement, grace as well as the anguish of a debilitating illness.
“His paintings reflect the torment of an illness that can rob you of your ability to speak or walk. But the irony is that in some ways, Bruce’s work since he became ill has a new depth, a greater sensitivity and great beauty,” says his wife, Tamaya Garner.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bruce's family.