Work of the Week: 3 artworks in memoriam

Date: Feb 22, 2018

The Work of the Week for February 19 - 26, 2018, is three different artworks by artists who we have recently lost that are represented in the AFA collection:

  • Plot for a Garden by Helen Mackie RCA
  • Fossil Mountain from Ptarmigan Lake #2 by John Harvie
  • Kananaskis Night by Hendrik Bres

Click through the slide show above to view each work, or explore more on each artist through the AFA Virtual Museum through the links below. 

Helen Mackie

Helen Mackie had two University degrees in sciences, as well as four children, before she formally pursued her passion for art and received a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from the University of Calgary in 1973.She became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists (RCA) and the Alberta Society of Artists. Mackie's work can be found in the collections of City of Calgary Civic Collection, Glenbow Museum, H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II Permanent Collection, Windsor Castle Library, England, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, as well as others

Helen had a resounding love of nature from an early age, which manifested itself in both her artwork and her hobbies. Helen was often found lakeside with her easel and paintbrush in hand. She was born on March 6, 1926 in Tavistock, Ontario and passed away on February 18, 2018 in Calgary.

John Harvie

John Harvie was a former Alberta Provincial Court Judge as well as an accomplished landscape artist and nature lover. John was particularly drawn to the Rockie mountains, and many of his watercolours would focus on these natural wonders. From his obituary:

He was adept at capturing a dark squall blowing across a green valley, a cross-country skier pausing for breath on a glacier, and the vermilion of glacier-fed lakes. Perhaps his most popular paintings depicted high alpine larch trees in autumn – a shock of yellow set against grey peaks, white glaciers and blue skies. He tried to make his watercolours “glow with an inner light.”

John painted with a steady hand and preferred to create on site. His work can be seen in several Calgary galleries and at art auction, as well as the Alberta Foundation for the Arts collection. 

John was born on September 8, 1928 in Edmonton, and passed away on February 15 in Calgary.

Hendrik Bres

Hendrik Bres was born in The Hague, Netherlands and came to Alberta in 1960. He worked in printing services for the University of Alberta for over thirty years, but devoted his full energies to his artistic career as a painter and an active member of the Alberta art world.

His work can be found in North American corporate and public collections, including the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the City of Edmonton. He was a long-time member of the Edmonton Contemporary Artists’ Society and the Alberta Society of Artists.

Hendrik’s landscapes are influenced by post-impressionist and modernist painting and are not of particular locations but rather contain a compilation of elements that evoke Alberta scenes. Hendrik was born October 20, 1932, and passed away on February 14, 2018 in Calgary.

To all the families and friends of these wonderful artists, our sincere condolences.


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