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Musings: Drawings and Paintings by Ben Woolfitt
August 2 – October 3, 2011
Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

July 5, 2011

Musings: Drawings and Paintings by Ben Woolfitt

Exhibition Announcement

The Embassy of Canada presents Ben Woolfitt's first solo exhibition in Japan.

This exhibition focuses on Woolfitt's drawings – graphite, wax and silver leaf on paper. There are 20 large drawings and 18 smaller ones. The artist's use of metallics dates back to the early 1970's when he used gold spray paint as the base for many of his works on paper.

In 1996, Woolfitt's sister Shirley developed cancer and passed away later that year. The artist needed a portable medium as he was flying frequently between his home in Toronto and Edmonton to spend time with Shirley. He chose to return to drawing with watercolour and ink. Although acrylics had always been his primary medium, they would not dry fast enough for his travels.

Since then, drawing has often been a vehicle through which Woolfitt expresses deep-seated emotions rooted in such events as the death of his sister as well as that of his father in the late 1990's. His despair, loneliness, and fears were all channelled into drawing. It became the most deeply felt part of his day.

While Woolfitt's drawings are finished quickly, his recent paintings have been done slowly and methodically. This exhibition features four paintings. A canvas typically takes up to four months to complete, with a total of up to 120 coats of thinly applied gloss medium and a small amount of pigment. For the artist they are no less poignant in their meaning than drawings.

Woolfitt's work has been shown and collected widely in Canada and in the USA. There was also a major exhibition of his drawings and small paintings in Thailand in 2007. His drawings and paintings can be found in numerous museums and major collections in Canada such as the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the Glenbow Museum, and Hart House-University of Toronto.


Date: August 2 – October 3, 2011

  • Weekdays 10:00-17:30
  • Wednesdays 10:00-20:00
  • Closed on weekends, August 15, and September 5

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free

Contact: Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section (Tel: 03-5412-6257)

Media contact: Ryuko Iikubo (Tel: 03-5412-6347)




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