“Like most artists, I have been influenced by a broad spectrum of art. The intense human narratives of Rembrandt and Velazquez, Ingres’ sublime depiction of idealized femininity, and the ugly/beautiful distortions of Egon Schiele have captured my imagination and influenced my work as a figurative painter. The expressive power of pure abstraction has also affected me, particularly the emotional intensity of Rothko’s floating squares of dark despair and Barnett Newmann’s serene colour balances.
In this exhibition I have assembled a range of work that begins with classically influenced narrative paintings, and then gradually progresses through a series of figure and ground explorations. My work has always circled around three elements: the human figure, the narrative, and the study of formal elements, the painter’s building blocks of colour, shape and composition. Three interrelated bodies of work bring these three obsessions into focus.” – Taken from the statement of the artist.
Iris Hauser was born in 1956 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. She studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the 1970s, and then came to Saskatoon to study at the University of Saskatchewan. She then moved to Kassel, Germany to study independently for a year before returning to Canada. Hauser has taught art at the Mendel Art Gallery and at the University of Saskatchewan’s Certificate of Art and Design program. Iris continues to live and work in Saskatoon.
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This exhibition of painting and drawing takes as its subject royal personages, (as seen through European oil painting), gone rogue, or as we might say here, off-the-grid. The works are derived from an ongoing investigation of the Spanish Baroque artist, Diego Velazquez, as read into the Canadian historical circumstance. Canada, in all of its crude beauty and conflicted past, becomes the new ground to these royal figures.
In the Estevan installation the focus is on the daughter of the King Phillip IV of Spain, (reign 1621 – 1665), the Infanta Margaret Theresa. She is the central figure in the composition of the painting Las Meninas. As she is key to the representation of the Spanish court in Velazquez’s work, the Infanta becomes the pivot point for varied expressions and interpretations here. From youth, new possibilities.
Grant McConnell lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he works as an artist and educator. He studied Fine Arts at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick before moving to Saskatoon in where he completed a B.F.A and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan. He currently teaches at the St. Peter’s College, and at the University of Saskatchewan where he specializes in Canadian Art History and Visual Culture.
He is known primarily for his painting which is derived from an ongoing investigation of subject matter related to Canadian social and historical themes. The artwork varies in approach, from the more meditative through to those which engage political concerns of the day. A return to often familiar subject matter in order to free up meaning underlies the artist’s practice.
The gallery has two exhibition spaces (Gallery I and Gallery II). The EAGM provides professional technical services for selected projects. The EAGM pays fees to artists and curators in accordance with CARFAC standards. Submitted projects are assessed and recommended for program inclusion by the curator. Please note that unless requested, we do not notify artists when a proposal has been received, and it can take some time for a decision to be made. Artists are always notified as to whether their submission has been selected for exhibition. Please note that our schedule is currently full for the near future, although we are happy to receive proposals to keep on file for future consideration.
Statement of Intent or a Specific Project Description
10 to 20 digital images or video files* or Photographs
(on video tape, CDR, DVD, or memory stick – if applicable)
Image Identification Page (Title, Medium, Size, Year, etc.)
*For digital images submit only .jpg files in RGB format at a resolution of 72 dpi, with a maximum size of 1.5 MB and a maximum of 1024 x 768 pixels.
Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you are submitting via mail and would like to have your submission returned to you.
Please email your propsal to
or via mail to:
Estevan Art Gallery and Museum
118 – 4th Street
Gallery 2: 69 Running Feet (Ceiling Height: 117″). View floorplan
Project Space: 14 Running Feet (Ceiling Height: (96″). View Floorplan
* Galleries have 2′ x 2′ suspended ceilings.
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