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July 2 - August 1
New Moon
Ashpa Naira, BC
Catalogue Cover & Essay
Upcoming Exhibitions
Pulled BC - 2/2 
Ashpa Naira, BC
August 6 - August 29
Patrick Mimran Nuit Blanche,  Toronto
October 2, 2010
Toronto International Art Fair
October 28 - November 1
Robert Bigelow - New Moon:  Ashpa Naira Gallery and Headbones Gallery invite you to celebrate the automatic renewal of the moon with artist Robert Bigelow in attendance from 2-7pm for the opening reception of his exhibition Sunday, July 11, when the dawning of awareness is most potent.

The New Moon is a time of regeneration when the creative pulse is nascent, a seedling with a host of possibilities for growth. It is akin to our subconscious.

Robert Bigelow has called his work “abstract automatism”. The spark that lights the flame of creativity lies in the subconscious. By clearing the mind and erasing any vestige of association with physical representation, the abstract is made manifest.

 A ‘Bigelow’ is like a connection between the world of the spirit and virtual reality. It is a visual map of intuitively recorded energy emitted over time.

Biography: Born 1940 in Los Angeles, California, Canadian artist and printmaker Robert Bigelow graduated in 1967 with a BFA (Major in Painting) from the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. 

Bigelow taught painting, drawing and lithography in Western Canada from 1967-1971 at Simon Fraser University, Capilano College and the Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr) in Vancouver, BC and was a guest lecturer at the University of Calgary in Alberta. 

Robert Bigelow worked as a printmaker from 1971-1978 for prestigious American print houses such as Gemini G.E.L, Tyler Graphics, Cirrus Editions, Petersburg Press and the Tamarind Lithography Workshop. In addition to collaborating on print editions with artists: Josef Albers, Jim Dine, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Tony Onley, Man-Ray and Frank Stella; Robert Bigelow worked closely with Robert Motherwell on his paintings, collages and prints during a position as Motherwell’s Connecticut studio manager from 1975-1978. 

Returning to Canada in 1978, Bigelow worked until 1995 as Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University in Montreal.  

With an extensive exhibition history, Robert Bigelow’s works have been collected by the Portland Art Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Pasadena Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Modem Art, National Gallery of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Shell Canada and Air Canada. 

Robert Bigelow lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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