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