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To Make Right What We Have Done Wrong


Christie Lau’s newest series Endlings will be on exhibit at Navillus Gallery from 17 April - 22 May. Her work in this series explores the notion of de-extinction, the act of reviving extinct species, as well as the role that humans have played in their rise and fall.

In March 2013, Revive and Restore, an organization dedicated to coordinating genomic technology for conservation, hosted a conference with National Geographic and TedX. Biologists, ethicists and conservationists discussed the moral and logistical reasons for bringing back extinct species by using DNA information from museum specimens. Animal resurrection is a unique and contemporary question we are facing; humans, the most intelligent species on earth, have the hard-earned power to make right what we have done wrong. Human activity has caused much animal extinction, and what we have left of these lost species are skeletons and broken up DNA.

In this series, Lau stays true to her detailed and whimsical style by adhering fluorite crystals on mirrors and painting onto them portraits of endlings, the last living being of an extinct species. When a fluorite crystal is exposed to light, it gradually loses its colour and turns clear. The colourless crystal structure is a metaphor for emptied skeletal remains, both a basic blueprints for form. By painting the endlings in greyscale, Lau portrays the gradual loss of the animal’s ephemeral essence and way of life when exposed to humans. The viewer infuses the mirror and endling with his or her own colour, referencing a second and artificial breath of life.


We are getting very excited for our upcoming show! “Endlings” will feature the work of Toronto-based artist, Christie Lau, and will be on exhibit at Navillus Gallery from April 17 - May 22.

Christie Lau’s work connects diverse themes found in ancient myth and fairy tales with her keen interest in biology and systems of adaptation. She utilizes a range of techniques to achieve work that is both beautiful and conceptually relevant. Profound in purpose and elegant in rendering, Lau’s pieces unite ideas of humanity with their humblest biological roots.

Lau’s latest work explores ideas of extinction and de-extinction, which fundamentally refers to the idea and science of bringing extinct species back to life. She also memorialises “endlings” in her portraits of the last living members of extinct species.

Christie Lau obtained her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and a recipient of the Marjory Glassburn Francis Award.  She has worked as a copyist in the Louvre in Paris and has contributed numerous scientific illustrations for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA.


For a preview of Christie’s work, check out her website at:

colour + texture

colour + texture

"Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.”
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


To celebrate embracing, embellishing and enjoying the edges of the artwork, Navillus Gallery is offering 50% off custom framing on select artwork in our current exhibition, URBAN/LANDSCAPES! Stop by at 110 Davenport Road in Toronto to check out the show and our many colours and styles of frames. 


Navillus Gallery proudly presents Urban/Landscapes, a joint exhibition featuring the works of Canadian painters Kyle Clements and Peter Fischer.

It’s less than a week till the opening of URBAN/LANDSCAPES here at Navillus Gallery and we’d like to introduce you to Peter Fischer, the second artist whose paintings will be on display!

Peter Fischer is a contemporary landscape painter, who for four decades has been devoted to painting realist views of Eastern Canada’s landscapes. From weather-beaten sheds gripping New Brunswick’s pastures, to the misty valleys of Dundas Ontario, Fischer transforms dramatic landscapes into places of warmth and serenity. Fischer draws the viewer into ethereal places that offer a respite from the frenzy of modern urban society. Restful and meditative, Fischer’s paintings leave the viewer with a sense of unremitting calm.  Fischer has been painting for 40 years with fine arts training from Humber College, the Mississauga Arts Centre, and workshops at Dundas Valley School of Art. He has also maintained a career in illustration. ­­­

Bold and thoroughly contemporary in his approach, Peter Fischer paints environments with cleanliness and a modern sensibility. He captures landscapes with impeccable simplicity and keen technical ability, in a stunning photo-real style that is inspired by the beauty of places undisturbed by human presence.

Check out more of Peter’s works

URBAN/LANDSCAPES opens February 20th and runs until March 29th

One of our favourite things about working with artists is discussing some of the driving forces behind their work; most interesting of which are the artists that have inspired them. The dialogue created throughout art history from one artwork responding to another is truly amazing. We recently sat down with Toronto-based painter, Kyle Clements, to discuss just this…

Technically speaking, one of Clements’ greatest influences is Abstract Expressionist painter, Hans Hofmann. Hofmann’s ability to build up paint on the surface of the canvas to create texture and depth resonates strongly in Kyle’s work.


Hans Hofmann, Autumn Gold, 1957, Oil on Canvas

Clements cited Denyse Thomasos and David Milne as his most direct influences. Kyle’s urban landscape paintings parallel the energy and dynamism of Thomoasos’ work, as well as the deductive mark-making that Milne has achieved.


Denyse Thomasos, Birdie, 2009, Acrylic on Canvas


David Milne, Avion, 1919, Watercolour over Graphite on Wove Paper

Kyle Clements will be featured in URBAN/LANDSCAPES at Navillus Gallery from February 20th to March 29th.


Kyle Clements, #1316, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas

Urban/Landscapes Exhibit Coming Soon

Navillus Gallery is gearing up for our upcoming show, Urban/Landscapes. The exhibit will feature the work of Toronto-based painter, Kyle Clements. Kyle grew up in a small town (Keswick, Ontario) before moving to Toronto to study at the Ontario College of Art and Design. After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD in 2006, Kyle moved for a year to Asia. From the places in which he has lived, Kyle collects source material and inspiration. Whether painting the harsh Northern landscape or capturing the overwhelming buzz of the city, his work is vibrant and dynamic. His urban landscape paintings capture the rush and preoccupation associated with city life. Inspired by technology and photography, he often works from photographs he has taken during his travels and excursions.Kyle utilizes intense colour and deductive mark-making to allow his paintings to hover between photographic representation and painterly abstraction.

Check out a preview of Kyle’s work here:

Urban/Landscapes runs from February 20th to March 29th at Navillus Gallery.

ART TORONTO: Booth #444

Navillus Gallery is proud to announce that it will be taking part in the Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair. Located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Toronto is Canada’s only modern and contemporary fine art fair, with unique access to the Canadian arts market.


An annual fall event founded in 2000, Art Toronto serves as the galvanizing vehicle for the nation’s art world. Art Toronto presents more than 100 select galleries from across Canada, the US, Europe, China, Japan and Mexico – complemented with special projects, exhibits, a full VIP program and dynamic cultural offerings.



For our second year at The Fair, the focus of the Gallery shifts to the colourful abstractions of Kirk Mechar and veteran Toronto artist Michael Adamson. Vibrant colours and rich impasto textures are the common theme between the two, but that is where the similarities end.


Mechar’s tropical inspired canvases use repetition and interwoven patterns to create mesmerizing fields reminiscent of wildflowers during a storm. The canvases are built up with abstract forms that create an engulfing tapestry of colour.


Adamson brings a selection of 2013 canvases done in styles that span the past 10 years of his career. The styles are instantly recognizable as Adamson’s and are sure to delight both fans and newcomers to his work. Included in the show are several pieces from a new series of work titled Baile Funk, after the popular and politicized dance music prevalent in disadvantaged parts of the world. These new canvases are raw and contradictory with heavy bursts of paint beating against subtly complex fields of shimmering colour.

Check us out Oct. 25 – 28 at Booth 444.

Looking back to Nuit Blanche

As it’s Sunday, many people, Torontonians and international tourists alike, are recovering from a long night of arts, culture and indulging in a restless night of community bonding. Some of the most anticipated pieces included Forever Bicycles, Howl and The Garden Tower.


Forever Bicycles, Ai Weiwei

According to the Nuit Blanche website, “The sheer quantity of bikes and the diverse perceptions of viewing points create a colossal labyrinth-like, visually moving space, which represents the changing social environment in China and around the globe.” This piece was one of the most anticipated pieces of the night and was a huge crowd pleaser.


Howl, Robert Hengeveld

A coyote statue “chases” a rabbit figure, both of them on the rails of a miniature roller coaster while mechanical birds and deer decoys flit low nearby. It all takes on the air of a low-budget funhouse, which is the point: Hengeveld’s work has always taken pains to ply our very real estrangement from anything resembling nature, to tragicomic effect.


The Garden Tower, Tadashi Kawamata

Using over 1,000 second-hand pieces of furniture — 960 of which will be from Goodwill — Kawamata’s sculpture stands 30 feet tall and illuminated with incandescent light bulbs. The tower draws from the myth of the Tower of Babel, channeling its beauty and the idea that humanity can speak with one voice for the creation of a better future.