|Getting There |||Between Lorne and Scotia Streets. Entrance at back lane|
Profile Last Updated: February 12, 2009
Catriona Jeffries has been fostering the work of an impressive stable of artists since she first opened a gallery in 1988. Now established in a large bright space on East 1st Avenue, the Catriona Jeffries Gallery is recognized as one of the country’s pre-eminent spaces for contemporary art. Unlike many of the other contemporary galleries along the South Granville Gallery Row, there is a deliberate focus to the works found here. Much of its attention is placed on past and current developments in conceptual and often photo-based art. The gallery represents both internationally established artists and emerging artists who work within this context. Represented artists work in a broad range of genres including, and broadly identified, photography, painting, sculpture, and performance art.
Focusing on the current manifestations of post conceptual art practices in Vancouver, the gallery also explores and massages connections between its Canadian artists and international artists, developing a reciprocating dialogue. Thus, the gallery has nurtured important links to the international art community. Ms Jeffries has played an important role in helping young Vancouver artists to establish their art careers at home and abroad.
Since moving to the present 6500-square-foot gallery space in 2006, there is lots of breathing room to exhibit artists’ work. Visitors are able to look at each work of art without distraction, walk around art installations, before moving on to the next. The viewer is given ample opportunity to study and consider the art, a luxury that isn’t always available in commercial galleries.