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Sasha Rogers

Growing up in the Canadian Prairie landscape I always felt like a speck in a vast, magnificent playground; alone but part of a grand plan. I would ride for miles along dirt roads, cutting across wheat and bright yellow canola fields, navigating through sudden sun showers below black skies. The land, the sky and me were parallel worlds, equally fantastic, and co-mingling. Expressing these remarkable shifts of light is what consumes my imagination.

All of my paintings have their roots in these primal experiences. Capturing the vibrations between what hovers above and below is what inspires my work. As an artist I commit myself to a poetic dance in the immeasurable; that place of equanimity between matter and spirit. Because these ideas exist between what is real and what is suggestive they are impossible to describe, but the contemplations are endless.

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The horizon figures prominently in my paintings, and the parallel lines that play against each other is a pivotal compositional juncture. Playful parallel lines vibrate against each other between the sky and land and sea,pushing and pulling the eye back and forth, simultaneously separating the voids and uniting them. As suggested by the romantic painters and, in particular, Caspar David Friedrich’s evocative seascapes with people contemplating the endless ocean, we are always testing ourselves within the natural world. And in this way, we are standing on the threshold of something greater than ourselves, constantly shifting from outer or inner states.

Painting for me is both an intuitive and formal process; it is all about giving poetry a physical presence. I like to look at the outer world with my inner eye, moving between the abstract and the real, the gestural and the descriptive.  I create evocative places. The viewer can explore their inner world with their outer eye, bringing in their unique experiences and visual history into the exchange. Giacometti said, “The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity”.

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Sasha Rogers has been a professional painter for over 20 years. Whilst she has not lived in the vast Canadian prairies since the beginning of her career, she retains the influence of the vast expanses and endless horizon lines experienced in the landscape of her up bringing. Rogers sees her artwork as a continual exploration of, and dialogue with, physical and visual concepts of space. It is important for her to create an entrance and exit, or in other words, a “portal” for the viewer to move into the depth of her horizon line that separates the bottom and top color fields of her paintings. Her work suggests balance between different states, whether it is a reference to atmospheric conditions or the movement of water, a philosophical questioning of states of existence, or through an aesthetic rendering of color field imaging. Rogers’ work has been influenced by the work of William Turner, Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin, Antoni Tapies, and her father - sculptor and painter, Otto Rogers. What collectively draws her to these great artists is their dedication to evocative metaphors rather than literal descriptions. She states, “They invite rather than prescribe.” Sasha Rogers received her Masters of Painting in 1987 and was a painting instructor for twelve years. She has focused primarily on solo exhibits and international art fairs and her work held is in numerous private collections in the Canada, the USA and Europe.

Artist Website: http://www.sasharogers.com

Sasha Rogers has been a professional painter for over 20 years. Whilst she has not lived in the vast Canadian prairies since the beginning of her career, she retains the influence of the vast expanses and endless horizon lines experienced in the landscape of her up bringing. Rogers sees her artwork as a continual exploration of, and dialogue with, physical and visual concepts of space. It is important for her to create an entrance and exit, or in other words, a “portal” for the viewer to move into the depth of her horizon line that separates the bottom and top color fields of her paintings. Her work suggests balance between different states, whether it is a reference to atmospheric conditions or the movement of water, a philosophical questioning of states of existence, or through an aesthetic rendering of color field imaging. Rogers’ work has been influenced by the work of William Turner, Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin, Antoni Tapies, and her father - sculptor and painter, Otto Rogers. What collectively draws her to these great artists is their dedication to evocative metaphors rather than literal descriptions. She states, “They invite rather than prescribe.” Sasha Rogers received her Masters of Painting in 1987 and was a painting instructor for twelve years. She has focused primarily on solo exhibits and international art fairs and her work held is in numerous private collections in the Canada, the USA and Europe.

Residence: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

EDUCATION
1987 Masters of Visual Arts, Painting, University of Alberta, Edmonton
1983 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honors, Drawing and Painting, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014  Silence, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2012  Parallels, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011 Liminal Spaces, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 Atmospheres, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 Absent Presence, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004 New Paintings, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003 Still Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003 Tatar Gallery, Toronto, ON
2002 Echoes, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2001 New Paintings, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON
2001 Flux- Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2000 The placeless place- Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto ON
1999 Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON
1993 Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1991 Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1989 Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1988 Recent Works- Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1987 Masters of Visual Arts Exhibition, Edmonton, AB
1984 Vinish Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012 Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 Oeno Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 Tatar Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003 Tatar Gallery, Toronto, ON
2002 Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON
2001 Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2000 Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1994 Gallery Artists – Group Exhibition- Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1990 Gallery Artists – Group Exhibition- Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1989 Gallery Artists – Group Exhibition- Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1989 Gallery Artists – Group Exhibition- Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1984 Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1985 Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1984 Graduate Faculty and Students, Scotia Place, Edmonton, AB
1984 Swift Current, National Exhibition Centre, Vinish Gallery, SK

ART FAIRS

2013 TIAF Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2012 TIAF Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)2011 TIAF Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2010 TIAF Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2008 LAAS Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2005 Toronto International Art Fair (Tatar Gallery)
2005 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2004 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2001 International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Lonsdale Gallery)
1999 International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Lonsdale Gallery)

EDUCATION CURATOR

National Exhibition Centre, Swift Current ,Saskatchewan.
Co-Ordinator and curator for educational programs for adults and children.

AWARDS/GRANTS

2001 Visual Arts Ontario exhibition Grant
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1987 Alberta Art foundation award, highest distinction given for outstanding research in the visual arts
1986 Singular award offered in the MVA program
1984 Distinguished Exhibition Award
1983 Hilda J. Stewart Memorial Award for the most outstanding Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate
Judy Poole Memorial Award, pre-eminent graduating exhibition
Heinz Jordan Award, most promising third year painting student

COLLECTIONS

Aspec Developments, Vancouver. BC
Birum Developments, Seattle WA
CityScape Properties LLC, Lexington De Soto, KS, USA
Georgian Pontiac, Barrie, ON
Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto, ON
Hewlett Packard
Interac
KoreGroup Inc, Calgary, AB
Laurel Point Inn, Victoria, BC
Milestones Restaurant/Trimen Food Services Equipment Inc, Vancouver, BC
New Vernon Capital, Jersey City, NJ, USA
OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Services), Toronto, ON
Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, ON
Teck Cominco Ltd. Vancouver, BC
Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington Law Firm, Toronto, ON
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
University of Toronto, Woodsworth College, Toronto, ON
Westwind Productions, Toronto, ON and Regina, SK

Numerous private collections in Canada, Israel, Switzerland, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands and Russia.


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