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@ The Penticton Art Gallery 
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Celebrating his 100th birthday this past September 2013 with a solo retrospective exhibition at the Penticton Art Gallery, artist John Koerner talks about his early years, how he went from Prague to Vancouver, and more - including thoughts on the nature of art and creativity, and some background on several of his series of paintings
in this 32 minute video. To view, click here.


"Early in my career I decided what the general direction of my work should be and that, despite the horrors and disasters in this world, it would celebrate all positive values." – John Koerner
 
We are affected not only by actions and words but also by the mood of others –even by their thoughts. A work of art is a living force that can act according to the impulse that created it: serenity will transmit its calm, tension will infect in a negative way.
I have often done large groups of paintings on one theme, creating innumerable variations, and returning to it frequently. They all express my view of the physical world and its relationship to the spiritual world.
 
The Garden of Eden paintings, for example, use landscape elements of my surroundings to hint at the spiritual origin of mankind. A new group of paintings seldom begins from a fleeting experience or a sudden revelation. I have found it comes to the surface of consciousness after an incubation period that may be short or prolonged. Once the concept has ripened, it becomes strong enough to awake you early in the morning and stay in focus even in spite of interruptions or distractions. Then, during the painting process, the tools and materials are persuaded to conform to the theme. At times they also suggest the next move and so the result is a mutual motivation.

Mr. Koerner passed away peacefully at home Sunday, February 23, 2014. He is sorely missed by legions of fans and admirers who valued his peaceful gentle countenace and soulful painting and drawing. Click Here to read the full Globe & Mail obituary.




Click on the thumbnails below to view a larger image.

John Koerner - Galiano - click for larger image

Galiano
36 x 36 Inches 
oil on canvas
$6,700
1966
John Koerner - The Fives - click for larger image

The Fives
17 x 27 Inches 
acrylic on paper
$2,900
1988
John Koerner - Vetava - click for larger image

Vetava
10.5 x 8 Inches 
india ink on paper
$1,800
1991
John Koerner - The Lighthouse 125 - click for larger image

The Lighthouse 125
16 x 20 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$2,900
2011
John Koerner - The Lighthouse 126 - click for larger image

The Lighthouse 126
16 x 20 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$2,900
John Koerner - The Lighthouse 127 - click for larger image

The Lighthouse 127
16 x 20 Inches 
acrylic on panel
$2,900
2011
John Koerner - Cross Motif 2 - click for larger image

Cross Motif 2
12 x 16 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$2,400
2011
John Koerner - The Garden of Eden: Opus 37 - click for larger image

The Garden of Eden: Opus 37
48 x 42 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$12,000
1987
John Koerner - The Garden of Eden: Opus 18 - click for larger image

The Garden of Eden: Opus 18
42 x 30 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$8,000
1997
John Koerner - Cosmic 23 - click for larger image

Cosmic 23
12.25 x 16.25 Inches 
acrylic on artist board
$2,400
circa 2010
John Koerner - Cosmic 15 - click for larger image

Cosmic 15
11 x 15.5 Inches 
acrylic on artist board
$2,400
2011
John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 311 - click for larger image

Pacific Gateway: Opus 311
40 x 90 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$21,000
triptych
3 panels, each 40" x 30"
2004
John Koerner - Pacifice Gateway: Opus 311 - click for larger image

Pacifice Gateway: Opus 311
40 x 30 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
triptych left panel
2004
John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 311 - click for larger image

Pacific Gateway: Opus 311
40 x 30 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
triptych centre panel
2004
John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 311 - click for larger image

Pacific Gateway: Opus 311
40 x 30 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
triptych right panel
2004
John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 1 - click for larger image

Music of the Spheres: Opus 1
8 x 10 Inches 
acrylic on paper
$1,800
John Koerner - Compass Rose: Opus 10 - click for larger image

Compass Rose: Opus 10
50 x 84 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$25,000
diptych
two panels, each panel 50" x 42"
2006
John Koerner - Compass Rose: Opus 10 - click for larger image

Compass Rose: Opus 10
50 x 42 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
diptych left panel
2006
John Koerner - Compass Rose: Opus 10 - click for larger image

Compass Rose: Opus 10
50 x 42 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
diptych right panel
2006
John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 34 - click for larger image

Music of the Spheres: Opus 34
8 x 10 Inches 
acrylic on paper
$1,800
2010
John Koerner - Compass Rose: Opus 14 - click for larger image

Compass Rose: Opus 14
50 x 84 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$25,000
diptych
two panels, each 50" x 42"

2008
John Koerner - Compass Rose: Opus 14 - click for larger image

Compass Rose: Opus 14
50 x 42 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
diptych left panel
2008
John Koerner - Compass Rose: Opus 14 - click for larger image

Compass Rose: Opus 14
50 x 42 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
diptych right panel
2008
John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 36A - click for larger image

Music of the Spheres: Opus 36A
8 x 10 Inches 
acrylic on paper
$1,800
2010
John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 30 - click for larger image

Music of the Spheres: Opus 30
8 x 10 Inches 
acrylic on paper
$1,800
John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 32 - click for larger image

Music of the Spheres: Opus 32
8 x 10 Inches 
acrylic on paper
John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 33 - click for larger image

Music of the Spheres: Opus 33
8 x 10 Inches 
acrylic on paper
$1,800
2009
John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 31 - click for larger image

Music of the Spheres: Opus 31
8 x 10 Inches 
acrylic on paper
$1,800
John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 26 - click for larger image

Music of the Spheres: Opus 26
8 x 10 Inches 
acrylic on paper
$1,800
John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 25 - click for larger image

Music of the Spheres: Opus 25
8 x 10 Inches 
acrylic on paper
$1,800
John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 2 - click for larger image

Music of the Spheres: Opus 2
8 x 10 Inches 
acrylic on paper
$1,800
John Koerner - Cosmic 13  - click for larger image

Cosmic 13
30 x 40 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$8,000
2011
John Koerner - Frontal Lobe - click for larger image

Frontal Lobe
50 x 42 Inches 
acrylic on canvas with collage
$14,000
John Koerner - Cross Motiff 6 - click for larger image

Cross Motiff 6
36 x 36 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$8,500
John Koerner - Cosmic 11 - click for larger image

Cosmic 11
32 x 36 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$7,000
John Koerner - The Lighthouse 128 - click for larger image

The Lighthouse 128
40 x 50 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$14,000
2011
John Koerner - The Garden of Eden: Opus 43 - click for larger image

The Garden of Eden: Opus 43
40 x 32 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$8,000
John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 315 - click for larger image

Pacific Gateway: Opus 315
40 x 60 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$16,000
diptych
each panel 40" x 30"
John Koerner - Cosmic 29 - click for larger image

Cosmic 29
12.25 x 16 Inches 
acrylic on artist board
$2,400
2009
John Koerner - Cross Motif 5 - click for larger image

Cross Motif 5
7.5 x 10.5 Inches 
acrylic on panel
$1,800
2012
John Koerner - Cross Motif 4 - click for larger image

Cross Motif 4
16 x 20 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$2,900
2011
John Koerner - Lighthouse 123 - click for larger image

Lighthouse 123
18 x 24 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$4,900
2012
John Koerner - Lighthouse 124 - click for larger image

Lighthouse 124
30 x 40 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$8,000
John Koerner - The Lighthouse 129 - click for larger image

The Lighthouse 129
16 x 20 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$2,900
2011
John Koerner - Cosmic 25 - click for larger image

Cosmic 25
10.25 x 15.5 Inches 
acrylic on paper
$2,400
John Koerner - Cosmic 24 - click for larger image

Cosmic 24
12 x 16 Inches 
acrylic on artist board
$2,400
John Koerner - Compass Rose at Heron Island 1 - click for larger image

Compass Rose at Heron Island 1
42 x 50 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$14,000
2006
John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 35 - click for larger image

Music of the Spheres: Opus 35
8 x 10 Inches 
acrylic on paper
$1,800
2010
Please email the gallery to view more works by John Koerner.


Biography
Born in Moravia, a province of Czechosolvakia, now the Czech Republic, 1913
Settled in Vancouver, 1939
Obtained Canadian citizenship, 1944
Married Eileen Newby (1920-2001), 1945
Two daughters, Sidney Williams and Diane Owen
Married Lisa Birnie, 2003


Education
Law, University of Prague
Philosophy and History of Art, Sorbonne, Paris
Studied with Fritz Kausek (Prague), Victor Tischler, Othon Friesz and Paul Colin (Paris)


Solo Exhibitions
2011    Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2009    Eastwood Onley Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2007    Eastwood Onley Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006-2007    Linda Lando Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005    Celebration Series, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2000    From Balcony to Compass Rose, John Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1999    New Paintings on an Ancient Theme, John Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1998    The Garden of Eden Series, John Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1997    Variations on the Lighthouse, John Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1996    Pacific Gateway Series,
1996    Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1995    Yongen Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
1995    Kisshodo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
1995    Awanosato Art Forum, Tokushima, Japan
1995    Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1994    Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, BC
1994    Variations on a Theme,Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1993    Clare Hall, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
1993    Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1992    Regent College, University of British Columbia
1992    Trinity Western University, Vancouver, BC
1991    Retrospective, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
1988    Robertson Gallery, Toronto, ON
1986-1991 Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1983    Annenberg Centre, Rancho Mirage, CA
1977    African Series,Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1970    Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
1970    Galerie Lefort-Godard, Montreal, PQ
1967-1975 Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1966-1968 Dresdnere Gallery, Toronto, ON
1965    Galerie Agnes Lefort, Montreal, PQ
1965-1968 Douglas Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1964    Fraser Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1963    Galerie Agnes Lefort, Montreal, PQ
1963-1965 Morris Gallery, Toronto, ON
1960-1967 Galerie Mira Godard, Montreal, PQ
1959-1962 Laing Gallery, Toronto, ON
1959-1967 Seligman Gallery, Seattle, WA
1958-1960 Galerie Agnes Lefort, Montreal, PQ
1955-1963 New Design Gallery, Vancouver, BC


Publications
2005    A Brush with Life, Ronsdale Press, Vancouver
1977    Unseen Dimensions, Somo Nis Press, Victoria


Awards
1967    Centennial Medal


Teaching

1953-58    Instructor at Vancouver School of Art  
1959-71    Instructor at University of British Columbia


Commissions
1993    Mural, The Magic Flute, Vancouver, BC – now in the collection of Vancouver General Hospital
1986    Mural, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
1972    Mural, Douglas Simpson residence, West Vancouver, BC
1967    Sculptural light mural, Duncan Hospital, Duncan, BC
1967    Mural, R.J. Young residence, West Vancouver, BC


Selected Group Exhibitions

1993    National Gallery of Canada travelling exhibitions (Australia, Africa, India, England)
1992    National Gallery of Canada Biennial
1991    Prague, Czech Republic


Affiliations
1960-70   Federation of Canadian Artists
1960-66   Associate Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
1957      Canadian Group of Painters
1956-58   President British Columbia Society of Arists
1954-5    Associate British Columbia Society of Arists


Corporate Collections
BC Gas Inc.
Bank of America
Burns Fry Ltd.
Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
Esso Resources
Royal Bank of Canada
Teleglobe Canada
Toronto Dominion Bank
Imperial Oil


Public Collections
Agnes Etherington Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Aranosato Art Forum, Japan
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
Canadian Catholic Conference, Ottawa, ON
Canadian Forest Products, Vancouver, BC
City of Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Clare Hall, Cambridge University, Cambridge, GBR
Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI
Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA, USA
Department of External Affairs, Ottawa, ON
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Esso Resources Canada
Government House, Ottawa, ON
Government House, Victoria, BC
Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Imperial Oil Collection, Toronto, ON
Joseph Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, USA
Justice Building, Ottawa, ON
London Public Library and Art Museum, London, ON
McMichael Collection, Kleinburg, ON
Musee des Beaux Arts, Montreal, PQ
Musee des Art Contemporain, Montreal, PQ
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Nikkei Heritage Centre, Burnaby, BC
Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs, CA, USA
Prime Capital Corporation
Saint Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, BC
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA
Simon Fraser Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, BC
Sir Georgia Williams Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, PQ
Vancouver General Hospital, Skin Care Centre, Vancouver, BC
The Tate Gallery, London, GBR
Teleglobe Canada, Burnaby, BC
Tokushima Museum, Japan
Toronto Dominion Bank Collection, Toronto, ON
University of British Columbia, Social Centre, Vancouver, BC
University of British Columbia, Alma Mater Society Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
University of British Columbia, Graduate Centre, Vancouver, BC
University of British Columbia, Palliative Care Unit, Health Sciences Centre, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC.
Vancouver Clinic of Dermatology, BC
Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver, BC
Willistead Art Gallery, Windsor, ON
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

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