R.B. Wainwright

"Nothing happens unless first a dream" - Carl Sandburg

In the early 1960s, I was introduced  to the theories of Rolf Loehrich, a European psychoanalyst who had settled in Vancouver. Encouraged by Carl Jung, Loehrich developed a thesis of psychoanalysis based upon ONEIRICS (the study of dreams) and PSYCHOSOMATICS (the integration of mind and body). Under John Denny, who collaborated with Loehrich in his researches, I began an intense period of dream analysis which led to my initial understanding and interpretation of dream symbols. Over time, this experience became an integral element in my work.

Since the 1980s, I have been committed to developing the theme of dreams, signs, symbols and scenarios. Printmaking and oil pastels were the principal mediums used in the early stages, but I know concentrate on paintings. Four series on the theme of dreams have been completed - DREAMWORLD LANDSCAPES - UNDERSTANDINGS - A DRESS HAS MANY MEANINGS - AND SO TO DREAM AGAIN - each focusing on different dream points of view.

In developing the theme of dreams and symbols, a broad spectrum of images have been woven into my art - symbols, surrealism, invented mythology, icons, the demi-monde, the erotic and exotic, conventional and contrived signs and scenarios, both in figure and abstract idioms. The result is a cornucopia of images reflecting the human condition and human experience.

Rather than developing a defining style or manner, I have focused my work on the diversity of dream images as they would be experienced in dreams. Each work has a unique focus. There is no intention or need to create a formal, mannered or identifiable look or style - each work must stand for itself - as dreams do. It is by allowing each work to express its own uniqueness and diversity that makes possible the images and symbols used.

The scenarios that represent the dream world can be likened to science fiction - deep space, distant planets, unfamiliar terrain, unknown civilizations, the unexpected, the exploration of new frontiers. Both seek adventure, challenge, knowledge, understanding. One in outer space. the other in inner space.

As we experience life, it becomes apparent that everything has a meaning - that everything has a consequence. We know more of consequences, but less of meanings. It is through dreams that symbols, signs and scenarios help make possible the unraveling of meanings and consequences. To unravel a dream is the challenge. To unravel and give meaning to the symbols in my art -  is my challenge.

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with sleep" - William Shakespeare

... and so to dream again.

Vancouver School of Art, gradutated 1962
Atelier 17 with S.W. Hayter, Paris, 1962-4
The Montreal Gazette - February 18th 1967;January 11th 1969;June 14th 1997
La Presse, Montreal - January 18th 1969
The Montreal Star - January 18th 1969; August 4th 1973; February 14th 1976
l'Art au Québec depuis 1940 - Editions La Presse - 1973
l'Estampe, Editeur Official du Québec - 1979
Canadian Who's Who - since 1981
Artmagazine - Toronto - March 1981
Artistes Plasticiens - Editions Bellarmin - 1983
Who's Who in American Art - since 1984
le Devoir - Montreal - March 10th - 1984
CBMT (C.B.C. TV) - "City Scene" segment ,"City at Six" - Montreal - October 11th 1991
CBM (C.B.C. Radio) - "Saturday Spotlight" - Montreal - October 19th 1991
CBM (C.B.C. Radio) - "Daybreak" - Montreal - October 24th 1991
CBM (C.B.C. Radio) - "Home Run" - Montreal - June 13th 1997
COAST CABLE VISION - Interview by Kay Bonathan - Sechelt, B.C. - August 20th 1998
COAST CABLE VISION - Interview by Kay Bonathan on exhibition, "Purpose and Possibility" -
Sechelt, B.C. - October 6th 2000
COAST CABLE VISION - Interview by Kay Bonathon - Sechelt, B.C. - July 26th 2006
COAST CABLE VISION - Interview by Kay Bonathon on exhibition, "And So To Dream Again" -
Sechelt, B.C. - September 29th 2009

Assoc.Prof.of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
Public and Corporate Collections
Art Bank (Canada Council), Ottawa
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Banque Nationale du Canada, Montreal
CAFCO Collection, Montreal
C.I.L. Collection, Montreal
Concordia University, Montreal
Confederation Centre Gallery-Museum, Charlottetown
Dept. of External Affairs, Ottawa
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection, NY/Washington DC
Ministere d'Education, Gouvernement du Québec, Ville de Québec
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
Musée d'Art Contemporaine, Montreal
Musée du Québec, Ville de Québec
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton
Ray Torresan & Associates, Montreal
Toronto-Dominion Bank, Toronto
Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal
University of Victoria, Victoria

Selected Group Exhibitions
2010    FOG Exhibition, Doris Crowston Gallery, Sechelt
2008    La Cabana Art Gallery, Sechelt
2007    Summer Invitational Show, Sunshine Coast Gallery,Sechelt
2007    La Cabana Art Gallery, Sechelt
2006    Printers and Painters, Jacana Gallery, Vancouver
2006    Wainwright/Biden,Malaspina Printmaking Society,Vancouver
2006    Marks of Distinction, Sunshine Coast Art Centre, Sechelt
2005/2006/2007  Re-identification, Tri-lateral Art Exhibition, Utrecht,Yokahama, Vancouver
2005    FOG Exhibition, Sunshine Coast Art Centre, Sechelt
2004    Artropolix Road Show, tour of B.C.
2004    25th Anniversary Exhibition, Sunshine Coast Art Centre, Sechelt
2004    FOG Exhibition, Sunshine Coast Art Centre, Sechelt
2003    Artropolis, C.B.C. Vancouver Studios, Vancouver
2002    La 2e Biennale internationale d'estampes de Montréal, Miniare, Montreal
2001    Prints from Canada's Pacific Province, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2001    Artropolis, C.B.C. Vancouver Studios, Vancouver
1999    Graveurs Canadiens a Paris, Galeries Sous le Passe-Partout, Montreal
1997    Wainwright/Jones: Experimental Printmaking, Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal
1995    Faculity of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
1995    Group Show, Galerie Barbara Silverberg, Montreal
1994    Impressions: 4 Printmakers, Galerie Barbara Silverberg, Montreal
1994    Faculity of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
1993    Faculity of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
1993    Art Promade, RCA Montreal, Galerie Eleca London, Montreal
1992    Professors' Choice, Galerie Barbara Silverberg, Montreal
1992    Faculity of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
1991    Québec Artists of the RCA, Dominion Gallery, Montreal
1991    Tableaux du Québec: RCA, Academy House, Toronto
1991    Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montreal
1991    Print '91,R.C.A., Academy House, Toronto
1990    Shriners Art Auction, Montreal
1989    Faculity of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
1986-1989 Gallery Artists' Group Show, Galerie Daniel, Montreal
1986    Celebrating Nature, Galerie Continental, Montreal
1986    Faculity of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
1985    Faculity of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
1983    Faculity of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
1979    Estampes Québecoise Actuelles, Musée du Québec,
1978    Faculity of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
1976    Premio Internazionale Biella per l'Incisione, Biella, Italy
1973    Premio Internazionale Biella per l'Incisione, Biella, Italy
1972    Biennale de Gravure de Paris, Paris, France
1972    Creation Québec Salon International Art, Basel, Switzerland
1972    Wainwright, Whittome, Wong, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby
1971    Inernational Exhibition of Graphics, Montreal
1971    Premio Internazionale Biella per l'Incisione, Biella, Italy
1970    British Print International, Bradford, England
1968/70  International Biennale of Graphic Art, Cracow, Poland
1967    Vancouver Print International, Vancouver
1967    Wainwright/Fortier, Montreal
1963/4   New International Gravure Group, travelling show, Belgium, Canada, England, France, India, Italy
1958-1960  British Columbia Annual Exhibition, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

Artists of British Columbia, Vol. 2, Leighdon Studio Gallery, 2011
Dreams, Symbols and My Art:
Exhibition Catalog, Vernon, BC Public Art Gallery, 2010
R.B. Wainwright – Paintings, Drawings, Prints – Blurb, 2010
Preview Magazine – November, 2005 – Cover and feature article
1976    Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Scholarships & Awards
Mrs. Jonathan Rogers Scholarship, Vancouver School of Art, 1956
Henry Birks and Sons Scholarship, Vancouver School of Art, 1957
Emily Carr Travel/Study Scholarship - to the most promising artist in British Columbia under the age of 30, 1962
Leon & Thea Koerner Foundation Grant - British Columbia, 1963
Canada Council Research Grants,1963/64,1967/68
Erindale College (Toronto) Purchase Prize - International Exhibition of Graphics, Montreal, 1971
Concours Artistique du Québec, Acquisition Award, 1971
Hadassah November Art Auction, Montreal, Third Prize, 1981 - Honourable Mention, 1982
Concordia University Art Development, Research and Travel Grants, 1979/1980/1987/1988/1995/1996
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011    Dreams, Symbols and My Art, Vernon Public Art Gallery,  Vernon
2009    And So To Dream Again, Doris Crowston Gallery, Sechelt
2005    Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo
2001    Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver
2000    Sunshine Coast Art Centre, Sechelt, B.C.
1984    Galerie Elca London, Montreal
1980    Concordia University, Montreal
1977    Mazelow Gallery, Toronto
1976    Concordia University, Montreal
1972    Galerie Martal, Montreal
1969    Concordia University, Montreal