Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
JIM RAMSAY   

Secret Satisfaction:
A Retrospective of Jim Ramsay's Paper Sculpture
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April 12 - 30, 2011


Jim Ramsay - The Grudge: Random Miseries
The Grudge: Random Miseries
11 x 12.5 x 8.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,900 

Collaboration with artist Pat Keck:

One of Americaís most interesting kinetic sculptors, Pat Keck has been creating her mechanical and interactive wood figurative sculptures since the late 1970ís. click here for more...



When I was thrown out of architecture school it never occurred to me that this was some sort of cosmic hint. When they let me back in and I managed to graduate, I was nonplussed when a professor told me "we thought you could be an architect,we just didn't know if you wanted to be an architect". In hindsight I know that learning how to build things and knowing how to convey why you want them built that certain way were valuable but no, I really didn't want to be an architect....

But architecture took me to Japan where I started to make the crazy paper models of my youth again and school had taught me to write down the ideas behind the crazy paper models in my daily journal. Then architecture took me to the Caribbean and introduced me to people who knew that if you were going to stay the course you would have to chart it yourself. Finally it took me to the movie industry, a place where wild ideas are a daily currency and where stretches of hard work allows you the time and the space to be creative for stretches between jobs.The movies perhaps also presented me with the metaphor at the centre of my work.

So now I have the time, the resources and the inclination to build the alternate universe that presents itself to me on the pages of my sketchbook/journal. If the Walkman or the iPod have provided us the soundtrack to our own personal movies I'd like to think my pieces are the vehicle to engage everyone's personal movie narrator. Just like a movie set they are there to tell a story that is only brought alive by the interaction with the viewer.

The artists I collaborate with must be creating their own story as they work through their interpretation of the tangled chaos I have handed them. Each person that tries to bring their rational view of the world to interpreting the pieces must be telling themselves a story that I hadn't even imagined. And I guess that is what I am trying to accomplish-creating storied objects that allow your inner voice a flight of fancy...

Perhaps there is a special asylum for that sort of thing but as William Heath Robinson once said:
"I really have a secret satisfaction in being considered rather mad."




Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Stamped
Artkar Electric: Stamped
6 x 13 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,100 

Collaboration with artist Robert Chaplin:

Robert Chaplin is a Vancouver artist celebrated for his drawings, sculptures, jewellery, writing and illustrations. His books include Ten Counting Cat click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Flawd: Self-Doubt detail
Flawd: Self-Doubt detail
21 x 10 x 6 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,200 

Collaboration with artist Colin Upton:



Jim Ramsay - Town Without Pity: Comics Gulag
Town Without Pity: Comics Gulag
26 x 13 x 7 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$2,700 

Collaboration with artist Colin Upton:

Colin Upton was born in 1960 in Winnipeg and grew up in West Vancouver. He was one of the most notable artists of the Canadian small-press movement between click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - The Great Escape Artist
The Great Escape Artist
24 x 8 x 4.25 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,050 



Jim Ramsay - Flawd: Show of Force
Flawd: Show of Force
13 x 11 x 5.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
Sold 



Jim Ramsay - FLAWD: Impatience
FLAWD: Impatience
9.75 x 14.75 x 8 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,100 

Collaboration with artist Ken Gerberick:

Ken Gerberick began collecting automobile parts as a child in his home town of St. Louis, Missouri, picking up pieces left over from traffic accidents. click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - The Grudge: Random Miseries detail
The Grudge: Random Miseries detail
11 x 12.5 x 8.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,900 

Collaboration with artist Pat Keck:

One of Americaís most interesting kinetic sculptors, Pat Keck has been creating her mechanical and interactive wood figurative sculptures since the late 1970ís. click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Flower
Artkar Electric: Flower
6 x 13 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$950 

Collaboration with artist Andrea Tucker

Andrea Tucker is a local artist who has shown her work in Vancouver, Whistler, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, NYC and in Helsinki, Holland.  Many click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Flower detail
Artkar Electric: Flower detail
6 x 13 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$950 

Collaboration with artist Andrea Tucker



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Christmas
Artkar Electric: Christmas
6 x 13 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,400 

Collaboration with artist Janice Wong



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Christmas
Artkar Electric: Christmas
6 x 13 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,400 

Collaboration with artist Janice Wong:

Janice Wong studied Fine Art at the University of Saskatchewan and received her BFA with Distinction, Honours in Painting, from the Alberta College of Art click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - SUZ: Sports Utility Zepplin
SUZ: Sports Utility Zepplin
10.5 x 11 x 6 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,400 

Collaboration with artist Colin Upton:

Colin Upton was born in 1960 in Winnipeg and grew up in West Vancouver. He was one of the most notable artists of the Canadian small-press movement between click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - SUZ: Sports Utility Zepplin detail
SUZ: Sports Utility Zepplin detail
10.5 x 11 x 6 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,400 

Collaboration with artist Colin Upton



Jim Ramsay - The Grudge Delivery Van
The Grudge Delivery Van
8 x 16.5 x 5.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media

the prototype "Grudge" sent to
collaborating artists
Not For Sale



Jim Ramsay - Town Without Pity: Church of Deliverance
Town Without Pity: Church of Deliverance
19.5 x 8 x 6 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,200 

Collaboration with artist Andrea Tucker

Andrea Tucker is a local artist who has shown her work in Vancouver, Whistler, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, NYC and in Helsinki, Holland.  Many click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Church of Deliverance detail
Church of Deliverance detail
19.5 x 8 x 6 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,200 

Collaboration with artist Andrea Tucker



Jim Ramsay - The Grudge: Random Miseries
The Grudge: Random Miseries
11 x 12.5 x 8.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,900 

Collaboration with artist Pat Keck:



Jim Ramsay - Town Without Pity: The Butcher Shop of Hopes and Dreams
Town Without Pity: The Butcher Shop of Hopes and Dreams
19.5 x 8 x 6 Inches  
paper and mixed media
Sold 



Jim Ramsay - The Butcher Shop of Hopes and Dreams detail
The Butcher Shop of Hopes and Dreams detail
paper and mixed media
Sold 



Jim Ramsay - Flawd: Self-Doubt
Flawd: Self-Doubt
21 x 10 x 6 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,200 

Collaboration with artist Colin Upton:

Colin Upton was born in 1960 in Winnipeg and grew up in West Vancouver. He was one of the most notable artists of the Canadian small-press movement between click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Town Without Pity: Temple of Venus
Town Without Pity: Temple of Venus
22 x 11.5 x 9.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,200 

Collaboration with artist Jason Atomic:

Jason Atomic is a familiar face in the London & Tokyo subcultures, galleries and clubs.
Despite a background in comix he discovered real life to be click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Temple of Venus detail
Temple of Venus detail
22 x 11.5 x 9.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,200 

Collaboration with artist Jason Atomic



Jim Ramsay - Town Without Pity: Wal Mort
Town Without Pity: Wal Mort
13 x 33 x 9 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$2,400 

Collaboration with artist Ken Gerberick:

Ken Gerberick began collecting automobile parts as a child in his home town of St. Louis, Missouri, picking up pieces left over from traffic accidents. click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Wal Mort detail
Wal Mort detail
13 x 39 x 9 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$2,400 

Collaboration with artist Ken Gerberick:



Jim Ramsay - Flawd: Believing in the Unbelievable
Flawd: Believing in the Unbelievable
11 x 16 x 16 Inches  
paper and mixed media
Sold 



Jim Ramsay - Flawd: Believing in the Unbelievable detail
Flawd: Believing in the Unbelievable detail
11 x 16 x 16 Inches  
paper and mixed media
Sold 



Jim Ramsay - Flawd: Honesty
Flawd: Honesty
13 x 17 x 7 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,800 

Collaboration with artist ManDad

Mandad has been exploring profundity and banality through a range of
materials and techniques for many years.
His artistic relationship with Jim dates click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Flawd: Honesty detail
Flawd: Honesty detail
13 x 17 x 7 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,800 

Collaboration with artist ManDad



Jim Ramsay - Flawd: Show of Force detail
Flawd: Show of Force detail
13 x 11 x 5.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
Sold 



Jim Ramsay - The Grudge: Dirty Dishes
The Grudge: Dirty Dishes
11 x 12.5 x 8.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,400 

Collaboration with Nicole Steen:

Raised in the West End, Steen grew up surrounded by the musicians and artists of Vancouverís punk scene. Roaming through the worlds of film production, acting click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - The Grudge: Dirty Dishes detail
The Grudge: Dirty Dishes detail
11 x 12.5 x 8.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,400 

Collaboration with artist Nicole Steen



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: 12 Midnite
Artkar Electric: 12 Midnite
39 x 13 x 9.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,500 

Collaboration with artist 12 Midnite



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Bronze
Artkar Electric: Bronze
39 x 13 x 9.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,500 

Collaboration with artist 12 Midnite

Vancouver based artist "12 Midnite" is widely recognized as Canada's most important Contemporary Pop artist.

His trademark hard edge pop style blends click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Ladies Collage
Artkar Electric: Ladies Collage
6 x 13 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$950 

Collaboration with artist Alan Bird



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Stamped detail
Artkar Electric: Stamped detail
6 x 13 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,100 

Collaboration with artist Robert Chaplin



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Rubble
Artkar Electric: Rubble
6 x 13 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,200 

Collaboration with artist Ken Gerberick:

Ken Gerberick began collecting automobile parts as a child in his home town of St. Louis, Missouri, picking up pieces left over from traffic accidents. click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Ruble detail
Artkar Electric: Ruble detail
6 x 13 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,200 

Collaboration with artist Ken Gerberick



Jim Ramsay - Grudge: Million Dollar Rat Rods
Grudge: Million Dollar Rat Rods
11 x 12 x 8.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,800 

Collaboration with artist 12 Midnite



Jim Ramsay - Grudge: Million Dollar Rat Rods
Grudge: Million Dollar Rat Rods
11 x 12 x 8.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,800 

Collaboration with artist 12 Midnite

Vancouver based artist "12 Midnite" is widely recognized as Canada's most important Contemporary Pop artist.

His trademark hard edge pop style blends click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Bound
Artkar Electric: Bound
6 x 13 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$950 

Collaboration with artist Angus Bungay

Angus Bungay is an expatriate British artist who works mainly with the figure. His choice of materials are plaster, leather, brass, wood and a plethora click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Skelton detail
Artkar Electric: Skelton detail
6 x 13 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$900 

Collaboration with artists Stan and Vince



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electrik:Electricity
Artkar Electrik:Electricity
54 x 21 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,700 



Jim Ramsay - Artkar Electric: Skelton
Artkar Electric: Skelton
6 x 13 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$900 

Collaboration with artists Stan and Vince



Jim Ramsay -  Artkar Electrik:Electricity detail
Artkar Electrik:Electricity detail
54 x 21 x 6.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,700 



Jim Ramsay - The Grudge: Meat Gridge detail
The Grudge: Meat Gridge detail
11 x 12.5 x 8.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,400 

Collaboration with artist Derek von Essen



Jim Ramsay - Gas and Recruiting Station detail
Gas and Recruiting Station detail
16 x 21.5 x 13 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$3,000 

Collaboration with artist Jenny McDonell



Jim Ramsay - Gas and Recruiting Station
Gas and Recruiting Station
16 x 21.5 x 13 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$3,000 

Collaboration with artist Jenny McDonell

Jenny McDonell is a Vancouver artist that often enjoys turning her political views into tangible statements. This, the one and only gas station in the click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Doodlebug detail
Doodlebug detail
21.5 x 14.5 x 8.25 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$2,000 



Jim Ramsay - The Grudge: Meat Grudge
The Grudge: Meat Grudge
11 x 12.5 x 8.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,400 

Collaboration with artist Derek von Essen

Derek von Essen is a Vancouver-based photographer, painter, video, mixed-media and graphic artist. He specializes in fine arts, dance, theatre, music, click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - The Grudge: The Military
The Grudge: The Military
11 x 12.5 x 8.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,600 

Collaboration with artist Colin Upton:

Colin Upton was born in 1960 in Winnipeg and grew up in West Vancouver. He was one of the most notable artists of the Canadian small-press movement between click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Town Without Pity: Sweet Bees Roasted detail
Town Without Pity: Sweet Bees Roasted detail
46 x 10 x 6.25 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$3,500 

Collaboration with artist Bruce Turnbull



Jim Ramsay - Doomed House
Doomed House
37 x 16 x 16 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$4,000 

Collaboration with artist Lawrence Northey



Jim Ramsay - The Grudge: The Military detail
The Grudge: The Military detail
11 x 12.5 x 8.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,600 

Collaboration with artist Colin Upton



Jim Ramsay - Doomed House
Doomed House
37 x 16 x 16 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$4,000 

Collaboration with artist Lawrence Northey:

Lawrence Northey is a multiple award winning sculptor and animator. Articles on his work have appeared in Architectural Digest, Art Scene International click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Town Without Pity: Sweet Bees Roasted
Town Without Pity: Sweet Bees Roasted
46 x 10 x 6.25 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$3,500 

Collaboration with artist Bruce Turnbull

During the day Bruce Turnbull works as a carpenter in the construction business.  At night he paints with encaustics on materials he has salvaged click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Town Without Pity: Watchtower
Town Without Pity: Watchtower
45 x 17 x 7.25 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$2,200 



Jim Ramsay - Town Without Pity: Hound's House of Chance
Town Without Pity: Hound's House of Chance
23 x 13 x 7.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,800 

Collaboration with artist Mirmy Winn

Mirmy graduated the University of Manitoba with a degree in Philosophy, then moved to Vancouver British Columbia and is currently completing her Masters in click here for more...



Jim Ramsay - Town Without Pity: Watchtower detail
Town Without Pity: Watchtower detail
45 x 17 x 7.25 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$2,200 



Jim Ramsay - Town Without Pity: Hound's House of Chance
Town Without Pity: Hound's House of Chance
23 x 13.5 x 7.5 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$1,800 

Collaboration with artist Mirmy Winn



Jim Ramsay - Town Without Pity: Comics Gulag detail
Town Without Pity: Comics Gulag detail
26 x 13 x 7 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$2,700 

Collaboration with artist Colin Upton



Jim Ramsay - Tucker Doodlebug
Tucker Doodlebug
21.5 x 14.5 x 8.25 Inches  
paper and mixed media
$2,000 

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