Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
JOHN KOERNER   

John Koerner, A Retrospective: Six Decades
A Retrospective: Six Decades click to view video
June 21st - July 2nd, 2011


John Koerner - Celebration: Opus 9
Celebration: Opus 9
42 x 50 Inches  
acrylic on canvas

private collection

circa 1995



Not many artists can claim a successful career spanning more than six decades, but, at 97 years old, esteemed Canadian painter John Koerner continues to surprise viewers with his creative spirit and productivity. The Elliott Louis Gallery is pleased to present "John Koerner, A Retrospective: Six Decades," which celebrates the scope and output of the artist's remarkable career. The exhibition will run from June 21 through July 2, 2011 at the Elliott Louis Gallery in Vancouver. Koerner also will discuss his career and work at a special artist talk at the gallery, slated for Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm.

The first retrospective of Koerner's work in 20 years, the exhibit gathers more than 50 paintings from prestigious private and public collections as well as from the venerable artist's personal collection, most of which have never been publicly released. The show not only reflects the breadth of Koerner's career, but also parallels a time when the city was a fledgling cultural community on Canada's western shores to its current stature as a major North American centre.

The oldest active member of the Vancouver School of Art, which introduced modernism to western Canadian art, Koerner has had a formative influence on the region's painting, counting among his colleagues and close friends Lawren Harris, Gordon Smith and Jack Shadboldt. His work is renowned for its luminous colours, ability to capture light and the meditative, joyful spirit it evokes. Koerner has always maintained an optimistic approach in his work: "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," says Koerner.

Born in the former Czechoslovakia in 1913, Koerner began painting when he was four years old. He studied under Fritz Kausek in Prague and with Victor Tischler, Othon Friesz, and Paul Colin in Paris before moving to Canada in 1939. In addition to maintaining an active painting career, Koerner taught drawing and painting at the Vancouver School of Art and the University of British Columbia. His work has been featured in more than 50 solo and group exhibitions, and can be found in dozens of collections across Canada and around the world, among them the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Tokushima Museum in Japan, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Tate Gallery in London.




John Koerner - Cosmic 22
Cosmic 22
11 x 15.25 Inches  
acrylic on artist board
Sold 

circa 2010



John Koerner - Slovanic Dance
Slovanic Dance
40.5 x 32 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
Sold 

1990



John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 19
Music of the Spheres: Opus 19
40 x 32 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
Sold 

1985



John Koerner - The Lighthouse: Opus 119
The Lighthouse: Opus 119
42 x 52 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$14,000 

circa 1995



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway 167: Karaoke
Pacific Gateway 167: Karaoke
50 x 42 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$14,000 

1988



John Koerner - Celebration: Opus 14
Celebration: Opus 14
42 x 50 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
Sold 

2005



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 89 "At Haida Gwai"
Pacific Gateway: Opus 89 "At Haida Gwai"
50 x 42 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
Sold 

private collection

1986



John Koerner - The Lighthouse: Opus 73
The Lighthouse: Opus 73
42 x 50 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
Sold 

1996



John Koerner - Coast Glitter: Opus 7
Coast Glitter: Opus 7
20 x 26 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
Sold 

1958



John Koerner - Cara Italia
Cara Italia
22.5 x 32 Inches  
oil on artist board

Private Collection

1955



John Koerner - Balcony with Butterflies
Balcony with Butterflies
36 x 38 Inches  
acrylic on canvas

private collection

1981



John Koerner - Coast Glitter:  Opus 11
Coast Glitter: Opus 11
50 x 36 Inches  
oil on canvas

Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery,
University of British Columbia. Gift of
the Faculty Club, UBC.

1958



John Koerner - Cosmic 7
Cosmic 7
30 x 40 Inches  
acrylic on artist board

collection of the
Art Gallery of Penticton

2011



John Koerner - Cosmic 15
Cosmic 15
11 x 15.5 Inches  
acrylic on artist board
$2,400 

2011



John Koerner - Cosmic 17
Cosmic 17
11 x 18.5 Inches  
acrylic on artist board
Sold 

circa 2011



John Koerner - Cosmic 23
Cosmic 23
12.25 x 16.25 Inches  
acrylic on artist board
$2,400 

circa 2010



John Koerner - The Garden of Eden: Opus 1
The Garden of Eden: Opus 1
10.5 x 16 Inches  
acrylic on paper
Sold 

1978



John Koerner - The Garden of Eden: Opus 18
The Garden of Eden: Opus 18
42 x 30 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$8,000 

1997



John Koerner - The Garden of Eden: Opus 37
The Garden of Eden: Opus 37
48 x 42 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$12,000 

1987



John Koerner - Harbour Reflections
Harbour Reflections
36 x 36 Inches  
acrylic on canvas

private collection

1960



John Koerner - Hikari 3
Hikari 3
42 x 54 Inches  
acrylic on canvas

private collection

1992



John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 1
Music of the Spheres: Opus 1
8 x 10 Inches  
acrylic on paper
$1,800 



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



John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 4
Music of the Spheres: Opus 4
8 x 10 Inches  
acrylic on paper
Sold 

2009



John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 24
Music of the Spheres: Opus 24
8 x 10 Inches  
acrylic on paper
Sold 



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



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



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



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



John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 32
Music of the Spheres: Opus 32
8 x 10 Inches  
acrylic on paper



John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 33
Music of the Spheres: Opus 33
8 x 10 Inches  
acrylic on paper
$1,800 

2009



John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 34
Music of the Spheres: Opus 34
8 x 10 Inches  
acrylic on paper
$1,800 

2010



John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 35
Music of the Spheres: Opus 35
8 x 10 Inches  
acrylic on paper
$1,800 

2010



John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 36A
Music of the Spheres: Opus 36A
8 x 10 Inches  
acrylic on paper
$1,800 

2010



John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 36
Music of the Spheres: Opus 36
8 x 10 Inches  
acrylic on paper
Sold 

2010



John Koerner - Music of the Spheres: Opus 13 "The Balcony"
Music of the Spheres: Opus 13 "The Balcony"
54 x 60 Inches  
acrylic on canvas

collection of the Chan Centre

1985



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 17
Pacific Gateway: Opus 17
7.5 x 5.5 Inches  
ink on paper

private collection
shown in Maria Tippet's book
"Breaking the Cycle"

1989



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 18
Pacific Gateway: Opus 18
7.5 x 5.5 Inches  
ink on paper

private collection
shown in Maria Tippet's book
"Breaking the Cycle"

1989



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 19
Pacific Gateway: Opus 19
5.5 x 7.5 Inches  
ink on paper

private collection
shown in Maria Tippet's book
"Breaking the Cycle"

1989



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 20
Pacific Gateway: Opus 20
7.5 x 5.5 Inches  
ink on paper

private collection
shown in Maria Tippet's book
"Breaking the Cycle"

1989



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 314
Pacific Gateway: Opus 314
30 x 40 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
Sold 

2005



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 316
Pacific Gateway: Opus 316
30 x 40 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$8,000 

2000



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway
Pacific Gateway
20 x 30 Inches  
acrylic on artist board

private collection

1988



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway 162: Kosode
Pacific Gateway 162: Kosode
50 x 42 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$14,000 

1988



John Koerner - The Garden of Eden: Opus 3
The Garden of Eden: Opus 3
24 x 21 Inches  
acrylic on paper
Sold 

1974



John Koerner - African Series:The Fires of Biu
African Series:The Fires of Biu
31 x 41 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
Sold 

1977



John Koerner - The Fives
The Fives
17 x 27 Inches  
acrylic on paper

1988



John Koerner - Totemic Fives
Totemic Fives
30 x 20 Inches  
acrylic on paper
Sold 

1985



John Koerner - Still Life with Tree
Still Life with Tree
24 x 30 Inches  
acrylic on canvas

private collection

1967



John Koerner - Uluru
Uluru
30 x 40 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$8,000 

2003



John Koerner - African Scenes: African Memory
African Scenes: African Memory
32 x 40 Inches  
acrylic on artist board

private collection

1977



John Koerner - The Lighthouse: Opus 120 A
The Lighthouse: Opus 120 A
48 x 108 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
Sold 

triptych
3 panels, each 48" x 36"

circa 1992



John Koerner - Marine Series 1
Marine Series 1
22 x 22 Inches  
oil on linen
Sold 

1966



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 320
Pacific Gateway: Opus 320
36 x 36 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
Sold 

1994



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 311
Pacific Gateway: Opus 311
40 x 90 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$21,000 

triptych
3 panels, each 40" x 30"

2004



John Koerner - Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden
50 x 84 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$25,000 

diptych
two panels, each panel 50" x 42"

2009



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 96
Pacific Gateway: Opus 96
50 x 126 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$35,000 

triptych
three panels, each panel 50" x 42"

1986



John Koerner - Bedroom Still Life
Bedroom Still Life
18.75 x 68.25 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
Sold 

triptych
three panels, each 18.75" x 22.75"

2003



John Koerner - Compass Rose: Opus 14
Compass Rose: Opus 14
50 x 84 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$25,000 

diptych
two panels, each 50" x 42"

2008



John Koerner - The Fisherman
The Fisherman
22 x 16 Inches  
watercolour

private collection

circa 1953



John Koerner - Coast Glitter #17
Coast Glitter #17
23 x 30 Inches  
acrylic on canvas

private collection

1958



John Koerner - Spring Rhythms
Spring Rhythms
36 x 33 Inches  
acrylic on canvas

private collection

1959



John Koerner - The Lighthouse: Opus 7
The Lighthouse: Opus 7
7.25 x 10.25 Inches  
acrylic on paper

private collection

1994



John Koerner - African Scenes: Fulanis on the Move
African Scenes: Fulanis on the Move
30 x 66 Inches  
acrylic on paper

triptych
three panels, each panel 30" x 22"
private collection

1977



John Koerner - Balcony with Volcanoes
Balcony with Volcanoes
50 x 84 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$25,000 

diptych
two panels, each panel 50" x 42"

1981



John Koerner - Compass Rose: Opus 10
Compass Rose: Opus 10
50 x 84 Inches  
acrylic on canvas
$25,000 

diptych
two panels, each panel 50" x 42"

2006



John Koerner - Orchard 2
Orchard 2
8 x 10 Inches  
watercolour on illustration board

private collection

1963



John Koerner - Wedding Gift
Wedding Gift
36 x 48 Inches  
acrylic on canvas

private collection

1971



John Koerner - Orchard I
Orchard I
10 x 8 Inches  
watercolour

private collection

1963



John Koerner - Two Sailboats
Two Sailboats
14 x 19 Inches  
pastel

private collection

1948



John Koerner - Still Life
Still Life
10 x 12 Inches  
gouache, ink & paper collage
Sold 

1965



John Koerner - Pacific Gateway: Opus 310
Pacific Gateway: Opus 310
acrylic on canvas

diptych
two panels, each panel 50" x 42"
private collection

circa 1998

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