Roberta Pyx Sutherland is a visual artist living in Victoria BC. Her education includes a BFA from the University of Victoria, study at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, the University of Sheffield UK, Ikebana Ohara School, and residencies at the Banff Centre.
Her teachers and mentors include Jack Wise, Roy Kiyooka, Don Jarvis and Jack Shadbolt. Since 1982, the artist has exhibited widely in Canada, Mexico, Europe and the US. The Canada Council for the Arts and Seagrams Art Collection hold her works. For the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, she mentored an Artist in Residence program. She is one of 50 artists featured in Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast.
June 2016 update: Roberta Pyx Sutherland exhibits new paintings June 30-July 10 at the ARC Gallery
on Hornby Island. Opening of Widening Circles with artist in attendance is June 30 7-9pm.
Editart in Geneva Switzerland continues to represent Sutherland. The artist joins contemporary print-makers who offer their originals to a group of collectors called Circle of Friends (Cercle des Amis).
May 2016 update: Roberta’s three-person exhibition titled Hommage
runs May 5-14 at Galerie Espace, 4844 Boulevard, Saint Laurent, Montreal.
For this exhibition, Roberta has made a series of body-size scrolls. Hommage includes the concept of honouring or paying respect.
In Three-in-a-Row the artist presents a trio of life size collages that work as scrolls. The collaged elements include handmade Japanese papers printed in a variety of methods: including monotype, collagraphs and lithography.
Roberta Pyx Sutherland shares her latest images and news for 2015
Sutherland joins with abstract painter Wendy Skog for a two-person show in the mansion at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, March 26-May 6. Opening is March 28, 2-4pm. She looks forward to sharing her latest drawings with the public. “The pieces are an ongoing conversation,” she says, “and the most rewarding one to date!” The recently completed works spotlight the dramatic energy and myriad forms emerging from Sutherland’s ongoing investigation of imagery related to the simple dot. The new work connects her Zen study of the calligraphic circle to the theories of quantum physics. The artist’s vital and elegant images offer much for the viewer to contemplate.
Work and study abroad in 2015 & New Collectors
In April 2015, Sutherland returns as a guest artist for a one month residency titled Contemporary Conversations. This gathering hosts international artists of various disciplines in a medieval castle, in Spongano, southeast Italy. In her studio, Sutherland has access to a printing press with assistance from printer/publisher Leda Calza. In 2012, Sutherland’s residency at the BAU institute launched her exploration of dots and circles. After the 2015 residency, Sutherland attends a S.A.N.D: (Science and Nonduality) conference in Europe which studies the nature of consciousness.
Sutherland's Cercle des Amis book project with swiss poet Sylviane Dupius was recently collected by the Toronto Public Library Art Collection, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria and the Burnaby Art Gallery. These handsome portfolios, published by Editart Gallerie from Geneva, have editions pulled by Barcelona’s Masafumi Yamamoto. French National Printing House in Paris produced the portfolios.
See reviews and comments on the artist’s work here: http://robertapyxsutherland.com/reviews.html
In 2012, Sutherland’s residency at the BAU institute launched her exploration of dots and circles.
Sutherland’s art career spans over three decades and many series: ranging from richly textured Buddhist images to gestural charcoal and ink drawings. During her wilderness wanderings in British Columbia and Spain, she documented landscape through careful contemplation and intuitive mark-making. The influence of Zen practice, which focuses the mind to unify breath and brush, gives a spontaneous freedom to her work. Confident and alert, she captures the flow and energy of mountain vistas and the map-like meanderings of hills, lakes and rivers.
Sutherland's exhibition at Martin Batchelor Gallery called "Game Plan" closed on Nov 28, 2013.
Her dedication to the dot or circle continues her investigation of energy fields, both large and small.
Sutherland moves from literal to experiential in the latest work, saying “in some way, I look to chart the inexpressible.” Theories of quantum physics inform her work. A circle appears simple and perfect, but has a mysterious quality: the circumference can be assumed, but never accurately measured. “God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose perimeter is nowhere,” stated Voltaire.
Plato postulated that shapes like the circle exist as perfected archetypes, in our struggles to replicate them in physical reality, we take part in a sacred act. “The Majesty of the World is Always There” says her teacher, Chogyam Trunga in his book True Perception. Sutherland seeks this glorious totality through the singular dot, a gateway into complex patterns, realities and relationships.
In 2002, Gallery Editart in Geneva held a major exhibition of Sutherland’s called Terre Mémoire. Her group shows with Editart included one at the United Nations Office.