Canadian art and artists. Virginia Mak and Sheri Bakes at Bau-Xi Toronto

Canadian art and artists. Virginia Mak and Sheri Bakes at Bau-Xi Toronto
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Canadian art and artists. ‘Character Reference’ by Virginia Mak (May 1-31, 2014) and ‘Into the Life of All Things’ by Sheri Bakes (May 3-17, 2014) at Bau-Xi Toronto.

Fostered through her deep-rooted fascination with fictional characters, Virginia Mak infuses her photographic work with poetic references to icons from classic literature, folklore and mythology. By staging scenarios around illustrious story lines and characters, Mak aims to visually depict familiar figures and re-interpret the narrative. Manifest in her evocative figure based work are contemporary allusions to characters such as Anne Elliott from Jane Austin’s novel Persuasion, the legend of Daphne and Apollo, the bracketed inner voice of Elizabeth Bishop’s One Art and Virginia Woolf ’s self-image from her personal diary and letters. Mak’s impressionistic aesthetic simultaneously renders her subjects anonymous; the half-turned back, the undisclosed face, and the abstracted environment invite the viewer to step into the consciousness of each protagonist and perhaps discover, from these fictional moments, their own sense of flight.

Prominent Toronto-based photographer Virginia Mak was born in Hong Kong and graduated with a philosophy degree from the University of Calgary. She later studied photography at the Ontario College of Art. Throughout her fine art practice, Mak has been collected and exhibited internationally. She is a recipient of project, exhibition and travel grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her work has been featured and reviewed by the Calgary Herald, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail, and has been published in magazines such as Prefix and PhotoLife. Mak’s photographs can be found in public and private collections in North America and Hong Kong.


May 1-31, 2014: Virginia Mak.

Show title: Character Reference.

Opening Reception: Saturday May 3rd, 2-4pm.


Character Reference by Virginia Mak

Sheri Bakes creates contemplative, sincere and intimate paintings that delve into explorations of light and atmospheric motion in nature. This new series of paintings highlights Bakes’ iconic style of delicately combining light and motion in her paintings of nature abstracted. This body of work is inspired by an area in British Columbia known as the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, which sits in the heart of the Fraser River Estuary on Sea Island, adjacent to Vancouver’s International Airport. This area has recently become protected, and recognized as an ecological site of international importance to millions of birds, fish and other wildlife.

“I’m interested in this area for its incredible richness of life, and also for its visual flux; a dynamic mix of topography and atmosphere which offers a kaleidoscope of variations in light, texture and tone,” says Bakes.

Sheri Bakes is a Canadian painter living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She received a BFA from the Emily Carr University in 1998, and began exhibiting with the Bau-Xi Gallery in 2002.


May 3-17, 2014, Main Floor: Sheri Bakes.

Show title: Into the Life of All Things.

Opening Reception: Saturday May 3rd, 2-4pm.

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