Ottawa-based artist exhibits with the Parkdale Gallery
Posted by Scott Tingley, December 06, 2007
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (December 3, 2007) – The holiday season is a
time of whimsy and imagination. Cold nights, freshly fallen snow, a
chilly breeze whistling through leaf-barren branches all have a way of
bringing dreams to the forefront of our minds. Art, in its myriad forms,
strives to do the same thing. By presenting ideas to the viewer in the
form of line, tone and colour, the artist can become a dream-maker.
Ottawa's Parkdale Gallery has become one of the places to view this type
of art. And comic books, with their ability to express a broad range of
thoughts and ideas, are one art form that stimulates the imagination by
their very nature. Beginning in early December, the Parkdale Gallery
will be showcasing the very best of comic book art in a show entitled
“Comic Book Chaos.” And Ottawa-based graphic novelist Von Allan is one
of the artists that is involved in the show.
“Comic book art has had a long tradition of being ignored,” says Allan.
“It was often considered to be disposable even by the companies that
would publish it. There have been many horror stories of comic artists,
from the 1940s to the 1970s, having their work destroyed in a shredder.
It simply wasn't considered to have any value over and above its use in
printing. Fortunately, thanks to legendary artists like Neal Adams,
these industry practices have changed. Over the past twenty years much
of this art has now been displayed properly and appreciated for its
inherent beauty. I'm extremely pleased to have been invited by the
Parkdale Gallery to participate in this show. I'm also thrilled to be
rubbing shoulders with some other artists I've long admired. When one
considers that artists like Ronn Sutton and Dominic Bercier are also
involved, who wouldn't be thrilled?”
Comic Book Chaos will run at the Parkdale Gallery from December 1st to
About Von Allan: Von Allan was born red-headed and freckled in Arnprior,
Ontario, just in time for Star Wars: A New Hope. The single child of two
loving but troubled parents, Von split most of his childhood between
their two homes and, consequently, spent a lot of time in the worlds of
comics and wrestling. He managed Perfect Books, an independent bookstore
in Ottawa, for many years while working on story ideas in his spare
time; eventually, he decided to make the leap to a creative life. He
recently launched his original graphic novel, "the road to god knows…,"
online with webcomics publisher GirlAMatic.com.
About the Parkdale Gallery: Parkdale Gallery is all about the quality of
the artwork. Artists from all regions of Canada and from all backgrounds
are invited to submit their works for consideration. New artists that
are shown for the first time in a gallery are welcomed by established
artists. The result is that the gallery showcases the works of a diverse
artistic community. Our theme shows are a little longer than most
galleries. This way the artists have more exposure to you the public. We
also represent artists and work with other galleries to promote local
talent. Parkdale Gallery is a privately owned and incorporated business.
The gallery does not receive funding from any government program.
Operations are not constrained by bureaucracy or by requirements which
oblige publicly funded art venues.
P.O. Box 20520, 390 Rideau Street,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. K1N 1A3
The Parkdale Gallery
229 Armstrong Street, Ottawa, Ontario,
Wednesday to Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.