William Laing (artist)

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William Laing

William (Bill) Laing (born 1944) is a Scottish/Canadian artist based in Calgary, Alberta.[1] He is known for his printmaking[2][3] and sculpture.

Early life and education[edit]

Laing was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to Canada in 1960. He studied at the Vancouver School of Art from 1967 - 1971 graduating with an honours diploma in Photography and Printmaking. He studied printmaking at the Brighton Polytechnic in England, and received his master's degree from the Royal College of Art in London, England in 1974.[4] He then took teacher training at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta. During his education he taught art classes part-time at several institutions.

Career[edit]

Laing participated in his first art exhibition in 1970, British Columbia's Young Contemporary Exhibition, and was presented with the Canada Packers Award for Printmaking. His work was included in three graphics and print shows in 1971, including one in New York. During the next three years, before graduating from college, he participated in more than thirty group exhibitions in England,[5][6][7] Canada,[8][9] the United States, Sweden, Poland and Switzerland. His first solo exhibition was at the Vancouver Community Arts Council Gallery, and in 1973 he exhibited at the Die Treppe Gallery in Lahr, West Germany.

Laing taught printmaking, photography and design at the Alberta College of Art and Design from 1974 until 1977, when he was hired to teach at the University of Calgary. He taught there for 39 years, becoming a professor in 1989 and retiring at the end of 2015. During that time he was a visiting artist and lecturer at a number of colleges and art institutions throughout Canada, acted as a juror at art shows and a panelist at several conferences. He was awarded the University of Calgary Student Union Teaching Excellence Award in 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was also the University of Calgary Student Union Teaching Excellence "Hall of Fame Award" in 2013.

Laing has exhibited in over 500 group shows and 50 solo shows across Canada and around the world.[10][11] In 1997 a retrospective of his work, William Laing, a Journey, was exhibited in Kelowna, BC.[12][13] [14][15] [16][17] As of 2016, his most recent group exhibitions have been the 8th Douro Biennial in Alijo, Portugal and the Kyoto Hanga in Japan. Since 2010 he has mounted five solo exhibitions in the Edge Gallery, Canmore and the Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, Alberta.

Throughout his career Laing has been the recipient of many travel, project and research grants, including several from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. His artwork is included in the collections of more than one hundred public and private institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada, the University of Alberta,[18][19] the Museum of Art in Strasbourg, France, the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal, the National Gallery of Australia, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Kyoto Museum of Art in Japan, the Guangdong Museum of Art in Shanghai, China and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England.

Laing has been commissioned to create steel sculptures in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the Wilkinson Steel Company of Canada, the Pacific National Exhibition, and Wallace Neon. He has also been commissioned to design prints for Steel Case Canada, a wine label for J. Webb Wine Store,[20] a one dollar stamp for Canada Post illustrating Canada's National Parks, a mural for the Arts 17 Society in Calgary, Alberta, and a C.D. cover for the "Verismo" Jazz Group.

Associations[edit]

Laing was an executive member of the British Printmakers Council and the Print and Drawing Council of Canada. He was an associate of the Royal College of Art in London, England. He was a past chairman of the Calgary Review Committee of Alberta Art Foundation and a director of the Alberta Printmakers Society. He was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and was elected an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Painters and Printmakers and a member of the Order of The University of Calgary.

Publications[edit]

  • Bill Laing' by Bradford Collins, Vie Des Arts, September 1974 (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Current Energies' by Geoffrey James, Arts Canada, June 1975 (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Recent Drawings, Bill Laing and Dennis Evans at Glenbow' by Andrew Oko, Catalogue April 1977 (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Bill Laing at the Mendal' by George Moppett, Catalogue, Mendal Art Gallery, March 1977 (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
  • About Line and Face: Recent Work by Bill Laing' by Elizabeth Kidd, Catalogue Essay Museum of the Canadian Rockies
  • Tables Turned' Catalogue Essay by Franklyn Heisler, Guest Curator, White Museum of Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta
  • Victoria's Sense of Place', Arts B.C., Spring 87, Vol. II, Number 2
  • Alberta Printmakers ' Society Exhibition', Muttart Gallery Newsletter, 1990 Volume III, Issue10.
  • Still Lives", by Richard Whyte, Muttart Gallery Magazine, 1992, Volume 4, Issue 7, 1992.
  • La Sugerentey Doble Mirada', de Bill Laing by. Derek Besant, Lo Epoco 26 January 1995, Santiago, Chile.
  • Grabado a Dos Tiempos', en el Instituto Cultural de Providencia, 18 January 1995, Santiago, Chile.
  • Artistas Canadienses Exponen En Providencia, Santiago, Chile, 22 January 19 95.
  • "Wandering" by Paul Woodrow, Catalogue Essay, "William Laing: A Journey", 1996. ISBN 0889532206
  • "The Journey" by Tim Mara, Catalogue Essay. "William Laing: A Journey" 1996. ISBN 0889532206
  • "Millennium Portfolio" by Ann Severenson for F.F.W.D. Calgary, Alberta, September 23, 1999
  • "34 at 54" by Mark Walton for F.F.W.D. Calgary, Alberta September 2, 1999
  • Catalogue Essay for Exhibition "Out of Print: the New Wave of Printmaking in Alberta" by Deborah Herringer, Triangle Art Gallery of Visual Arts, Calgary, Alberta
  • Catalogue Essay for exhibition "Troi Sieme Biennale de la Gravure d'lle de France" by Frank Borota presented by Orangerie due Domaine de Madame Elizabeth, Versailles, France June 1, 2001
  • Catalogue essay for exhibition "Extension Maxi Graphica" by Hideki Kimura, presented by Kyoto Municipal Museum, November 22, 2001, Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Artist Shares His Studio For Painting Day' by Nancy Tousley, Calgary Herald, June 1986
  2. ^ Bente Roed Cochran (1989). Printmaking in Alberta, 1945-1985. University of Alberta. pp. 46–. ISBN 978-0-88864-139-7.
  3. ^ Patricia Ainslie,"William Laing: A Journey" for "Printmaking Today", London, England. Volume 7 Number 1, Spring 1998. ISSN 0960-9253.
  4. ^ Suzanne Devonshire Baker (1980). Artists of Alberta. University of Alberta. pp. 54–. ISBN 978-0-88864-030-7.
  5. ^ Graphics' by Pat Gilmour, Arts Review, September 1974 (London, England)
  6. ^ Etchings, DM Gallery' by Richard Smart, Arts Review, October 1974 (London, England)
  7. ^ Small Worlds' by Nigel Gosling, London Observer, January 1974 (London, England)
  8. ^ Bill Laing' by Bradford Collins, Vie Des Arts, September 1974 (Montreal, Quebec)
  9. ^ Nature: Boxed and Filed' by Art Perry, Vancouver Province, August 1974 (Vancouver, B.C.)
  10. ^ Review of Exhibition, "Extension Maxi Graphica" by Yasuo Miwaki, for Hanga–Gi Juto, Tokyo, Japan #114, 2001 issue
  11. ^ Laing's Subject is Elegant and Imagery Provoking' by Bente Roe Cochran, Edmonton Journal April 1983
  12. ^ "William Laing: Negative Space, Positive Response" Art Review, "William Laing: A Journey" by Tracy Derynck, The Gauntlet, March 20, 1997
  13. ^ "A Look back (and) at Laing's Artistic Journey" by Dona Sturmanis, University of Calgary Gazette, March 20, 1997
  14. ^ "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Printmaker" by Mark Walton, FFWD, Calgary, April 17, 1997
  15. ^ "Laing's Journey Was Diverse" by Nancy Tousley, Calgary Herald, April 12, 1997
  16. ^ "William Laing: A Journey" by Desmond Murray, For Showcase, Kelowna, October 29, 1998. Titled "Retrospective Provides Opportunity for Comparison".
  17. ^ "William Laing: A Journey" by Jim Dudd for Daily Courier, Kelowna, Oct 29, 1998. Titled "Medium is the Message"
  18. ^ 'Artwalk Mural Reflects Nature, Growth and Change', The University of Calgary Gazette, October 10, 1995, Anne Severson.
  19. ^ University of Alberta Art Collection' by Nancy Townsend, Visual Arts Newsletter, Issue 46
  20. ^ Alberta Art Work Decks Wine Label', Calgary Herald, April 1988
  • Current Energies' by Geoffrey James, Arts Canada, June 1975 (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Intriguing World of Fleeting Moments' by Art Perry, Vancouver Province, November 1975(Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Bill Laing at Equinox Gallery' by Steve Cummings, Arts Canada, October 1975 (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Bill Laing Drawings and Prints' by Carlos Mendez, Pacific Time, November 1975(Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Imagination and Creativity' by Bente Roe Cochran, Edmonton Journal, April 1979
  • Alberta Artists at Artcore' by Andrew Scott, Vanguard Magazine, August 1979
  • Technique With Taste' by Wayne Edmon Stone, Vancouver Province
  • Print Portfolio Nationally Known' by Leonard Marcoe, Winnipeg Free Press, June 1980
  • Pair Rarifies Gallery Air' by Leonard Marcoe, Winnipeg Free Press, September 1980
  • Artist Cross Generation Gap' by Art Perry, Vancouver Province, April 1980
  • Olsen and Laing, the Portrait Conceptualized' by Derek Besan, Arts Magazine
  • Laing's Landscape are Unusual' by Pilar Moreno, The Leader Post, March 1982 (Regina, Saskatchewan)
  • Present Tense' by Jean Richards, Edmonton Journal, October 1983
  • Recent Drawings and Prints by Bill Laing' by Bente Roe Cochran, Edmonton Journal 1983
  • Bill Laing New Work' by Nancy Tousley, Calgary Herald, March 1985
  • 'Bill Laing at Paul Kuhn Fine Arts' by Mary Beth Laviolette. Vanguard Magazine September1985
  • 'New Work' by Ann Souk, Western Living Magazine
  • 'Victoria's Sense of Place', Arts B.C., Spring 87, Vol. II, Number 2
  • Inter Action: Canadian Printmaking in Australia', Visual Arts Newsletter, Issue 43
  • 'Gallery Applies Art to Home Furnishings' by Nancy Tousley, Calgary Herald, May 1987
  • 'Experimental Art at New Gallery', Calgary Herald, January 1989
  • 'Domestic Life Inspires Laing's Art' by Nancy Tousley, Calgary Herald, June 1990
  • 'New Constructions in Alberta Art' by Patricia Lee, Glenbow Magazine, Spring Issue 1990
  • 'New Work by Gallery Artists' by Nancy Tousley, Calgary Herald, June 1990
  • 'The Fine Art of Living Together', by Beth Duthi, Glenbow Magazine, Summer Issue, 1992, Volume 12, Number 2.
  • Time/Memory, by Cathy Lipset, The Cairn Magazine, Whyte Museum of Canadian Rockies, Summer Issue, 1992, Volume XVI, No. 3.
  • "Still Lives Near & Far", Staff Writer, North Shore News, West Vancouver, BC, April 16, 1992.
  • 'Art', by Nancy Tousley, Calgary Herald, March 19, 1994
  • La Sugerentey Doble Mirada', de Bill Laing by. Derek Besant, Lo Epoco 26 January 1995, Santiago, Chile.
  • Grabado a Dos Tiempos', en el Instituto Cultural de Providencia, 18 January 1995, Santiago, Chile.
  • Artistas Canadienses Exponen En Providencia, Santiago, Chile, 22 January 1995.
  • "Transformed by Light" for Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists Newsletter
  • "Millennium Portfolio" by Ann Severenson for F.F.W.D. Calgary, Alberta, September 23, 1999
  • "34 at 54" by Mark Walton for F.F.W.D. Calgary, Alberta September 2, 1999

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