Neon Paintings 1999–2013
Reception: Saturday, October 26, 7–9pm
NO VACANCY showcases an ambitious series of paintings R. Allan Beckley began in 1999. Based on photographs of his travels across Canada and the United States, Beckley has produced a painstakingly crafted series of High-Realist acrylic paintings depicting historical neon signage. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes derelict—sometimes even tragic—Beckley's selection of imagery gives us a rare and comprehensive view of the so–called "vernacular" design of North American post–war culture. As he documents its momentum toward extinction, Beckley's unique clarity of detail pays due homage to neon signage as an unmistakable and lasting influence on contemporary lifestyle, architecture and design.
Beckley's work has been shown in major exhibitions across Canada and the U.S. including the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in Toronto and the Commonwealth Room in Canada's Parliament Buildings.
Please join us for an opening reception, including refreshments and remarks by the artist on Saturday, October 26, from 7 to 9pm.
October 22 — November 30, 2013
Update: No Vacancy has been extended to December 7