Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection Auction: Part V: Decorative Arts

April 21, 2015

LOT 29
WENDY WALGATE, R.C.A.
  • WENDY WALGATE, R.C.A.

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WENDY WALGATE, R.C.A.

TRYING TO FLY

ceramic
height 4.5" — 11.4 cm., diameter 20" — 50.8 cm.
signed with applied plaque
condition noted

Estimate $300-$400

Realised: $228
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:



WENDY WALGATE, R.C.A.

“My current work examines and comments upon our culture of acquisition, accumulation and display. The consequences of this strong compulsion to acquire, accumulate and hoard are now all too evident in the world we see around us. The history of production ceramics is crowded with romanticized or idealized human figurines and anthropomorphized animals made specifically for the everyday collector and the connoisseur. Ceramic mementoes adorn countless fireplace mantles, china cabinets, display shelves and store windows. Often these objects carry surprisingly strong emotive meanings and associations. There seems to be a human need to harden and parcel out this emotional value, usually referencing lost innocence or nostalgic longing.”

- Wendy Walgate -

Toronto-native Wendy Walgate graduated from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg with a B.A. in Printmaking and Ceramics, and received her diploma in Ceramics at George Brown College in Toronto in 1986. She went on to obtain her M.A. in History of Art from University of Toronto and M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1994. Walgate was awarded the Artists’ Residency Scholarship in 1995 while resident at the Harbroufront Crafts Studios. She served as Vice-President and President of the Ontario Crafts Council from 2001 to 2005. In 2005, Walgate was awarded membership in the Royal Canadian Society of Artists.

Walgate has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across North America, in Korea, Dubai and Belgium. Her work has recently been featured in British Vogue and the design book Fragiles which was sponsored by Die Gestalten in Berlin. She has worked as an instructor and a lecturer at Ontario College of Art & Design, Concordia University, Nova Scotia School of Art & Design and Sheridan College. In 2009, Walgate lectured about her work at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale and was invited to exhibit at Adventures in Fire, Invitational World Contemporary Masters Ceramics Exhibition in Icheon, Korea.

Walgate’s current work examines and comments upon our culture of acquisition, accumulation and display although the collections initially appear to be light-hearted and even whimsical. Walgate works full-time at her studio in the historical distillery district of Toronto.

Selected Corporate, Private and Public Collections

Burlington Art Centre, Burlington ON
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo ON
Claridge Collection, Montreal QC
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills MI
Mt. Sinai Breast Cancer Clinic, Toronto ON
Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH

Selected Solo and 2-Person Exhibitions

2008 Exuberance: Wendy Walgate, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
2007 Kid Stuff, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
 Wendy Walgate & Carrie Ann Parks, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
2006 Vivid: Rebekah Harvey & Wendy Walgate, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
 New Migration, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
2005 Symbol & Story (2-person exhibition), Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON
2004 ChromaZoo, *new* Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003 New Work, *new* Gallery, Toronto, ON
1998 Ceramics, Network Gallery, Detroit, MI
 Recent Work, West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1997 Recent Ceramics, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON
 Recent Work, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB
1996 Domestic Altars: Courtyard Installation, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
1995 Recent Ceramics, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON
1994 Ceramics, The Wetsman Collection, Detroit, MI
1988 The Walled Garden, The Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON 
 Garden of Earthly Delights, Acquisition Gallery, Toronto, ON
 Back to the Garden, The Guild Shop, Toronto, ON 
 Feature Artist, Art Connection Gallery, Burlington, ON

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Animal Stories, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON
2009 SOFA Chicago, Barbara Silverberg/Option Art, Chicago, IL
 (re)Visions; (di)Visions, Foster Art Gallery, Eau Claire, WI
 The Animal Within: Best Female Ceramicists working with Animal Imagery, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA
 Pop! Pop! Goes the Culture, The Beverly Owens Project, Toronto, ON
 The Toy Attic, Rouge Concept Gallery, Toronto ON
 Unity & Diversity, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea
 SOFA NY, Barbara Silverberg/Option Art, New York, NY
 Adventures in Fire, Invitational World Contemporary Masters Ceramics Exhibition, 5th World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea
 Fragiles, Al-Sabah Art & Design Collection, Kuwait, Dubai UAE
2008 All Fired Up, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
 Full & Spare/Clay in the 21st Century, Florida State University Museum, Tallahassee, FL
 Buildup, Ottawa Art Museum, Ottawa, ON
 Fragiles by Die Gestalten at Gallery 113, Kortrijk, Belgium
 Palmbeach3, Ferrin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
2007 Fragiles by Die Gestalten at Design Miami, Miami, FL
 Bridge Art Fair, Ferrin Gallery, Miami, FL
 Ceramic Sculpture Now, Lafrenière & Pai Gallery, Ottawa, ON
 t’s a Beauty, Toronto International Airport, Toronto, ON
2006 Telling Tales, Dashwood Gallery, Calgary, AB
 From the North: Canadian Ceramics Today, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
 An Extravagance of Salt & Pepper, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
2005 SOFA, Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL
 Convergence, Juried Exhibition, Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound, ON
 Clay National Biennial Exhibition, NCECA, Baltimore, MD
 Gallery International Exhibition, NCECA, Baltimore, MD
2004 The Slipcast Object, Steam Boat Springs Art Council, Steam Boat Springs, CO
 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
 Hands to Lips, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON
 Green, * new * Gallery, Toronto, ON
 Beautiful Containers, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON
2003 Small for the Wall, Lafreniere & Pai Gallery, Ottawa, ON
 Genius Loci, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON
 Tea at Four, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON
2002 Biennale national de céramique, Galerie d’art du Parc, Trois-Rivières, QC
 Clay Concepts, The Guild Shop, Toronto, ON
1999 Spacecraft, Uncommon Objects Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
1998 Ceramic Sculpture, West End Gallery, Victoria, BC
 From Our Roots, FUSION exhibition, Japan Foundation, Toronto, ON
 Garden Ornament, Ontario Craft Council Gallery, Toronto, ON
1996 Freedom, Biegas Gallery, Detroit, MI
 Canadian Clay Currents, Pyramid Arts Center, Rochester, NY
 Risk, Harbourfront Centre Craft Studio Resident’s Exhibition, Toronto, ON
1995 Art at Terminal 3, Franklin Silverstone Gallery, Pearson Intl. Airport, Toronto, ON
 Tile 95: Concept, Artifact, Ornament, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
 For the House & Garden, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
 Craft Studio Residents Exhibition, York Quay Gallery, Toronto, ON
 Ontario Crafts ‘95, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, ON
1994 M.F.A. Degree Exhibition, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Detroit, MI
 Festive Banquet, York Quay Gallery, Toronto, ON
 Currents ’94, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
 Nature, Revolution Gallery, Detroit, MI
 Plates and Platters, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON
 Clay Directions ’94, Dairy Barn Cultural Centre, Athens, OH
 The Art of Dining, Detroit Artists’ Market, Detroit, MI
1993 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PN
 Cranbrook Exhibition, Habitat-Shaw Gallery, Detroit, MI
 Feats of Clay VI, Gladding, McBean Gallery, Lincoln, CA
1991 Ontario Crafts ’91, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, ON
 Teapot Show, Linda Greenberg Gallery, Ottawa, ON
1989 Baked Alaska, Uncommon Objects Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
 Ontario Crafts ’89, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, ON
1988 Biennale national de céramique, Galerie d’art du Parc, Trois-Rivières, QC
 Ceramics, Franklin Silverstone Gallery, Montreal, QUE
 The Makers’ Eye, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
 World Economic Summit Conference Exhibition, Metro Convention Cntr, Toronto, ON
 Ceramics in the City 2, Klondaris Gallery, Toronto, ON
 Flowers, Tra-la, Tra-la, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto,ON
 Toronto Potters Juried Exhibition, The Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON
1987 London Potters Guild Juried Exhibition, London, ON
 Ontario Crafts ’87, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, ON
 Crowning Glories, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
 The Makers’ Eye, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
 Ceramics in the City 1, Klondaris Gallery , Toronto, ON
 Toronto Potters Juried Exhibition, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Toronto, ON
1986 Craft Focus 2, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, ON
 Graduate Exhibition, One of a Kind Show, Toronto, ON
 Toronto Potters, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Toronto, ON
 Graduate Exhibition, George Brown College, Toronto, ON
1985 Graduate Exhibition, The Pottery Shop, Toronto, ON

Selected Awards, Commissions and Grants

2008 Best Ceramics Award, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Aaron Milrad Collection
2005 Awarded Membership in Royal Canadian Society of Artists (RCA)
 Honorable Mention, Juried Exhibition, Gallery International, Baltimore, MA
 Dr. Allan Pollock Award, Convergence Juried Exhibition, Tom Thomson Gallery, ON

Selected Links

walgate.com
Reflections on Accumulation: Wendy Walgate
Wendy Walgate Thesis

Provenance:

Prime Canadian Crafts of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Additional Info:

Department: Decorative Arts