Private Collection, Toronto.
Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto.
An artist of cityscapes, Brian Kipping painted many urban scenes around the world with a particular emphasis on the night light and imagery of his hometown, Toronto. His 2006 exhibition my streets (city) celebrated Toronto's greasy spoon restaurants and the golden glow of neon-illuminated evenings, and was seen across Canada and in New York City. Kipping's love of the night reflected his second career as a bass musician in the Paul James Band, with which he played with notables including Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry. His paintings also celebrated well-known urban landmarks such as Toronto's Union Station and New York City's Fifth Avenue Clock. In 1987-78, he and artist John McKinnon won a competition for and completed a public project at Toronto's City Hall; Views of the City is a huge installation of the city skyline in mosaics and copper covering two large walls. Over the course of his too-short career, Kipping's paintings were shown in about 150 group and solo exhibitions across Canada and overseas. Kipping succumbed to cancer in 2007, aged 53.