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Rob Saley

AOCAD, RCGS Fellow

 

Rob was born in 1970 in Toronto, Ontario.

 

In 1992 Rob graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.

 

A diverse and prolific artist, Rob paints in a variety of mediums and styles. Moving with ease between oil painted landscapes to subjects such as abandoned houses and vehicles done in oil or acrylic paints, or on to a series featuring Inuit “country” food in mixed media. Additionally, the Yardbird series, which have realistic portrayals of the birds in his backyard with abstracted backgrounds in acrylic paint, to crazy wild cartoon canvases with bright, bold acrylic colours and an emphasis on black line often featuring “Bucketfish”, a cartoon character created at art college.

 

A founding member of the acclaimed Canadian artist collective Drawnonward, Rob Saley has drawn his inspiration from the far reaches of Canada and abroad for the last two decades.

 

When Rob is not working somewhere onsite, he paints out of his historic log home and studio, located in the Pretty River Valley along Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment.

 

Painting “en plein air”:

 

Traveling with his paintbox and masonite panels, Rob continues the tradition of painting “en plein air”, inspired by the excitement of travel and experiencing new places and cultures.

 

These on site oil sketches capture the true colours of the day, the feelings and history of a time and place, helping as a “memory trigger” when looking through the photographs. By spending anywhere from 1 to 3 hours focused on a scene, absorbing the details, watching the light move and the sun cross the sky, an artist develops a better understanding and connection with the landscape. This connection helps one to better understand the photographs taken. From both the painting sketch, and subsequent photos, Rob then creates larger canvases in his Studio, at home in the Pretty River Valley, Ontario, Canada.

 

When traveling with the expedition tour company, Adventure Canada, Rob is asked to set up his paintbox and become a “point of interest” for passengers to hike to and view the process of painting “en plen air”. It is not unusual for 100 spectators of various ages and nationalities to check in on the progress of a painting. Some will stay the whole event, while others return repeatedly to watch the progression. Being able to paint and answer questions at the same time is a requirement for a great partnership with Adventure Canada.


Additional Projects


2017

Artist in residence : Heart of the Arctic
Adventure Canada

2016

Kivalliq Inuit Art Camp
Whale Cove, Nunavut
Artist in Residence : Mighty St. Lawrence
Adventure Canada

2015

Kivalliq Inuit Art Camp
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
Artist in residence : St. Lawrence River
The World

2014

Kivalliq Inuit Art Camp
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
Artist in residence : Greenland and Wild Labrador
Adventure Canada

2013

Artist in residence : Heart of the Arctic
Adventure Canada
Invited to join the Royal Canadian Geographical Society College of Fellows
FRCGS

2012

Artist in residence : Greenland and Wild Labrador
Adventure Canada

2009

Artist in residence : Atlantic Arts Float
Adventure Canada

2008

Artist in residence : Baffin Expedition
Adventure Canada
Artist in residence : Newfoundland Circumnavigation
Adventure Canada

2007

Kivalliq Inuit Art Camp
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
Artist in residence : Greenland and Wild Labrador
Adventure Canada

2006

Kivalliq Inuit Art Camp
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
Arctic Artist: CBC News, Sunday
Film by Eric Foss
Trans Canada Trail Calendar
Drawnonward
Artist in residence : Newfoundland Circumnavigation
Adventure Canada

2005

Trans Canada Trail Calendar
Drawnonward
Artist in residence : Heart of the Arctic
Adventure Canada

2001

Into the Yukon
Online Documentary by Ian Giles

1999

Seven Painters, Seven Places
Film Documentary by Andy Keen

1996 - 1997

Urban Art Trans-Ad
Canadian Wide Public Billboard Gallery Project

1996

Tales Upon Blackwater
CD-Rom

Selected Exhibitions


2017

Tittiraujarvik, "A Drawing Place"
Roberts Gallery, Toronto
RNS Art Show
Rothesay, New Brunswick
Untamed Things: A Tom Thomson Tribute
Houghton Gallery, Collingwood, Ontario
Untamed Things: A Tom Thomson Tribute
Arta Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2016

Artist At The Larder
Collingwood, Ontario
RNS Art Show
Rothesay, New Brunswick

2015

Collective Horizons
Women's Art Association Of Canada, Toronto, ON
RNS Art Show
Rothesay, New Brunswick

2014

Collective Horizons
Arta Gallery, Toronto, ON

2013

Vantage Points: Drawnonward
Arta Gallery, Toronto, ON

2012

Ontario Distilled: Drawnonward & Friends
Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto, ON
Creemore Festival of the Arts: Drawnonward Feature Artists
Station On The Green, Creemore, ON
17th Annual Drawnonward Art Show
Arta Gallery, Toronto, ON

2011

Lake Effects: Drawnonward
Arta Gallery, Toronto, ON
Wild Ontario Art Show: Drawnonward & Friends
Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto, ON
New Work: Marshak, McDonald & Saley
Arta Gallery, Toronto, ON

2010

Drawnonward
Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
Drawnonward
Saint Andrews College (SAC), Aurora, ON

2009

Baffin Expedition: Marshak and Saley
Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
Newfoundland & Labrador: Marshak and Saley
Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON

2008

Drawnonward
Level Gallery, Collingwood, ON
Rob & Paul Show: Mantrop and Saley
Level Gallery, Collingwood, ON

2007

Nuna Kajjaarnaqtuq, The Arctic Sessions: Drawnonward
Lennox Gallery, Toronto, ON

2006

New Works: Drawnonward
Spoke Club, Toronto, ON
Drawnonward
Stockton Gallery, Unionville, ON

2005

New Works: Drawnonward
Wagner-Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, ON

2004

The Highlands: Drawnonward
Wagner-Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, ON

2003

Perspectives: Drawnonward
Wagner-Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, ON
New Works: Drawnonward
Level Gallery, Collingwood, ON

2002

6 Drawnonward
Wagner-Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, ON
Return of Bucketfish: Saley
Level Gallery, Collingwood, ON
Long Days: Drawnonward
Level Gallery, Collingwood, ON

2001

New Works: Saley
Arcadia Gallery, Toronto, ON
Drawnonward
Level Gallery, Collingwood, ON
Celebrating Works of Canadian Art with HRH The Prince of Wales
Gooderham-Worts Complex, Toronto, ON

2000

Into the Yukon: Drawnonward
Wagner-Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, ON
Drawnonward
Gallerie D’Avingnon, Montreal, QC

1999

Le Paysage Qui Nous Parle: Drawnonward
York Quay Gallery, Toronto, ON
Where We Are: Drawnonward
Arcadia Gallery, Toronto, ON
Le Paysage Qui Nous Parle: Drawnonward
Gare Windsor, Montreal, QC
Winterworks: Drawnonward and Friends Studio Tour
Collingwood, ON

1998

Reverence Lost: Drawnonward and Friends
Wagner-Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, ON
Canadian East Coast Landscapes: Drawnonward
Wagner-Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, ON
Centennial Art Show SAC: Drawnonward
Saint Andrews College, Aurora, ON

1997

Bold Spirits: Drawnonward
Wagner-Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, ON
Bold Spirits: Drawnonward
Horizon/Laverty Fine Arts, Vancouver, BC
Local Colour: Drawnonward
Collingwood Public Library, Collingwood, ON

1996

Tales Upon Blackwater: Drawnonward
Wagner-Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, ON

1995

Young Contemporaries 1995: More, Ross and Saley
Lake Galleries, Toronto, ON

1994

New Work: Kemp, Mantrop, McDonald and Saley
Thorncroft Gallery, Aurora, ON