About


Robert Dmytruk is a Canadian artist and has been a visual arts educator for more than three decades. He uses disciplines such as painting, drawing, and mixed media to support an implied narrative often with urban and rural environmental based overtones.

Robert has been developing his craftsmanship for over 30 years and has been influenced by the flourishing arts scene in Edmonton Alberta, a place where he was educated, brought up a family and developed as an artist. He has helped to guide and contribute to the art scene in Alberta through his numerous teaching experiences, art workshops and his participation in the exhibition process. His work combines a powerful contradiction of ideas: urban journeys and crowding represented by an expressive energy of scarred surfaces and indiscriminate marks vs a rural environment of multi layered colour that is segmented into a grid like aerial view that reveals glimpses into the heart of a vanishing connection to the land.

Robert lives in Summerland, British Columbia where he creates full time in his studio. His work is represented at The Edge Gallery ,Calgary, AB and Headbones Gallery – The Drawers, Vernon BC.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016 Working Space, Edge Gallery, Calgary AB
  • 2014 Charting the Journey, Front Gallery, Edmonton AB
  • 2013 Urban Journeys, Summerland Art Gallery, Summerland British Columbia
  • 2013 Urban Mapping, Harris-Warke Gallery, Red Deer Alberta
  • 2013 Transitions, Headbones Gallery, Vernon British Columbia
  • 2011 Appropriated Perceptions,  Visual Arts Association of Alberta
  • 2010 Imagemaker, Profiles Gallery, St. Albert Alberta
  • 2008 Water, The Works Visual Art and Design Festival, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2006 Land Visions, Kensington Art Gallery, Calgary  Alberta
  • 2004 Interrupted Landmarks, Front Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2003 Places and Perceptions, Front Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
  • 1998 Whyte Avenue, Misericordia Art Centre, Edmonton Alberta
  • 1997 Water and Land, Offenhauser Art Museum, Stony Plain Alberta

Exhibition Catalogues

  • Shh! Good Art Up and Down The Okanagan Valley, Headbones Gallery Vernon BC, 2016. Commentary by Julie Oakes artist,curator . Published by Rich Fog Publishing
  • OK BE ST., Headbones Gallery Vernon BC,2015.Commentary by Julie Oakes artist,curator. Published by Rich Fog Publishing
  • INDA 9 Manifest International Drawing Annual, 2015. Preface Jason Franz Executive Dirctor and Curator Manifest Gallery Cincinnati USA. Published by Manifest Gallery
  • welcome/home, Penticton Art Gallery,2014. Preface Paul Crawford Director Curator Penticton Art Gallery BC. Published by Penticton Art Gallery
  • Landmarks on the Studio Wall, Gallery@501, 2013. Forward by Brenda Barry Byrne, curator Strathcona County Art Gallery @501. Published by Strathcona Art Gallery@501
  • Robert Dmytruk Transmissions, Headbones Gallery Vernon BC, 2013. Commentary by Julie Oakes artist, curator. Published by Rich Fog Publishing
  • UNART, Headbones Gallery Vernon BC, 2013. Commentary by Lee Bale, artist. Published by Rich Fog Publishing
  • OK Thaumaturgy,Headbones Gallery Vernon BC,2013.Commentary by Julie Oakes artist,curator and owner Headbones Gallery. Published by Rich Fog Publishing

Group Exhibitions

  • 2016  Shhh! Good Art Up and Down The Okanagan Valley, Headbones Gallery, Vernon BC
  • 2015  OK BE ST, Headbones Gallery, Vernon BC
  • 2015  They Tell You Where to Go, Lake Country Gallery, Lake Country BC – three person show
  • 2015  INDA 9 Manifest International Drawing Annual, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio
  • 2014 Styx ‘n’ Stones, Art Gallery of Penticton, Penticton British Columbia
  • 2014 Welcome/Home Documenting the immigrant experience,  Art Gallery of Penticton, Penticton BC
  • 2014 SALONUS PAPYRUS, Headbones Gallery, Vernon British Columbia
  • 2013 Landmarks on the Studio Wall, Gallery @501, Strathcona County Alberta (three person show)
  • 2013 theY: confluence & congregation,Island Mountain Arts Gallery, Wells British Columbia
  • 2013 OKANICON ICONAGAN, Headbones Gallery, Vernon British Columbia
  • 2012-14 Art on the Block, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2012-14 Brian Webb Dance, Silent Auction, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2012 Conversations, Common Sense Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2011  Collections 2011, Strathcona Gallery 501, Sherwood Park Alberta
  • 2011  Re-Charged, Harcourt House Artist Centre Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2011 Mapping, Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta
  • 2011  Xposition, Visual Arts Association of Alberta Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2011  Ten to the POWER of ten, Jackson Power and Electric Warehouse, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2011 Mayors Celebration for the Arts, Gallery 501, Sherwood Park Alberta
  • 2010  Earthscapes, ArtsHab Gallery, The Works Festival Edmonton Alberta
  • 2009-10 Members Juried Exhibition, Visual Arts Association of Alberta
  • 2009  Workers Day, Mennonite Centre Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2008-10 Members Exhibition Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2008  Bird in Hand, Profiles Art Gallery, St. Albert Alberta
  • 2008  Art at the Hanger, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2008  Bird in Hand, Profiles Art Gallery, St. Albert Alberta
  • 2008  Water The Works Visual Art and Design Festival, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2007  Art at the Hanger, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 2007  Workers Art Show, Alberta Avenue Arts Centre, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2006  Workers Art Show, Alberta Avenue Arts Centre, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2007   Gallery Artists, Kensington Art Gallery, Calgary Alberta
  • 2006-11 Art on the Block, Art Gallery of Alberta
  • 2006-7 Traveling Art Exhibition-“ Line”, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Edmonton, Alberta
  • 2006  Art in the Hanger 06, Hanger 11, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2005  Workers Art Show, The Works Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2005  Surfacing, Profiles Gallery, St. Albert Alberta
  • 2005  Art in the Hanger 05, Hanger 11, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2004  May Day, The Works Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2004 Landscapes Interpreted, The Works Art Festival, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2004-7  Gallery Artists, Kensington Art Gallery, Calgary Alberta
  • 2003  Five Abstract Artists, Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie Alberta
  • 2003-6 Seeing Us, Victoria Art School Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2003-6 Gallery Artists, Front Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
  • 2002  Globalization, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton Alberta

Collections and Awards

  • Alberta Art Foundation Permanent Collection
  • Pentiction Art Gallery Collection
  • Strathcona Permanent Collection
  • Victoria School of Art Collection
  • Private Collections
  • Manifest International Drawing Award, Ohio Arts Council 2015
  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts Acquisition 2011
  • Strathcona County Permanent Art Collection Acquisition 2011
  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts Acquisition 2009
  • Prime Ministers Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts 2006
  • Emily Carr School of Art and Design Awards for excellence in art education 2006
  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts Acquisition 2006
  • Victoria School of Arts Foundation Arts Award 2005

Robert Dmytruk Exhibitions and Installations

  • Penticton Art Gallery Dmytruk drawing submissions
  • Dmytruk art
    Profiles Gallery. St. AlbertAB
  • Edge Gallery. Working Space
  • Harris-Warke Gallery. Urban Mapping
  • Harris-Warke Gallery. Urban Mapping
  • Dmytruk art
    Headbones Gallery. Transitions
  • Dmytruk
    installation at Edge Gallery. mixed media. each 24 x 24"
  • Summerland Art Gallery. Urban Journeys
  • Dmytruk artist
    Charting the Journey. Front-Gallery Edmonton AB
  • Harris-Warke Gallery, Urban Mapping
  • Dmytruk art exhibition
    Gallery 501. Strathcona AB
  • Headbones Gallery. Transitions
  • Summerland Art Gallery. Urban Journeys
  • Edge Gallery. Working Space
  • Gallery501 Strathcona AB. Landmarks on the Studio Wall
  • Dmytruk
    Edge Gallery. Working Space
  • Dmytruk artist
    Charting the Journey. Front Gallery
  • robert dmytruk art painting mixed media
    Edge Gallery. Working Space
  • Dmytruk art
    Profiles Gallery. St.Albert AB
  • Dmytruk Artist
    Charting the Journey. Front Gallery Edmonton AB
  • Gallery501 Strathcona AB. Landmarks on the Studio Wal
  • Headbones Gallery. Transitions
  • Summerland Art Gallery. Urban Journeys
  • Gallery501 Strathcona AB. Landmarks on the Studio Wall
  • Gallery501 Strathcona AB. Landmarks on the Studio Wall
  • Dmytruk artist
    Charting the Journey. Front Gallery Edmonton AB
  • Penticton Art Gallery. welcome/home
  • Summerland Art Gallery. Urban Journeys
  • Headbones Gallery. Transitions

Exhibition at the Penticton Gallery: Welcome/Home Documenting the Immigrant Experience  January 25, 2014 – March 16, 2014

The title“Wecome / Home”, reflects the complicated relationship immigrants have between the place they have left behind and the community in which they are working to settle into and make their new home. For this exhibit, we put out a call to artists living in the South Okanagan inviting them to meet with a recent immigrant to our community with the goal of creating a work of art in partnership with or individually which documents and records the immigrant experience. The object of the exercise was two fold: first to provide insight into the world each immigrant left behind and the world they are trying to embrace  and second, to connect these immigrants with individuals in the community outside of their own who will in turn help introduce them to an even wider community.  Paul Crawford curator Penticton Art Gallery         

Predator 1 & 2, charcoal and ink on paper, each48″ x 52″, 2014, Dmytruk

Welcome/Home  statement

My first meeting with Thaw (last name withheld), a refugee from Burma (Myanmar), was at Tim Horton’s in Penticton BC. We sat down and soon began a conversation that, for me, was in total contrast to the safety and freedom that I enjoy in Canada.

Thaw’s family is part of the Karen, an ethnic group that was forcibly displaced by the Burmese military following death threats in 1989. Her family is currently living in a refugee camp on the border between Burma and Thailand. In 2006 Thaw was sponsored by a church organization that gave her and one of her sisters an opportunity to immigrate to Canada.

Thaw’s story began with her as a six year old child riding on the shoulders of her father as her family fled from their homeland with the Burmese military in pursuit. Escaping through the jungle and over water, it took them well over a month to reach the Thai border. In Thailand they were put into one of several refugee camps.

According to web sources 150,000 Karen people have fled to refugee camps in Thailand.  50,000 people reside in the refugee camp where Thaw’s family found shelter. The camp is 10 sq kilometers in area and it is surrounded by barbed wire. The shelters are built of whatever materials they are able to find, with no running water or sewage disposal. No permanent structures are allowed and no one is permitted to leave without written permission from the Thai government. It is situated on the river that separates Burma and Thailand. The river is shallow during much of the year, therefore, the Burmese military is able to wade across it and attack the refugees at will. There is constant fear and threats of violence.

Children attending school in the refugee camp know about the threats. They keep alert and have been conditioned to have all their materials in a backpack with them at all times in case they have to flee.  Thaw was witness to an armed attack while she was living in the camp. Her best friend was shot and she witnessed several people murdered. For their own safety during one particular attack her family hid in a shelter that they dug beneath the pen where the pigs were kept.

Since moving to Canada Thaw has had the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. She recently graduated from College with an Early Childhood Educator Certificate and is currently working in this profession.  In addition she continues to work/volunteer with the immigrant society to help support those in need.

Initially my creative response to Thaw’s story was to reflect on her survival and the successful new beginning she has achieved in Canada. But my research into the military dictatorship in Burma forced me to change direction. Thaw’s personal stories and her feelings towards her family and the thousands of people left behind in refugee camps gave me license to create drawings that reflect the brutality of the Burmese regime.  Thus began my search for visual images that would portray the brutality and inhumanity towards man.

In my final drawings I have stolen an image from Picasso’s Guernica painted in 1937. “Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. This work has gained a monumental status, becoming a perpetual reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an embodiment of peace (www.Pablo Picasso.org).”  The image, from Guernica, that I have incorporated into my drawing is the light that shines upon the two creatures occupying the bottom half of the drawing. The light shines into the dark. It beams upon the atrocities that seem always to be cast upon the innocent – atrocities that have transpired throughout the past history of the world and those that continue in Burma and other countries today.

I would like to thank Thaw for sharing her story with me. Her strength shines a light that projects the story of survival and the discovery of freedom for many refugees.

RD

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