Highlighting ROAM Gallery Artist
Vera Wanke 1988
VERA B. Wanke 1920 - 2003
Vera Bartha-Wanke immigrated with her family from Hungary to Montreal, in Quebec during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. With her artist eye, she absorbed the art of the old world, was seasoned by adversity and moved into her new life with a freshness and determination. Her love of drawing and color began in childhood. She studied in Montreal, at the Art Gallery of Ontario and abroad in Italy and France. She was especially drawn to Matisse’s paintings, which became a major influence on her style.
Her paintings are characterized by a combination of vivid and rich colors, dynamic and playful use of perspective, and bold incorporation of motifs and shapes. They exude warmth, originality and vitality. Vera worked in diverse mediums including oils, acrylics, pastels and pen and ink, as well as with clay sculpture. Her subject matter spans still life, portraits, interiors, flowers and landscapes Some of her pictures evoke a sense of incompleteness, and remind us of the impermanence and imperfection of life.
Vera has exhibited in Toronto, and in Vancouver. She finally abandoned the paintbrush in the late 1990’s when Alzheimer claimed her. She once said: “I have had my vision”. She left behind the legacy of “her vision” for the world to enjoy.
Her collection is administered by her daughter, Bea Ingram.
Vera's Studio 1997
"Each time you look at this work of art, send a blessing to the artist for this gift and let grace and beauty be yours in return."
“Art is light in every shadow”
Artist’s daughter: Bea Ingram, nee Wanke
Contact: Bea Ingram
40% of profits from sales of her pictures will be donated to Alzheimer Society for research.
ROAM Gallery - Oct/Nov/Dec, 2016
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