G  A  R  Y      H  A  G  G  Q  U  I  S  T    
VISUAL ARTIST

News

A collection of my paintings and prints is now on display at Restaurant 62 in Abbotsford. " Where rural meets urban, Restaurant 62 is Abbotsford's award winning destination for elegant regional cuisine. Named one of the Top 40 Foodies Under 40, Chef Jeff Massey creates seasonal menus that reflect the richness and diversity of local flavours from the Fraser Valley. Wine cellar boasts an award winning selection." The show will be on display for about three months.

Thanks go out to Co-owner Eric Ferris for the invite to show my work. The "Sunnyside Series" pieces in particular really look great in the restaurant.

_______________________________________________________________________________________

(posted on 2 Jan 2012)

I learned the unfortunate news today that the Grey Area Gallery in Chilliwack is now closed.

For the past three and half years I have enjoyed being represented by this gallery in Chilliwack. I'd like to thank owners Jacquie Simpson and Louisa DeVette for the opportunity to be one of the artists in what was a fabulous gallery right in my own home town. This leaves a hole in the creative landscape of Chilliwack and me without local gallery representation. I am now at the moment, solely represented by the Art Junction Gallery in Whistler.

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Geoff Edwards of Streamworks.ca has produced a short video about me and my work. This video is part of his artist series and can be viewed on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MOLTi7y-yU .

Geoff's diverse set of media skills has been accumulated over a career that spans more than thirty years. He has had stints in community radio, national radio and television as a journalist and television host. During the 1980s he was a rock journalist working with Canadian networks CTV, CBC and CKVU in Vancouver.

________________________________________________________________________________________

I found out last week when I visited Harvey Lim at the Art Junction Gallery that #18 in the Sunnyside Series is appearing in the Summer/Fall edition of Whistler - the Magazine.

"#18, Sunnyside Series", acrylic on canvas, 48"x 48", 2010 Sold

The full colour reproduction is one of six images shown in an article in the Galleries section about what art lovers can expect to see this summer and fall in Whistler galleries. Thanks to Harvey for getting the series once again on to the pages of a Whistler publication. Number 18 in the series actually sold earlier this year. When I was at the gallery last week I dropped off #20 in the series.

Update!!! The link to "Whistler - the Magazine" that was previously here is no longer active, so it has been removed.

 

 

 

______________________________________________________________________________________

Just found out today that one of my Sunnyside paintings is appearing in a May/June issue of BC Home Magazine in article about designer Linn Hepner and her beautiful home in Chilliwack. Her and her husband purchased #3 in the Series back in 2009 and have it wonderfully displayed over their fire place mantel. She is a very talented designer and I am honored to have one of my paintings so prominently displayed in her lovely home.

Update!!! The link to "BC Home Magazine" that was previously here is no longer active, so it has been removed.

"#3, Sunnyside Series", acrylic on canvas, 18"x 72", 2009

 

 

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(posted on 6 Feb 2011)

I'm starting to feel a little more comfortable in my new studio everyday now. I still haven't finished setting up my work area and there are a few more "things" yet to be moved over from the old space but so far it's been incredibly inspiring to have such a bright, spacious and well laid out space to work in. It feels like I'm living a dream. To be honest it took me most of the first week to find my footing after moving from my old studio. At first I hadn't realized how much, after 23 years, the old space had become like a second skin for me. It had become a part of me and the act of painting.

Now that I have completed my first painting since the move I'm feeling that much more at home and excitedly looking forward to having this new space becoming a second skin as well. (Perhaps after 52 yrs I could use a second skin).

The larger space will allow me to work on several pieces at once. I have already started another new series (Waterway Series), with plans for larger paintings (early spring) in both this new series and the Sunnyside Series. Ahhh, so much to do ! I never have a shortage of ideas for new paintings it seems, just a shortage of time to complete them all. Art is long, Life is short ! (ars longa vita brevis, as the ancients would say).


(posted on 4 Jan 2011)

I am finally moving in to my new studio. There are still a few things to finish before I can say the building is complete but it is definitely finished enough for me to start working in.

As you can see I have an area in the front of the building for displaying a few pieces. The wall in the middle of the room is on wheels and can be split in two for repositioning. I have not finished setting up my work area and desk. I'm in the process of moving my painting materials from the old studio and hope to have that done in the next few days so I can start painting. After being in my old studio for so long (23 yrs) it feels a little strange to be in this new space. I don't think I will feel totally at home until I get a painting or two under my belt.

Yes, I also play music and you can see my drums and guitars in the back corner.

______________________________________________________________________________________

(posted on 31 Oct 2010)

Two of my early paintings are set to appear in the locally filmed and produced television program "The Haunting Hour".

The two pieces titled "Big Game",( acrylic on canvas, 41"x 80", 1986) and "Punk Mona", (mixed media on paper, 42"x 36", 1987) were among the very first artworks I produced upon graduating from art school. They are owned by Rob and Joey McKay of Aldergrove B.C., Canada where filming of The Haunting Hour is currently underway in their home. Even though they are the owners of the actual artworks the artist retains copyright and therefore I was approached by the production company and asked to sign a release giving my permission for them to use the images. This was a first for me. Thanks go out to my brother Neil who has experience working in the film industry with the Directors and Producers unions for his help and advice in understanding the legal speak of the release form and insuring that my rights were fully protected.

The Haunting Hour is a weekly TV show in the vein of "Goosebumps" and is geared to the 14 yr old to adult age range. With each episode being a different story using different actors its format also draws comparisons to the old "Outer Limits" TV program. The episode that the artwork will appear in is number 9 in the first season and titled "Game Over". I'm not sure when this specific episode will air or which channel it will appear on but I will confirm that information and post it here on this news item for those who might be interested in seeing it. I'm curious to see how the artworks will be presented.

"Big Game" and "Punk Mona" can also be viewed in the "Figures and Faces 1986-2007" gallery on the "Galleries" page.

_______________________________________________________________________________________

(posted on 17 Oct 2010)

After a long wonderful spring, summer and fall working part time, side by side with my father, my new painting studio is nearing completion. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine such a place of my own to work in. After painting in a small bedroom sized room for 23 years, I'm very excited to soon be moving to a larger, better lit, purpose built space that I'm expecting will have a huge impact on my practice.

Though this project has been rewarding on many levels, the time spent working side by side with my father has alone been an experience I will cherish forever. I remember several times while working with him, evoking memories of past carpentry projects with his father. What would Grampa think of our latest project? What advice would he offer? He would have loved to be working with us too, just as he once did with his father. My great grandfather Franz Gustav Haggquist came from Sweden to Minnesota in the 1880's. Some of his wood working tools are in my proud possession and were actually used in the building of this structure. At times like these I am once again reminded of the long rich tradition of woodworking that has been passed down through the generations from father to son and feel blessed to know the feeling of being part of something profoundly larger than myself.

Though we still have lots of finishing touches yet to complete the end of the project is now in sight. I will post more pictures of the interior when completed.

_______________________________________________________________________________________

older blog items...