The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is celebrating the life of local artist Robert Guest with a tribute exhibition.
Guest was a founding member of the art gallery and well known across the country and internationally.
“I couldn’t possibly overstate his commitment to the arts in this region, to our gallery, to the community,” said Robert Erbach, Executive Director at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie. “You can speak to a lot of local artists and all of them will have great stories about Robert Guest. About meeting him, about his tutelage and mentorship, about his inspiration.”
Erbach says Guest was known for capturing the landscape in his work.
“It really is part of the identity of people here. Over the course of decades, he not only contributed an extraordinary amount of work, it’s of an incredibly high quality and is expressed in collections throughout the world and in Canada. He was also a very dedicated volunteer. He had massive impact.”
“I admired Bob for his commitment to his art – painting what he loved: the landscape. He not only painted and sketched what he saw; he lived in the landscape and felt it. He loved painting on location. Bob did not give-in to the fast-paced modern world; he slowed down, observed and recorded the beauty that surrounds us each and everyday. He truly will be remembered through his art,” added Carmen Haakstad, Guest Curator at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.
The display, named Robert Guest 2017: His Art/His Legacy, will remain in the gallery until October 1.
Guest was born in Beaverlodge in 1938 and passed away in Nanaimo, British Columbia on June 13.