Don Proch opens his North End studio for a media sneak peek of his major solo exhibition Asessippi Chrome opening Dec. 4 at Mayberry Fine Art’s Tuxedo gallery.
The artist, whose life-long career launched with a solo show at the WAG in 1972, invites media to experience the intricate artistic process in his sculptural works such as Typeface Mask – a creation that includes hundreds of pieces of printer’s type which Proch salvaged from The Russell Banner about 50 years ago.
Don Proch – Asessippi Chrome
Mayberry Fine Art Tuxedo Park Shopping Centre
2025 Corydon (Unit 138) Winnipeg
Exhibition of 30 two- and three-dimensional works spanning five decades, providing tremendous insight into the artist’s depth and range
Opens Sat. Dec. 4 – 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artist in attendance mid-afternoon. Exhibition continues to Dec. 23
About Don Proch
Don Proch received his BFA and B. Ed from the University of Manitoba in 1966. He taught briefly at the U of M School of Art before embarking on what is now a 50-year career as a visual artist.
In the process, he became one of the most influential visual artists to come out of western Canada.
Proch has exhibited widely in Canada, including at the National Gallery of Canada, and internationally in Paris, Brussels and Chicago.
His work has been exhibited frequently at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), the site of his first solo show in 1972. The WAG holds some 40 Proch works in its collection. His art can also be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, major public galleries in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, and many private corporate collections in Canada and the U.S.
Proch was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2007 and received an honorary Doctorate of Canon Law degree from St. John’s College, University of Manitoba, in 2019.
Climate and environmental issues -- acid rain, water pollution, the disappearance of the family farm -- have long been represented in Proch’s works. His artwork provided a visual caution long before climate change became a top-of- mind issue.
Proch’s latest sculptures (image: Cargo - Windpower) for the upcoming Mayberry Fine Art exhibition -- his three-piece Cargo series -- depict threatened landscapes sheltered in boats -- a metaphor for keeping them safe, à la Noah’s Ark.
“Don Proch is an artist of real significance. His work is of great depth, with uncomfortable twists and tough realities.” -- Patricia Bovey, author, Don Proch Masking and Mapping.
About Mayberry Fine Art www.mayberryfineart.com
Mayberry Fine Art, one of Canada’s premier private galleries, is considered an expert in Canadian historical and contemporary fine art. With galleries in Winnipeg and Toronto, Mayberry represents a select group of 35 contemporary Canadian artists in addition to its activity in the historical art market.
The Mayberrys opened their Exchange District gallery in 2003 and Tuxedo Park location in 2020. In Toronto, Mayberry Fine Art gallery is across from the Art Gallery of Ontario and adjacent to the auction house the Mayberrys launched in partnership with Cowley Abbott, a specialist in that field.
In 2022, Bill Mayberry, founder of Mayberry Fine Art, will celebrate 50 years in the art business.