Myth Making: The Art of John Brocke

June 6 - September 13, 2015

Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Douglas MacLean and Travis Lutley

This exhibition is an exploration of the work of one of Calgary and Canada’s most fascinating, if little known, artists. John Brocke was a master painter - devoted to meticulous detail and big ideas about faith, mystery and love.

While his paintings are rendered with life-like precision, Brocke was less interested in photo-based realism and more devoted to using the medium of paint to truly represent the personalities and life of his subjects, whether he was depicting people or places. He often used symbolic or thought-provoking imagery - some of it imagined and mystical in intent - to reference aspects of his own life and thinking about the world. Brocke’s highly controlled and strikingly beautiful paintings are evidence of an artist with a singular vision and a remarkable dedication to his craft.

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