Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Highlighted stories below reflect on our busy year with more to come in the Winter.  Visit Gallery House Exhibitions for upcoming and past shows!  Please visit our site www.galleryhouse.ca for the full story.  Enjoy!
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Miles to Go Before I Sleep.

Ray Caesar; Catherine Howe; Gottfried Helnwein & Anita Kunz
RSVP for Public Opening November 29, 2012 at 5-9p.m

In celebration of the grand opening and annual exhibition at Gallery House –“Miles to go Before I Sleep” is an homage to a Robert Frost poem; like the poet the artists’ works in this exhibit alludes to the surface of beauty; entices us with dark depths of interpretation and the unwillingness to give up.


Gottfried Helnwein opens October 17, 2012 Faith, Hope and Charity at the Museo Nacional De San Carlos in Mexico City. Curated by Susan Crowley’s vision she had harbored since 1988 after viewing Gottfrieds' work in Cologne Germany this exhibition includes 36 colossal pieces and 14 photographs by artist Gottfried.


Ray Caesar of Gallery House is launching a solo exhibition on December 15th 2012 at KochxBos Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Caesar further explores new works through the interactions of figures, organisms and animal. This is one of Netherlands most anticipated show of the year.  Hans Bos of KochxBos Gallery even flew out to Toronto for one day this past September for a preview.

Dorthy Circus Partnership with Enrico Debandi at Palazzo Pisana

This Past September Ray Caesar exhibited amongst seven other artist in Ginius Loci curated by Enrico Debandi. This show was housed in a palace built in 1715 by the Count Baldassare Saluzzo Paesana, at the peak of his career. The building itself is a work of art and the perfect setting for the show.

Anita Kunz & Ray Caesar at the Corey Helford Gallery group show "Motion"

The work shown above is a detail of Anita Kunz - Red Riding Hood (2008) 20 x 30".

Kunz continues to garner the public attention with her stunning works and attention to detail. Her work exhibited along side Ray Caesar, Sas Christian, Alex Gross and many others.

Ray Caesar in
Vogue Japan

Ray Caesar was recently featured in Vogue Japan by Canadian Fashion duo Dan and Dean of DSquared as one of their favourite artists!

Anger Management, Charlie Sheen with a Caesar Work!

Above is a Ray Caesar work “Building Eden” which hangs in the office of the character “Charlie”, actor Charlie Sheen, whom stars in the new Anger Management TV series on FX channel.
Galerie Du Jour – Paris & Hong Kong!

Galerie du Jour traveling exhibition showcases Ray Caesars work from Paris France to Hong Kong China curated by Jean Francois Sanz.

The exhibition FUTURE ANTERIOR aims to create a dialogue between past cultural references and depicts the artists' interpretation of the future.

Ray Caesar in
Bayonne France

Ray Caesar of Gallery House participated in a group exhibition with Jerome Katz curator of Les Enfants Terribles of Lyon Biennale 2011 and founder of four location in France of Spacejunk Centres.

This new group exhibition is taking place at Le Carré – Contemporary Art Space – Bayonne France.

Anita Kunz Featured in Juxtapoz
Anita Kunz of Gallery House is featured in Juxtapoz magazine! The series of five paintings Flesh and Blood were highlighted.

Fashion Monitor - Alex Box

Alex Box cites artist Ray Caesar as one of her biggest influences commenting:

“I’ve always looked more to artists and illustrators as they have far less limitations than make-up artists”.

Alex Box is a world renound make up artist frequently her work is found on magazine covers and music videos. Today Alex creates looks for designers including Gareth Pugh, Alexander McQueen, Biba and Chanel.

Richard Goodall Gallery – Sin & Sentiment Exhibition

Ray Caesar opened a solo exhibition at the Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester England with many new work created as well as hard to find single edition peices; to view Ray's latest work click here.

For further inquiries contact info@galleryhouse.ca.

Gottfried Helnwein, Newest Painting Snatched up by Swedish Collector

Helnwein’s work are becoming so exclusive that collectors have to line up and purchase them even before they are complete. Gottfried Helnwein this summer sold his most recent work to a Swedish collector prior to completion.

Ever since Edvard Munch “Scream” recently sold for $120 million dollars in the Sotheby’s auction house, collectors are now seeing the value of acquiring these high caliber artist even at a price point you may feel is high today but is a long term investment that can be passed down through the generations.

Scope New York with Corey Helford Gallery

The 30,000 square foot pavilion on 57th Street and 12th Ave featured over 50 international galleries and museum-quality programming.

Highlighting groundbreaking, emerging work in contemporary art and beyond. Visitor traffic has been over 425,000 on average at this fair!
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Gallery House Featured in Globe & Mail

Gallery House, the paper is finally down! Recently featured by Dave LeBlanc,to read the full story at please visit Globe and Mail.com

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dahl Forest A Film By Highlands Media Arts

GELERT - Mary Ann Barkhouse

A short Film on Mary Ann Barkhouse and her sculpture of Gelert in the Haliburton Sculpture Forest. The film is made by my sister Midori Nagai of the Highland Media Arts. Mary Ann is an amazing artist living in Haliburton Ontario and Gelert is a new addition to the Haliburton Sculpture forest.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ray Caesar “Art on the Edge” at Vered Gallery New York

Ray Caesar of Gallery House is participating at Vered Gallery, East Hamptons New York “Art of the Edge” curated by Damien Roman.  Now in its third consecutive year, Art on the Edge comes to the newly launched Vered Contemporary. Art on the Edge, the only exhibition of its kind in the Hamptons, is an annual survey of New Contemporary Art featuring the most provocative new painters, sculptors and photographers working in their respective mediums today. Each year, the eclectic nature and quality of work featured in Vered’s Art on the Edge exhibits have made it the “must-see” summer event for savvy art collectors in the Hamptons. The exhibition opens with a New Collectors’ Reception Saturday, May 26th 9-11pm and continues through Monday, June 25th.

By Belinda Chun
Published: May 26, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Solo Exhibit “Sin And Sentiment”

Ray Caesar of Gallery House opens a solo exhibition at the Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester England for a private preview on April 28th, 2012. Public opening begins on April 29th, 2012 at the location. For more information and sneak preview of Ray’s upcoming solo exhibition please contact info@galleryhouse.ca and request “Sneak Peek at Sin & Sentiment”.
By Belinda Chun
Published: April 21, 2012

Ray Caesar, Laminate Magazine

Ray Caesar Laminate Magazine
Ray Caesar of Gallery House will be featured on the front cover of Laminate Magazine along with a detailed article inset. The Most Wanted Creative Issue Vol. 4. “Usual Suspects” for a first 25 individuals can purchase their signed copy by Ray Caesar by clicking here.

Note that Laminate Magazine outlines that publication will ship end of June.

PRINTED Publication:
Size:A3 – 42 x 29.7cm

By Belinda Chun
Published: April 21, 2012

Artist Ray Caesar Opening at Paris Cabaret

Ray Caesar of Gallery House group exhibit opens in Paris, France on May 15 – June 6, 2012 this exhibit includes 30 artists with three live performances on May 19, May 26, and June 2 at 16 Passage Choiseul Paris 2m2. For more detailed information on performers visit www.nyctalopes.net
By Belinda Chun
Published: April 21, 2012

Alex Box International Make up Artist of such Publications of Vogue…cites Ray Caesar

Gallery House artist Ray Caesar image is featured in Fashion Monitor Magazine.
… Alex Box cites artist Ray Caesar as one of her biggest influences, he produces paintings that look like 3D models and attempts to create a fantasy world, “I’ve always looked more to artists and illustrators as they have far less limitations than make-up artists”.
In fact, her career in fashion came about when she was working as an installation artist, which included body art. She would make clothes out of latex and her models were dancers and performers so there was a great focus on the way the materials moved with their bodies. She also worked on a performance with artist Malcolm Pate, which used sound, vision and scent on stage and admits a fondness for the full sensory experience is key in her artistic vision, “I think of myself as an artist that uses make-up, rather than a make-up artist”.
So is Alex ever tempted to go back to her artistic roots? The answer is yes and no, she has been asked by a footwear company to design shoes, but was unable to reveal any more at this stage, and has also been in talks with designer Meadham Kirchoff. However, she admits there are still more design houses she’d love to work with at during fashion week, “I would love to do Lanvin and McQueen, as well as Givenchy. I love the old fashion houses and think I’d be able to bring something new to them”…
see full article at Fashion Monitor

By Belinda Chun
Published: April 19, 2012

Vernissage de l’exposition collective ‘Futur Antérieur’

Ray Caesar in a group exhibition that is traveling internationally begins in Paris France at the agnes b. gallery.  This exhibition is curated by Jean Francois Sanz.
Structured around the themes of retrofuturism, steampunk and archeo-modernism – a concept developed by the academic, critic and curator Arnauld Pierre – the exhibition FUTURE ANTERIOR aims to create a dialogue between past cultural output that imagined the future – what is essentially our postmodern era – with work from contemporary artists, which in both form and substance refer to the past by revisiting and reviving certain visions of the future or of modernity, generated mainly between the last third of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

By Belinda Chun
Published: March 20, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Kochxbos Gallery – Amsterdam

Ray Caesar presents at Kochxbos new space in Amsterdam, Netherlands with a grand opening spilling out into the streets during the month of March 2012.  After several months of construction…a BIG Congratulations Hans Bos & Esther Koch who moved the gallery since 2005 a short block away to the new and larger space (75 square meters)!

By Belinda Chun
Published: March 10, 2012

Kasia Struss: Angel Heart on Nowness.com.

Gerhard Richter Painting on Nowness.com.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I was born in London, England on October 26 1958, the youngest of four and much to my parent’s surprise, I was born a dog. This unfortunate turn of events was soon accepted within my family and was never again mentioned in the presence of polite company. I was a rambunctious youth as was natural to my breed but showed a fine interest in the arts as I drew pictures incessantly on anything including the walls and floors of every room of our tiny house. After some trouble with intolerant neighbors, my family was convinced to move to Canada and it was not long before the burgeoning town of Toronto became our new home.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Scope New York 2012

Ray Caesar, of Gallery House, work is displayed with Corey Helford Gallery in Scope New York.
The 30,000 square foot pavilion on 57th Street and 12th Ave features over 50 international galleries and museum-quality programming that will highlight groundbreaking, emerging work in contemporary art and beyond. SCOPE New York’s First View will take place on March 7, 2012 with proceeds benefitting New York-based non-profit, chashama.  Visitor traffic has been over 425,000 on average at this fair!  Scope continues to March 11, 2012.
Here are a few of the other great works on display:

By Belinda Chun
Published: March 7, 2012

Last Junkies On Earth: Grande re-opening: KochxBos gallery opened with su...

Last Junkies On Earth: Grande re-opening: KochxBos gallery opened with su...: the new KochxBos gallery The Eerste Anjeliersdwarsstraat 36 in Amsterdam was packed with people when Hans Bos and Esther Koch reopened ...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Strangest of Neverlands: Ray Caesar’s Luminous, Defiant Lost Girls

Monday’s Child (2007)
I was first introduced to Ray Caesar’s work when writing the catalogue essay for Carrie Ann Baade’s Cute and Creepy show, which was exhibited at Florida State University’s Fine Art Museum this past October. I haven’t been able to shake the images of his haunting, and haunted, beauties ever since. Trapped forever between woman and girl, human and creature, these lovelies radiate a strength and light amid the perils that threaten their very existence. Take Monday’s Child, whose innocence and purity radiate and fill the sphere in which she is encased. While she is “fair in face” just like the nursery rhyme promises, her hands — ruby red and branch like — surely belong to some other species. Is she kept within the sphere for our safety or to be protected? She is certainly child-like in her little baby doll dress, but look more closely, and we’ll see that she’s also sporting thigh-high stockings.  Is she girl, woman, plant, or alien? Might this be how many of our little girls feel, growing up in a strange consumerist world where they are taught often contradictory rules about what makes them special? The clock that sits on the top of the sphere might indicate that at a certain time the top half will open or that the legs will start moving – suggesting that the sphere  is alive on its own accord, a kind of mechanical nanny guarding the precious creature inside.
Asterion (2012)
Asterion plays off of the famous Minotaur, but this curious bull is still a little girl in size, despite the sexualization of her body. She glares at us with a force I’ve yet to really encounter in the gaze of Manet’s Olympia. Who is she waiting for in that barely furnished room, with no shade to cover the lamp’s naked bulb? I am frightened for her and by her, not knowing if she is victim or predator.
Fly Trap (2005)
The same might be said for the little one standing behind the curtains in Fly Trap. Residing somewhere between boy and girl, the young face looks up longingly, mouth open perhaps in song or siren call. I cannot tell if the mouth is bloodstained or if some sick adult got crazy with the lipstick. Her eyes, unlike Asterion’s, have little fight in them, only a sad kind of hunger. But this child’s body, rather than being gaunt, is wondrous in its monstrous form. Spanning three window frames, the delicate yet giant legs are probably the last thing one notices in the picture, yet they frame the entire story, for surely this creature is ready to escape.
Fly Trap (study)
And here, I believe, is the power of Caesar’s work — to infuse these children with a sense of unspoken power. He has personally seen the need for such a narrative, having worked for 17 years in the art & photography department of the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto. There he documented “disturbing cases of child abuse, surgical reconstruction, psychology, and animal research” (Gallery House). I’m not sure how one survives seeing such havoc wreaked upon the bodies of the young, but I admire to no end the mythic power of art to help heal such wounds. Caesar is unrelenting in showing us the physical and psychological injuries that children suffer — his art has that visceral effect. At the same time, he opens a doorway into the unreal, a place where they might be safe. I often think of the gods who turned Daphne into a laurel tree so that Apollo could not assault her. But Caesar does not complete the act, keeping these little ones in frozen transformation, invoking the power of the grotesque as he does so.
Beloved (2011)
One might say that Caesar is transgressive in his very medium, using the 3D modeling software called Maya instead of brush, charcoal, or pen and ink (Gallery House). Perhaps this quality  is what also lends an otherworldliness to his work, a light that seems to emanate from his work despite its dark subject matter. Beloved and Ebb Tide fall more into the realm of the Weird, perhaps, rather than truly grotesque. I find myself entranced with the pieces that show us the softer side of Cthulhu. Both girls have a genuine serenity in their expressions, despite their obvious (and certainly inconvenient) relationship to the monstrous. In Beloved, the baby’s tentacles don’t seem threatening, but am I the only one who thinks the girl’s face is a tad too close to them? She shows no fear, but neither is it quite adoration. The light bathing her face casts her into the role of some Victorian Madonna, unsure, perhaps, of just what she has given birth to, but obviously intent on protecting it.

Ebb Tide, despite its peaceful scene, still has elements of subtle horror: the giant belt that imprisons her waist, heavy petticoats, and calico leggings with steel tips for her tentacles. She looks off into the distance, perhaps dreaming of the wild life she once lived in the sea. It doesn’t appear that she abhors this beached domesticity; in fact, the scene is one of rather stunning beauty.  Are these our choices for femininity — either dark creature of the abyss or paralyzed loveliness?
I’m not sure you can look at Ray Caesar’s work and remain undisturbed. I’m not sure he’d want you to. There can be a paradigm shift when art holds our attention for longer than a second, when we are so seduced by its contradictions that our minds truly begin to work at untangling them. Because, you see, when we engage with grotesque art, we’re not entering into the realm of logical analysis but into a liminal space where you meet doppelgangers, monsters, and children-creatures — all crying out for us to be more redemptive humans.

see article 
Wierd Fiction Review by Nancy Hightower

To see more of Caesar’s work, visit Gallery House or Ray Caesar’s website.
Image Credit: Gallery House/Ray Caesar. Used with permission.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ray Caesar – Stephen Webster Exhibition

Gallery House artist, Ray Caesar showcases a selection of works curated by Jan Corey of Corey Helford Gallery and Matthew Stephenson of Stephen Webster on Rodeo Drive, LA at the private party to showcase Webster’s new collection line “Murder She Wrote”.  Stephen Webster is one of the leading British jewellery designers.  Webster’s keen eye for detail, expert craftsmanship and glam-rock attitude boasts over 200 points of sale worldwide and 7 boutiques internationally in London, Beverly Hills, Moscow, St Petersburg, Kiev, Vienna and Marbella.  Webster received numerous rewards and is a favourite with celebrities such as Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Kate Moss, Sir Elton John, Mickey Rourke and Kate Beckinsale.

What a beautiful and magical night!

Caesar created one special work “Sweet Slaughter” for the party and is available to the public.
By Belinda Chun
Published: December 5, 2011

Highly Desirable – Neubacher Schor Contemporary

Ray Caesar and Anita Kunz both of Gallery House presents a selection of works under $2000 USD in a group exhibition at the NSC, Toronto.  November 30 – December 23, 2011
Highlighted coverage includes Fashion Magazine and NOW Toronto

By Belinda Chun
Published: November 30, 2011

Ray Caesar of Gallery House is one of the featured artist at the Corey Helford Gallery Booth in Scope Miami opening November 29-December 4, 2011 at Booth F03.
Scope Miami is in it’s eleventh year and presents 80 international galleries of solo, thematic group shows along side museum quality programming, collector tours, screening and special events.  Scope Miami is housed in an 80, 000 square foot pavilion across the street from Art Miami in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District running concurrently with Art Basel Miami and just steps from the Rubell family collection, Marguilies Collection at the Warhouse and Goldman Collection.
By Belinda Chun
Published: November 29, 2011