Yukiko Onley exhibit at Pendulum Gallery: The Face of the Artist

Renowned Vancouver photographer Yukiko Onley turns her camera lens on some of Canada’s most creative personalities in The Face of the Artist: Portraits of Cultural Creatives by Yukiko Onley.


In this striking exhibition of more than 30 portraits—which begins an extended run at the Pendulum Gallery on September 13—the photographic subjects are not professional models, but well-known Canadian creatives and artists. 


“Faces have always been of great interest to me, and I find the faces of these cultural creatives particularly interesting,” said Onley, who has worked closely with British Columbia artists since arriving in Canada nearly thirty years ago. “You can see the lives they’ve lived, and the art they’ve created, in their faces. It’s clear from their portraits that these are people who have dedicated their lives to their art.”


The exhibition represents many years of portrait work and includes such iconic figures as architect Arthur Erickson, writer Nick Bantock, photographer Fred Herzog, director Christopher Gaze, painter Gordon Smith, novelist Ruth Ozeki, designer Martha Sturdy, and Bramwell Tovey, maestro of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.


The opening reception for The Face of the Artist will feature a performance by koto player Kozue Matsumoto and mime artist Yayoi Hirano, the latter of whom is featured in the exhibition.


An excerpt from The Face of the Artist previously toured British Columbia alongside Love, Toni xox, the critically-acclaimed collection of illustrated love letters that Yukiko Onley received from artist Toni Onley during the breakdown of their marriage. Two portraits of Toni Onley are featured in the exhibition.


“My hope with this exhibition is that the public will see these artists the way I see them: as living, breathing, fully engaged souls who have contributed much to the cultural landscape of this province and this country,” said Onley.


The Face of the Artist: Portraits of Cultural Creatives by Yukiko Onley runs until September 25. For more information, visit


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Pendulum Gallery (885 West Georgia)

Exhibition: September 13 - September 25, 2010 

Opening reception: 6:00pm, September 16, 2010

Gallery hours: Monday-Wednesday: 9:00am-6:00pm; Thursday-Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm

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