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Like eyes on the façade of 49 Avenue Road, Ingram Gallery's iconic round windows are indeed windows to a soul. Founded by John Ingram in 1988, Ingram Gallery is a refreshing alternative to the unapproachable spaces we often associate with contemporary art galleries. Ingram Gallery manifests a novel approach to art and the gallery experience that is dynamic, welcoming and above all else dedicated to the love of art. Under the stewardship of Director Tarah Aylward and partner Jeff Duns, Ingram Gallery is a unique gem in the heart of Yorkville's gallery district.
Ingram Gallery's space is divided in two. The North Gallery houses some of the best in contemporary Canadian art. Comprising largely of figurative works and variations on abstraction, this section of the gallery regularly features works by established and acclaimed artists as well as rising stars in the Canadian art scene. It’s a rare week to see the same pieces on the same walls at Ingram Gallery. Indeed, curation is a fluid and ongoing process at the gallery and this continual reinvention makes every visit to the North Gallery fresh.
The South Gallery is, by contrast, a place for retrospection. The space hosts works of historical interest as well as those that reflect traditions in Canadian painting. As a compliment to these original masterpieces, the South Gallery also features a library replete with new and rare art publications. Visitors are welcome to peruse at their leisure and the gallery's staff is more than willing to assist -- whether you're looking to buy or learn.
The stacked canvases that line the South Gallery’s floor are yet another indication of the Ingram Gallery’s openness as a space for art. The machinations of curation are demystified; literally laid out for all to see and in many cases touch. In these ways, and so many others, Ingram Gallery is a gallery dedicated to subverting the elitism that has come to shroud the experience of art in a gallery setting.
Ingram Gallery is also a vibrant participant in the Yorkville, Toronto and Canadian art scene -- hosting the Yorkville art walk on the first Thursday of every month and annually participating in Art Toronto, Toronto’s International Art Fair.
A space for art, artists and the interested, Ingram Gallery in Yorkville is a must for anyone who likes their art served without a side of pretension.