Ivan Eyre Gallery

Supported by Duncan and Judith Jessiman

Eyre + Burtynsky: Vistas

Drawn from both the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) and the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) collections, Vistas brings together two artists demonstrating a deep creative interest in landscape, but who represent it in very different ways. While the paintings and graphic works of Ivan Eyre (b. 1935) depict fictional worlds, Edward Burtynsky (b. 1955) photographs the earth with stark realism. Common ground is found in a shared vantage point, views from an elevated distance across grand vistas. 
In earlier periods of Western art, the landscape served a narrative purpose, a stage for enacting the myths and lessons of a culture and time. For Eyre and Burtynsky, the vista is not so much the backdrop to a story, as it is the very centre of attention. Even though people rarely appear, both artists’ vast terrains resonate with human presence. In Eyre’s work we see the human capacity for creative imagination; Burtynsky’s vistas force us to recognize the ways in which the natural environment is being reshaped by the agency of human industry. 

The APC is home to over 5,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings by Ivan Eyre, making it the largest collection of one of the country’s most esteemed painters and draughtsmen. The WAG holds over 40 works by the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, an artist celebrated internationally and best known for Manufactured Landscapes, a series documenting his travels through China between 2004 and 2006.


Opening  in late November | Continuing from where the 2017 WAG@The Park exhibition Wasteland Dreamland: Early Works by Ivan Eyre, 1957-1969 left off, A Sense of Scale surveys the subsequent two decades, when the nationally renowned Manitoba artist developed his most defining imagery.  The exhibition focuses on the artist’s increasingly complex and disorienting approach to communicating scale and rendering distance.


  • Ivan Eyre
  • Edward Burtynsky
Andrew Kear
Curator, Historical Canadian Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
Ivan Eyre Gallery