Andre Petterson - Artists - Pryor Fine Art

Andre Petterson is a multi-media artist who attempts to capture the essence of a split-second in time.  His current photography-based work explores various themes of lighting to create elements of mystery. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1950, Petterson grew up in Saskatoon where he lived and worked as a professional musician for many years before becoming interested in art. He moved to the West Coast of Canada in 1970 where he eventually concentrated his efforts on visual art.


Petterson has worked in various mediums such as wood, metal, and plastic, both in two and three dimensions. He has created installations, performance, film and kinetic work involving music composition, sets and choreography.

Rembrandt and the Dutch masters’ use of light have strongly influenced Petterson; important elements are highlighted and the mind must fill in the rest.  Fabric and movement are also subjects of fascination for the artist. He believes that the integration of movement and fabric are similar to brushstrokes. The chance and artistic freedom involved in motions of dance and similar movements are also reflected in his mixed media work.

Andre Petterson has exhibited in both private and public galleries in Canada and the United States. He is the recipient of The National Film Board of Canada Award, and has work featured in numerous private and public collections including Canada Council Art Bank, Canadian Airlines, Vancouver General Hospital, Claridge Investments, Duracell Canada, Esso Resources Canada, Pan-Pacific, Seattle, WA, Polygon Group Ltd., Richmond Public Art, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Wall Centre Garden Hotel.

Andre Petterson explores the contentious symbolism of the suit jacket in his latest body of work, Transition.          

The widespread, politically-charged graffiti decorating stately Neoclassical buildings in Buenos Aires is impossible to ignore. It is a visual contradiction which exposes the rift between the conservative elite and radical working class. Aesthetically, the bold colours of spray paint and the gestural, script-like application reshape its planar architectural forms into a highly personal expression. For the artist, the vandalized buildings of the Argentine capital reflect, "a need for a generation of people to be heard by way of a visual vocabulary which speaks out against the values of the establishment."

In Transition, Petterson utilizes the suit jacket - a Western symbol of masculine authority, formality, and professional prowess - as a vehicle to capture this notion. Physical suit jackets, painted in bold colour with a gestural, Sumi-e technique indicative of the artist's earlier work, become politicized sites revealing contradictory ideas of success and oppression in contemporary society. If the suit is a metaphor for the establishment, then the artist uses the garment as a canvas to liberate its socio-political identification.            

Applying paint to the jacket prior to photographing it adds a new layer of dimension to Petterson’s work, blurring the boundary between photography and painting that has come to be synonymous with his practice.

The suit jacket – a symbol of male power and authority – is the topic of Andre Petterson’s latest paintings, showing this fall at the Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver. Interestingly, the work takes as its jumping-off point politically charged graffiti Petterson saw on stately buildings in Buenos Aires earlier this year. The visual contradiction seemed a metaphor for the rift between Argentina’s working class masses and the conservative elite.

“Everything was spray painted,” says Petterson. “And I’m not talking street art, I’m talking vandalism. Just rampant spray cans on marble facades, windows and cars. It was just everywhere. It sort of got to me. The people seemed so unhappy.”                      

Petterson takes a similar approach with his mixed-media paintings, using bold colours, smeared paint, drips, spatters and the like. He photographs the paintings, and then paints atop the print, blurring the boundary between painting and photography.

Petterson, who was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Saskatchewan, works in other media, including sculpture, film and performance. “I can’t keep doing the same thing again and again,” he says. This latest work? “I’m excited by it because it’s something new for me and I like to experiment.”

Petterson is also a musician and has been selling his art in Vancouver since the mid-’70s.


2019 Random by Design, May

Foster White Gallery, Seattle, Wa

2018 Brand, Wallace Galleries

Calgary, Ab.

2018 Brand, Capture Photography

Bau-Xi Gallery

2017 Reconnoitre, Bau-Gallery,

Toronto, Ont.

2016      Transition, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2015      To and Fro, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2015      To and Fro, Foster White Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014      New Work, Bau-Xi, Toronto, ON

2014      New Work, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB

2013      Impressions of Africa 2, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2013      Impressions of Africa, Foster White Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013      African Impressions, Galerie LeRoyer, Montreal, QC

2011      Here and There, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2008      Thread (Cinema Stage 2) Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2008      Thread (Cinema Stage 1) Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

2007      Precis, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2006      Contact Photography Festival, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

2005      Voice, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2003      Still Not Still (episode 2) Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2003      Still Not Still (episode 1) Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

2001      Spin Spun, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2000      Public Access (photographs 1990-1999 courtesy Bau-Xi Gallery) Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1999      Conversations and Cliches of Modern Speech, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1998 Reflections, Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB

1998      New Works, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

1998      New Works, Denise Roberge Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

1998      Survey Exhibition, Grand Forks Public Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC

1997      Place and Placement, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1997      Cut-Outs, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

1996      Cut-Outs, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1995      Stations of the Mind, Richmond Public Art Gallery, Richmond, BC

1995      Crows and Icons, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON

1993      Contemplations, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1992     Stages of Being - Dolls, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC


2014    New Work, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2014    New Work, Wallace Gallery, Calgary, Alta

2014    Impressions of Africa 2, Bau-Xi Gallery Vancouver, BC

2014    Impressions of Africa, Foster White Gallery, Seattle, Wa

2013    African Impressions , Galerie Le Royer, Montreal, Que.

2011    ‘Here and There,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2010    ‘Stitch.Print,’ Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

2009    ‘Print,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

    ‘New Works,’ Wallace Gallery, Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB

2008    ‘Thread,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

    ‘Cinema Stage 1,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

2007    ‘Night and Day,’ Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

    ‘Precis,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

    ‘Ironies,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

2006    ‘New Works,’ Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB

2005    ‘Voice,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2003    ‘Still Not Still: Episode 2,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

    ‘Still Not Still: Episode 1,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON 

2001    ‘Spin/Spun,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2000    ‘Public Access,’ photographs from 1990-1999 (courtesy Bau-Xi Gallery), Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1999    ‘Conversations (Clichés of Modern Speech),’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1998    ‘Reflections,’ Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB

    ‘New Works,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

    ‘New Works,’ Denise Roberges Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

    ‘Survey Exhibition,’ Grand Forks Public Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC

1997    ‘Place & Placement’, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

    ‘Cut-Outs,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON 

1996    ‘Cut-Outs,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver , BC

1995    ‘Crows and Icons,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

    ‘Crows and Icons,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

    ‘Stations of the Mind,’ Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC

1993    ‘Contemplations,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1992    Granville Square, Vancouver, BC

    ‘Stages of Being,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1990    Galerie l'Autre Equivoque, Ottawa, ON

1989    Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

    ‘Peep Show,’ Kelowna Public Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC

1988    Galerie Franklin Silverstone, Montreal, QC

1986    ‘Music Speaking Visually,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

    St. Georges School, Chamber Music Festival, Vancouver, BC

    ‘Mysterious Objects,’ Performance & Installation, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC

    ‘The Lane,’ Installation, Kamloops Public Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC

1984    ‘Urban Reflections,’ Jackson Street Gallery, Seattle, WA

1983    ‘Preservations and Restorations,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1982    Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC  

    Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

1981    Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON    

1980    Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

    Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1979    Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1978    Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1977    Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1976    Habitat Conference, Vancouver, BC

1975    Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC


2007     ‘Holiday Small Works Show,’ Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006    Bau-Xi Gallery in conjunction with the Toronto Contact Photography festival, Toronto, ON

    ‘Alternate Vision,’ Soho Myriad, Atlanta,GA

2005    ‘Spring Show,’ Wallace Gallery, Calgary AB

2000    ‘35th Anniversary,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, August, Vancouver, BC

    ‘Ditto,’ Seattle Art Museum Sales/Rental Gallery, Seattle, WA

    ART MIAMI International Art Expo (with Buschlen Mowatt International)

1999    ‘Menagerie,’ Seattle Art Museum Sales/Rental Gallery

    ‘BOOK (writ large),’ an exhibition of original artist books, Community Arts Council, Vancouver, BC

1998    New Leaf Editions Exhibition, Performance Works, Vancouver, BC

    ‘Contemplating Eternity,’ Seattle Art Museum Sales/Rental Gallery, Seattle, WA

1997    Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB

    ‘Browser,’ ARTROPOLIS 97, Vancouver, BC

    ‘The Last Picture Show,’ Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB

1996    ‘Group Show,’ Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB

1993    ‘Straight From the Pile,’ Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC

1992    Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, WA (with Bau-Xi Gallery)

1991    ELAAC 91, Montreal Art Fair, Montreal, QC

    Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1990    ‘Black & White,’ Grand Forks Public Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC

    ‘Twenty-Five Years,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON

1990    ‘Artropolis,’ The Roundhouse, Vancouver, BC

1989    ‘Six from Bau-Xi,’ Courtenay Arts Alliance, Courtenay, BC

    ‘Fear of Others,’ The Roundhouse, Vancouver, BC

    Galerie de la Ville, Dollard des Ormeaux, QC

    Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC

1988    ‘Bag,’ Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC

    ‘Statues,’ 20 min film, The Seventh Annual Santa Fe Film Exposition, Santa Fe, NM

1987    ‘Temporal Suggestions,’ Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

    Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sechelt, BC

1986    ‘Images and Objects IV,’ Community Arts Council of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

    ‘Arts in Motion,’ BC Festival of the Arts, Prince George, BC

    ‘Images BC,’ Robson Square Media Centre, Vancouver, BC

    ‘Ten Plus One,’ Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC

1985    ‘Sculpture 85,’ Grand Forks Public Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC

1984    The Warehouse Show, Vancouver, BC

    The Remy Martin Show, Vancouver, BC

1983    Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

    October Show, Vancouver, BC

    Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC

1982    Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

    ‘Art Inspired By Music,’ Saxe Gallery, Toronto, ON

1981    ‘Esso Resource Collection,’ Nickel Art Museum, Calgary, AB

    Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

1980    Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1979    Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1977    ‘Making Marks,’ Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK

    Presentation House, North Vancouver, BC


2011    Chateau Ste. Michelle Meritage Artist

1991    ‘Dancing on the Edge,’ Firehall Theatre, Vancouver, music for Gisa Cole

1990    Loft Performances at Main Dance Place, music for Gisa Cole ‘City’

1989    ‘Dancing on the Edge,’ Firehall Theatre, Vancouver, music for Gisa Cole

    Winnipeg Fringe Festival, music for Gisa Cole

1987    ‘Loft Performances,’ Main Dance Place, Vancouver music for Gisa Cole

    ‘Awaken the Sleeping Giant,’ Soundscape

    ‘Solo Dance,’ music for Gisa Cole

1986    Three music works, Children's Carousel Dance Co.

    Waterloo University, Waterloo, ON

    ‘Phone Calls from the Dead,’ Soundscape

    ‘Mahfeesh,’ music for Gisa Cole

    ‘Flipside Series,’ Soundscape

1985    ‘Mysterious Objects,’ soundtrack

1984    ‘The Lane,’ soundtrack

1971-83    Various club dates, BC and WA

1968-71    The Skip Kutz Septet (Jazz Ensemble), Drummer

1965-68    The Great Flood (Rock Band), Drummer

    Two releases in 1966 Columbia Studios, Chicago, IL

1967    Expo 67 Gala Night Under the Stars, Montreal, QC

1962-64    Various club dates, Saskatoon, SK


1986    The National Film Board of Canada (Pacific Studio) 

    The Canada Council (Explorations Program) 


1989    Televisia Mexico.  Interview with Carmen Iregoyen

1987    ‘Statues,’ 16mm colour film, 20 min.

1984    ‘Building the Lane,’ Video document

    Works form 1974-83, video catalogue

1983    Collages from 1981-83, video catalogue


Vancouver Art Gallery Auction, 2000

Art for Life, 1999 Art for Life auction

BOOK (writ large), 1999 Catalogue for the Community Arts Council exhibition of the same name.

Art for Life Auction, 1998

Art for Life Auction, 1997

Art for Life Auction, 1996

Great Work, contemporary BC artists, compiled by Melanie Gold, 1996, pp64-65

Straight from the Pile, Burnaby Art Gallery, Todd Davis, curator, 1993

Charles Bronfman Collection, 1991

Artropolis, 1990

Peep Show, Kelowna Public Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC

Andre Petterson, 1974-86

Holos, Noch Lohnt Das Traumen II, Amsterdam, Holland

Fear of Others, 1990

Mysterious Objects 1986

The Lane, Kamloops Public Art Gallery, 1984

The Warehouse Show, 1984

The October Show, 1983

Making Marks, Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, 1977


Advance Group Products

Burnet, Duckworth, and Palmer, Calgary, AB

Canada Council Art Bank

Canadian Airlines

Claridge Investments

CS Resources Ltd, Calgary, AB

Duracell Canada

Elbow River Resources, Calgary, AB

Esso Resources Canada

Grand Forks Public Art Gallery, Grand Forks, B.C

Grand Hotel, Lobby, Vancouver, BC

Laxton & Company

M.A. Lamothe & Associates, Toronto, ON

Pan-Pacific, Seattle, WA

Polygon Group Ltd.

Q.L.T. Technologies, Vancouver, BC

Richmond Public Art 

St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC

Telesat, Canada

Wall Centre Garden Hotel

Webber and Company

Vancouver General Hospital


cover - book - Jeremias Gamboa Contrarlo todo2014

Vancouver Home magazine inaugural issue ( multi page spread) 2014 

Geist magazine (cover) Vancouver April 2014

La Presse, Montreal, October 14th 2013

Harper’s Magazine, November 2009, Page 84

The Georgia Straight , April 2005,    Robin Laurence

Preview Magazine, April 2005, preview Mia Johnson

Toronto, April 2003, Betty Ann Jordan

Art Access (Seattle), November 2000 Adriana Grant

Art Access (Seattle), Sept., 2000, Adriana Grant

The Georgia Straight, Mar. 30 – Apr. 6, 1999, Robin Laurence

Spotlight on the Arts, CKWX Radio, Nov. 26, 1999, Leanne Campbell

Art Access (Seattle), Sept., 1999

The North American Post (Seattle-Japanese), Sept. 17, 1999

Vancouver Sun, Oct. 31, 1997, Michael Scott

Preview Magazine, Nov./Dec./Jan. 1996 cover & preview, Mia Johnson

Arts Umbrella – 1999, Splash Auction, Oct., 1999

Vancouver Sun, Oct. 16, 1993, Lloyd Dykk

The Georgia Straight, May 28-June 4, 1993, Robin Laurence

Vancouver Sun, Feb. 22, 1992, Ann Rosenberg

Art Week, Nov. 8, 1990, Ron Glowan

Georgia Straight, Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 1990, Robin Laurence

Western Living Magazine, Jan., 1990, Michael Boxall

Vancouver Province, Nov. 24, 1990, Art Perry

Georgia Straight, Nov. 17-24, 1989, Robin Laurence

Kelowna Capital News, Feb. 22, 1989

Kelowna West Side Sun, Feb. 23, 1989

Kelowna Daily Courier, Feb. 15, 1989, Gail Pitney

Kelowna Capital News, Feb., 1989, Barbara Etter

Chatelaine Magazine, June, 1988

The Santa Fe Reporter, Feb. 24, 1988

Kitchner Waterloo Record, Feb. 13, 1987, Pauline Durichen

CBC Radio, Dec. 11, 1986, Jean Louis Brachet

West Side Week, Dec. 14, 1986, Doug Coupland

The Westender, Dec. 18, 1986

Vancouver Sun, Dec. 8, 1986, Elizabeth Godley

Vancouver Sun, Feb. 28, 1986, Eve Johnson

Vancouver Sun, Nov. 1984, Eve Johnson

Kamloops Newspaper, Nov. 8, 1984, Sandra Albers

Toronto Star, Aug. 13, 1983, Christopher Hume

Vancouver Sun, Dec. 2, 1983, Eve Johnson

Vancouver Sun, Mar. 11, 1983, Lloyd Dykk

The Westender, Jun. 24, 1982, Mia Johnson

Vancouver Sun, Jan., 1980, Andrew Scott

Vancouver Sun, Apr., 1980, Lloyd Dykk

Western Living Magazine, May, 1980, Andrew Scott

Vancouver Province, Nov., 1980, Art Perry

Canada Crafts, Apr., 1979.

Vancouver Sun, Feb., 1977, Wayne Edmonston

The Financial Post Magazine Dec., 1976

Benefits and Donations

Art for Life Auction, annually since 1996 Vancouver, BC

Arts Umbrella Auction, annually since 1984 Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Art Gallery, 2006 Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Art Gallery, 2000 Vancouver, BC

St. Paul’s Hospital, 2002 Vancouver, BC

Grand Forks Public Art Gallery, 2000 Grand Forks, BC

PID Society Auction, 1999 Vancouver, BC

St. Paul’s Hospital, 1998 Vancouver, BC

Grand Forks Public Art Gallery, 1998 Grand Forks, BC

PID Society Auction, 1998 Vancouver, BC

Richmond Art Gallery, 1997 Richmond, BC

PID Society Auction, 1997 Vancouver, BC

PID Society Auction, 1996 Vancouver, BC

Main Dance Projects, 1994 Vancouver, BC

BC Alzheimer Society, 1993 Vancouver, BC

Canadian Artists to the Benefit of the Olga Havel Foundation, 1993 Prague, Czech.

Evergreen Auction, 1991 Ottawa, ON

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