Delve into a catalogue of publications about artworks in the Gallery's permanent collection.

Online Publications

An Open Book is a catalogue of publications about artworks in Surrey Art Gallery's permanent collection.

We commission writers to produce brief essays about specific artworks, putting them in relation to the artist's biography and the history of their practice. Many of the publications also include statements written by the artists.

The intention of An Open Book is to make information on the wonderful artworks in the Gallery's collection easily available to the public.

We named this publication An Open Book because readers are invited to dip into any part of the collection and to come back often as more publications are produced.

The essays are arranged alphabetically by artist's last name.

Terms & Conditions

Vikky Alexander, Interior Pavillion #4
Vikky Alexander By Christopher Brayshaw
Vikky Alexander: Interior Pavillion #4 (1989) by Petra Watson

Nancy Boyd, Separate Agendas & In Her Dreams
Nancy Boyd by Karen Hasselfeld
Artist's Statement (2004)

Nick Brdar, Satellite for Piltdown
Satellite for Piltdown: a drawing by Nick Brdar by Brian Grison
Artist's Statement (1985)
Artist's Statement (1986)

Diana Burgoyne, He transmits / She receives
Diana Burgoyne: Gesture and the Handmade by Daniel Joliffe

Chila Kumari Burman, Punjabi Rockers, Desi Style, & Armour Chila Kumari Burman: Punjabi Rockers, Desi Style & Armour by Mandeep Wirk Artist's Statement (2015)

Pat Cairns, Equinox and Moving Centre
Pat Cairns; Equinox and Moving Centre by Bettina Matzkuhn
Artist's Statement (1991)

Judy Chartrand, "If This is What You Call 'Being Civilized,' I'd rather go back to Being a 'Savage'"
Judy Chartrand: "If This is What You Call 'Being Civilized,' I'd rather go back to Being a 'Savage'" by Amy Gogarty
Artist's Statement (2007)

Barbara Cole, Mending at the expense of the sides and Nevermind, Nevermind, Nevermind
Barbara Cole: Mending at the Expense of the Sides by Karen Henry Barbara Cole: Nevermind, Nevermind, Nevermind by Charlene Back
Artist's Statement

Gwen Curry, Under the Ramp
Gwen Curry: Under the Ramp by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement (2000)

Diana Dean, Boy Getting Out of Bath
Diana Dean: Boy Getting Out of Bath by Eliza Lee
Artist's Statement (2000)
Artist's Statement (2001)

Fred Douglas, Walk In The Rain
"Giving Painting Lessons to the Aliens" by Jerry Zaslove
Artist's Statement (1996)
Afterword "Picturing" by Liane Davison

Brian Fisher, Odyssey #3
Brian Fisher and Odyssey #3: a Drawing at the Surrey Art Gallery by Brian Fisher
Artist's Statement (2001)

Barry Goodman, Roland (Barthes), Jaques (Derrida), & Jean Francoise (Lyotard)
Barry Goodman: Reading the Stitch by Bettina Matzkuhn
Artist's Statement (2003)

Torrie Groening, Amuse Bouche, or The Audition
Torrie Groening: Amuse Bouche, or The Audition by Roger Boulet
Artist Statement (2006)
Notes on Amuse Bouche by Torrie Groening (2007)

Gu Xiong, Barricade of Bicycles - June 4th 1989 and Cafeteria #1
Gu Xiong by Christopher Brayshaw
Artist's Statement (1994)

  Robert Houle, Parflèche Protecting, Carrying, Defending by Tania Willard  

E.J. Hughes, High Tide at Cowichan Bay
E.J. Hughes by Margot Leigh Butler

Carole Itter: Grey Rattle
Carole Itter - Grey Rattle by Gabriel Saloman
Artist's Statement (1994)

Laura Lamb, Utopias in a Little Box   
Utopias in a Little Box - An Introduction by Brian Foreman
The Concept of Nature in Laura Lamb's Videos by Petra Watson
Artist's Statement (2003)

Toni Latour, The Drag King Project
Toni Latour: The Drag King Project by Donna McAlear
Artist's Statement (2008)

Lori-Ann Latremouille, Lock and Key
Lori-Ann Latremouille and Surrealism by Ed Varney
Artist's Statement (1990)
Artist's Statement (2006)

Evan Lee, S. Fraser Way, Surrey, B.C. Landscape #1 (Flags)
Picture Elements: The Photographic Activity of Evan Lee by Sharla Sava
Artist's Statement (2007)

Don Li-Leger, Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron by Carol Prokop
Artist's Statement (2004)

M. Simon Levin, C.H.A.R.T. Exorbitant Bait by Margot Leigh Butler Shifting Vision: the importance of metaphor in the recent work of M. Simon Levin by Carol Gigliotti
Ken Lum, Entertainment for Surrey At a Critical Juncture: On Ken Lum's Entertainment for Surrey by Kristina Lee Podesva

Catharine MacTavish, Night Vision
Night Vision: a drawing by Catharine MacTavish by Brian Grison
Artist's Statement (2004)

Bettina Matzkuhn, The Magic Quilt
Bettina Matzkuhn: The Magic Quilt by Amy Gogarty
Artist's Statement (2008)

Alex McLeod, Prismatic Planes & Evergreen
Alex McLeod: Prismatic Planes and Evergreen by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo
Artist's Statement (2014)

Al McWilliams, I/Me
Al McWilliams: I/Me by Karen Love
Artist's Statement (2011)

Robert Michener, Fly Fishing Mid May and Gentle on My Mind
Robert Michener: Natural Harmonies by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement (1977)
Artist's Statement (1997)

Sally Michener, Diane C. and Barb G.
Sally Michener: Diane C. and Barb G. by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement (2008)

Carel Moiseiwitsch, Oh Canada Our Home And Native Land
Carel Moiseiwitsch: O Canada Our Home And Native Land by Robin Laurence

Shani Mootoo, The Muddy Swamp is where the Lotus Grows
Shani Mootoo: The Muddy Swamp is where the Lotus Grows by Denise Oleksijczuk

Monika Napier, Swarm
Monika Napier by Kirstie Lang
Artist's Statement

David Neel, Photographs and Prints David Neel: The 1990s and Beyond, by Carolyn Butler-Palmer Artist's Statements (1991)

Haruko Okano, The Hands of the Compassionate One
Haruko Okano: The Hands of the Compassionate One by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement

 

Nancy Paterson, Stock Market Skirt
Nancy Paterson - Stock Market Skirt by Robin Laurence

Pudlo Pudlat, Untitled
Pudlo Pudlat (1916-1992) by Marion Jackson

Philippe Raphanel, View
Philippe Raphanel: View by Ann Rosenberg
Artist's Statement (1994)

Bill Rennie, Where I Was Brought Up: 6949 Harris Road
Bill Rennie: Where I Was Brought Up: 6949 Harris Road by Amy Gogarty
Not Far From Gold by Sally Michener
Bill Rennie - A Fighter and A Thinker by Jeannie Mah
Artist's Statement (2007)

Robin Ripley, Untitled
Robin Ripley: Drawn Threads by Bettina Matzkuhn
Artist's Statement (2003)

Evelyn Roth, Salmon, 1997
Evelyn Roth: Salmon, 1997 by Ann Rosenberg
Artist's Statement (2008)

Carol Sawyer, Natalie Brettschneider with friends Lori Weidenhammer and Soressa Gardner, 1951 Who was Natalie Brettschneider? by Lorna Brown

Ruth Scheuing, Metamorphosis #11 Spider
Ruth Scheuing: Spider by Bettina Matzkuhn
Artist's Statement (1992)

Marianna Schmidt, Untitled (Three Figures)
Marianna Schmidt: Untitled (Three Figures) by Robin Laurence, 2008

my name is scot, promise
my name is scot by Kirstie Lang
Artist's Statement (1995)
Artist's Statement (1996)

Sandra Semchuk, Death is a Natural Thing Sweetheart & Acceptance
Sandra Semchuk by Christopher Brayshaw

Arnold Shives, Green Mountain
Arnold Shives by Christopher Brayshaw
Artist's Statements (2001)

David Sloan, Four Buses
David Sloan by Chris Brayshaw
Artist's Statement (1985)

Reva Stone, Imaginal Expression
Reva Stone's Embodied Technologies by Joy James
Artist's Statement (2006)

Nell Tenhaaf, Eros & Logos
Eros and Logos: Two Drawings by Nell Tenhaaf by Brian Grison
Artist's Statement (2006)

Richard Tetrault, Mid-day Alley and Quartet
Richard Tetrault by Elizabeth Kidd
Artist's Statement (2008)

Henry Tsang, Chinese Pictures
Henry Tsang: A Family Name by Gu Xiong
Artist's Statement (2006)
Biography (2006) by Margot Leigh Butler

Ian Wallace, Critic at Work
Ian Wallace by Christopher Brayshaw
Artist's Statement (2005)

jil p. weaving, to be continued...
jil p. weaving: to be continued... by Randy Lee Cutler
Artist's Statement (2002)

Neil Wedman, Study For Black Bride
Neil Wedman by Chris Brayshaw
Artist's Statement (2000)
Artist's Statement (1992)

Stella Weinert, Teens Together: Hanging Out
Stella Weinert by Bob Sherrin
Teens Together: Hanging Out - A Collaborative photo project by Stella Weinert with Surrey Teens by Christine Lawrence
Artist's Statement (1999)

Chris Woods, The Wrath of the Devourers
Chris Woods: The Wrath of the Devourers by Christopher Brayshaw
Chris Woods: The Wrath of the Devourers by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement (1994)
Artist's Statement: Technical History and Provenance (1995)

Online Publications

An Open Book is a catalogue of publications about artworks in Surrey Art Gallery's permanent collection.

We commission writers to produce brief essays about specific artworks, putting them in relation to the artist's biography and the history of their practice. Many of the publications also include statements written by the artists.

The intention of An Open Book is to make information on the wonderful artworks in the Gallery's collection easily available to the public.

We named this publication An Open Book because readers are invited to dip into any part of the collection and to come back often as more publications are produced.

The essays are arranged alphabetically by artist's last name.

Terms & Conditions

Vikky Alexander, Interior Pavillion #4
Vikky Alexander By Christopher Brayshaw
Vikky Alexander: Interior Pavillion #4 (1989) by Petra Watson

Nancy Boyd, Separate Agendas & In Her Dreams
Nancy Boyd by Karen Hasselfeld
Artist's Statement (2004)

Nick Brdar, Satellite for Piltdown
Satellite for Piltdown: a drawing by Nick Brdar by Brian Grison
Artist's Statement (1985)
Artist's Statement (1986)

Diana Burgoyne, He transmits / She receives
Diana Burgoyne: Gesture and the Handmade by Daniel Joliffe

Chila Kumari Burman, Punjabi Rockers, Desi Style, & Armour Chila Kumari Burman: Punjabi Rockers, Desi Style & Armour by Mandeep Wirk Artist's Statement (2015)

Pat Cairns, Equinox and Moving Centre
Pat Cairns; Equinox and Moving Centre by Bettina Matzkuhn
Artist's Statement (1991)

Judy Chartrand, "If This is What You Call 'Being Civilized,' I'd rather go back to Being a 'Savage'"
Judy Chartrand: "If This is What You Call 'Being Civilized,' I'd rather go back to Being a 'Savage'" by Amy Gogarty
Artist's Statement (2007)

Barbara Cole, Mending at the expense of the sides and Nevermind, Nevermind, Nevermind
Barbara Cole: Mending at the Expense of the Sides by Karen Henry Barbara Cole: Nevermind, Nevermind, Nevermind by Charlene Back
Artist's Statement

Gwen Curry, Under the Ramp
Gwen Curry: Under the Ramp by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement (2000)

Diana Dean, Boy Getting Out of Bath
Diana Dean: Boy Getting Out of Bath by Eliza Lee
Artist's Statement (2000)
Artist's Statement (2001)

Fred Douglas, Walk In The Rain
"Giving Painting Lessons to the Aliens" by Jerry Zaslove
Artist's Statement (1996)
Afterword "Picturing" by Liane Davison

Brian Fisher, Odyssey #3
Brian Fisher and Odyssey #3: a Drawing at the Surrey Art Gallery by Brian Fisher
Artist's Statement (2001)

Barry Goodman, Roland (Barthes), Jaques (Derrida), & Jean Francoise (Lyotard)
Barry Goodman: Reading the Stitch by Bettina Matzkuhn
Artist's Statement (2003)

Torrie Groening, Amuse Bouche, or The Audition
Torrie Groening: Amuse Bouche, or The Audition by Roger Boulet
Artist Statement (2006)
Notes on Amuse Bouche by Torrie Groening (2007)

Gu Xiong, Barricade of Bicycles - June 4th 1989 and Cafeteria #1
Gu Xiong by Christopher Brayshaw
Artist's Statement (1994)

  Robert Houle, Parflèche Protecting, Carrying, Defending by Tania Willard  

E.J. Hughes, High Tide at Cowichan Bay
E.J. Hughes by Margot Leigh Butler

Carole Itter: Grey Rattle
Carole Itter - Grey Rattle by Gabriel Saloman
Artist's Statement (1994)

Laura Lamb, Utopias in a Little Box   
Utopias in a Little Box - An Introduction by Brian Foreman
The Concept of Nature in Laura Lamb's Videos by Petra Watson
Artist's Statement (2003)

Toni Latour, The Drag King Project
Toni Latour: The Drag King Project by Donna McAlear
Artist's Statement (2008)

Lori-Ann Latremouille, Lock and Key
Lori-Ann Latremouille and Surrealism by Ed Varney
Artist's Statement (1990)
Artist's Statement (2006)

Evan Lee, S. Fraser Way, Surrey, B.C. Landscape #1 (Flags)
Picture Elements: The Photographic Activity of Evan Lee by Sharla Sava
Artist's Statement (2007)

Don Li-Leger, Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron by Carol Prokop
Artist's Statement (2004)

M. Simon Levin, C.H.A.R.T. Exorbitant Bait by Margot Leigh Butler Shifting Vision: the importance of metaphor in the recent work of M. Simon Levin by Carol Gigliotti
Ken Lum, Entertainment for Surrey At a Critical Juncture: On Ken Lum's Entertainment for Surrey by Kristina Lee Podesva

Catharine MacTavish, Night Vision
Night Vision: a drawing by Catharine MacTavish by Brian Grison
Artist's Statement (2004)

Bettina Matzkuhn, The Magic Quilt
Bettina Matzkuhn: The Magic Quilt by Amy Gogarty
Artist's Statement (2008)

Alex McLeod, Prismatic Planes & Evergreen
Alex McLeod: Prismatic Planes and Evergreen by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo
Artist's Statement (2014)

Al McWilliams, I/Me
Al McWilliams: I/Me by Karen Love
Artist's Statement (2011)

Robert Michener, Fly Fishing Mid May and Gentle on My Mind
Robert Michener: Natural Harmonies by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement (1977)
Artist's Statement (1997)

Sally Michener, Diane C. and Barb G.
Sally Michener: Diane C. and Barb G. by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement (2008)

Carel Moiseiwitsch, Oh Canada Our Home And Native Land
Carel Moiseiwitsch: O Canada Our Home And Native Land by Robin Laurence

Shani Mootoo, The Muddy Swamp is where the Lotus Grows
Shani Mootoo: The Muddy Swamp is where the Lotus Grows by Denise Oleksijczuk

Monika Napier, Swarm
Monika Napier by Kirstie Lang
Artist's Statement

David Neel, Photographs and Prints David Neel: The 1990s and Beyond, by Carolyn Butler-Palmer Artist's Statements (1991)

Haruko Okano, The Hands of the Compassionate One
Haruko Okano: The Hands of the Compassionate One by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement

 

Nancy Paterson, Stock Market Skirt
Nancy Paterson - Stock Market Skirt by Robin Laurence

Pudlo Pudlat, Untitled
Pudlo Pudlat (1916-1992) by Marion Jackson

Philippe Raphanel, View
Philippe Raphanel: View by Ann Rosenberg
Artist's Statement (1994)

Bill Rennie, Where I Was Brought Up: 6949 Harris Road
Bill Rennie: Where I Was Brought Up: 6949 Harris Road by Amy Gogarty
Not Far From Gold by Sally Michener
Bill Rennie - A Fighter and A Thinker by Jeannie Mah
Artist's Statement (2007)

Robin Ripley, Untitled
Robin Ripley: Drawn Threads by Bettina Matzkuhn
Artist's Statement (2003)

Evelyn Roth, Salmon, 1997
Evelyn Roth: Salmon, 1997 by Ann Rosenberg
Artist's Statement (2008)

Carol Sawyer, Natalie Brettschneider with friends Lori Weidenhammer and Soressa Gardner, 1951 Who was Natalie Brettschneider? by Lorna Brown

Ruth Scheuing, Metamorphosis #11 Spider
Ruth Scheuing: Spider by Bettina Matzkuhn
Artist's Statement (1992)

Marianna Schmidt, Untitled (Three Figures)
Marianna Schmidt: Untitled (Three Figures) by Robin Laurence, 2008

my name is scot, promise
my name is scot by Kirstie Lang
Artist's Statement (1995)
Artist's Statement (1996)

Sandra Semchuk, Death is a Natural Thing Sweetheart & Acceptance
Sandra Semchuk by Christopher Brayshaw

Arnold Shives, Green Mountain
Arnold Shives by Christopher Brayshaw
Artist's Statements (2001)

David Sloan, Four Buses
David Sloan by Chris Brayshaw
Artist's Statement (1985)

Reva Stone, Imaginal Expression
Reva Stone's Embodied Technologies by Joy James
Artist's Statement (2006)

Nell Tenhaaf, Eros & Logos
Eros and Logos: Two Drawings by Nell Tenhaaf by Brian Grison
Artist's Statement (2006)

Richard Tetrault, Mid-day Alley and Quartet
Richard Tetrault by Elizabeth Kidd
Artist's Statement (2008)

Henry Tsang, Chinese Pictures
Henry Tsang: A Family Name by Gu Xiong
Artist's Statement (2006)
Biography (2006) by Margot Leigh Butler

Ian Wallace, Critic at Work
Ian Wallace by Christopher Brayshaw
Artist's Statement (2005)

jil p. weaving, to be continued...
jil p. weaving: to be continued... by Randy Lee Cutler
Artist's Statement (2002)

Neil Wedman, Study For Black Bride
Neil Wedman by Chris Brayshaw
Artist's Statement (2000)
Artist's Statement (1992)

Stella Weinert, Teens Together: Hanging Out
Stella Weinert by Bob Sherrin
Teens Together: Hanging Out - A Collaborative photo project by Stella Weinert with Surrey Teens by Christine Lawrence
Artist's Statement (1999)

Chris Woods, The Wrath of the Devourers
Chris Woods: The Wrath of the Devourers by Christopher Brayshaw
Chris Woods: The Wrath of the Devourers by Robin Laurence
Artist's Statement (1994)
Artist's Statement: Technical History and Provenance (1995)