Cube Gallery


Tuesday March 23rd, 2010 to
Sunday April 25th, 2010


Sun Mar 28th, 2010 — 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Cube is pleased to present a combined show of two of Ottawa’s most accomplished artists -- Russell Yuristy and Amy Schissel. Both artists see the world through extremes of metaphor and revel in the process of their work.

Russell Yuristy is a well-known print maker, painter and teacher in the Ottawa and Western Canadian art scene. At 74, Yuristy is still an enthusiastic and prolific producer of representational art based on nature. His works can be found at the National Gallery of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, Mendel Art Gallery, MacKenzie Art Gallery, McDonald Corporation (Chicago), and Shaklee Corporation (San Francisco). Amy Schissel is one of the most intriguing young artists to emerge from Ottawa U’s new Masters programme. She is a 31-year old artist who creates work that is vast in scope and size, intricate and sophisticated. Schissel's works are included in private and corporate collections, including acquisitions by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and the Gotland Museum of Fine Arts, Sweden.


Russell Yuristy

“As a maker of images Russell Yuristy is an illusionist, a magician of form who often looks to the fauna and flora of nature for his inspiration. Living in Ottawa, Yuristy turns to his immediate surroundings. A neighbour’s daylilies provoke a series of studies in color; tangled brush along the Ottawa river provide the occasion for endless graphic scrutiny. And the trees! Arising like giant fossils from some immemorial geological time, great fragments of tree trunks loom at the viewer, at the same time embracing and threatening. Other trees stand as mute sentinels, the living caryatids of the forest. The artist’s familiars are found here as well, for every magician must have at least one. For what else are those hares, those owls, those wolves that lurk at every corner of Yuristy’s studio? ... a talented and versatile artist, he is able to look beyond appearances and turn the seemingly banal into memorable images that remind us of our humanity and our links to an increasingly threatened natural environment. “

2008 Anna Babinska


Amy Schissel

Amy Schissel completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002 and her Master of Fine Arts in 2009 from the University of Ottawa. Schissel is the recent recipient of the 2009 Brucebo Fine Arts Scholarship a three-month summer residency in Visby, Sweden.

“Presented to the viewer is a surface on which the language of painting is altered by the influence of digital technology, acting as a lens through which to translate a current understanding of space. Within this arena, my most recent work aims to operate on a level of hybrid/ abstract signs to track global interconnectivity while engaging in the discourse of abstract painting.”

2009 Amy Schissel