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Promise to Place

Promise to Place

Building Relationship with the Land
Artworks by Toni Onley & David Ellingsen.

January 26 - February 17

Winchester Galleries is pleased to announce that our first exhibition of 2021 will feature photographs by celebrated local artist David Ellingsen and watercolours and oil paintings by renowned painter and collage artist Toni Onley. Through each artist’s mastery of their respective media, works selected for this show highlight the breathtaking landscapes of Canada’s west coast as well as environmental issues.

Canadian photographer David Ellingsen has captured important themes in his work over the years. Ellingsen’s projects primarily focus on environmental themes such as climate, biodiversity loss, and deforestation. Works presented in Promise to Place are from several of Ellingsen’s series including Silent Sea, Unknown Entities, and The Last Stand. Selected works from the Silent Sea are composite works that capture our relationship to our natural origins. On the other hand, pieces from Unknown Entities shed light on the environmental problems associated with man-made plastics and how these materials have impacted life in a myriad of ways. The Last Stand, inspired by environmentalism and Ellingsen’s family’s ties to the forest industry, provides striking representations of old-growth forests on Vancouver Island.

Toni Onley was a prolific artist and is widely known for his watercolours, oil paintings, etchings, and collages. His style is subtle and unadorned yet timelessly charming. We look forward to presenting a series of Onley’s watercolours that depict British Columbia’s rugged natural environment.


To join the Zoom artist talk with David Ellingsen on Saturday, February 13 at 3:00pm Pacific, please follow the link below:


David Ellingsen
Unravelling Red in Veiled Blue, No. 1 (Fishing Buoy)
Pigment ink on cotton rag
40x50 inches
Edition of 5