Leo LaBelle :: Curriculum Vitae

Simple historical outline with reference notes.

Leo LaBelle is an artist of both international and local fame. He has toiled with his paints, brushes, pencils, pens and sculptural implements for over fifty years.

Showing from the West Coast of British Columbia Canada to the East Coast of the United States in New York, in Europe, South America and the Orient as well. His work can be found in both local and international, private and public collections.

Among the many awards Leo has won for his work are a First Prize Award( shared with the late Jack Shadbolt) in a juried show at the Burnaby Art Gallery and First Place Prize & Award in the sculpture category in the New York Art Horizons International Art Competition juried at the New York City Art 54 Gallery.

With an art education from the Minneapolis School of Art and hands on experience of owning-operating the Avelles Gallery in Vancouver, he has held many curatorial positions including, Art Director for the prestigiuos Bau Xi Gallery in Vancouver, Art Director for the Vancouver Children's Centennial Theater as well as original Assistant Curator and Director for the City of Vancouver's LIP Gallery and Art Program.

 

Curatorial Positions

1974-75

Director - Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1972-73

Director - Bau-Xi Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1970-72

Director - Avelles Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1968-69

Director - Olympus Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1967

Art Director - Children’s Centennial Theatre, Vancouver, BC

Awards/Prizes/Grants

2010

Artist of Distinction Award for extraordinary artistry (shown at Hands Across the Pacific) - Canadian International Cultural Exchange Society

1988

First Place (sculpture category), Art Horizons International Art Competition - Art 54 Gallery, NY NY

1983

Honorable Mention - Valley Fine Arts, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1975

Local Industries Projects (Arts) Grant

1974

Local Industries Projects (Arts) Grant

1973

Local Industries Projects (Arts) Grant

1972

Local Industries Projects (Arts) Grant

1967

First Prize (shared with Jack Shadbolt) - Juried Art Show, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC

Solo Exhibitions

2012

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

2011

Woodside Gallery, Agassiz, BC

2001

New Icons for the Collective Unconsciousness, Downstairs Gallery, Chilliwack , BC

1997

Griffin Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1996

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1992

Gallery Alpha West, West Vancouver, BC

1985

The Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1983

Harrison Festival of the Arts, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1982

Agassiz Centennial Theatre, Agassiz, BC

BC Arts Club Theatre Vancouver, BC

1980

Gallery Move, Vancouver, BC

1976

BC Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver, BC

Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1975

Contemporary Royale, Vancouver, BC, 3 Exhibitions

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC

1972

Avelles Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Free Space, Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1969

Olympus Gallery, Burnaby, BC

1967

Zig Zag Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Two Person Exhibitions

1997

Griffin Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1995

Chilliwack Music Academy, Chilliwack, BC

1989

Graceland, Vancouver, BC

1972

Avelles Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1971

Avelles Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1967

Simon Fraser Co-op, Burnaby, BC

Vancouver Free University, Vancouver, BC

1966

Slater's Studio, New Westminster, BC

Group Exhibitions

2016

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs ~ Small Works Exhibition

Kent- Harrison Arts Council ~ Members Show

Costa Rica National Library - Expo Las Llaves del Deseo/Keys of Desire(September)

THE 80s CALLED; THEY WANT THEIR ART BACK! - An Exhibition of Vancouver Outsider Art of the 1980s

INNER SANCTUM POP-UP GALLERY - 324 Fifth Street, Courtenay, BC

Featuring the art of: 12 Midnite, Jan Wade, Martin Guderna, ManWoman, Colin Upton, Maurice Spira, Pat Beaton, Ladislav Guderna, Dorothy Manning, Dave Ostrem, Oraf, Ken Straiton, Michael de Courcy, Greg Zbitnew, John Hersey, Leo Labelle, Francis Thenard, Mia Johnson, Davide Pan, Ed Varney, Lincoln Clarkes, Kent Tate, Ken Gerberick, Man Dad, I Braineater, Henri Robideau, Jed Irwin, Patty Josin, Henry Rappaport, David Cochrane and Dale Pickering Curated by Ocean Varney - An Elevate the Arts 2016 Event

Expo Las Llaves del Deseo/Keys of Desire - First South American Surrealist Exhibition Group Show - Costa Rica

2015

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs ~ Small Works Exhibition

Mission Art Gallery 3rd Fraser Valley Regional Biennale - Mission, British Columbia

Kent- Harrison Arts Council ~ Members Show

2014

Kent- Harrison Arts Council ~ Members Show

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs ~ Small Works Exhibition

2013

Ranger Station Art Gallery [Small Works Show], Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Woodside Gallery [Rivers of Peace], Agassiz, BC

2012

Ranger Station Art Gallery [Small Works Show], Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Woodside Gallery [Return To The Garden], Agassiz, BC

2011

Woodside Gallery, Agassiz, BC

2010

Museum of Valparaiso at the University of Talca, Chile [March - June]

Museo Municipal de Belles Artes, Valparaiso, Chile

Cross Connections ~ 5 Decades of Contemporary Art in the Pacific Northwest at the Legacy Art Gallery, Victoria, BC [January 06 - February 21]

The Wuhan Museum, Hunan Province, China

Tower Hall, Funabori, Japan

Woodside Gallery, Agassiz, BC

Cultural Center, Chilliwack, BC

Asai Gallery, Chilliwack

2009

Coast Art Trust (CAT) - Momentum ~ 25 Artists from Past to Present at the Leighdon Studio Gallery, Vancouver [February 02 - 27]

New & Recent Works at the Evergreen Cultural Art Gallery [March 27 - May 09]

El Umbral Secreto ~ Encuentro Internacional De Surrealismo Actual at the Museo De La Solidaridad, Santiago, Chile

2008

"Fugitive Visions" A Selection of Works by Five BC Painters (John Haig, Chris Blades, Gregg Simpson, Alvin Jang, Leo Labelle) at "Falcioni's" European-style Cafe-Gallery, located at 1391 Richards Street in Vancouver

2003

25th Anniversary of the Harrison Festival of Arts, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

2002

Surrealists Harrison Festival of the Arts, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

2001

Self-Portrait Exhibition, Artropolis Art Extension, Vancouver BC

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs

City Hall. Chilliwack

2000

Down Stairs Gallery, Chilliwack

Freeman Gallery, Chilliwack

Ranger Station Art Gallery [The Miniature Show: 4th], Harrison Hot Springs

Canada\Korea International Exchange Exhibition. Korea Times Gallery, Toronto

Miniature Show. Rec. Center, Chilliwack

1999

The Miniature Show: 3rd, the Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs

Down Stairs Gallery, Chilliwack, BC

1998

Harrison Festival of the Arts 20th Annual Art Show, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Juried Art Exhibition, Port Moody Arts Center

White Rock & South Surrey Art Society Juried Exhibition, White Rock, BC

Works in 3-D 8th Annual Sculpture Exhibition, City Hall, Port Coquitlam, BC

The Miniature Show: 2nd, the Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1997

The Mask Show Griffin Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Tri Artist Show, Griffin Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1996

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Exhibition Centre, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1995

Torres Gallery, Vancouver, BC

A Walk Is Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Festival of the Arts, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1994

Festival of the Arts, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Down Stairs Gallery, Chilliwack, BC

A Walk Is Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1994

Torres Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1993

Art Clothing for the Body and Spirit, Claudia Chapline Gallery, San Francisco

Sorting Through the Seventies -Permanent Collection- Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Interior Design Show, Hong Kong Bank Building, Vancouver, BC

Black Orpheus Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Hot Springs Art Fair, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1992

Black Orpheus Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Harrison Art Walk, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Art Fair, Harrison Hotel, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Wearable Art Show, Cecil Green House, University of British Columbia

1991

Brute Primitive, Gallery Alpha, West Vancouver, BC

Geometric Expressions, Gallery Alpha, West Vancouver, BC

Fertility Rites, Gallery Alpha, West Vancouver, BC

Black Orpheus Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Art Metamorphos, Black Orpheus Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1990

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1989

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1988

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1987

Festival of the Arts, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1986

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

1984

Ranger Station Art Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

7th Annual Fraser Regional Arts Council Juried Exhibition, BC

1983

6th Annual Fraser Regional Arts Council Juried Exhibition, BC

Fraser Regional Arts Council Traveling Exhibition, BC

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

1981

Gallery Move, Vancouver, BC

1980

Drawing Exhibition, Artist’s Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1976

Gallery Royale, Vancouver, BC

1975

Traveling Collage Show, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa , Ont.

Traveling Show, British Columbia Prisons, BC

‘Pacific Coast Consciousness’- Touring Show of Eastern Canada 

-University of Guelph, Ontario

-Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, NS

-Gallery Stratford, Ontario

-Thames Theatre And Arts Center, Chatham, Ontario,

-Simon Fraser Gallery, Burnaby, BC,

-Bayard Gallery, Seattle, Washington, -Vancouver East End Cultural 

Center, Vancouver, BC (3 Exhibitions), -Artist’s Gallery, Vancouver, BC

(2 Showings), -Contemporary Royale Gallery, Vancouver, -Galerie Royale, Calgary, Alberta, -Galerie Royale, Edmonton, Alberta,

-Prince George Art Gallery, Prince George, BC 

1974

Artist’s Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Open Space Gallery, Victoria BC

1973

Artist’s Gallery, Vancouver, BC

‘Fine Arts as the Forum’ Vancouver, BC

‘Art-Latch’, City of Vancouver

1972

Microprosophus International Show of Visual Poetry, Avelles Gallery,

Vancouver, BC (2 showings)

Mythodromos of Twelve Artists, Avelles Gallery, Vancouver, BC

BC Sculpture and Print Exhibition, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

BC Drawing and Watercolour Exhibition, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

‘The Private Patron’ Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

1971

of Twelve Artists Exhibition, Theatre Gallery, Burnaby, BC

1970

of Twelve Artists Exhibition, Theatre Gallery, New Westminster

Public Library, New Westminster, BC

1969

First Annual of Art, New Westminster, BC

1966

First Annual Fall Art Exhibition of the Art Activity Association, Bau-Xi

Galley, Vancouver, BC

1964

Little Gallery, New Westminster, BC

Event Exhibitions

2014

River of Peace Festival. Mt Woodside, British Columbia.

2013

River of Peace Festival. Mt Woodside, British Columbia.

2012

River of Peace Festival. Mt Woodside, British Columbia.

1999

Canada Day /Art Exhibition. Evergreen Hall, Chilliwack, British Columbia.

Collections

* CAT - Coast Art Trust Society

* St. Pauls Hospital Art Foundation, Vancouver

* Museo De La Solidaridad - Santiago, Chile

* City of Vancouver

* Imperial Oil

* Simon Fraser Art Gallery

* Numerous other private Canadian, American, And International Collections

Publications

2015

The Phala ~ February 2015 {Brazilian magazine of the surrealist movement)

2014

Il Surrealismo. Ieri e oggi Storia, filosofia, politica ~ Arturo Schwarz [http://julietartmagazine.com/en/il-surrealismo-ieri-oggi/]

Television Coverage

2011

SHAW Cable, Chilliwack, BC - Woodside Gallery

1995

CKVU, ‘U’ TV, Vancouver, BC

1994

CKVU, ‘U’ TV, Vancouver, BC

1993

CKVU, ‘U’ TV, Vancouver, BC, NHK TV, Japan

1992

BCTV, Vancouver, BC, CBC TV, Vancouver (local), CBC TV, Canada,

CKVU, ‘U’ TV, Vancouver, BC

If you are a gallery, curator, collector, admirer then by all means email me.

leo@leolabelle.com

Robert Davidson is a longtime friend and fellow artist. We have been good friends and admirers of each others art since the late 1960's. A longtime dream of ours is to finally hold a 2 man show of our works - it would be quite the sight, right! ;)

[::] Robert Davidson

Pnina Granirer is a wonderful friend and fellow artist. I have huge respect and admiration for her work and talent.

[::] Pnina Granirer

Gregg Simpson is another longtime friend of both Robert and I. Have a poke through his sites and you learn all about the West Coast Surrealism movement, Gregg and how the 'pieces' all fit together.

[::] West Coast Surrealist [::] Gregg Simpson