Andrew Valko, RCA
Niagara by Night, 1991
Acrylic on carved MDF board
Robson Hall, Rm. 206, (This work was donated by the artist).
Artist in Canada (Gov’t of canada)

Interview with artist Andrew Valko

According to the artist, the construction of the work shows the influence of techniques he learned when studying the Japanese wood block print with master printmaker Toshi Yoshida in Tokyo. Cut sections of wood have been glued together, and the text “Niagara by Night” were also cut out of wood and glued on.  The lines depicting the water in Niagara Falls were carved with a gouge by hand. The image depicts a scene from a movie with Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, which is a precussor to his drive-in series of paintings that was to occupy him later on in the 1990s.  These deal with the theme of American pop culture and can be viewed on the artists’ web site. (Interview with Andrew Valko, November 26, 2013).

Selected Bibliography (use UM ID and PIN to access articles):

“Finalists in National Portrait Competition on Display at Waddington’s in Toronto.” The Canadian Press, Dec 21, 2009, (accessed September 12, 2013).
“Winnipeg Artist Wins National Portrait Prize.” Toronto Star, Oct 09, 2009, (accessed September 12, 2013).
“Andrew Valko of Winnipeg Wins 2009 Kingston Prize Portrait Competition.” The Canadian Press, Oct 08, 2009, (accessed September 12, 2013).Treleaven, Sarah. “‘the Head of the Firm’; no Group of 7s here; Law Firm Collects Cutting-Edge Works that Cause a Stir.” National Post (Index-Only), Jun 20, 2009, (accessed September 12, 2013).

Eyland, Cliff. Newing the Old: THE ART OF TIM GARDNER AND KAREL FUNK. Border Crossings, 08, 2008. 132, (accessed September 12, 2013).

Fast Forward: A Cross-Canada Guide to the Season’s Best Exhibitions and Events in the Visual Arts. Canadian Art, Fall, 2002. 34, (accessed September 12, 2013).

“Folklorama, Calgary Stampede and Squamish Days Logger Sports Festivals Celebrated on Silver Coins.” Canada NewsWire, Jun 18, 2002, (accessed September 12, 2013).

Enright, Robert, Andrew Valko, Michelle Berry, and Monique Westra. Postcard Fictions. Artichoke, Spring, 2002. 47, (accessed September 12, 2013).

Valko, Andrew and Michelle Berrya. Postcard Fictions. Canadian Art, Spring, 2002. 28, (accessed September 12, 2013).

Valko, Andrew, Michelle Berry, and Moira Dann. “Postcard Fictions].” The Globe and Mail (Index-Only), Dec 22, 2001, (accessed September 12, 2013).

“Fall Announcements Includes Title and Author Index].” Quill & Quire 67, no. 9 (09, 2001): 20-43, (accessed September 12, 2013).

Berry, Michelle. “Martin”. Border Crossings, 05, 2001. 108, (accessed September 12, 2013).

Pyper, Andrew. “A Fine Balance: Writer Michelle Berry Embraces the Surreal with the Everyday what we all Want].” Quill & Quire 66, no. 12 (12, 2000): 14, (accessed September 12, 2013).

Pura, Talia. “Art on the Canvas: Has Winnipeg Lost its Appreciation of Art?” Manitoba Business 22, no. 1 (Jan 01, 2000): 30, (accessed September 12, 2013).

Motel Paintings and Drawings: Andrew Valko’s Notebook. Border Crossings, Summer, 1995. 46, (accessed September 12, 2013).


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