Elizabeth Verhagen
Visual Artist

The Bicycle Journals of Elizabeth Verhagen: For over 40 years, artist Elizabeth Verhagen explored rural Alberta (Canada) by bicycle, kept meticulous journals, took photographs, made drawings, and made oil paintings on paper. Her studio painting drew upon these sources.

As of 2016, her journals included 645 pages. She took 80 photographs, made 525 drawings, and 35 oils on paper. In her studio, she created 31 paintings from the drawings. Over the decades, Verhagen carefully inked the trips onto a map of Alberta.

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Landscapes

Secondary Highway 814:
23.75 x 30" oil on canvas
The Evergreens:
28.25 x 34.5" oil on canvas
The Prairie's Edge:
27 x 37" oil on canvas
Twilight:
33 x 44" oil on canvas
Opus 79:
18 x 23" oil on board
Opus 81:
18 x 23" oil on board
Opus 82:
13.75 x 21" oil on board
Opus 84:
14 x 18" oil on board
Opus 85:
17 x 22" oil on board
Opus 86:
18 x 23" oil on board
Opus Eighty-three:
18 x 23.25" oil on board
Opus Eighty-seven:
13 x 18.25" oil on board
Opus Eighty-eight:
17 x 14.5" oil on board
Opus Eighty-nine:
17.5 x 22.5" oil on board
Opus Ninety-one:
16 x 20" oil on board
Opus Ninety-two:
17.25 x 14.5" oil on board
Opus Ninety-five:
21.25 x 18" oil on board
Opus Ninety-eight:
21.25 x 18" oil on board
The Light Beyond:
35 x 28" oil on canvas
Distant Hills:
38.25 x 30" oil on canvas
Early Snow:
26.25 x 35" oil on canvas
Glory Hills Winter:
35.25 x 28.5" oil on canvas
Autumn Glory:
33.75 x 27.5" oil on canvas
Evening Rose:
35.25 x 44" oil on canvas
The Glory Hills:
43 x 35" oil on canvas
Northern Sky:
27.25 x 34.5" oil on canvas
Northern Sun:
27.5 x 34.5" oil on canvas
Winterlude Two:
27.25 x 34.25" oil on canvas
The North Shore:
25 x 32.5" oil on canvas
Benediction:
35 x 43" oil on canvas
Moon Shadows:
35 1/8 x 30" oil on canvas
Summer Moon:
21 5/8 x 30.5" oil on canvas
The Grove:
26.75 x 35.5" oil on canvas
The Temple:
28 x 35.3/8" oil on canvas

Faces

In the Limelight:
16.5 x 14.75 " oil on canvas
In the Mood:
16.75 x 15" oil on canvas
Jan:
13" x 11" oil on canvas
Untitled One:
18.5 x 16.75" oil on canvas
Untitled Three:
17 x 16" oil on canvas
Plaza Man:
18 x 15.5" oil on canvas
Untitled Seven:
25.75 x 21.5" oil on canvas
Untitled Eleven:
18.75 x 16.75" oil on canvas
Untitled Twelve:
17 x 14.5" oil on canvas
Untitled Fourteen:
17.5 x 15.75 oil on canvas
Untitled Fifteen:
15.5 x 16.5" oil on canvas

Drawings

House in Didsbury:
Pen and pencil on paper
Thornhild Coin Car Wash:
Pen and pencil on paper
Rimbey Tire Shop:
Pen and pencil on paper
Rimbey 2:
Pen and pencil on paper
Rimbey 3:
Pen and pencil on paper
Rimbey 4:
Pen and pencil on paper
Castor, 50th Avenue:
Pen and pencil on paper
Downtown Castor:
Pen and pencil on paper
Mannville Garage:
Pen and pencil on paper
Mannville School:
Pen and pencil on paper
Red Baron Inn, Barrhead:
Pen and pencil on paper
Shed near Tomahawk:
Pen and pencil on paper
Rocky Mountain House, 49th St and 48th Ave:
Pen and pencil on paper
Rocky Mountain House, Main St and 42nd Ave:
Pen and pencil on paper
Rocky Mountain House, Main St and 49th Ave:
Pen and pencil on paper
Viking Flower Shop:
Pen and pencil on paper

Constructions

Definitive Articulation Four:
9 x 12" pasted and mounted objects and materials on board
Definitive Articulation Five:
9 x 12" pasted and mounted objects and materials on board
The Forest:
24 x 32" pasted and mounted objects and materials on board
Haven:
18.5 x 15.75" pasted and mounted objects and materials on board
Meccano:
24 x 32" pasted and mounted objects and materials on board
Molokai:
24 x 32" pasted and mounted objects and materials on board
Providence:
24 x 32" pasted and mounted objects and materials on board
Textron Peek Frean:
12 x 12” pasted and mounted objects and materials on board

About

Elizabeth Verhagen was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She immigrated to Canada with her parents and siblings in 1954.

Elizabeth started drawing and painting at an early age. Highly self-motivated, in her twentieth year she decided to dedicate her life to art and has consistently pursued that goal with passionate determination.

She spends the warm months bicycling extensively throughout Alberta, drawing at every opportunity; the winter season is devoted to painting in her Edmonton studio.

She is continually inspired by the vibrant intensity of the Alberta countryside. The pure colours of the landscape and brilliant hues of the sky are vividly expressed in her paintings. A major part of her artistic activity consists of creating constructions, innovative works that combine painting with pasted and mounted objects and materials. She also creates paintings of faces based on her drawings of individuals sketched in public places.

Elizabeth’s paintings and constructions have been displayed in galleries in Edmonton, Toronto, New York, and South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Her landscape paintings, sketchbooks, and bicycling journals have also been included in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition, shown in various locations throughout Alberta.

Elizabeth’s works have been selling since 1965. Her paintings, drawings, constructions, and photographs are in collections in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, England, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Chile, and Australia.

Chronology

Quotes

Babcock John Driscoll, director, Babcock Galleries, New York: Your work looks good -- a fine vision, technically accomplished and interesting.

Edward van Vliet of Profiles Art Gallery, St. Albert: A sense of mystery pervades Verhagen's paintings. Her skies are layers of orange and yellow, as if there is a perpetual sunset in her world. In one of her paintings, 'Second Growth', a road is a dramatic swoop of colour, like an energetic pinwheel spinning gleefully out of control.

Calgary student Rebecca Graham's blog: At our school we have a travelling art exhibit featuring the artist, Elizabeth Verhagen. Elizabeth has travelled all over Alberta on her bike sketching and painting Alberta landscapes. We learned about horizon lines and perspective in a painting. We attempted to recreate Elizabeth's work by using paint, brushes, stencils and sponges. Fun! Check her out on the internet.

John Maywood, curator, Stony Plain Multicultural Centre Art Gallery: [Elizabeth's] paintings have colour, warmth, and the complications of the construction collages are good, vivid, vibrant.

Ania Sleczkowska, a well-known Edmonton curator, has high praise for Verhagen's artistic endeavours. Elizabeth is inspired by the strong shapes and dramatic light in Alberta landscapes. She amplifies that in her paintings and collage constructions to give them a heightened, magical, almost illustrative quality, dazzling with intense colour, from the most fiery reds to the coolest blues.

Articles

Art Gallery Alberta Art Rental & Sales, Sanctuary by Elizabeth Verhagen:
https://twitter.com/youraga/status/320288626510557184

Spruce Grove Examiner - September 13, 2013, article about exhibition at Stony Plain Multicultural Centre:
http://eedition.sprucegroveexaminer.com/doc/Spruce-Grove-Examiner/sgpr_091313/2013091201/57.html#56

Article on bicycle tour, Highlands Community League newsletter, page 8:
www.highlandscommunity.ca/newsletter/issue015_14-12.pdf

Contact

To contact Elizabeth Verhagen, call: 1 780 479-4876