Earls Court Gallery is pleased to be presenting the third showing of Conrad Furey’s artwork, this time hosted on the gallery’s website as an online exhibition! The available collection includes unframed works, many having never been seen before! Furey’s paintings were created between the 1970s and the early 2000s and include popular subjects like the man in the boat. The works range in many sizes, from 10 by 12 inches to 24 by 30 inches. The gallery continues to work closely with the Furey estate and is ecstatic to have the opportunity to make more iconic works by Conrad Furey available for purchase.
All paintings are located at Earls Court Gallery and are available for viewing. All are welcome to visit during gallery hours to do so. Please note that the condition of each painting is included in the description section of each artwork. Some may require cleaning or touch-ups, which could cost up to approximately $200. Earls Court Gallery works with a conservator who would be able to deliver this service. The gallery is more than happy to arrange for the transportation to and from the conservator’s studio on your behalf. Should you request conservation work, please disclose this in your order, or call or email the gallery after purchasing.
On behalf of the gallery and the Furey estate, please enjoy the marvellous and familiar works of Hamilton artist, Conrad Furey.
- Aurora Cacioppo, Interim Curator
BIOGRAPHY - CONRAD FUREY
Originally from Baie Verte, Newfoundland, Conrad Furey left home when he was eighteen years old, for a brief stint studying commercial art in St. John's. He then relocated to Ontario where he attended the creative arts program at Sheridan College, Brampton, in 1974. Furey found that the teaching methods and artistic practice at Sheridan went against the grain of his own perspective of art, thus decided to leave after a year and settle in Hamilton, Ontario. In Hamilton, Furey had various part time jobs including painting signs, murals and television backdrops for programs on CHCH. He later made the decision to be a professional artist, fulltime. Furey was one of the founding members of the Tiger Group which included Bill Powell, Rick Cook, Wayne Allen and Gundar Robez.
Furey considered himself to be self-taught, pulled into expression by instinct rather than learned technique, and rebelled against what little formal training he obtained. Instead, he followed his own creative agenda. In this pursuit, Furey employed many artistic media, and it seems that nothing is off limits for artistic manipulation. He painted on canvas and plywood structures, had experimented with bronze, resin, and stone sculpture, and had even designed a set of thirteen stained-glass windows. Furey’s art has a far-reaching effect and can be found hanging in schools and hospitals, local churches and government buildings. For over twenty years, he was regularly commissioned for public paintings and murals in Newfoundland and Ontario.
Conrad Furey enjoyed exploring new territory with his work. He travelled to many places and this allowed him to come back to his studio in Hamilton, Ontario and portray his adventures in his work. Conrad Furey passed away on January 23, 2008 of Colon Cancer at the age of 53, but his art will live on in the many regional institutions, such as the Hamilton Public Library, The Hamilton Farmer’s Market and The General Hospital, Hamilton, just to name a few.
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