Wayne Wile’s Art Collection (Part 1)

Wayne Wile became an art lover and collector at an early age. “It was fascinating to me that none of us sees the world in the same way. This was immediately clear to me in my dealings with clients and business associates. For me, it was natural to explore differences in perception and that drew me to art, not only for its beauty but also because it exposes the differences in how we see the world around us.”

Some of his earliest acquisitions as a collector were the works of Nova Scotian John Cook, born in 1918 in Halifax, and John Kinnear of London, Ontario, born in England in 1920.

In the late 1990s, he encountered Gallery Arcturus in Toronto, which began a long association and collaboration. Gallery Arcturus was established in 1994 by The Foundation for the Study of Objective Art, a Canadian federally-registered charitable organization, to provide members of the public with an opportunity to view and study works by contemporary North American artists free of charge and without commercial motives.

The Gallery has acquired an extensive permanent art collection for display and study, including drawings, paintings, collages, photographs and sculptures made by notable North American artists including Deborah Harris, its curator artist-in-residence, the photographer Simeon Posen, the Inuit art sculptor Floyd Kuptana and a members of the School of Reductionism in Grass Valley, California, including Della Haywood, Heather Valencia, Robert Trice, Kelly Rivera and the renowned artist, teacher, writer, and founder of the School of Reductionism, E.J. Gold. The permanent art collection has continued to grow every year and now totals 227 works of art.

In 1997, The Foundation for the Study of Objective Art purchased a 10,000 square foot heritage building located at 80 Gerrard Street East in downtown Toronto and renovated it to serve as the permanent location for the Gallery and its administrative offices. The Gallery Arcturus building was immortalized by the famous Canadian Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris in a painting from 1912 titled “Houses, Gerrard Street, Toronto”, now a part of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Through Arcturus, Wayne Wile encountered the work of Della Heywood and became one of her most avid collectors. Born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1953, Della’s primary interest from early childhood was art. In the 1960s, she studied visual and performing arts with David Orcutt, founder of the experimental Intermedia Group, whose Balinese puppetry first explored the show worlds that later beckoned her.

Working with Tony Onley, a well-known and respected Canadian artist, she visited his landscapes as they were in nature and witnessed their transformation into abstract paintings in his studio. Ever since, landscapes have been an important part of her repertoire.

Wayne Wile - Companions II
Della Heywood ‘Companions II’ Acrylic on Canvas 24inX48in (Wile Collection)

Della attended Vancouver’s Emily Carr School of Art and Capilano College where she studied lithography, metal etching, linocuts, serigraphy, drawing, sculpture and carving, in addition to painting. In her development as an artist, Della was much influenced by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, whose love of light, intensity of color and immediacy of gesture taught her to be unafraid.

As Wayne notes, “it’s easy to see Della’s mastery of technique, her ability to draw. But what captured me was her vision which is bold and original, as well as the spectacular intensity and effectiveness of her palette.”

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