When artist Bau-Xi Huang immigrated to Vancouver at 23, he took a job at a cedar shingle mill. During the day, he’d work for less than minimum wage, while at night he’d create wall-sized abstract paintings. Despite winning numerous art prizes, Huang struggled to find a gallery that would display his large canvases, so he took a leave of absence from work to open his own gallery. The opening was a smashing success; unfortunately, Huang’s boss fired him after reading about it in the paper. Without a job to return to, the young artist poured everything he had into the gallery. Today, Bau-Xi has grown into a tri-city art empire with a location in Vancouver, two galleries in Toronto, and the recent acquisition of the Foster/White Gallery in Seattle. The first Toronto location (across from the AGO) has long been a cornerstone of the local arts community—painters Jack Shadbolt and Guido Molinari often hung out here, with the latter even helping landscape the backyard.
340 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON, Canada
Our Rating Transportation Subway: St. Patrick Phone 416/977-0600 Web site Bau-Xi Gallery
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