artist | 11 ProgramsArtists Kempton Dexter
Kempton Dexter was born Digby, Nova Scotia. He studied art and biology at Acadia University where in 1973 he had his first solo painting exhibition. In Toronto 1977–‘82 he vigorously continued painting, making sculpture and began a 5-year apprenticeship as wood pattern maker.On Vancouver Island ‘82–‘83 he played and sang in dance bands, and produced and exhibited wood sculpture. In 1984 he settled in Vancouver and helped found
grunt gallery. His first solo show at grunt was Ya Work, Ya Eat in ‘85 and he remained active with the artist run gallery for the next 10 years. He exhibited consistently at venues around Vancouver during that period, including the Burnaby Art Gallery and large environmental works at the UBC research forest in Maple Ridge. He also performed original music and created theatre.
During the last 15 years, Kempton’s artistic focus has been music, theatre and writing. A number of CDs have been self-produced, including Other Women, Other Men and Dex and Nicky.A favourite hat is musical director for many plays including The Kenny Rogers Experience, One More for the Road, The Lost Supper, and Jacques and Awe.
- January 4, 1989 to January 14, 1989
Open Heart: 1999 Members Group Show: Dawn Richard, Jean MacRae, Danielle Peacock, Daav MacNab, David Asmodeus, Polly Bak, Georgie Haggerty, Garry Ross, Ken Gerberick, Kempton Dexter, Spike, Joey Schwartzman, Merle Addison, Hillary Wood, Pat Beaton
By Daav Macnab, Danielle Peacock, David Asmodeus, Dawn Richards, Garry Ross, Georgie Haggerty, Hillary Wood, Joey Schwartzman, Kempton Dexter, Ken Gerberick, Merle Addison, Pat Beaton, Spike
- December 15, 1987 to December 24, 1987
"Each person and every object has its angel, which is simply its spirit or essence" With this in mind, grunt has received a vast cross-section of interpretations of angels and their meanings. As angels are messengers between the sprititual and earthly realms so are artists the mediators between the ideal and the real. The nature of the submissions will be as varied and mysterious as the nature of angels themselves.
By Andree LaPare, Aubrey Dayman, Bob Macabre, Carol Haber, Carol Shumas, Claire Kujundzic, Claude Bibeau, Cleo Mittlestat, Crankh, Danielle Peacock, Darrell Wyant, Darwin Wasend, Dave Pritchard, David Asmodeus, Davide Pan, Denis Seguin, Diana Sherlock, Dianne Radmore, Dorrie Ratzlaff, Ellen Mitchell, Faye Hoffman, Georgie Haggerty, Gerda Buxton, Glen Paul, Guldal Erbatur, Hillary Wood, Ian Baker, Jackie Dionne, Jim Christy, Joey Schwartzman, Jose Ventura, Josie Kane, Kathaleen Ball, Kelly Ulrich, Kempton Dexter, Leslie Ann Clark, Leslie Fawkes, Lil Chrzan, Loreen Hall, Lunar Suede, Marion Barling, Marion Bartolini, Marke G.A. Mazeppa, Martine Lambert, Meredith Feldmar, Mike Symonds, Mon Sky, Nora Blanck, Patricia Wolfe, Patsi McMurchy, Paul McDonald, Paula Seaton, Philip Melvin, Raymond Striegler, Robert Meilleur, Sharon Quirke, Spike, Steve Bridger, Terry Morrison, Tom Billings, Tom Knott, Virginia Achten, Wayne Chaput
- December 2, 1987 to December 16, 1987
grunt, over the next few months will host a series of jazz concerts on Wednesdays from 8 - 11 pm. The concerts will feature Vancouver musicians playing creative, non-commercial music in both standard and unexpected instrumental combinations. Jazz in the Gallery is a project organized by members of the Vancovuer jazz community.
By Billy Gene Wallace, Brad Muirhead, Ceryl Anson, Coat Cooke, Daav McNab, Danielle Peacock, Dennis Burke, Dianne Radmore, Garry Ross, Gregg Simpson, Henry Young, Hillary Wood, Kempton Dexter, Ken Gerberick, Paul Blaney, Paul Fisher, Robert Frayne, Roger Baird, Spike
- October 20, 1987 to October 31, 1987
grunt has run non-stop for over 3 years and 75 exhibitions and each year on the month of our anniversary the members at grunt prepare a show of their work. This year the theme is Blues chosen for its evocative moods and textures adn multiplicity of meanings. This exhibition will feature up to 20 artists that range from original members to members of a few months. In addition to the opening on July 20, performance artist Lowell Morris will perform a new work. At 10:30 Jazz singer Kate Hammett-Vaughan will sing a set of blues. On October 31 there is a concert of solo blues music by Terry Edmunds.
By Bryce Rosmussen, Cindy Johnson, Daav McNab, David Asmodeus, Dawn Richards, Dianne Radmore, Garry Ross, Georgie Haggerty, Hillary Wood, Joey Schwartzman, Kempton Dexter, Ken Gerberick, Paul MacDonald, Roy Green, Sarah Vincent, Spike, Terry Edmunds
- March 30, 1987 to April 18, 1987
Trace elements is an exhibition of 14 artists currently working in assemblage in Vancouver. The past several years have seen a resurgence of collage/assemblage as a medium for artwork in this city. This form is one of the most popular art forms of this century. From early work by Duchamp and Schwitters to the collages of Motherwell, the combine paintings of Rauschenberg, the intricate boxes of Cornell collage/assemblage has been an important tool artists use to reflect the modern world. In Vancouver today a large group of artists involved work solely in this form and an overview of the wide range this work encompasses will be the focus of the exhibition.
By Daav McNab, Danielle Peacock, David Asmodeus, Dianne Radmore, Hillary Wood, Kempton Dexter, Ken Gerberick, Lenna Greer, Lunar Suede, Roy Green
- Curated by Glenn Alteen
- June 24, 1986 to July 5, 1986
Digby is located on the Bay of Fundy in Southwestern Nova Scotia. This marginal farmland, it's divisions basically unchanged for 150 years, is the birthplace of the artist and the home of The Herd.... The second part of this show entitled "Taking the TV for Granite" consists of a group of sculptural paper pieces and are descendants of the rocky farmland of Digby County."
By Kempton Dexter
- April 1, 1986 to April 12, 1986
"Masks are all things in all cultures and virtually all societies interpret them differently. From humourous to the grotesque; the surreal tot he sublime, masks cover the range of human emotion and expression. They speak to the mortal and immortal in each of us and somehow represent the place where the two intersect."
By Anami Naths, Barbara Grieg, Benny Boing Boing, David Asmodeus, Deborah Cividino, Dianne Radmore, Dionysus, Doug Taylor, Eliah Halpenny, Gale Buschfield, Hillary Wood, John Glaboff, Judy Baxter, Kempton Dexter, Ken Gerberick, Luis Riera, Mandad, Nicole Dextras, Patrick Hughes, Patrick Kennedy, Rita Clark, Ron LaPierre, Sarah Vincent, Stan Leak
- October 8, 1985 to October 19, 1985
In celebrating of a full year of grunting the grunt co-operatively run gallery is pleased to announce the first gruntober show. This will consist of current work by current grunters and also a few disgrunters. There will be works by many of the artists who have shown here in the last year.
By Billy Gene Wallace, Ceryl Anson, Daav Macnab, Danielle Peacock, Dianne Radmore, Garry Ross, Hillary Wood, Kempton Dexter, Ken Gerberick, Spike