Noted Canadian landscape artist Pierre AJ Sabourin announced
Ferring Pharmaceutical of Switzerland has acquired ten of his paintings for their World Collection. The oil paintings will represent Ferring’s Canadian Art Collection in new corporate offices in North York, Ontario, Canada.
Michel Pettigrew Chief Operating Officer from Ferring’s Saint –Prex Switzerland headquarters officially opened the new Canadian offices with bilingual remarks. Ferring the world‘s leading supplier of fertility pharmaceuticals has an outstanding corporate policy. People Come First at Ferring. Ferring believes a beautiful working environment is a valuable asset to employees. It encourages creative exploration of performance, creating pride with our customers in a wonderful working environment. We support Art throughout the world and invest in local artists in each country Ferring has offices. As you can see by Pierre Sabourin’s paintings Ferring acquires significant works of art. For instance our boardroom at Saint-Prex houses Andy Warhol’s Portraits of the Queens
The Company’s Chairman Frederik Paulsen is no stranger to creativity and exploration. In gratitude of his support Paulsen recently received a gift from the weavers of the Royal Textile Acadamie in Thimphu, Bhutan. A silk Thongdrol 11 meters by 7 meters was blessed by Buddhist Monks upon it’s unveiling at the St- Prex headquarters. Paulsen’s exploration exploits with friend James Cameron have opened new areas of exploration, science, and research.
Patronage is the endorsement of truth in the life of the artist
Mike Seckler General Manager of Ferring Canada and his Executive Staff identified with my works. I’m an Expressionist, en plein air painter and follow the Canadian School of Painting. My paintings are romantic maxims of thought in nature, kindred spirits of inspiration. Mike’s request to share my experiences with his staff and executives from Saint-Prex was a wonderfully humbling experience. I am bestowed a great honor to represent Canada in a World Collection of Art. I am thankful to Mike and the incredible staff of Ferring Canada for this opportunity.
Zephyrs that fuel the soul
Interior Designer Sandi Stephenson was responsible for implementing the vision. In the words of Baudelaire “The natural world is a spiritual house. Through Forests of physical things that are also spiritual things that watch with affectionate looks” Ferring named all of its meeting rooms after Provincial and National Parks. Sandi a patron, came to my home and studio in Killarney, researched my available paintings and made the presentation to Ferring Canada. When Sandi called to tell me the paintings were selected, I was overwhelmed with tears of joy. We have a mutual friendship with Valarie Hickey. I’m thankful of Valarie’s influence as a patron and supporter of my efforts at Killarney Provincial Park.
The Canadian Collection
The epic painting George Lake, Killarney Provincial Park was selected as the centre piece of Ferrring’s reception area. The 48” x 60” canvas was completed on location from site # 77 in January of 2011. I am the artist in Residence for Killarney Provincial Park founded by the Group of Seven. George Lake, Killarney Provincial Park is my ode, to the Canadian School of Painting and its founders the Group of Seven.
The reception and seating area was complimented with a Canadian Historical scene titled Wye Marsh depicting the Martyrs Shrine of Penetanguishene, Ontario. This Canadian Renaissance painting honors the sacrifices and spirit of Canada’s early Missionaries of New France.
The third painting selected for the reception area was More Musical than any Song the spring break up on the Killarney Channel Georgian Bay. To a Canadian after the harsh winter, the most beautiful day of the year is the first day you hear the birds sing and realize spring has arrived. It gives you hope that summer is not far away.
The Conference Room holds Otter Holes a Romantic Canadian historical scene of Pioneering Spirit. The epic 48” x 60” en plein air canvas is the last depiction of the pioneer Georgian Bay fishing docks which moored the AJ Lowe in Killarney, Ontario. The AJ Lowe was one of last great wooden commercial Fishing boats constructed entirely in this remote Georgian Bay village at the turn of the century. The inquisitiveness of the otter’s is contrasted by the ominous solitude of forgotten empires and past glories. The painting is a tribute to my Family’s Pioneering heritage.
Ghosts of the Bush. Living in winter solitude occasionally you have guests and then their gone, painted en plein air in the aftermath of a two day snow storm.
Be near me when my light is low historically my first painting in Algonquin Park was sketched on location at the High Falls water slide and completed as a studio piece. There is a split second in time when nature will reveal its hidden glory to call you back. The painting is dedicated to my volunteer guide Nathan Oran Nagle who took me to his childhood haunt.
“The desire for safety stands behind every great and noble enterprise” Tacitus. The titles Fearless for Unknown Shores, Open Water and In a Netted Universe Wingspread is Peril echo the dangers of survival in the north that call for creative solutions.
After the Coffee things aint so Bad A look at human nature harvesting Mother Nature. In the Sugar Bush when the temperature is to warm the sap will not run in the maple trees. Let there be no mistake making Maple Syrup is hard work but some days you get a break. Painted on location at the Sugar Bush of Jarvis DeLamorandiere whose Great Grandfather founded Killarney. I thought it historically appropriate to mention the Loughheed family of Canada acquired the sister painting Take the Old way
Aboriginal artists included in the Ferring Canadian Collection Include
Frank Polson, Algonquin of Long Point First Nations with four titles Medicine Man and Son, Sacred Bear, Protector, Wolf Lives in You,
Steve Snake Chippewa of Rama First Nations with the title Cheyenne Chief.
Landscape Artist Alice Orley of North Bay Ontario, with three titles Forest Steam, Northern Lights and Autumn Splendor
Sandi’s vision and placement of the paintings was incredible. Steve Snake’s Cheyenne Chief, in full war regalia was placed in the conference room as you enter the front door a foreboding reality of the corporate world. The world class kitchen and social area was taken to a new level of welcoming vibrancy with the addition of Frank Polson’s Sacred Bear and Medicine Man and Son. The Impact is incredible when you walk into the room. Alice Orley’s three large canvases were strategically placed in high traffic work areas provided stunning environmental impact.
The assembly, shipping and mounting of this significant Canadian Art Collection would not have been possible without the support of the following people.
Diane Kuzinar, Backstreet Gallery / La Gallerie de la ruelle, Noelville, Ontario.
George Maroosis of K Brothers Maroosis Art Centre of North Bay Ontario .
Anna Marie Harris Georgian Bay Visitors Centre, Parry Sound, Ontario
Steve and Barb McCallum Trophies II and Georgian Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
Penny Varney, Penny Varney Jewelry and Gallery Gravenhurst, Ontario
I also want to express my gratitude to the Projects Clutch Men. Special Thanks to Peter Petcoff for spearheading the Parry Sound Project and Joshua Borean for spearheading the mounting of the Ferring Canadian Art Collection in North York.