News 2011

Capt James Cook

The gallery was thrilled to acquire late in 2011 a highly important object collected by Capt James Cook on his Third Voyage to the Pacific in 1778 and negotiate its sale to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC with funding provided by the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts.  This becomes the only object collected by Cook that can be seen in Canada. For more information see:

Globe and Mail
Vancouver Sun

We are pleased to announce our third collaboration with Equinox Gallery in Vancouver

Inside Passage: Exploring the Artistic Practices of the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast

June 25 to July 20th, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday June 25, 2-4pm

The exhibition will include masterworks of historical and contemporary art from the Northwest Coast.

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Also in Vancouver Donald Ellis Gallery acted as consultant and lent a number of works of art the the extraordinary exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Colour of My Dreams: the Surrealist Revolution in Art

May 28 - September 25, 2011

This important exhibition, the most comprehensive Surrealist survey ever seen in Canada and for the first time explores the relationship between the Surrealists and the Northwest Coast of Canada and Alaska.

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Winter Antiques Show

Donald Ellis Gallery’s recent exhibition in January in New York at the Winter Antiques Show was an overwhelming success.  The gallery broke several world records including the sale of the iconic Donati Studio mask, which became the most expensive Native American work of art ever sold.  The gallery had sales in excess of $10,000,000.,  which significantly surpassed the previous record of $7,100,000 at the sale of the Dundas Collection of Northwest Coast Art in 2006. As a result of these activities the gallery received an enormous amount of press worldwide.

Globe and Mail
Wall Street Journal

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Announcing the New 2011 Catalogue

Donald Ellis Gallery is pleased to announce the publication of its 11th annual catalogue.  The 72 page full colour catalogue features over 40 outstanding objects including an exceptional pair of Eskimo masks from the collection of the Surrealist painter Enrico Donati, and a rare 18th century Tsimshiam Antler Club. You may purchase the catalogue here.