Post Archive for January 2010

Merle Somerville

Merle Somerville has been photographing landscapes for over 30 years. His passion for finding the perfect image, has lead him to photographing more than 150 parks located throughout British Columbia, United States, Australia, Central America and the South Pacific. Since completing his Canadian Master’s in Photography in 1978, his work has been published by several national magazines, tourism marketers and recently the Knowledge Network celebrating British Columbia’s 150th Anniversary.

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Michael Elkan at the Bellevue Gallery

Michael Elkan, artistAfter another sucessful year of exhibiting his work in London, Michael Elkan is back at the Bellevue Gallery, West Vancouver with a new collection of artworks.

Featuring photographic images on Hahnemühle PhotoRag and Moab’s Lasal PhotoMatte mounted to aluminum. A must see for artists who are interested in pursing new media perfectly suited to photographic work. On Exhibition October 15 thru November 14th, 2009

Fred Herzog Exhibition at Equinox Gallery

Fred HerzogFred is back at the Equinox Gallery, exhibiting November 4 thru December 12th with never seen before photographs from his landmark collection. This exhibition includes never seen before images from Fred’s personal collection spanning the past fifty years (1955-2009). “Locations” addresses Fred’s artistic approach to capturing the world on film. Don’t worry, you will still find some Vancouver photographs in this new body of work. And be sure to add his new book to your Christmas List!



Rebecca Belmore at the Vancouver Art Gallery


Rebecca Belmore comprises a selection of work that spans the course of her significant career, drawing out connections between early performances and later sculptures, photographs and videos through recurring metaphors that are as provocative as they are poignant. In Belmore’s work, the classical reclining figure, for example, is bound in cloth, suspended or scarred, disrupting an otherwise passive gaze and asking viewers to reflect on their relationship to the practice of looking.

Working with the talented Rebecca Belmore for many years now, the Fidelis team jumped to the opportunity to assist her with creating several new pieces for this exhibition. Several media were needed to get her desired results.

Watch for this 32x96” backlit print. Printed to a unique specialty media that allows for the image to be viewed under both lit and unlit conditions. Four other new pieces at 30x40”, will be displayed as diptychs. Mounted to “Megabond” and laminated in high gloss. The exhibit also features three pieces printed to Arches textured watercolour.

A special thank you to Rebecca for allowing us to be apart of this exciting exhibition.

Michael Elkan Exhibiting in London England

November 10th, 2007

Michael Elkan Exhibiting in London, England

International photographic artist and award-winning architect, Michael Elkan, became a regular at Fidelis in 2007, printing oversize canvases up to 46”x71”. Michael’s artworks are currently on exhibition in London, England at the Belgravia Gallery. To see more of Michael’s work visit

Roy Arden at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Roy Arden at the Vancouver Art Gallery

October 20 – January 20, 2008

Fidelis Art Prints is pleased to announce its involvement in the production of over 80% of Roy Arden’s solo exhibition at the VAG. The exhibition features over eighty large format photographs printed at Fidelis using archival pigment inks. Roy’s two decades of work have contributed significantly to Vancouver’s reputation as an important centre for contemporary photo-based art. This exhibition presents a mid-career overview of Arden’s multi-faceted practice and the diverse strategies used in his art from the early 1980s to the present. Fidelis is also pleased that the high-resoltion scans (used in the production of the artworks) will be utilized in the accompanying fully illustrated hard cover book. See more of Roy Arden’s work at the Monte Clark Gallery.

Fred Herzog chooses local printmaker for landmark exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery

February 1, 2007

Photographer Fred Herzog’s landmark exhibit of colour photographs at the Vancouver Art Gallery is a life-time achievement that was made possible with the expertise of a local printmaker—Vancouver-based Fidelis Printmaking.

Fidelis Printmaking began working with Herzog in 2004. Over 500 hours of digital scanning, re-mastering, and printing were required to produce Herzog’s unique colour images that document the nostalgia of urban life in Vancouver during the 1950s and 60s.

“We were honoured to be Fred’s choice for handling this precious collection. We knew that Fred’s images would find a place in history through the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit, so image integrity was paramount,” says Fidelis co-owner Alan Somerville.

That the photographs should have a long life was also very important for display purposes and ownership. Fidelis created Herzog’s colour prints with a pigment-based inkjet process on archival paper. The pigment-based ink is rated to last over 100 years. This process is particularly suited to Herzog’s images. Prior to the introduction of the digital archival printmaking offered by Fidelis, a high-quality print method for Herzog’s Kodachrome slides was not available.

“It’s our business to give artists access to the very best image-making technology and expertise, so for Fred we were able to custom scan each individual slide, capture every detail, and colour correct exactly to his specifications. Basically he was the art director and on the technical side we were the conduit to achieving his vision,” says Somerville. The resulting prints reward our eyes with all the sharpness and brilliance of colour in the original slides.

Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs can be viewed at the Vancouver Art Gallery until May 13. The images that Herzog created with the help of Fidelis Printmaking also appear in book that that accompanies the exhibition.