National ADAC Gallery Hop - May 13, 2017 - 11 am - 5 pm

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rumi Galleries is pleased to welcome you to the Art Dealers Association of Canada's National Gallery Hop this Saturday, May 13th from 11 am - 5 pm. Join us as we showcase the best in Post-War and Contemporary Canadian Art. Owner and Director Joseph Rumi will be on hand to discuss highlights from our current exhibition Past Meets Present: Post-War and Contemporary Art.


We Have Moved!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rumi Galleries is please to announce that we have completed our move to our new premises at 120 Kerr Street in Oakville, Ontario.

The gallery will be officially open to the public on Saturday, April 22 at 10 am.

Please note our new business hours and contact information:

Phone: 905-580-7773

Hours: Thursday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
By Appointment

We look forward to welcoming you to our new gallery space this Spring.


Trip to New York

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Early in the month of March, Joseph Rumi travelled to New York to meet with clients and colleagues. While in the city, he had the opportunity to attend the 22nd annual Armory Show, America's leading international art fair. A highly anticipated event on the global arts calendar, the show connects the world's preeminent galleries with international collectors, curators and art professionals.


Working with the Estate of Ray Mead

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Rumi Galleries is pleased to announce that we are now working with the Estate of Ray Mead. A member of Canada's cutting-edge group, Painters Eleven, Ray Mead was born in 1921 in England where he studied at the Slade School of Art. He was first exposed to semi-abstract art during World War II in New York where he was stationed training bomber pilots. Mead settled in Hamilton, Ontario in 1946 and found a mentor in Hortense Gordon, who encouraged him to explore abstraction. Mead's work is characterized by simplified forms and rich fields of colour with the strategic placement of graphic or iconic imagery. He transcribed his own memories and experiences into his paintings. A member of the Ontario Society of Artists, Mead was included in fifteen Painters Eleven exhibitions, including a New York show at the Riverside Museum in 1956. His work is included in several museum collections, including that of the National Gallery of Canada.


Representing the Estate of Frank Leonard Brooks

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Rumi Galleries is pleased to announce that we are representing the Estate of Frank Leonard Brooks.

Following his move from England to Canada, Brooks studied at the Ontario College of Art. He later divided his time between teaching and exhibiting his work, before being appointed as official Canadian war artist during WWII. Brooks travelled through England, Spain, the U.S., Greece and Italy, but it was Mexico where the development of his art escalated. He spent decades living in Mexico with his wife, Reva, producing sketches and paintings of Mexican life and landscapes. In addition to his oils and watercolours, Brooks also produced abstract collages, often incorporating materials such as fabric, sand, sheet music and newspaper clippings into his work. In Mexico Brooks was free to develop his own unique form of abstraction, differentiating himself from the various Canadian landscape painters of the time.

Brooks' work can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum and the Mexico City Museum of Art.


Trip to Los Angeles

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Toward the end of February, Joseph Rumi met with clients and colleagues in Los Angeles to discuss future acquisitions. During his stay in the city, he had the opportunity to view the exhibition, Frank Gehry, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Organized by the Centre Pompidou Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the exhibition examines the work of Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based architect, Frank Gehry.

With a focus on urbanism and the development of new systems of digital design, the exhibition highlights the absolute inventiveness with which Gehry approached architectural form and space. Over 200 drawings by the architect and 65 models of completed and unfinished projects are presented to reveal the progression of Gehry's thought process.

Frank Gehry will be on at the LACMA until March 20, 2016.


On View: Fiona Kinsella - Large Format Works

Saturday, February 13, 2016

As of February 27th, Rumi Galleries will present a selection of paintings by Fiona Kinsella in the front gallery. These large format works will be on display through the month of March, parallel to the artist's current solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

Kinsella's paintings form swirls of thickly layered oil paint creating mottled and tactile surfaces that catch light and cast shadows. Dark reds and blues rise from the deepest levels of the paintings, merging themselves into layers of white paint and becoming lost in the sculptural movement of the works. These pieces negotiate the phenomena of beauty and the grotesque while highlighting the instinctive nature of human response to visual encounters.

Based in Hamilton, Ontario, Fiona Kinsella has exhibited her work across Canada, the United States and Europe. Kinsella's exhibition, "Pushing Paint", at the Art Gallery of Mississauga will be on view from February 25th to April 10th 2016.


Upcoming Exhibition: Av's Eye

Saturday, February 06, 2016

This February, Rumi Galleries will present an exhibition of works by artists from the Isaacs Gallery as a tribute to Avrom Isaacs (1926 - 2016) and his instrumental role in the growth of Canadian art.

Isaacs was a leading Canadian art dealer who fostered the careers of countless emerging artists and cultivated Toronto's creative community, shaping taste and establishing an audience for new modes of expression. Isaacs saw the potential in Canadian artists and supported them through their rapid growth and artistic evolution. Soon, the Isaacs group became the new wave of avant-garde art in the Canadian art community and many continued to be recognized internationally. From the painterly abstraction of William Ronald, to the sensuality of works by Markle and Burton, Isaacs collected based on instinct and provided a platform for artists who are now an integral part of Canadian art history.

Av's Eye brings together significant works by artists from the Isaacs group, including Greg Cunoe, Gordon Rayner and Dennis Burton among others, recognizing the diversity of Av's taste and highlighting the impact he had on Canadian art.


Upcoming Winter Exhibition

Friday, November 20, 2015

Rumi Galleries is pleased to announce its Winter Exhibition, opening this December. Featuring a selection of paintings, drawings and sculptures, the exhibition will juxtapose fine historical and contemporary art within the context of the approaching season. Including pieces by Jean McEwen, Manly Macdonald, John Hartman, Fiona Kinsella and Margaret Glew among others, the Winter Exhibition will offer a chance to view the visual and thematic relationships between works across a variety of styles and genres.


Upcoming Exhibition: Sorel Etrog - Sculptures from the Estate

Thursday, October 08, 2015

This November, Rumi Galleries will present an exhibition of sculptures by the renowned Canadian artist, Sorel Etrog. The exhibition will span two decades of Etrog's career, featuring several of his works in bronze from the early 1960s to the mid 1970s.

A member of the Order of Canada and a Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in France, Etrog's work is represented in major capitals of the world, and is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Gallery, London; and Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, among others.


Upcoming Exhibition: Paul Fournier - Small Canvases

Thursday, September 10, 2015

This October, Rumi Galleries will present an exhibition of small paintings by Paul Fournier.

Born in Simcoe, Ontario, Paul Fournier came to Toronto as a student in 1959, studying at the Ontario College of Art. His work has been influenced by his travels through Canada, England, Ireland, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Florida, as well as other regions in the Southern United States. Inspired by music, Fournier uses thinned paint and intense colours to create emotionally charged paintings that reflect his poetic vision. His paintings, evocative of Fauvist art in their use of high-keyed colour, have brought him international recognition as an artist. Major exhibitions of his work have been held in Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, Edmonton, Houston and Washington D.C.

Fournier, now in his 70s, exemplifies a career span of fifty years as an artist and counting.


Upcoming Exhibition: Matthew Varey - Tapestries

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Opening in September Rumi Galleries will present an exhibition of new work by Matthew Varey focusing on his wool and linen tapestries. Varey has exhibited in six countries, in more than fifty solo shows and a hundred group exhibitions including Art Fairs in North America and Europe. Museum exhibitions include the Fondazione Bevilacqua, la Masa in Venice and the McMaster Museum of Art.


Rumi Galleries at Art Toronto 2015 - Modern Masters

Saturday, July 11, 2015

With the redesign of Art Toronto by New York Architects FIRM a.d., Rumi Galleries’ booth will be located in the new Modern Masters section highlighting galleries with exceptional inventory by Canadian and International masters of the 20th century. Further updates regarding the gallery’s booth number will be posted to the Fairs and Exhibitions page. We look forward to seeing you there.


Working with the Estate of Sorel Etrog

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Rumi Galleries is proud to announce that we are working with the Estate of Sorel Etrog, renowned Canadian sculptor and painter. Best known for his abstract figurative sculptures and painted wood constructions, Etrog was one of three artists chosen to represent Canada in the 1966 Venice Biennale. Etrog’s work is represented in major capitals of the world, and is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Gallery, London; and Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, among others. Etrog was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1994 and was made a Chevalier of Arts and Letters by the government of France in 1996.


Rumi Galleries at Art Toronto 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Rumi Galleries is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at Art Toronto 2015 from October 23-26, making this our fifth consecutive year participating in the art fair at the Metro Convention Centre. Founded in 2000, Art Toronto is Canada’s international contemporary and modern art fair. Providing unique access to the Canadian art market, the fair is one of the most important annual art events in Canada. Art Toronto presents important artwork from leading Canadian and international galleries combined with PLATFORM, an engaging series of lectures, and panel discussions from prominent art world figures, curated projects, an extensive VIP Program and top-tier cultural offerings throughout the city.


Post-War and Contemporary Canadian Art Reaches New Heights

Friday, May 29, 2015

On May 27th, Joseph Rumi was able to personally attend the Heffel Spring Live Auction in Vancouver. With enthusiastic bidding from both Canadian and International bidders, pieces doubled and even tripled their estimates. The auction broke six records and resulted in sales of $9.43 million, over half of which was generated by the Canadian Post-War and Contemporary Art Session. With recent headlines being made by the art market, it’s nice to see not only a rapidly growing recognition of Canadian art but also greater interest in the Post-War and Contemporary categories.


Trip to New York

Friday, May 15, 2015

Early in the month of May, Joseph Rumi flew out to New York to attend the Post-War and Contemporary art auctions and meet with clients and colleagues regarding future acquisitions. During his time in Manhattan Joseph had the opportunity to vist the new Whitney Museum of American Art. Designed by Renzo Piano, the new Whitney building greatly expands the museum’s exhibition and programming space. With a lobby gallery, and special exhibitions gallery on the top floor, the design also includes two floors for the museum’s permanent collection, which features over 21,000 artworks by more than 3,000 artists, including Alexander Calder, Cindy Sherman, Edward Hopper, and Louise Nevelson to name a few. Featuring works from the permanent collection, the museum's inaugural exhibition, "America is Hard to See", is on until September 27 2015.


Charles Pachter Receives the Order of Ontario

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

On February 3rd, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario invested 26 remarkable Ontarians into the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour, including Charles Pachter. To read more click here.


Mississauga News - Glimpse a lost art powerhouse at Rumi Gallery

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MISSISSAUGA — In the late 1940s, while still a decidedly mediocre student of economics and politics at the University of Toronto, Avrom Isaacs founded a picture-framing business. From this somewhat mundane enterprise would eventually spring the Isaacs Gallery on Yonge St., one of Toronto’s liveliest locations for showcasing art. During its four-decade existence it showed works by major Canadian artists, as well becoming a hub for poetry readings, discussions and film screenings.

The gallery closed in 2001, when Isaacs retired, but Mississauga art lovers can currently get a glimpse into a space that became known as a destination to see post-war Canadian art in a new exhibition at Port Credit’s Rumi Gallery.

For its annual Past Meets Present exhibition, which juxtaposes works from yesteryear with contemporary pieces, Rumi has assembled a group of works that once hung in the Isaacs Gallery. The gallery has tracked down pieces from abroad and in private collections closer to home to produce an exhibition that goes heavy on abstract art.

One of the finest features of the Rumi Gallery is that its director, Joseph Rumi, is a self-confessed research nerd and has a passion for finding the stories behind the artworks that goes beyond the standard gallery practice of simply proving provenance.

Engage Rumi in conversation during this exhibition and he’ll almost certainly tell you about Sagittarius, the highlight of the show. Dennis Burton’s 1960 abstract is a fine piece in its own right, but it was given a touch of old Hollywood glamour when it was bought by Charles Laughton, an actor who had his heyday in the interwar years. Although Laughton died in 1962, the piece remained in Los Angeles until the Rumi Gallery tracked it down and brought it north of the border to be the centerpiece of this show.

The exhibition also features a stunning and vibrant piece by Richard Gorman called Sun Spot that seems to pulse with energy, and a non-abstract snowy winter scene by Alberta-born William Kurelek that will surely resonate with every Canadian right now.

Perhaps, however, one of the most intriguing pieces in the show is from London, Ont., painter Gregory Curnoe, whose work Sitting Around With Shelia and Brian is a collage of bits of whatever was hanging around the Isaacs Gallery. While interesting as a piece of art, it’s fascinating to try to decipher the various bits of paper in there, which seem to include a TTC ticket from days gone by.

Past Meets Present runs to April 26 at the Rumi Gallery (55 Woodlawn Ave.).

By David Paterson


Mississauga News - Leonard Brooks: The best Canadian artist you've never heard of

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MISSISSAUGA — In life, Canadian artist Leonard Brooks was always something of an outsider in his homeland's arts community. Feeling Canada's post-war arts scene to be both stale and unappreciative of his works, Brooks spent many of his most productive years in the central Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende, where he helped found a vibrant artists' colony.

Between teaching English and the violin to local kids, Brooks turned out innovative and highly original abstract pieces that were a far cry from the scenes of snowy landscapes that were making the rounds in Canada at the time.

A selection of these works is currently on display at Port Credit's Rumi Gallery. Called Frank Leonard Brooks: A Canadian Abroad, the show groups pieces Brooks produced in Mexico and on his travels to places including Italy, Greece and the United States.

Although Brooks' most famous work, Potato Peelers, is a semi-literal depiction of sailors prepping spuds during World War II that hangs in the Canadian War Museum, Rumi Gallery director Joseph Rumi calls his abstract pieces "both wonderful and diverse."

"He is a tremendous talent who, for far too long has been under-appreciated," he adds.

In Brooks' works, the delight really is in the details. In addition to oils and watercolours, he uses a wide range of materials that give some of his pieces an objets trouvés feel. Among the multiple layers of a piece created in San Francisco is a card bearing Chinese writing that seems to have been picked up in that city's Chinatown. Other works contain fabric, sand, newspaper clippings and even some sheet music. But easily the most impressive example of artistic recycling is a piece called "Studio Souvenir, Rome" in which Brooks has taken what appear to be sweepings from the floor of a studio he rented in the Italian capital and turned them into an artwork. There are staples, a tack, string, bits of wood and even a few hairs in there.

Brooks, who died in 2011 a few days after his 100th birthday, was a very skilled landscape artist before moving into abstraction, a background which Rumi credits with providing his works with sensitivity and depth.

"A lot of great abstract artists from this period had that formal training before they jumped into abstractions so they had a greater understanding and knowledge of the landscape as a whole. So then, when they decided to abstract that landscape and look at it from that perspective they had a greater understanding of composition, colour, line, texture, all of those things that you look for in a great work of art."

Frank Leonard Brooks: A Canadian Abroad runs until March 29 at Rumi Gallery (55 Woodlawn Ave.).

By David Paterson


Mississauga News - See the world from a new perspective at Port Credit gallery

Friday, February 07, 2014

MISSISSAUGA — As you walk through the doors of Rumi Galleries in Port Credit, you're greeted by a quote from artist Gershon Iskowitz.

The quote reads: "My paintings are not abstract, they are real, they are very, very much real, I see most things — I paint what I see."

Gallery director Joseph Rumi agrees with those sentiments.

"Gershon always said he painted what he saw and didn't paint abstract works," said Rumi, speaking to The News last night about the exhibit Visionary Landscapes, that features eight works by the artist. "He was a visionary in terms of looking at landscapes from a different perspective."

Iskowitz was born in Poland in 1921 and was still there during the outbreak of World War II. He and his brother were sent to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp before he was sent to another camp where he was badly wounded trying to escape.

He survived and immigrated to Canada, first taking up residence in Toronto. He then moved on to Parry Sound where he discovered an intense love of painting the Canadian landscape.

A turning point came in 1967 when he hired a RCMP helicopter to fly him up on high from Winnipeg to Churchill. It was during that trip that he found a new perspective on landscapes, looking down from high above, and it fundamentally changed his artistic style forever.

At Rumi Galleries, several of the paintings show this style he discovered and are featured prominently.

"The helicopter ride completely changed his perspective," said Rumi. "It was then he first started to paint looking down and it completely changed the visual landscape of Canadian art.

"He was very daring and very bold for the time," Rumi said. "He wasn't afraid to put himself out there, which can be very difficult for many artists."

Take, for example, the oil on canvas piece Orange D from 1980. Looking at the bright and vibrant colours peeking out from behind white clouds, one has a feeling of weightlessness as if soaring high in the bright blue sky.

"I really love his use of colour; the works are very happy, vibrant paintings," said Rumi. "I find (his pieces) exciting because they're each so wonderfully vibrant and joyous. You can feel just how enthusiastic he was in each painting."

The gallery is exhibiting Iskowitz's works from his career in the early 1960s to mid-1980s. The artist died in 1988.

The exhibit, which continues until Feb. 22, officially opens on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

By Chris Clay


Mississauga News - Bunkers busted at Rumi Gallery exhibition

Monday, June 10, 2013

MISSISSAUGA — On a large wooden table in a room at Port Credit's Rumi Galleries sit three sculptures. At first glance they look like houses, but with very thick walls, small rooms and lots of stairs. On the top of one sits a cone-like structure that gives the only hint what these models might be.

They are military bunkers. Specifically, military bunkers from World War II. And they are the work of Toronto-based artist Matthew Varey.

Varey is fascinated by the bizarre similarities between the subterranean world of the military bunker and condo living being widely embraced today.

"Reinforced concrete was invented by a German for these bunkers and now we use it in condos," says Varey.

The parallels between the two types of building are surprisingly numerous. With small rooms piled one on top of the other, condo residents breathe filtered air and live under artificial lighting and everyone attempts to block out the rest of the world.

But there's one important difference, says Varey: "While the walls in the bunkers are four metres thick, now we are down to four inches."

The exhibition at Rumi shows the artist's works both in sculpture and on canvass. Built to a 1/35 scale, Varey's models show real layouts from 1940's shelters mixed, mashed and jumbled around to create entirely new buildings. His oil paintings depict these creations in broad sweeps of colour that, from a distance, appear more bucolic than apocalyptic. They're like sticking a daisy in the barrel of a gun.

Varey's passion for subverting imagery of the Second World War was inspired by his grandparents' involvement in that conflict, which he says had a lasting impact on them. In addition to his works on bunkers, Varey is also preparing a series of camouflaged uniforms in geometric shapes.

"The idea is that they would stand out anywhere except up against these models, when they would blend in," he said.

Varey's works are intriguing but he also hopes the viewer might pause to consider broader questions.

"How can we do this to ourselves? How can we do this to each other?" he asks rhetorically.

Presumably, once we figure that out, there will be no more need for bunkers.

Varey's exhibition runs to June 27 at Rumi Galleries, 55 Woodlawn Ave. Call 905-274-3616.

Reporter - David Paterson


Mississauga News - Every picture tells a story at Rumi Gallery

Saturday, April 13, 2013

MISSISSAUGA — Port Credit's Rumi Gallery unveiled its third annual Past Meets Present exhibition at a champagne reception last night.
Officially, it draws together 20th century works by some of the most interesting artists from Canada and beyond, allowing the visitor to chart the currents of artistic endeavour over 100 years.
Unofficially, it's a reflection of gallery director Joseph Rumi's passion for finding works that have a story to tell.
"Look at this," he says, whipping down an oil painting by Canadian artist John Hartman and flipping it over to reveal a handwritten note on the back. The painting, called Kenerick Bay From Catherine Island, is a view near the artist's cottage; the note is a message to a neighbour.
On another wall hang two Quebec landscapes painted around 1950 by artist Tom Roberts, who lived just around the corner from the gallery in Port Credit.
Rumi stops to point out two figures.
"I've been in touch with Tom Roberts' daughters," he says. "They told me that any of the figures in the paintings are members of the family."
One little man shown happily swinging a tool box is probably the artist himself.
But in front of the largest piece in the exhibition, a 66-by-120-inch abstract acrylic by Quebec artist Rita Letendre, Rumi runs out of anecdotes. For now, he has to resort to describing its scale (it's the largest piece the gallery has ever shown) and how the dramatic colours and lines represent the motion of an arrow through the air. Clearly, though, it's just a matter of time before he turns up some more quirky nugget of information. He has already been in touch with the artist and is now on the trail of her records, which were donated to a museum in Quebec.
Rumi identifies Paysage aux Fourrés, a smallish work on paper by Jean Dubuffet, as the exhibition's highlight.
"This came to us from a private collection in Canada," he says. "It's not that often that you have a work like this that comes to the market. The composition is beautiful."
The exhibition also features a number of enigmatic pieces by Canadian abstract sculptor Sorel Etrog, whose works will be the subject of an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario later this month.
"We try to get unique and interesting pieces," says Rumi of the thinking behind the exhibition. "We have everybody from those who are looking for something interesting to hang on their wall to top-end collectors who are looking for very specific pieces."
He adds, "It's a wonderful opportunity to look at these works and be able to interact with them outside the museum setting."


Mississauga News - Port Credit gallery shows works of Leonard Brooks from '60s and '70s

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

MISSISSAUGA —A new exhibition at Port Credit's Rumi Galleries features the works of artist Leonard Brooks. It opens with a reception this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The exhibition, which continues until March 9, will focus on works created by Brooks in the 1960s and 1970s. Born in England, Brooks came with his family to Toronto when he was still a boy. After studying art in Toronto, he travelled and painted in England, France, Spain and the United States before returning to Canada. After getting married, he taught drawing, painting and graphic arts before joining the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1943. He served as a war artist from 1944-1946 and painted subjects such as an aircraft carrier in the waters of Scotland and the work of mine sweepers and torpedo boats off Normandy. Following his service, he moved to Mexico. While there, he developed the abstract style using collage, watercolour, oil and casein that's featured in his works at the exhibition. His work can also be found in the Art Gallery of Ontario, National Gallery of Canada and Mexico City Museum of Modern Art.

Reporter - Chris Clay


The Art Gallery of Hamilton - Fiona Kinsella

Friday, January 25, 2013

Only three days left...

An exhibition of Recent Acquisitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

Fresh Meet
On view June 30, 2012 to January 27, 2013
Curated by Melissa Bennett and Tobi Bruce

Works by local, national and international artists, including Fiona Kinsella, David Milne, Joseph Hartman, John Hartman, Katherine MacDonald, Eldon Garnet, Anne Savage, Frederick Verner, Leon Kroll, Claude Tousignant, David Merritt, and Louis de Niverville make for a fascinating and varied presentation of art past and present, and serve to give an essence of how the permanent collection has been enriched in recent years.

Last Day: January 27th, 2013

Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West, Hamilton ON


Goodlife Magazine Mississauga - The Art of the Iron Men

Saturday, June 23, 2012

To the contemporary single female, the thought of meeting a trio of artists calling themselves the Iron Men brings chills of excitement. Yet here they are, in my little old hometown, displaying their works of art at Port Credit's Rumi Galleries for a second time.
The sports buffs of the world will point out that the term "Iron Men" describes tri-athletes known for running marathon distances, swimming for miles and cycling even further. But for creative artistic types (like me), who haven't gone for a run since grade seven, understanding how this term relates to the contemporary art trio known as the "Iron Men" is a little perplexing.
In the contemporary art world, Iron Men is an established art collective comprised of artists Matthew Varey, John Scott and Gary Michael Dault. This past Spring, the trio had the opportunity to showcase forty of their original works, at Port Credit's Rumi Galleries. Using stylistic art techniques to comment on a wide range of topics exploring the human condition, these artists are attracting attention for their inventive approach to the creative process. Sounds impressive, but still - how does the name Iron Men work into the equation?
Matthew Varey explains, "Gary gave us the name, it's supposed to be ironic...a little facetious perhaps. It's mostly a proclamation that we are the marathon men of art. Between the three of us we have 90 years of exhibition experience - so there is an assured confidence when we work together - a fluidity to the work. We are still making art after all these years and we're not going to stop!"
"Three heads are better than one" adds contemporary artist Gary Michael Dault.

Sharing everything from ideas to inspiration and canvas to criticism, the art of the Iron Men is turning heads in the contemporary art world. Working together since 2005, Varey, Scott and Dault threw themselves into the creation of mixed media works on canvas. Despite three widely different styles of painting, the group works collectively on each canvas, drawing or painting according to what they individually believe the work requires.
"On the grand scale, our work explores larger themes of the human condition," explains Varey. As the head of the Visual Arts department at Etobicoke School of the Arts, Varey reveals the inspiration behind the art of the Iron Men.
"Our work reflects three different minds which are ruminating what's going on in the world today. It showcases references to machinery, space travel, our evolution as a species - it's all about journey, curiosity and discovery."
Joseph Rumi, director of Rumi Galleries feels the Iron Men have a wealth of subject matter to offer the viewer, in order to stimulate some serious artistic and existential contemplation.
"The show is very special because the Iron Men are a forward thinking group of artists," says Rumi. "The work they create is thoughtful and engaging. These artists work together collaboratively honoring a sense of teamwork and community and that is what people can take away with them from the show."
An important arts advocate here in the City of Mississauga, Rumi strongly believes artists such as the Iron Men have an important role of 'pushing the artistic envelope', to generate discussion while exploring a new and fresh direction for contemporary art.
"I've never had a person come in here and have the same reaction to one specific piece. Art is so subjective. Some artists are open to a reaction from their works, good or bad...some aren't. How the viewer responds to a piece of art is a very personal reaction. We welcome people to come in and interact with the art we have on display. We want to make sure people don't feel that stigma of art galleries being uptight and snobby. This is one of the main reasons we hold shows here in Mississauga, so people can get involved, come out and interact with the art."
So whether you're a long-time sports fanatic, or an avid art collector, don't miss the opportunity to explore the impressive collections of fine art on display at Rumi Galleries located at 55 Woodlawn Ave. in Mississauga. For more information on the work of Iron Men, please visit for more details.
Story Heather Brissenden


Rumi Galleries - Newest Member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Rumi Galleries is proud to be the newest member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada.

The Art Dealers Association of Canada Inc (ADAC) is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in 1966 to support a wide range of activities, such as promoting Canadian art, and providing better documentation and educational opportunities to the public on the visual arts. ADAC is a national organization. The association has over 90 members and is the largest representation of major private commercial galleries in Canada. Our dealers represent the country's leading artists.


Iron Men on display at Rumi Galleries

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Three Toronto artists have collaborated to create Iron Men, a collection of 40 mixed media paintings on display at Rumi Galleries in Port Credit until June 2.
The works, which span more than seven years, will be unveiled at an opening reception taking place tomorrow from 1-4 p.m.

Gary Michael Dault, Matthew Varey and John Scott have been working together since 2005 with the idea that "three heads are better than one." Each artist brings their own talents to the table. Dault is a writer, artist and art critic, Varey takes photographs, sculpts and paints while Scott paints and is the recipient of a Governor General's Award for the Visual and Media Arts. Some of Scott's work is on display at the National Gallery of Canada.

"Despite three profoundly different approaches to art - making and the presence of three well - nourished egos in contention, the group worked well together from the beginning - as if we had always been doing so," said Dault. "We paint together, in the sense that all three artists work simultaneously on each painting - with the brush and with anything else that falls to hand - and paint according to what each thinks the work requires."
Dault said the collaboration also allowed them to critique each other's contribution to the piece. "... one makes a mark or a drawing or paints in a section or glues something onto a canvas; the other two look at what has happened and agree to leave it alone, modify it, embellish it, or simply paint over it," he said. "The three of us work the way a think tank works: each suggestion is taken seriously, since there's no way of knowing, no matter how initially unpromising any isolated painting moment may appear, where the new direction may ultimately lead."
For more information, visit or call 905-274-3616


Rumi Galleries - IRON MEN Exhibition

Saturday, May 12, 2012

May 10- June 2, 2012
Opening Saturday, May 12, 1-4 pm

It is with great pleasure that Rumi Galleries announces its upcoming exhibition of paintings by the collaborative Iron Men- consisting of Matthew Varey, John Scott and Gary Michael Dault.

Working together since early 2005, Varey, Scott and Dault launched themselves into the production of mixed media works on canvas. Despite three widely different approaches the group paints together, in the sense that all three work simultaneously on each canvas, drawing or painting according to what each thinks the work requires.

Please join us May 10- June 2, 2012 to celebrate the collaborations of these three Canadian artists.

55 Woodlawn Ave.
Mississauga, ON
L5G 3K7
T: 905-274-3616 F: 905-274-3617
Mon-Sat 10-4


University of Waterloo Art Gallery- Linda Martinello Four Corners Gateway

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Linda Martinello is currently exhibiting at The University of Waterloo Art Gallery her Masters of Fine Art Thesis.

For Linda Martinello landscape is a means by which to synchronously engage with themes of travel, memory, and recall. Exploring evocative and ancient sites abroad in Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Mexico over the past few years have provided her with the material to create series of works on mylar that exist somewhere between abstraction and representation.

The body of work in Four Corners Gateway, is based on personal recollections of these ancient sites that are in themselves compositions, constructed fantasies. Existing somewhere between drawing and painting, these works embody signs of familiarity yet never quite come into focus.

Martinello completed postgraduate research studies in Florence, Italy with the Ontario College of Art and Design (2006), a diploma in Fine Arts from Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, received her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto (2004), and is currently completing her Master of Fine Art at University of Waterloo.

University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Four Corners Gateway - Gallery 1, April 12-28, 2012.


Mississauga News- Historical Meets Contemporary at Gallery

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

One can say John Mulholland is a big fan of artist Sorel Etrog, whose works are currently on display at Rumi Galleries in Port Credit.

Admiring the mix of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the exhibition, Past Meets Present, which runs to April 28, the Oakville resident was in awe of Etrog's craftsmanship.

"This is meant to be a society lady. See the fur?" he said at last Thursday's opening reception, gesturing to High Society, a nearly 5-foot-tall sculpture. "It's very tall, very elegant, very aloof, very cold and yet interesting as hell."

Mulholland, a good friend of the Rumi family, says attending their shows are always interesting because there's a good mix of edgy modern pieces and more classic works.

He says it's enjoyable finding the piece that speaks to him, and engages him in conversation.

In addition to Etrog, the exhibition showcases the work of other artists including Leonard Brooks, Paul Fournier, K.M. Graham, Marcelle Maltais, Henri Masson and Tom Roberts. Roberts lived and painted in Port Credit until his death in 1998 at the age of 89. His work is said to be influenced by J.W. Beatty and the Group of Seven.

Rumi Galleries fine art director Joseph Rumi says the collection brings together the past and the present and artists from coast to coast.

Etrog's seven sculptures have been thrown into the mix to round out the exhibition.

Etrog is a Romanian-born Canadian artist and writer who is best known for his work as a sculptor. He was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 1994 and was made a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France in 1996.

For more information visit or call 905-274-3616.


Mississauga News- A classical Sunday afternoon

Monday, April 16, 2012

Art and music on a spring Sunday afternoon.

That proved an irresistible combination yesterday as a large crowd gathered at the Rumi Galleries in Port Credit for a benefit concert that featured members of the Oakville-Mississauga chapter of the Canadian Music Competition.

Patrons enjoyed the art of Susanna Stuart on the walls before they settled in for a concert that featured vibrant young local musical performers.

Canadian opera singer Gisele Fredette served as the master of ceremonies to introduce the performers: 10-year-old Arielle Silverberg on violin followed by 14-year-old pianist Tony Yike Tang, 18-year-old pianist Anna Vertypolokh, 16-year-old Nicole Li on violin, Yiwei Yao on piano and finally, a vocal performance by Andromatis Rapris.

Profits from the afternoon of music went to the Canadian Music Competition Scholarship Fund. CMC is a national non-profit organization discovering and promoting young Canadian classical musicians.


Mississauga News - Past Meets Present at Gallery

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Historical and contemporary Canadian art is at the heart of Rumi Galleries' latest exhibition.

Past Meets Present, which is on display from April 12-28, is a collection of works by a variety of artists that include Leonard Brooks, Paul Fournier, K.M. Graham, Marcelle Maltais, Henri Masson and Tom Roberts. Roberts lived and painted in Port Credit until his death in 1998 at the age. His work is said to be influenced by J.W. Beatty and the Group of Seven.

Rumi Galleries fine art director Joseph Rumi adds a special exhibition of sculptures by Sorel Etrog will also be on display.

"There will be seven sculptures in total, including two large scale pieces of significant importance from 1963-1964," he said.

Etrog is a Romanian-born Canadian artist and writer who is best known for his work as a sculptor. He was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in 1994 and was made a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France in 1996.

An opening reception for the public is being held April 14 from noon - 4 p.m.

For more information visit or call 905-274-3616.


Canadian Music Competition Concert

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Rumi Galleries is proud to be hosting a benefit concert featuring CMC finalists and art exhibited by Susanna Stuart for the Canadian Music Competition, supporting the CMC Scholarship Fund.

The Canadian Music Competition (CMC) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, supporting, and promoting promising young Canadian classical music students.

Please join us Sunday, April 15th for an extraordinary afternoon to celebrate the bliss of music and to show your appreciation and support to these gifted young musicians. The concert will commence at 2:00 p.m, with Arielle Silverberg, a 10 year old violinist, and carry on until 4:00 p.m with the following youthful and vibrant talent; 14 year old pianist Tony Yike Tang, 18 year old pianist Anna Vertypolokh, 16 year old violinist Nicole Li, 19 year old pianist Yiwei Yao, and the 21 year old voice of singer Andromatis Raptis.

Please RSVP by April 9, 2012 to the Harason family to reserve a seat for this wonderful afternoon, Tel: (905) 842 7424 Email: A generous donation upon arrival is greatly appreciated.


Michael Ciufo Concert

Saturday, September 24, 2011

On Thursday October 20th Mississauga's own Michael Ciufo will debut his second CD Momento with a private performance at Rumi Galleries.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available through the galleries at 905-274-3616 or by email at

For more information on Michael Ciufo please visit


Mark Jeffrey Featured in Goodlife Magazine

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Read all about artist Mark Jeffrey and his show at Rumi Galleries in the lastest Fall issue of Goodlife, Mississauga's Fine Living Magazine, on newstands now!

To view a copy of the article click the PDF link below.


Rumi Galleries and the Salmon Run Project

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rumi Galleries is proud to be participating in the Salmon Run Project, a creative collaboration between the City of Mississauga Culture Division and the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

Last February, the Art Gallery of Mississauga sent out an open call for proposals: how would you celebrate Mississauga's Annual Credit River Salmon Run using a fibreglass cast of a salmon. Twenty-four artists were selected, and their salmon art is now available for viewing from June 11th to September 30th in various locations along the Credit River in Port Credit and Streetsville.

Rumi Galleries recently received its salmon entitled Salmo Solar, by artist Stephen Cruise, which is now on display to the public in the main gallery. We invite you to visit us and the Salmon as we celebrate the beginning of Summer.

For a copy of the Salmon Run Project map please click the PDF link below.


A NIGHT AT GAIRLOCH - Oakville Galleries Signature Event!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

An event in support of Oakville Galleries
Friday 10 June 2011, 7 pm to midnight.
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

Tickets are now on sale! Please call Oakville Galleries at 905.844.4402 or Rumi Galleries at 905.274.3616.

Mark the second Friday in June in your calendars, and plan to join Oakville Galleries for a follow-up to last year's lively summer soirée on the shores of Lake Ontario. This dynamic evening of live music, fine wine and great food supports Oakville Galleries' artistic and educational programmes all year long.



Sunday, May 01, 2011

Many artists like their subjects on a grand scale. They believe, perhaps erroneously, that it adds a sense of monumentalism to their work.
Not, however, Mark Jeffrey, who embraces small subjects — but makes them large in meaning.
“I’m drawn to moments in time. I hope that my art captures the essence of these moments ... happy, sad, everyday things,” said the Oakville artist, whose exhibition, aptly titled “In the Moment,” opens today (Saturday, April 30) at Rumi Galleries in Port Credit.
Jeffrey succeeds in his goal admirably. The 40-odd paintings in the show depict ordinary everyday occurrences such as pond hockey, winter walks and raking leaves. Then he goes one step further and complements the art with titles that are just as evocative: Their Stanley Cup, A Crisp Day, The Happiest Leaf Raker I Ever Knew, The Tale of the Apple Thief, Yesterday’s Sandcastles, One Day I’ll Go Back! ...
“I’m drawn to (these moments) and I worry that they will be lost as we move forward,” he said.
Not surprisingly, Jeffrey lists among his influences Tom Thomson, the Canadian artist of the early 20th century, who directly influenced the Canadian painters who would come to be known as the Group of Seven. Jeffrey’s work also echoes that of another of his favourites, Vincent van Gogh, the Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work is known for its vivid colours and emotional impact.
Jeffrey, 49, took to the easel some 18 years ago.
“I always felt the need to do something creative, but never really did much about it,” said the self-taught artist. The proverbial lightbulb, he said, went off following a brush with illness.
“At that point I realized I had to make time to paint,” he said.
Which he still does, though, he still holds down a full-time job.
Because he’s not burdened down with academic constraints, Jeffrey allows his art to take him wherever it will.
“Lots of my paintings are done from my imagination. I just let them happen,” he said.
Some of Jeffrey’s work are inspired by a sense of loss. And, living in fast-developing Oakville, he witnesses that loss on a daily basis. Out Back, for example, shows three young shinny players on a tiny pond dwarfed by a backdrop of tall buildings.
“There are no more rolling meadows. They’re paving over everything,” he laments.
Still, when viewing Jeffrey’s work, the sense is one of overarching joy. His love of painting shines through, no matter how sombre his subject.
Perhaps, too, it’s because he’s sort of a poetic soul.
“When I was 7, I thought if I threw a rock hard enough, I could hit the moon. When I was 7, I thought that reindeer could fly. When I was 7, I thought my dog would never die. When I was 7, 8 came too soon,” he writes on his website (
Says Charlotte Rumi, who brought Jeffrey to her gallery: “Mark has a unique style that’s very Canadian. He deserves to be recognized for his good work.”
Rumi Galleries is located at 55 Woodlawn Ave. The exhibition runs to May 14. Go to to view Jeffrey’s work.'s+on/article/


Rumi in West of the City

Friday, January 28, 2011

See our new ad in West of the City Magazine and keep an eye out for photos of our grand opening in next months "The In Crowd" section.


Grand Opening of RUMI'S New Contemporary Gallery Space

Thursday, December 02, 2010

On Thursday November 18th Rumi Galleries celebrated the opening of it's new contemporary gallery space. The celebration lasted well into the night with works by six new contemporary artists on display along with historical Canadian and American art.

We would like to thank all of those who came and look forward to seeing you in 2011!


WOW! (Within Our Walls) in Support of Oakville Galleries

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Join us on Sunday October 17th for the second annual Oakville Galleries WOW! (Within Our Walls) tour of private art collections in the enclave of Oakville. Share the passion. View fine art. Meet collectors in their homes. Hear their stories. Learn how they gathered their treasures.

The day will commence with a brunch at Edgemere Estate and a talk by Miriam Shiell, President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada. You will then be shuttled to three private art collections by luxury limo bus. This is a wonderful opportunity to view some fabulous art, gather ideas for your own burgeoning collection and enjoy seeing homes that you would otherwise not have the opportunity to see. Each collection is interesting and unique. Don't miss your opportunity to partake in this event!

Tickets are limited and cost $250 per person. To order tickets or inquire about the event please contact us at the gallery 905-274-3616 or by email


Diverse Collection at Port Credit Gallery - Mississauga News

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Some may be shocked to know that an original Andy Warhol painting was in the possession, albeit briefly, of a Mississauga gallery.

The pop art visionary's painting of The Rolling Stones' vocalist Mick Jagger was acquired by Rumi Antiques & Fine Art in Port Credit from a local collector who had the 1975 painting in his collection. A day later, it was snapped up by one of Rumi's clients.

"We had a gentleman in mind and he came by, took one look at it and immediately said he wanted it," said Joseph Rumi, the gallery's director of fine art. "The top-end pieces tend to move quickly because the collectors recognize what an opportunity it is."

Rumi Antiques & Fine Art, which opened in 1981 and has been operating in Mississauga since 1991, specializes in contemporary and historic art as well as antiques ranging from the 17th to 20th century. Rumi has been with the company - started by his parents, Richard and Charlotte - for three years and with an education that includes a master's in art business from Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, England, he wanted to focus on the art side of the business.
"My dad and I joke that he covers the floors and I cover the walls," said Rumi, adding his early introduction to art from his family nurtured a life-long passion.

Currently, the gallery has pieces by Group of Seven artist Alexander Young Jackson as well as Charles Gagnon, Painters Eleven member and longtime Port Credit resident Thomas Hodgson and Rita Letendre. However, it also carries works by contemporary artists such as Mark Jeffrey and Mississauga's Sonja Hidas.

"Personally, I believe it's just as important to look for artists in our community as well as nationally and internationally," said Rumi. "It seems we're lacking a historical art culture in Mississauga and with Toronto having so many great galleries, we wanted to bring that out to the 905."

The majority of their clients are from Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area. One of the goals of opening the gallery in Mississauga was to make fine art accessible for 905ers.

"It's a lot easier to come to Port Credit than Toronto," said Rumi. "There aren't that many galleries that have historical and contemporary art as well as antiques under one roof. I think if you asked if you could find an A.Y. Jackson in Mississauga, most people would probably say no."
The bright and open gallery is meant to be inviting, said Rumi. "We wanted to move away from looking at antiques in a cluttered space and to give people the chance to step back and take (the piece) in," he said. "When it comes to antiques, many people feel it's almost like looking at a museum piece. These things (antiques) were meant to be used."

Most of the gallery's pieces come from private collections, auctions and other collectors. They also offer a broker service for private collectors. As well, it offers fine art and antique restoration and conservation, consultations and estate and insurance appraisals as well as framing.


A New RUMI Antiques & Fine Art

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

We are very excited to announce that RUMI has expanded into it’s new contemporary space. While work is still in progress on the exterior of the building; this state of the art gallery is now open and provides 5000 square feet to view historical and contemporary art with fine antique furniture.

Be sure to visit us at 55 Woodlawn Avenue in lovely downtown Port Credit to track the progress of our exciting new endeavor and stay tuned for the date of our Grand Opening in the Fall of 2010!

Richard, Charlotte and Joseph Rumi


Art Gallery of Mississauga ARTalk: Focus on Collecting

Saturday, February 27, 2010

On Saturday February 27th at 1 pm guest speaker Joseph Rumi will be talking about collecting historical Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

If you would like to attend please contact the Art Gallery of Mississauga at 905-896-5088



Monday, January 18, 2010

On Tuesday January 19th Joseph Rumi, Director of Fine Art for RUMI, will appear on Rogers Daytime Mississauga to give his tips on purchasing fine art. Joseph will also discuss some of the artwork bought and sold by RUMI including an Andy Warhol silkscreen print.

Be sure to tune in to Rogers TV Channel 10 at 11 am and 4 pm.


WOW! (Within Our Walls) A Great Success!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The inaugural Oakville Galleries WOW! (Within Our Walls) event was a tremendous success. The day started out with brunch at Edgemere Estate and a talk by David Silcox, President of Sotheby’s Canada. In the afternoon guests were treated to a tour of five private art collections in Oakville that include fine antique furniture, Impressionist and Modern art, 20th century Canadian art and Contemporary art. RUMI is very proud to be a WOW! sponsor and supporter of the Oakville Galleries. We are looking forward to next year!


Oakville Galleries Roaring 20's Gala

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Roaring 20's Gala at the Oakville Galleries on June 12th was a wonderful event in which RUMI was proud to participate. The evening began with champagne and hors d'oeuvres, followed by photos in a 1920s Studebaker and a lovely silent auction. Guests were treated to a selection of vintage wines, fresh oysters and delectable food. It was a truly fabulous evening!


Rumi Partners with Oakville Galleries WOW! (Within Our Walls) Event

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rumi Antiques & Fine Art is proud to announce it’s sponsorship of the inaugural Oakville Galleries WOW! (Within Our Walls) art tour to be held on Sunday October 4th 2009. The day will begin with brunch at Edgemere Estate where David Silcox, President of Sotheby’s Canada will be the guest speaker. Guests will then be transported by chauffeured limousine to visit three private art collections.

Meet the owners in their homes, hear their stories and learn how they gathered their treasures!

Save the date as tickets will be available soon!


Rumi Sponsors Behind Closed Doors

Sunday, October 26, 2008

On Sunday October 26th members of Rumi Antiques & Fine Art and over 300 guests attended the Behind Closed Doors event raising over $320,000 for the Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital. After a lovely brunch at the Four Seasons Hotel participants traveled by luxury coach throughout the city of Toronto, visiting up to four collections, each more impressive then the last.

Joseph Rumi, Director of Fine Art for RUMI and Curator of the Koffler Collection, introduced two groups of enthusiastic participants to the Koffler home, discussing paintings by iconic Canadian, European, Indian and South American artists.

At the end of the tour many participants and specialists returned to the Four Seasons Hotel for coffee and to discuss the day. “I so enjoyed your articulate talk on the Koffler paintings,” said Paci Ellis, a good friend of lecturer Francis Broun and fellow art lover, “what a delightful pair (the Kofflers are) to be around!” “This is a wonderful event,” said Joseph Rumi, “with each passing year Behind Closed Doors becomes more and more exciting. We are very proud to be Behind Closed Doors sponsors and are looking forward to 2009 with great anticipation.”

If you would like to learn more about this event please visit


Rumi Antiques & Fine Art Partners with Behind Closed Doors

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Rumi Antiques & Fine Art is proud to announce its sponsorship of Behind Closed Doors: An Entrée to Private Collections in support of the Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital.

One of Toronto's most exciting fundraising events Behind Closed Doors opens up some of the city's most prestigious private collections of paintings, photography, tribal art, sculpture and antiques.

Inspired by similar events in Basel, Switzerland, New York, Miami and Chicago, Behind Closed Doors participants are personally guided through some of Toronto's most exclusive art collections by the collectors themselves or, in some cases, by the professional docents who bring to life the remarkable stories behind each collection.

The day begins with a sumptuous brunch at the Four Seasons to kick off the day and then a coffee reception at the conclusion of the tour. An anticipated 300 participants from the arts, business, corporate and philanthropic communities will board luxury coach buses and stop at four different private collections throughout the day.

Joseph Rumi, Director of Fine Art for RUMI, will once again act as specialist for the Koffler collection on October 26th 2008.

Please join us for this wonderful event that promises to enrich the mind and provide assistance to those battling breast cancer. To purchase tickets simply visit:


Rumi Galleries is a proud member of ADAC

 Art Dealers Association of Canada