Fortune Gallery – Emerging artist group show in Victoria BC

Fortune Gallery Emerging Artist Show Victoria BC

I’m showing a selection of artworks at Fortune Gallery in historic Chinatown in Victoria BC from March 5 – April 4, 2021. It’s a group show of three emerging artists that includes Victoria artists Rachel Marie and Lyndsay Mckay. Check out their work; it’s really worth a look. It’s an honour to be selected for this show and to be exhibiting in such good company.

The artworks I’ve chosen for this exhibit include a larger painting from my inaugural show “You see me like this“, two triptychs from my “Splice” show, and some additional assemblage pieces from my series “On Use” that I’ve never shown publicly. None of this work has been shown in Victoria.

Fortune Gallery is a commercial gallery; all works are for sale.

Justice Schanfarber
Refuge (2019)
House paint on canvas and vintage mill paper adhered to wood panel

The refuge we choose is not always the refuge we seek. We might settle for an uneasy respite from the storm even though our instincts tell us to be cautious. The hardship we escape is exchanged for new dangers.

Justice Schanfarber on his artwork “Refuge”

Justice Schanfarber
A quiet knowing (2019)
Paper assemblage and paint

Plenty of knowing is loud. Much knowing demands to be pronounced, to be heard. Occasionally though we might feel a quieter knowing, a knowing that needs no announcing, that is wholly internal and self-validated.

Justice Schanfarber on his artwork “A quiet knowing”

“Splice” (Series)

[Photos Sarmad Al Mouallem unless otherwise indicated.]


I make large and small paintings that sometimes include collage and assemblage. My work could be reasonably categorized as abstract contemporary.

The purpose of my art practice is to engage with aesthetic forces that I do not understand. My relationship with these forces deepens over time and proximity, and also through the successful completion of work; hence my commitment to the practice of art making.

Working with unintended consequences is a crucial part of my practice. I take risks in materials and process, making mistakes and then working with the mistakes. In this way mistakes are refined and redefined, becoming synchronicities and blessings.

The drama and intrigue in my work can be applied to the issues of the day, seen through the lens of the issues of the day, without wholly submitting to the issues of the day. A flexibility of meaning is retained and the audience remains free to engage with the work on their own terms.

Night falls on ten thousand palms  
Mixed media on canvas and panel
Do you want to hear a story.
Acrylic on canvas and panel
(Click here to read about this work.)
Acrylic on canvas and wood panel
Mixed media on paper
(Click here to read about this work.)
Assemblage with wood, acrylic on canvas
(Photo by Barb Hunt)
(Click here to read about this work.)