What Beautiful Magic This! Make Some Noise!

Oscar Peterson                                           Oscar Peterson 15/8/1925, Montréal!


C Jam Blues.

1964.  Live Denmark

Piano: Oscar Peterson

Bass: Ray Brown

Drums: Ed Thigpen


Boogie Blues Etude.

1974.  Ronnie Scott’s Club

Piano: Oscar Peterson

Bass: Niels Pedersen

Guitar: Barney Kessel


Night Train.

Piano: Oscar Peterson

Bass: Ray Brown

Drums: Ed Thigpen



1987 Live Tokyo

Piano: Oscar Peterson

Bass: Dave Young

Guitar: Joe Pass

Drums: (Martin Drew)


1964 Live Denmark

Piano: Oscar Peterson

Bass: Ray Brown

Drums: Ed Thigpen



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Blue Flower Plumed Owl.

Blue Flower Plumed Owl 2008 20 x 26

Ink, Coloured Pencil

20 x 26 Inches

© 2008 Kenojuak Ashevak


What I especially love about this Kenojuak is that the forward facing wings’ lines are evocative of West African masks’ aesthetics.



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Figure With Rays of Light (Arctic Form III)

artic forms III

Oil on Canvas

127.9 x 152.4 cm

© 1927 Lawren Harris

Provenance: Thomson Collection Art Gallery of Ontario


Not only is Lawren Harris my favourite member of the Group of Seven, this masterpiece happens to be my favourite Lawren Harris.






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Seven Crows.

Seven Crows — painting by Alex Colville. Seven Crows 1980. Acrylic polymer emulsion on hardboard 60 x 120 cm. Owens Art Gallery Mount Allison ...Acrylic polymer emulsion on hardboard

60 x 120 cm

© 1980 Alex Colville

Provenance:  Art Gallery Mount Allison University Sackville, New Brunswick

Gift of Mr. Ross B.


Yesterday I did lunch with a friend from Montréal and we then went to the AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario to take in the recently opened Alex Colville show.  I paused and actually lost tears on seeing this masterpiece.  I have always liked his works and was not familiar with this piece.  This masterpiece manages to perfectly encapsulate the utter abandon one experiences when focussed in flying dreams.  For me the moment was truly rhapsodic.






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Scream © 1995 Michael J. Jackson © 1995 MJJ Productions Inc. One of my favourite MJ videos/songs; it perfectly reflects what it is like being focussed in the waking state and being Black and having every little bigoted shitwit projecting their racially predatory shrapnel onto you… Alas, such moments for moi are ever only fleeting […]

Fast Bird.

Serigraph 30 x 40 Inches Edition: 73 © 2007 Robert Davidson Provenance: 9/73 Art collection Arvin da Braga. http://robertdavidson.ca/ That, indeed, is the count of my serigraph of this marvellous gem. I am also beginning to favour his son, Ben Davidson – another fine Haida artist. __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ © 2013-2020 Arvin da Brgha.  All Rights […]

The Helmet 1939-1940.

Lead 29.2 cm (H) © 1939-1940 Henry Moore Provenance: Collection – Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/introduction-118 http://www.dailyartfixx.com/2010/07/30/henry-moore-1898-1986/ http://www.ago.net/francis-bacon-and-henry-moore http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Moore http://www.henry-moore-fdn.co.uk/ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ © 2013-2020 Arvin da Brgha.  All Rights Reserved.

Second Version of Triptych 1944.

Oil on Canvas 78 x 58 Inches © 1988 Francis Bacon Provenance: Tate Britain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon_(painter) http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/francis-bacon-682 http://www.moma.org/ http://www.ago.net/francis-bacon-and-henry-moore This afternoon I spent two glorious hours at the AGO with my lovely sister, Pandora. She was in town from Ottawa on legal business; she is a federal lawyer having previously worked in the Prime Minister’s Office, […]

Autumn Moon.

Serigraph 32 x 32 Inches Edition: 80 © 2008 Susan A. Point Provenance: 67/80 Art collection Arvin da Braga. Orca pod at Full Moon gathering in mating ritual. http://susanpoint.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Point __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ © 2013-2020 Arvin da Brgha.  All Rights Reserved.