Unknown artist (Quebec)
Crucifix, 19th century
Tattooed Woman, 1975
Green Zone (Brilliant Orange, White Interference), 2006
“I don’t really work on paintings as such; I’ve always worked in a series, or a continuum of ideas and thoughts.”
Arvik Amuasijartuq (Bowhead in Amautik), 2012
“I am a hunter and I know the land and animals of the north. I am particularly inspired by the bowhead whale, because nobody really knows much about them. My inspiration to be an artist comes from my aunt, Kenojuak Ashevak, because she is the oldest and the best.”
Bernard Picart, A Canadian Marriage Ceremony, c.1740
James Duncan, Canadian Wedding, 1831-1834
Two early pictures of Canadian weddings; one Aboriginal and the other European.
Terry Fox, n.d.
If this reminds you of the Terry Fox statue by Parliament Hill thats because they’re both done by Mol.
This weekend is the New Art Festival, Ottawa’s biggest non-commercial art festival. Check it out in Central Park in the Glebe on June 15th and 16th.
Ceramic bowl (“Anne Frank 1924 – 1945”), 1987
Carl Beam did numerous works styled after indigenous american southwest pottery. Here, he uses the old Mimbres style to depict Anne Frank, drawing parallels between genocides that happened both in and outside of North America. On the bottom of the composition, Beam has written a poem. I tried to transcribe it, but I could not make out the title and a few words:
“I would wonder about the activity at times and the reductionist mentality would be motivation to keep working no, not of mine course, no, not yours of course, ?, now I understand, of course…….
Carl Beam Aug. 27
better day today”