Halifax Explosion – The Aftermath

Artist Arthur Lismer, who would be a founder of the famed Group of Seven, was living 10 miles outside Halifax on Dec. 6, 1917 when he felt the shock wave of the largest man-made explosion the world had seen. The collision of two ships, one carrying munitions for World […]

Sketchbook – Ricardo Nunez

Artist Ricardo Nunez shares these sketch-to-illustration combos from his travels around the world in 2018, stressing the convenience of the sketchbook as a canvas and a pencil as a tool while on the road.  Many of these concepts turned into artwork for books, editorial and other projects.

Forest Fire Pilgrimage

Images of wildfires in western Canada prompted artist Phyllis Gordon to begin researching fires and creating artwork of burning forests, working on wood supports and making woodcut prints to depict the beauty and danger of fire. Then she was inspired to take a journey. 

Quick Hits – The Memorialist

Andrew Downs’ Zoological Gardens opened in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1847, stretching over 100 acres that also housed regional and exotic animals. “The Memorialist” presents artist D’Arcy Wilson’s ongoing research into the gardens, which included viewing specimens prepared by Downs in natural history museums such as the Smithsonian […]

Landscapes for Film

The sharp geometry and condensed colour in the paintings of Stewart Jones draw parallels to how a set designer or director would seek out scenes for a movie, searching for a place that commands the essence of a location.

Flags we might have had

On this day in 1965, Canada’s red and white flag rose for the first time on Parliament Hill.  Artists, designers and the public submitted thousands of designs, including this rough hand-drawn suggestion by Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson.