Sandra Meigs: Governor General’s Award winner

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Sandra Meigs, one of eight winners of the 2015 Governor General’s Awards in Visual Arts announced this week, has shaped painting in Canada for 40 years, including through a period when painting was maligned. (Above: From Basement Panoramas . Below:  From Giants)

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MEIGS PURGATORIO

A professor at University of Victoria’s visual arts department for 20 years, she is an expressionist who pulls from philosophical texts, popular culture, music and poetry. I first posted about Meigs in  2011 to showcase her compelling Purgatorio series, vignettes about the club-bar scene.

Sandra Meigs-The Canadian Press

“Meigs imbues her art with disarming, strategic and, at times, mordant humour,” writes Helen Marzolf, Open Space, who nominated the artist. “She is an astute risk taker, whose work is led by a feral imagination, resolutely following the barest whiff of imaginative trails into uncharted intimacies.”

The full list of Governor General’s Award winners here.

An exceptional video documentary of Meigs, produced by the awards, here.

More of her art on the Meigs website, here.

Her About Page, here.

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