About

  • The images you see in the banner across the top of the page are by some of Canada’s most famous artists.  Go here for more information.

Indian Church – Emily Carr, 1929

About Canadian Art Junkie:

This blog is a selection of painting, photography, illustration and other visual arts from Canada, about Canada or being exhibited in Canada (with an occasional can’t-be-missed post from elsewhere).

This painting by Emily Carr, which I love, is the quintessential example of the art that many Canadians grew up with.  We saw the Group of Seven in school halls and public buildings. But there wasn’t much focus on other movements.

Today, the selection is astounding, and the art of Canada goes well beyond the still-beloved Group of  Seven.

Let me know if there’s an artist or gallery or show you think is missing. And see Need to Know  for a list of quick hit posts on events across Canada.

* * *

About Me: I’m a journalist, traveler and art & music lover.  I grew up in Canada, trained in Chicago, lived/worked in the Toronto area and now reside in Collingwood, the beautiful centre of southern Georgian Bay.

I also curate a blog about Global Art and there is also an Art Junkie Facebook page.

 

 

There are 152 comments

  1. Stefani

    Hi there,
    I have an event at the AGO coming up soon that you may be interested in and I’ve love to send you details. Would you be able to email me? Thank you!
    stefani [dot] soliman [at] citizenrelations [dot] com

    Like

  2. Stan

    Hello Team

    My name is Eric and I am independent film maker from London I am offering my most recent piece of work to bloggers to feature on their webpage.

    The premise of the video is simple, direct and focusing on the street art of East London. The track is a London House and Garage production.

    My work is low-fi and I work on no budget and work with unsigned musicians and reaching out to the wider creative community only for this video as I feel there hasn’t been one like this created out there about London.

    If you could feature the video with a few words about the video I would be very grateful.

    Please find the link to the video above. Feel free to see my other London based videos here too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjvtNH-htAs

    Many thanks
    Eric

    Like

  3. Vanessa McKernan

    Hi boomertoronto,
    What a lovely blog. Rachel Berman’s work is new to me and gorgeous. Thanks for sharing that. I have a show of figurative work opening in Toronto on Thursday November 20th that I think you would enjoy looking at and might consider reviewing/ posting on your site. The exhibition “Piano Children” is an exploration of childhood and family that plays with ideas of tragedy and nostalgia. These narratives are centered around the experiences, dreams and memories of myself and my seven siblings. Anyways, hope you can take a looks 🙂 More details can be found on my website: http://www.vanessamckernan.com

    Like

  4. Katrina Lee

    Hello boomeron
    I just stumbled upon your outstanding blog! Thanks for sharing.
    My name is Katrina Lee and I am a Montreal based photographer. I’m having my first solo exhibition, Panta rhei’ in Toronto and would like to invite you and your followers to the opening reception on May 9, QSQ gallery, 845 College St. Toronto 630pm-930pm.
    The exhibition showcases a new series of photographs focusing on the waters of Iceland. I hope I have peeked your interest. If so, do read more about it on our press release which can be found on my website, leeworkstudio.com, .
    By chance could you also add something about the exhibition on your blog, FB, Pinterest etc. I’d be honored and would appreciate it very much. Do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further information or images.
    I hope you can make it to the opening night of ‘Panta rhei’
    Best regards

    Like

  5. Christine Platt

    Hey, fantastic blog about Canadian art!
    I’m part of a curatorial team organizing an exhibition of contemporary Canadian landscape art taking place at the Xian Art Museum in China this summer. I wonder if I can email you more details to showcase on your blog?

    Like

  6. Jean

    I’m just curious how you achieved the page that lists all your blog posts with a featured largish thumbnail photo. I like your new theme. By the way, do you ever plan to feature the late Doris McCarthy’s paintings? –she lived in Scarborough

    Like

    1. boomerontario

      Hi Jean – Always great to hear from you. I hugely appreciate the suggestion on Doris McCarthy. She was on my list at the beginning, and then I kind of lost sight of her. I was actually planning another landscape post this weekend, so your prompt is perfectly timed. She’s coming up next. Probably today!

      As for the page with all the blog posts, I think you’re talking about the “all posts” link? Some themes make it easy to do this (my new theme for example) and some don’t. It’s a matter of designating the “posts” page under Settings, reading, front page, posts page. I find the WordPress.com forums extremely helpful. If you go to the forum for your own theme, and ask for help, someone will see the query and answer.

      Like

  7. Alison and Don

    Oh I have enjoyed looking around! All the beautiful moccasin vamps, and Rebecca Belmore’s searing work. I’ll be looking around some more. I, like many, only really know of the Group on Seven, especially as I only moved to Canada as an adult.
    Thank you so much for visiting our blog, and for following. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Blessings, Alison

    Like

  8. Han

    Hello! My name is Han and I really enjoy reading your blog. I’m wondering if there is a way to contact you by email regarding a very exciting show I recently saw at Alison Milne Gallery. It’s a show by a very young Toronto-based artist, Val Sears, a recent OCAD graduate. It’s her solo show, called In Passing, and I believe it will be on till early November.

    http://gallery.alisonmilne.com/exhibitions/val-sears/

    Hope you enjoy her paintings as much as I do!

    Like

  9. Ale

    Hola , my name is Alejandro and I am the director of the DoArt foundation in Montreal, I am reaching out to you because a muralist call Gaia from Baltimore is creating a wall outside of the Arsenal Gallery. Feel free to pass to drop by he will be here until Tuesday !!
    Cheers Alejandro.

    Like

  10. michellecfecit

    morning boomeron
    i’d like to invite you & any of your followers to
    OBO studio’s 1 year & counting anniversary party.
    the invite can be found on my blog or on the
    OBO Studio (cornwall, on) facebook page.
    the studio is located in the old Standard-Freeholder building.

    i’ll be reciting my poetry along with performances by others.
    standing room only, so the performances’ll be short & sweet!

    could you please add the invite to your pinterest page?!

    hope you can make it! michelle

    http://michellecfecit.wordpress.com/

    Like

  11. canadada (@canadada)

    Hi there, just stumbled on your blog – Well done!

    Thought you might like to take a gander too at my work over at htpp://canadadaPHOTOGRAPHY.blogspot.com

    You’ll see I too have been at it for a while … 🙂

    Award-winning, multi-disciplined, self-taught, mid-career, publicly & privately exhibited, eight book titles, 14 years of Canadian fine furniture design, 30 odd years of oil painting, a typeface design, and 15 years of photography including pinhole camera making, etc.

    Enjoy!
    Keep at it!

    Like

      1. canadada

        Hello again. Just wondered if you might be interested in reviewing/viewing some earlier work of this year, my ‘White Out’ project. If so, can send you a sample with links. Thanks. Also, are you aware of Arabella? (http://www.arabelladesign.com/) It’s quite a different kind of promoter of Canadian art with a bit more of a ‘glossy’ feel 😉 Overall, I prefer your efforts – LOVE your selections. Very best, mlh

        Like

  12. Virginie

    Hi Mrs Walters,

    Is it possible to contact you by email to give you information about a project I think you would be interested in? You can contact me at vp [@] codmorse.com.

    Thank you very much!

    Like

  13. michellecfecit

    hey boomeron

    just wanted to update you on the apples & art studio tour that was held this weekend in our area. we had a great turnout at OBO Studio where i exhibited. i’ve posted some pics on my blog. hope you get a chance to visit again!

    hope all the other fall studio tours, coming up & gone by have as inspiring outcomes as ours did!

    http://michellecfecit.wordpress.com/

    Like

      1. michellecfecit

        thanks for taking the time boomeron! OBO Studio is a great space. any endeavour that tracy-lynn & emily take on seems to take wings!
        thanks for the comment on the mirror. the poem is applied on the surface with vinyl lettering like what is used on vehicles for business logos so there’s weeding involved. i had to weed away the excess vinyl from around each letter. when the letters are so small & with such large serifs, it’s a more involved task. the mirror was originally gilded & used to hang in my mother’s living room. she loved that mirror & so do i but i always wanted to wash the gilded look out! so everytime i hit a snag (literally!) in the weeding process i figured it was my mom sending a sign that she was not happy with this project!

        http://michellecfecit.wordpress.com/

        Like

    1. boomerontario

      Thanks so much. No, I had not heard of her, and this is one of the best things about blogging – getting referred to great artists you’re not familiar with. Appreciated.

      Like

    1. boomerontario

      I’m truly honored. And you deserve all those recognitions. And by the way, the reason my post is serious (true) is because I don’t have your panache! I love your awards post, and am going on over to your blog to say so.

      Like

        1. boomerontario

          ALL your dozens of commenters love that post. You should put an image from it on your sidebar and link it back to the post so everyone stopping by can go there. It really is fabulous.

          Like

          1. Resa McConaghy

            Thank you, and what a great idea it is about the sidebar thing. I’m on an MOW right now, and time is slipping away from me as we approach camera. Hopefully I can get that together this weekend, which will be my last 2 day weekend for awhile. What an exhausting career film is. For crying out loud, I still can’t figure out how to do a Blogroll. Argh!

            Like

    1. boomerontario

      Thank you for this, very much appreciated. I also enjoyed your list of nominees, with quite a few blogs that I’d likely never have had the opportunity to see without a visit to your page.

      Like

  14. The Wanderlust Gene

    You may remember I was bowled over by your Blog after you were Freshly Pressed. Ever since, an email from the Canadian Art Junkie is always eagerly opened and I have had a great deal of pleasure – if nothing else – from my visits. So, when I was awarded the ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award recently I immediately thought of your site, and I’ve nominated you – I hope you don’t mind?
    Follow this link, I think:
    https://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/the-abc-of-me/
    Ciao

    Like

    1. boomerontario

      Wow, thank you so much. I certainly do remember, and I love your blog. Those are extremely kind words, and I appreciate your support. Congratulations on your award. That’s very appropriate. I will also reply on your blog.

      Like

  15. Bodhi du Jour

    Thank you kindly for the visit!

    I find that the best thing that comes out of a visit to my blog (best thing for me, that is), is that I get to learn about another web project, I get to read another blog. So, here I am, and I see myself spending a lot of time reading all these wonderful posts about art.

    XX.

    Like

  16. Alli Farkas

    Wow, you sure manage to find some fabulous stuff! Things I could never have imagined. I’m so heartened to know there is still a great deal of originality out there, since so much nowadays seems to be purely derivative. Thanks for ferreting out all this wonderful work! (Oh yeah, and thanks for the “like” on my blog)

    Like

    1. boomerontario

      Thanks, that’s very encouraging to hear. I think, though, that this blog benefits from the fact that so much Canadian art is undiscovered. And so much of it is fabulous. I’m glad you took the time to comment. (And I love your horses)

      Like

  17. cherryspick

    I just discovered your blog. As a canadian recently moved to London (not the one in Ontario of course…) I found it very hard to keep track of what is happening in Canada. I am glad to have found some help from you. Cheers.

    Like

  18. Stitch Mode Blogger

    I just love the art you post! So much art is yet to be found within this world, but your blog is highlighting all of it! I will be visiting often! I am based in fashion and am the “Stitch Mode Blogger of stitchmode.wordpress.com

    Like

      1. Stitch Mode Blogger

        Thank you ever so much! I am very glad to hear that you love my photography – my camera is only an Olympus 12mp, but on that particular day in London – it decided to play nice and gave me some great results. I will be checking new posts on your blog too! 🙂

        Like

  19. dorothymcdonall

    Hi boomerontario! Thank you for visiting my blog “Reflections” and liking my post “The Art of Veil Painting …” … I’m thrilled that my work caught your eye. I’m a Canadian artist living in Ontario and have been sitting on my veil paintings for a few years now waiting for an opportunity to “get them out there.” This blog is another attempt at doing so. … Thanks again for visiting. … Be well … Dorothy 🙂

    Like

    1. boomerontario

      I’ve also posted this message on your awards-picks page: Wow, thank you so much for nominating The Canadian Art Junkie. Very much appreciated. I will be posting back on it in the next few days. I also love your blog picks! And your blog

      Like

  20. freefrednice

    glad to see someone championing some homegrown art, from the canadian soil, with an emphasis romantic sort of spirit, i’ll be sifting through this blog often, thanks for collecting it all 🙂

    Like

  21. The Artful Desperado

    Yeah! Creative bloggers united!

    You have great content and I am really happy that I found your blog with so much Canadian art! (I was looking for one for quite some time) I’ll go through your awesome posts to find artful gems (I mean there are so many to choose from!)

    😀 keep it up!

    Like

  22. michellecfecit

    heya boomeron

    just wondering if you’ve heard word on the versatile blogger award that irma nominated you for. how’d you fair? well i hope!

    i haven’t been very busy with any visual arts lately but i’ve started taking voice lessons to compliment my poetry voice. it’s like a skylight is opening above my forehead with each lesson!

    wishing you a merry Christmas, michelle

    http://michellecfecit.wordpress.com/

    Like

  23. Anthony Donnelly

    Good morning (just about still…!)

    Thank you so much for stopping by and liking my “Intimacy” collection. I’m still very new and ’emerging’ as an artist – a bit of a late bloomer, I guess you could say! All the ‘likes’, comments, and visits to my blog displaying my little pieces are so encouraging.

    I very much look forward to perusing your postings in more detail over the coming weeks and months. I’m excited that I have some new shows tentatively booked already for next year!

    Like

  24. bardessdmdenton

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my recent post: ‘The Lavenders’. I can already see that I will enjoy and be greatly inspired by the work shared here. I will be back!

    Like

  25. Bill

    Thanks for stopping by 20 Lines A Day and placing a like beneath my First Impressions. I’ll enjoy meandering through your own blog now. 🙂

    Like

  26. idiolalia

    Thanks for visiting my blog – glad you enjoyed my photo. I like this site lots! I’m gonna have to poke around here more… eesh, art is so awesome. 😉

    So glad I now know you’re here!

    Like

  27. Jean

    I was disappointed when Ken Thomson’s Group of 7 collection was moved from the Bay gallery on Queen St. It was so accessible for public to see.

    I loved the Group of 7. Toronto also offers alot of outdoor public art that are permanent works. Have you blogged on any of this.

    On my blog, I’ve written and linked to stuff in Vancouver with a cycling theme. However City of Vancouver has over 500+ pieces of permanent outdoor art. And then there’s more out in the suburbs!

    Maybe I’ll get around to Calgary. They’re still evolving, in my opinion.

    Keep on blogging!

    Like

    1. boomerontario

      Hey Jean – I’ve been to your blog, it’s great. (I especially love the section on Prague, one of my all-time favorite places). Your point about the Ken Thomson collection is so true. I also wanted to tell you that the curator of the big exhibition of Canadian art that’s going to take place in Massachusetts in 2012 spoke in Toronto recently, and someone asked her which cities she thought were actively on the edge in art. She said Calgary, so your comment about that city is pretty astute as well. Thanks for taking the time to visit and leave your thoughts. Really appreciated.

      Like

  28. nancyeasun

    hey boomerontario
    damn. no gallery yet. have been looking and trying and hopin and prayin. but no go yet. obviously i’ve got very few paintings at this point (as you may have read on my site, my paintings take forever to do, and i’m only on my 5th now, which is probably the most detailed of them all!)…my wordpress site allowed me the chance to get my work out there to the public in the meantime… i’ve just realized thru a previous comment posted that you responded that all artists on your site must be represented by a gallery…. didn’t know until then. sorry.(i did have a gallery represented me a few years back, but no longer…) Anyway, i understand if you wish not to include my work because of that… either way, thanks for the wonderful site for artists!
    nancy

    Like

    1. boomerontario

      Hey Nancy – Thanks for the response. I really like your art. It’s not that everybody must always be repped by a gallery, it’s just that right now, I’m focusing on artists who have exhibitions on, or who are front and centre at one of the main galleries. It’s a new-ish blog and it’s just the approach I’m taking for the moment. But stay in touch, will you. I’d love to hear what’s happening with your work.

      Like

  29. boomerontario

    Hi Michelle – Man, it doesn’t look like you took a 10-year break! Interesting art. Right now, I’m focusing on artists who are on exhibit or who are represented by a gallery. Stay in touch, and let me know how things go for you.

    Like

  30. nancyeasun

    hi! wondering if you may like to include my work… i’m a toronto artist, used to be an illustrator, and finally found my niche in my work… thanks for your great website!
    nancy easun

    Like

    1. boomerontario

      Hi Nancy – Thank you very much for contacting me (and for your support) I believe I saw your work at Art Toronto 2011? I’m not sure. But those fish paintings are beautifully unique. The images stay with you. And yes, those are exactly the types of work this blog is made to showcase. Who’s your gallery?

      Like

  31. A Pakistani Boy

    Your blog is inspiring. I used to paint before i moved to my boarding school in 8th grade and that school took my art from me(cuz it was all studies and no arts, also of bullying) but i found a new art, poetry. i started working on my paintings last year and i’m still stuck there where i was six years ago. I hope i can get more inspiration from your blog to paint and sketch.

    Cheers and good luck 🙂

    Like

    1. boomerontario

      Hi Pakistani Boy – I really enjoyed your poetry and your blog when I went there for a visit. Thank you for all your comments and likes. You obviously have a lot of energy, and if painting is what you want to get back to, I’m betting you will do it some day.

      Like

  32. boomerontario

    Hi Jean – Thanks for your comments. You made me think about something I heard at the Art Toronto 2011 fair last weekend. A curator from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art – where a big exhibit of Canadian art is launching next May – gave a talk about the art scene in Canada, and how she picked the artists who will be on show. After the talk, during the Q&A, somebody asked her which part of Canada that she visited impressed her most with contemporary. She said Calgary was one of the places. I don’t know much about the Calgary art scene, but maybe it’s beginning to grow? (BTW, those peameal sandwiches at St. Lawrence – scrumptious! Nice blog)

    Like

  33. Jean

    Another ex-Toronto that lived in Toronto for over 20 yrs., (last 10 yrs. I biked regularily) and enjoyed some of the great art there. Then lived, cycled and enjoyed art in Metro Vancouver.

    Now in Calgary. Jeez, it feels like a desert –art-wise abit. It’s in my blog of stuff in these 3 cities and more elsewhere since I wrote for Tourism Vancouver: http://insidevancouver.ca

    I always enjoyed the Group of 7 and too bad that the late Ken Thompson decided to move his collection from the Bay store on Queen St….

    Unfortunately I didn’t have time to get down to the retrofitted AGO this past September when I was cramming time with family & friends. But plan to. By the way, yes some of the ACAD grad. student art is fabulous.

    Like

  34. tarapappas

    Wow–beautiful painting! I have not familiarized myself with canadian artists, but have enjoyed looking at the works featured on your blog! Thanks for sharing!

    Like

  35. mazimages

    Great blog, lots of information, inspiration and a great place to catch up on the world of Canadian artists. I look forward to more postings and maybe someday I will have the courage to share my work 🙂

    Like

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s