• 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:

I’m a Canadian and I’m a junkie for the visual arts.

The site features painting, photography, illustration and other visual arts from Canada, and from around the world.

(Posts from Global Art Junkie, which used to be a separate site, recently were merged with Canadian Art Junkie – so you’ll now see the widest range of visual arts right here.)

This work by Emily Carr, a  favourite, is the quintessential example of art that many Canadians grew up with.  We saw the Group of Seven in schools and public buildings. But there wasn’t much focus on other movements.

Today, the selection goes well beyond Canada’s still-beloved Group of  Seven.

And just keep browsing here for some of the fascinating global art we also feature.



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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 south Georgian Bay.

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*Re Emily Carr’s painting, originally titled Indian Church (as in the cutline above).

In May, 2018, the Art Gallery of Ontario, which holds the piece, re-hung the painting with a new name because the word “Indian” causes pain, the AGO said.

The new name Church at Yuquot Village references the British Columbia Indigenous community where the church was located.

A CBC piece about the name change is here.

153 replies »

  1. 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?


  2. 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


    • 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.


  3. 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


  4. 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.


    Hope you enjoy her paintings as much as I do!


  5. 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.


  6. 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



  7. I was born in Canada, but left for Australia when I was still at school, so missed out on Canadian art. Thanks you for bringing me up to speed! =D


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