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J Walters

I curate visual arts under The Art Junkie banner

Lauren Crazybull: No Stereotypes

Lauren Crazybull, a 24-year-old Blackfoot and Dene artist, has become the Province of Alberta’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence, the first such position in Canada. Her personal artist mission is to accurately portray First Nations people, against their colonial stereotypes, as she does in her compelling portraits.

Quick Hits: Rockwood

This is a diptych by Toronto-based artist Brian Kelley, whose work captures the natural beauty of one of Ontario’s hidden secrets. The Rockwood Conservation Area, with its limestone cliffs, caves and glacial potholes, is a heavenly place. (Along with its natural wonders, there’s an abandoned woollen mill that […]

Art of the Map: Around the World

Scan the wonderful illustrations on this promotional map of Europe and Asia, produced in 1956 by Menier Chocolate, and drawn by J.B. Jannot, (aka Jan-Loup). This artist was also an illustrator for a French magazine from the 1950s to the early 1960s, and he also designed scarves for […]

Lion King: Art of the Costume

There’s no end to the popularity of The Lion King, which broke box office records on the weekend in its latest movie version. It’s a good time to appreciate the original stage show, especially the costumes, designed by Broadway producer and director Julie Taymor.