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J Walters

I curate visual arts under The Art Junkie banner

Michael Snow’s Remarkable Reach

NOTE: Michael Snow is also updated in the 150 Artists for Canada 150 series, here. Michael Snow must really be a polymath.  The cultural impact of this Canadian artist, filmmaker, musician, videographer, sculptor and painter is phenomenal, given that just two of his remarkable installations hold thousands of tourists […]

Vancouver: Lights Out – Canadian Art in the 1960s

Claude Breeze’s 1964 painting, “Lovers in a Landscape #3 Mandala,” is one of 90 works in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new exhibit on Canadian modernism in the 1960s. Maxwell Bates, Beautiful B.C., 1966 The tumultuous 1960s shook up Canadian culture, creating new vibrancy in art across the country.   […]

Susanna Heller: Catastrophe is her Muse

Susannah Heller’s gritty catastrophic paintings flow from the ruins of 9/11, and from the personal calamity of her husband’s battle with flesh-eating disease.  Above: Last Blues of Dusk.  Below: Bill in the Hospital Heller had been artist in residence at the World Trade Centre for several years before […]

Stylish Figuratives: Josepha van den Anker

Figurative painter Josepha van den Anker was born in the Netherlands,  immigrated to Canada at age six and now divides her time between Ontario and Ireland. Van den Anker’s works have been picked up rapidly by corporations, including the government of Canada, the country’s major banks and life […]

Rock Therrien’s Fantastical Rounded Figures

Quebec Artist Rock Therrien creates amusing situations, using his characteristic rounded figures.  His new show opens April 12 at the Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. -La ligue de garage Mixed media on canvas, 48″ x 92 Being a true admirer of curves, Therrien will engrave […]

Valentine’s Couple’s Therapy

Toronto artist Caitlyn Chisamore is featured on Saatchi online, part of the international gallery’s showcase of “Couples Therapy” in homage to Valentine’s Day. The hands in her works are “meant to portray the effect that people have on each other, ”  becoming “a tool of understanding, reading each […]