Category: 150 Artists

Canadian Artists You Should Know – An Ongoing Series

47/150: The Remarkable Arnaud Maggs

Renowned photographer Arnaud Maggs (b: 1926 Montreal) was at the top of his career when he died in 2012 at the age of 86.  The National Gallery of Canada had just opened a major retrospective covering four decades of his work. And a few days before that exhibition […]

45/150: Rebecca Belmore – Facing the Monumental

One of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary artists, Rebecca Belmore (b: 1960) started as a performance artist in the late 1980s. Her works address climate change, water access, land use, homelessness, and human displacement. She focuses on conflicting relationships with the state of women’s lives, historical events and violence […]

44/150: Brian Jungen – Cultural Touchstones

Brian Jungen (b: 1970) is an acclaimed Canadian artist who is internationally renowned for his elaborate sculptures and installations inspired by his experience of post-industrial consumerism and his own First Nations heritage. The works are made from re-purposed consumer goods  (think Nike Air Jordan trainers, above, or plastic […]

43/150: Nicholas Hornyansky – Printmaking

Nicholas Hornyansky (1896-1965) was born in Budapest and became familiar with technique long before he turned to art full time. Hornyansky was a colour mixer from the age of 12 in his father’s printing works. He later studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, and continued his studies […]

42/150: Jamasee Pitseolak Bucks Tradition

These works assembled from individually carved pieces of stone are the edgy, non-traditional works of Jamasee Padluq Pitseolak. He was born in 1968 in Nunavut, Cape Dorset on southern Baffin Island, the tiny Nunavut community known since the 1950s as the centre of Inuit art and where generations […]