Category: Culture

Emily Carr meets Dr. Seuss

Vancouver artist Dana Irving’s stylized landscapes have been described as Emily Carr meets Dr. Seuss. She is inspired by the nature of the Pacific Northwest and is influenced by North American landscape painters of the 1930s and 40s. New works by Irving are on exhibit at Ian Tan […]

Mary Anderson: Section 265

This is an important exhibit, with such heartbreaking visuals. Ryerson University photo-based art student Mary Anderson opens at  I.M.A. gallery with Section 265, an image map of 12 cases of sexual assault that took place on Toronto streets last year. The name comes from the Section of the […]

Mandy Stobo: ‘Bad Portraits’ & Mixed Media

Emerging artist Mandy Stobo has a double reputation. Her metier is these stunning street-art style mixed media works, which sell for up to $8,000. But she also has a skyrocketing business doing $100 “Bad Portraits,” garish watercolor paintings of basically anybody who asks.  (Above: I went to market […]

Madness in Callon’s ‘Houses of Fiction’

Photo artist Julia Callon’s Houses of Fiction  is fascinating.  The series is a hybrid of  photography and small-scale models. Drawing on Victorian literature, the works reflect a woman’s ‘place’ in society, expressed through domestic spaces. Each story is a diptych. The first image represents the passive, obedient woman, the […]

The Art of Soup: Campbell’s channels Andy Warhol

Labels reminiscent of the revered soup works of pop artist Andy Warhol appear on 1.2 million special-edition cans of Campbell’s condensed tomato soup at Target stores starting Sunday. -Vintage: The famous Campbell’s soup print by Warhol initially provoked a consideration of legal action at Campbell’s before the company […]

Christi Belcourt: Honouring the Spirit

Christi Belcourt is one of Canada’s preeminent Métis visual artists.  One of her designs was selected this summer to be rendered into stained glass and installed in the House of Commons in Ottawa.  The work is in honour of residential school students and  families. Belcourt celebrates the beauty […]