Kathy Venter’s Terra Cottas

British Columbia-based Kathy Venter is internationally known for her life size ceramic sculptures. -Sun, terra cotta, gypsum cement & wood, 50x20x32″ She is currently working toward a major exhibition in 2013 at the prestigious Gardiner Museum of Contemporary Ceramics in Toronto, building upon her long-standing reputation for the […]

Mysteries in Handmade Paper & Wood

It’s difficult to categorize the works of  Isabelle Leduc:  “Neither completely paintings, nor sculptures . . . . perhaps masks, architectural fragments, shields, organic elements, pebbles and rocks, enigmatic botanical species, pictograms?” critic René Viau once wrote.  (Above: Glossaire, 2008, paper, wood and acrylic, 40,5 x 30 x […]

From rock music, to medicine to light-filled art

Terry Watkinson’s light-filled art extends a journey that began in the North, traversed architecture, barreled through the world of rock music and encompassed a university career in medical illustration. (Above: Stars & Bars) He’s equally at home connecting with inspiring landscapes, drawing body organs, and painting cityscapes. –Cityscape […]

O Canada in Lips: Joyce Wieland

Consider this combination of feminism and patriotism in Joyce Wieland’s famous O Canada lithograph of women’s mouths singing the national anthem.  To make this print, Wieland put on greasy lipstick and pressed her lips onto a clean lithography stone, forming the syllables of O Canada. [Above: Joyce Wieland, […]

Doctored Thrift Store Art & Lyrics

How inventive.  Laura Kikauka’s installation, Strength Thru Embarrassment, converts a collection of garish thrift store art into musically labelled mixed media pieces.  She collages, draws and paints excerpts from song lyrics onto the art, “making the original artist and lyricist unwitting collaborators,” says Toronto gallery MKG127. Above: Lyric […]

The Art of The Puppet

Recognized as one of Canada’s foremost theatre artists, Ronnie Burkett has been credited with creating some of the world’s most elaborate and provocative puppetry. The artistry that has led to worldwide acclaim is front and centre in his current show, Penny Plain, opening soon in Ottawa on its […]