Growing up in the 70's, I didn't really feel a strong sense of a Canadian identity. At that age I don't think I understood what it meant to be Canadian. I think in order to really understand something you need to build it, and that takes time. Creating a painting takes time. Feeling how a piece of art moves you requires your involvement and sometimes a stubborn interest becomes a life long passion.
Since high school I have been preoccupied with art history. Looking at the development of human expression through art has always been a fascinating subject of study for me. Representational work, specifically, has always demanded my attention. From Bernini's sculptures to Rembrandt's portraits right up to the landscapes of Edgar Payne. I am in awe at the remarkable work of so many great artists, both historical and contemporary.
The last few years has been a very exciting time in the art world. An appreciation for realism is most certainly growing. The development of networking sites, websites and blogs have become useful tools in helping artists promote their work. Art critics no longer dominate the landscape as they have in the past. The artist is now more than ever taking their place as the author of their own potential. People are starting to believe that they can actually "know something about art" and are becoming more comfortable in describing how a piece of art makes them feel without waiting for an "expert" to tell them what it means.
There are some wonderful things happening in the art world right now and a lot of it is taking place in Canada. I have always felt that Canadian artists deserve more attention. This is what my blog is about. My search for art in Canada and my humble effort to write about it. I love realism and I want to promote, celebrate, and learn more about the wonderful talent that flourishes across this country.
Here is a prelude showing some great work being done by Canadian artists. The expressive portraits and figures of Daniel Hughes, the wonderfully refined work of John Hansen, the romantic imagery of Danielle Richard and the rich still life paintings of Mina dela Cruz.
Mina dela Cruz