Joanne Tod. Kawhi Leonard, 2019. Oil on linen. 22 x 22 in. (Courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery).
The 17 oil-on-linen paintings in Organizing Principle feature portraits of the NBA Championship-winning Toronto Raptors. The exhibition premiered this spring at Toronto’s Nicholas Metivier Gallery, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery presentation is its first public art gallery presentation.
Her Raptors series continues her long-standing interest in portraiture as a means to open discussions that range beyond art, encompassing issues of identity and diversity, fashion and fame, economic advantage and disadvantage, and the ways in which society pushes down collective desires only to project them onto social phenomena, such as sports competitions. She is fascinated by the magic that makes a human athlete a superhuman hero, or someone a fashion icon, or a museum object a priceless treasure.
Julie Caissie (Canadian). Objet (detail), 36” x 36”, acrylic on canvas. Collection of the artist.
The Studio Watch Emerging Artist program is dedicated to the presentation of work by emerging painters in New Brunswick. Supported by Earl and Sandy Brewer, this exhibition celebrates these artists and provides them with an opportunity and prestige of a first solo exhibition in a major art museum. A purchase award is also provided.
Julie Caissie is an Acadian visual artist from Moncton, New Brunswick. Attracted to unfamiliar or contradictory universes, her artistic process explores the subtle relationships where painting, photography, performance, and sculpture meet and intersect to become interdisciplinary.
Percy Sacobie (Canadian-Wolastoqiyik) Highways (detail), 2016. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of the artist.
A skilled multidisciplinary artist of the St. Mary’s First Nation, Percy Sacobie creates images of deep personal meaning that are graphically moving, tied to his upbringing as well as local Indigenous stories and living history. He received the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal in 2017 for building a community cabin for those who may need it.
Mark Mullin (Canadian, b. 1969). These things that linger (detail), 2012. Oil on canvas, 222.5 cm x 190.0 cm. Gift of the artist
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