Last week, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the media preview of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition at the National Gallery of Canada. I was thrilled at the opportunity because as you guys already know, I like to hang out at the gallery, a lot.
This year, the National Gallery of Canada is home to this fantastic exhibition, highlighting the work of 15 finalists shortlisted for this competition. These finalists were selected from 673 entrants which represent Canada’s top emerging talent.
The RBC Canadian Painting Competition provides emerging Canadian artists with exposure to national audiences, mentorship and financial support to help them achieve professional success.
The finalists include:
- Michael Freeman Badour, Toronto, ON;
- Amanda Boulos, Toronto, ON;
- Teto Elsiddique, Halifax, NS;
- Cindy Ji Hye Kim, Toronto, ON;
- David Kaarsemaker, Gatineau, QC;
- Wei Li, Edmonton, AB;
- Laura Payne, Saskatoon, SK;
- Veronika Pausova, Toronto, ON;
- Laura Rokas-Bérubé, Lacolle, QC;
- M.E Sparks, Vancouver, BC;
- Kizi Spielmann Rose, Gatineau, QC;
- Angela Teng, Vancouver, BC;
- Joani Tremblay, Montreal, QC;
- Tristan Unrau, Vancouver, BC; and
- Ambera Wellmann, Guelph, ON.
This October 17, 2017, one winner and two runners up will be selected by a jury. The lucky winner will receive $25,000! The runners up will each receive $15,000 also. The remaining finalists will receive $2,500. In addition, the top three paintings chosen will be featured permanently in the RBC Corporate Art Collection. Not too shabby!
This compelling exhibit is now open to the public and will run until October 22, 2017. I highly encourage you to swing by the Gallery and check out this thought-provoking and compelling exhibit.
If you do visit, please let me know what your favourite painting is! They are all fantastic, but I’m very partial to Laura Rokas’ Number 7 painting directly above.