On Friday, January 6th my solo art show five years in the making met the eyes of Canadian art lovers in Sherwood Park Alberta, just outside of Edmonton. CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada is a collection of 37 of the most memorable and unique pieces from the past five years of my journey across the Canadian landscape, and into our national subconscious. Here are some photos from the opening night. The show runs until February 26, 2017 at Strathcona County Art Gallery @501 - curated by Brenda Barry Byrne and presented by Strathcona County and Festival Place Cultural Arts Foundation.
About six years ago a journey began. It started with an experience during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, that caused me to reflect on what it means to be a Canadian. From this a series of paintings emerged, the project became known as #ICONICCANUCK. These paintings extended my connections with people, I found myself painting athletes for Canadian Tire Jumpstart in Toronto and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary. These events allowed me to interact with more people, from all corners of Canada and continue the discussion. My journey then led to a solo showing of these paintings in Edmonton in December 2013. In 2014, I launched a parallel project inspired by the conversations I was having with Canadians, the project became known as 'The People of Canada Portrait Project' , in which Canadians submit their best Canadian 'selfie' and I paint their portrait. Fast forward to 2016; the photos keep coming in and my journey across the Canadian landscape continues. This year I connected with people on the ground in Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Torono, Montreal and Ottawa. Through these experiences I had even more discussion and it is the people I met, in person and on-line, who set me on a deeper journey questioning, who are the People of Canada? Whether born, immigrated to, or ex-patriot, I want to know you, the People of Canada.
In November I received an email from singer, songwriter, and storyteller, Christa Couture, (Associate Producer for CBC Canada 2017) and the result is this lovely article, shining a light on the project.
"Enticed by the power of portraiture, Saturley wants to explore and showcase the rich diversity of Canadians through focusing on the relationships we have. When choosing which photo submissions to turn into paintings, she asks the subjects a series of questions." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
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