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News: RBC Painting Competition shortlist

The RBC Canadian Painting Competition, a barometer of emerging painters from across the country, has announced this year’s shortlist.


Eli Bornowsky, Untitled 2008. Image: front.bc.ca

Western Canada

· Eli Bornowsky of Vancouver
· Andrew Dadson of Vancouver
· Jeremy Hof of Vancouver
· Collin Johanson of Vancouver
· Lorenzo Pepito of Vancouver


Martin Golland, House for Karen J., 2006. Image: leokamengallery.com

Central Canada

· Martin Golland of Toronto
· Sarah Jane Gorlitz of Toronto
· Amanda Reeves of Oakville
· Drew Simpson of Toronto
· Emmy Skensved of Toronto


Wil Murray, Why Are You Looking Up Here The Joke Is In Your Hand, 2007. Image: belkin.ubc.ca

Eastern Canada

· Patrick Howlett of Fredericton
· Rick Leong of Montreal
· Wil Murray of Montreal
· Jeanie Riddle of Montreal
· Justin Stephens of Montreal

Past winners include:

2007 – Arabella Campbell


Arabella Campbell, Painter’s Tape Blue, 2004, Painter’s Tape Light, 2004, Canvas Painting. Installation view at the VAG. Image: catrionajeffries.com

2006 – Dil Hildebrand
2005 – Etienne Zack
2004 – Dionne Simpson
2003 – Chris Dorosz


Dil Hildebrand, Possible Woods, 2007. Image: pfoac.com

After being announced in September – by Governor General Michaelle Jean – the works will be on view at the National Gallery, before traveling across the country at the following art institutions:

The National Gallery of Canada
September 13 – 25, 2008
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Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
October 9 – 19, 2008
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The Rooms
St. John’s, Newfoundland
December 1, 2008 – January 4, 2009
Click HERE

Museum London
October 22 – November 2, 2008
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The Power Plant
November 11 – 23, 2008
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Mendel Art Gallery
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
January 16 – February 1, 2009
Click HERE

Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
February 7 – 22, 2009
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Contemporary Art Gallery
Vancouver, British Columbia
March 26 – April 3, 2009
Click HERE

Click HERE for more info on the painting competition.

7 Responses to “News: RBC Painting Competition shortlist”

  1. Amrita says:

    Really happy to see my friend Drew Simpson on the list — I love his work. And nice that the exhibition will tour the whole country, all the way to Newfoundland, which usually gets left out.

  2. Nick Brown says:

    Collin Johanson for the win!

  3. Jordan Hill says:

    Last year Paul Butler hijacked the judging so he might have a shot with both Arabella Campbell and Catriona Jeffries Gallery. Hopefully this years judges will actually have morals.

  4. L.M. says:

    That’s the kind of gossip I love. But juries are always filled with a hundred different agendas and, as well, quite a number of (almost) inperceptible conflicts of interest.

    I wouldn’t hold my breath expecting morals. Juries stumble through their peculiar negotiations with each other and some artist gets lucky.

  5. Angus Ferguson says:

    Jordan Hill,
    Why don’t you tell us a little more about yourself? Please give us the inside scoop…enlighten us.

  6. Justin Stephens for the win!!

  7. barbara houston says:

    eli bornowsky without a doubt, continues to explore develop and through rigorous application and practice*, emerges with original and complex work.
    *that in itself is worthy of note…..RBC might finally get it right!

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