The Artport Gallery at the Harbourfront Center is exhibiting the annual Kingston Prize portraiture exhibition up until April 22nd. Displayed are the works of the 30 finalists that took part of the competition.
” The vision of the Kingston Prize is to encourage and reward the creation of contemporary portraits by Canadian artists , to provide visibility to Canadian artists through competition and to develop historical record of Canadians by Canadian artists”.
The Kingston Prize was founded in 2005 by Kaaren and Julian Brown and it has been held ever since, portraying Canadians viewed by Canadian artists.
I am a regular volunteer at the Harbourfront Center and enjoy spending most of my weekend working at the Artport Gallery looking at the artworks displayed and engaging with the audience viewing the art and exchanging opinions about the art world in general and the paintings in specific.
That Sunday upon entering the gallery I was instantly attracted ta the neatly display of paintings and the colors emanating from each one of them giving that certain vibrance to the space.
I had read about the Kingston Prize exhibition the night before and I was eager to get a glimpse of those 30 finalists’ artwork. Little did I know I was going to be dazed by the professionalism of each and everyone of them.
Those portraits are a piece of art.
Most of them are so real that you would go diving you nose first till you are face to face with the painting (without touching it of course) to make sure it is not a photograph.
Many of them have a story behind the portraiture in question. The description displayed next to the painting informs the viewer of the name of the artists, the medium and how the portrait came to be. I was attracted to those that had a deep psychological meaning behind the artist’s work.
The exhibition is nicely curated and I have been three times now and I would encourage anyone to visit and gaze at those paintings.
You never know I might be there on the weekend pinpointing out my favorites.
ALE GROEN “MY SHADOW” OIL ON PLYWOOD
SHAUN DOWNEY “IN TORONTO” OIL ON CANVAS ON PANEL
KIT KING “THE TANGIBLE MANIFESTATION OF CHANGE” OIL ON LINEN
HELENA VALLEE- DALLAIRE “PLAYING WITH DOLLS” OIL ON LINEN
CHRISTIENNE CUEVAS “PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST” GRAPHITE CARBON & SUMI INK ON PAPER
TOP: JOHN MCDONALD “PEEPHOLE” OIL ON CANVAS
BOTTOM: IAN SHALLITA “VOICE OF FIRE” OIL ON CANVAS
KAE SASAKI “POST OFFICE” OIL ON PATINA ON GOLD LEAFED PANEL
RIGHT: ZOE HARTWICK “LARRY” OIL ON CANVAS
Check out the exhibition at the ArtPort Gallery (Harbourfront Center) showing up until April 22nd.