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Richard Davis, Basement Self Portrait

Richard Davis, Basement Self Portrait (2013), oil over tempera emulsion on panel [Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary AB, Nov 1-Jan 25]

The Kingston Prize

Art Gallery of Calgary
Calgary AB – Nov 1, 2013-Jan 25, 2014

Jessie Babin, Valmont

Jessie Babin, Valmont, graphite and crayon on paper [Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary AB, Nov 1-Jan 25]

The Kingston Prize has been Canada’s foremost portrait competition since its inception in 2005. Each year the exhibit showcases the talents of 30 outstanding Canadian artists in a series of portraits that reveal the richness and diversity of painting and drawing across the country. In addition to the prestige, more than $24,000 in prize money encourages artists to participate in the touring exhibition.

The 2013 winner is Richard Davis for his luminous self-portrait as viewed from behind, titled Basement Self Portrait. An exquisite and moving image, it is painted with oil over tempera emulsion on panel with a delicate hand and the absolute, sure mastery of a brilliant painter. Davis was previously with the Atelier Gallery in Vancouver before moving to Nova Scotia. He currently exhibits in Toronto at the Odon Wagner Gallery and in New York at Gerold Wunderlich & Co. In 2011, Davis was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

The majority of pieces short-listed for the 2013 prize are drawn or painted in high realism or photorealist styles. An outstanding painting and the People’s Choice Award went to Jessie Babin for her stunning graphite portrait entitled Valmont. The three BC artists selected were Jay Senetchko, Elizabeth Topham and Nelly Kazenbroot. Both Senetchko and Topham won an honourable mention in the competition.

Mia Johnson


Jay Senetchko, I Remember That Yellow Chair

Jay Senetchko, I Remember That Yellow Chair, oil on canvas [Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary AB, Nov 1-Jan 25]

Elizabeth Topham, Self Portrait @ Age 47, 2013

Elizabeth Topham, Self Portrait @ Age 47, 2013 (2013), oil on canvas [Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary AB, Nov 1-Jan 25]

Edgardo Aragón, Ley Fuga

Edgardo Aragón, Ley Fuga (2010), HD video, 1 minute, 26 seconds [Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC, Mar 28-May 24] Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Edgardo Aragón, La Trampa

Edgardo Aragón, La Trampa (2011), 3-channel HD video, 9 min 19 sec [Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC, Mar 28-May 24]

Edgardo Aragón, Matamoros

Edgardo Aragón, Matamoros (2009), HD video, 23 min [Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC, Mar 28-May 24]

Edgardo Aragón, Efectos de Familia

Edgardo Aragón, Efectos de Familia (2007–09), HD video, 13 scenes, 28 min total [Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC, Mar 28-May 24]


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