So, the Canadian National Portrait Gallery has been indefinitely cancelled.
Conan O’Brien even mentioned it on his late night show, saying that if we had such a gallery it would be filled with Gretzky portraits. While this made me giggle a little, I am feeling pretty blue that this project got silently scrapped by our current federal government.
I have travelled little bits in my life. I have been fortunate to catch the Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery in London two times. It is a true reflection of the best contemporary portrait painting in the world. See the gallery of the 2008 winners.
Wouldn’t it be grand if that kind of art had a place to be on display in Canada? Or, if we had a space for our own portraits of people would live? I wish we were growing these things in Canada, despite the economic crisis. It seems that their is never a convenient or appropriate time to spend dollars on arts & culture.
As an artist and people lover I am inspired by the study of human form and expression. We’d all be enriched and impacted by this space not just because it is a building filled with art but because we are taking an active role to preserve and respect our history.
(Above is a Harper portrait done by my husband, Dana. Its a take from Shepard Fairey’s Obama poster, but with our Canadian prime minister, see some of Fairey’s work here)