VANCOUVER, Nov. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - For many young Canadians, turning what
you love into a fulfilling career can be challenging. This is
especially true for young artists trying to move from emerging talent
to established artist. Trying to make the right connections and
learning from mentors, while supporting themselves financially, can
take away from the time they need to create compelling and creative
That's why today, RBC and the Canadian Art Foundation are delighted to
announce that Patrick Cruz of Guelph, Ontario has been chosen as the
national winner of the 17th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition
for his work entitled Time allergy. In honour of his win, Cruz will receive a $25,000 purchase prize for
The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is part of the RBC Emerging
Artists Project, which focuses on up-and-coming artists to help them
gain national recognition for their talent as they bridge the gap from
academic world to career.
"Winning this competition allows me to gain recognition and increase
exposure for my current painting, while also being able to focus on my
studio work, which is a unique opportunity for a young artist," said
Cruz. "I'm excited to win and grateful to RBC and Canadian Art for this
competition. Winning this award is often talked about among my peers
and since being named a finalist, I was both hopeful and proud to be
included among such great emerging Canadian visual artists."
In addition, two honourable mentions were given to Hangama Aimiri of
Halifax, Nova Scotia for her work "Island of Dreams," and Claire Scherzinger of Toronto, Ontario for her work "My Contribution To The Many Paintings Of Pots And Plants." Amiri and Scherzinger were each awarded a purchase prize of $15,000 for
All three works of art will be added to the RBC corporate art
collection, which holds more than 4,000 pieces - including many by
emerging artists - and spans more than a hundred years of Canadian art.
The other finalists each were awarded a $2,500 purchase prize for their
The jury provided this summary about the winner: "After an elaborate
discussion over the past two days, among 15 ambitious and wildly
diverse paintings, the jury has selected Patrick Cruz as the winner of
the competition based on his decidedly contemporary attitude towards
painting. His brave approach, maximalist aesthetic, and wild graphic
sensibility, sets a provocative tone for emerging art in Canada in
"RBC recognizes the arts are the heart and soul of our communities and
cultures, and the talent this competition attracts are some of the most
innovative and talented artists Canada has to offer," said Robin
Anthony, curator for RBC. "Every year the jury is impressed by the
diversity of the work, always making it a difficult choice, but we know
Patrick is a worthy winner. We at RBC, along with the Jury, look
forward to following his career, as well as all the finalists from this
year's group of talented emerging artists."
"The Canadian Art Foundation has partnered with RBC for the past 17
years to realize our shared vision in discovering and advancing new
artists in the delicate early phase of their careers," said Jill Birch,
CEO of the Canadian Art Foundation and publisher of Canadian Art magazine. "This year's RBC Canadian Painting Competition winner will no
doubt go on to do great things, we'll be watching their career."
Since 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition has provided more than
2000 artists with an opportunity to exhibit their work on a national
scale, at a critical time when they often need recognition, mentorship
and financial support. In addition to the purchase prize awarded to the
winners, all finalists also receive invaluable exposure to and insight
from jurors, mentors and industry insiders. Past winners of the
Competition, such as 2014 winner Tiziana La Melia, Dil Hildebrand, Chris Millar, Kristine Moran and Melanie Authier have
gone on to considerable international acclaim and continue to represent
us as some of Canada's most successful artists.
The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is open to Canadian citizens and
permanent residents of Canada who are in the early stages of their
career. More than 600 artists submitted works for this year's
competition, from which 15 finalists were chosen from across the
The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is judged by some of the most
respected artists, gallery directors and curators in Canada. For
visuals and descriptions of the winning works, visit rbc.com/paintingcompetition.
All 15 finalists' paintings will be exhibited at the Contemporary Art
Gallery in Vancouver from November 13 to November 29, 2015.
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