Canada's finest up-and-coming artists celebrated and supported by RBC
and Canadian Art Foundation
TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Some of Canada's finest young painters,
whose works are now displayed in galleries around the world, can trace
their early career success to participating in the RBC Canadian
Painting Competition. Shortlisted from among 615 competitors, 15
painters now have that same chance to elevate their careers and join
the final round of RBC's 17th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition
today. The competition is part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, supporting up and coming artists across the country, giving young
talent a jump-start to success.
"Every year we are truly impressed by the submissions we receive for the
RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Each is truly impressive and
reflects a wealth of budding talent from many different communities
across the country," said Robin Anthony, curator for RBC. "The work we
come across only strengthens our commitment to showcasing these young
artists and doing what we can to help them along their chosen path. Our
goal is that they emerge from this experience empowered to not just
pursue a career in the arts, but also with the industry knowledge,
exposure and financial acumen to be successful."
"The Canadian Art Foundation has partnered with RBC for the past 16
years to realize our shared vision in supporting the development of new
artists in the early delicate 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 finalists
all have bright careers ahead of them."
Each year, a jury comprised of some of Canada's most accomplished
artists, art directors, curators and art critics convene with the
challenging task of short listing 15 artists to propel to the next
level. Jury members informally mentor the chosen group in the arts,
while RBC advisors work to empower them with the financial smarts
required to make a successful career out of their inherent talent.
In its 17th year, the Competition will award a total of $85,000 in prize
money. The winner will receive a purchase prize of $25,000, two
honourable mentions will each receive $15,000 and the remaining 12
finalists receive $2,500 each. The winner and the two honourable
mentions paintings will also receive a prestigious spot among the over
4,000 pieces of art belonging to RBC's valuable corporate art
collection - on display within RBC offices, reception areas and
boardrooms across Canada, the United States and London, England.
Between June and November this year, when the winners are announced,
the 15 finalists will be part of numerous initiatives designed to
showcase their talent and excite Canadians about art.
"Winning the prize has had a positive impact on my current work," said
Tiziana La Melia, winner of the 2014 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.
"It has helped my work to be seen and has given me more time to work in
the studio, to travel to exhibitions, and to involve myself in projects
with artists, curators, and writers."
Tiziana La Melia has participated in a number of important group and
solo exhibitions. In 2015, she presented solo exhibitions The Eyelash
and The Monochrome at Mercer Union in Toronto and Innocence at Home at
CSA Projects in Vancouver. Tiziana's current and upcoming group
exhibitions include Stopping the Sun in its Course, Francois Gheblay,
Los Angeles, Through a Window, Audain/SFU Gallery, Vancouver, and a
group show at Cooper Cole, Toronto. A collection of her writing, Oral
Like Cloaks, Dialect will be published this year by Publication Studio,
The 2015 RBC Canadian Painting Competition finalists are:
Tristan Unrau - Vancouver, BC
Claire Scherzinger - Toronto, ON
Andrew Maize - Lunenberg, NS
Robert Taite - Winnipeg, MB
Caroline Larsen - Toronto, ON
John Player - Montreal, QC
Russell Leng - Vancouver, BC
Hanna Hur - Toronto, ON/Los Angeles, CA
Cindy Phenix - Montreal, QC
Megan Hepburn - Vancouver, BC
Jessica Bell Ottawa, ON
Paul Hardy Montreal QC
Simon deBrée - Vancouver, BC/Stockholm, Sweden
Patrick Cruz Guelph, ON
Hangama Amiri Halifax, NS
Please note: High res of the submissions are available upon request.
The winner and two honourable mentions will be announced at a gala on
November 16, 2015. Initiatives to showcase the finalists' and winners'
works preceding and following the gala will be announced in the weeks
In 2014, the RBC Foundation committed $6.5 million to arts and cultural
organizations, supporting local, national and international
initiatives. The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the
gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that
provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory. We
support arts organizations and artists in a range of genres including
visual art, music, theatre, performance, literature and film.
For additional information on the finalists or to view their paintings
and work, visit www.canadianart.ca.
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THE CANADIAN ART FOUNDATION
The Canadian Art Foundation (CAF) is a not-for-profit charitable
organization that brings art enthusiasts and artists together. CAF
publishes Canadian Art, Canada's most widely read art magazine, both in
print and digitally, and also produces compelling series of talks,
events and educational programs. As the ultimate portal for exposure to
the visual arts in Canada, the Canadian Art Foundation provides
extraordinary programming that keeps audiences engaged with the arts in
their cities as well as nationally, creating an environment for art
discovery, growth and curiosity.
SOURCE Canadian Art Foundation
For further information:
or to schedule an interview:
Jason Graham, RBC, 416-669-8435
Joanne D'Souza, Argyle Communications, 416-968-7311, ext. 236