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Fifteen emerging painters join the ranks of Canadian talent to watch

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RBC, in collaboration with the Canadian Art Foundation, has announced the jury-selected 15 finalists from among 568 submissions for the 18th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition (CPC).

Each year, a jury convenes with the challenging task of short listing 15 artists from the hundreds who submit their best work to the CPC. Comprised of some of Canada’s most accomplished artists, museum directors, curators and critics, the jury also mentors the chosen group, while RBC advisors work to empower them with the financial knowledge required to make a successful career out of their talent.


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Andrew Maize

Lunenburg, NS

Andrew Maize’s work has its roots in his continued exploration of place. Part of his Lunenburg House Paint Project, this work uses chips of paint he collected by going door to door and interacting with his local community in the brightly coloured town. It is a painting that reflects his conceptual roots at NSCAD University and speaks to the multiple histories of this locale.

“I am exploring the relationship of heritage and progress in the local context, while engaging with paint itself: its qualities, limits and history.”

Andrew Maize | Lunenburg, NS


geetha thurairajah

Sackville, NB

geetha says she creates paintings “from the perspective of a first generation Tamil-Canadian woman who has never seen herself reflected back in painting’s history.” Her narratives represent the contradiction, complexity and confusion inherent to her experiences. Aesthetically, she approaches these themes through a digital lens, treating her paintings as though she were an avatar creating a Second Life within each work.

After graduating with her BFA in 2014, she moved to Sackville, NB so she could afford to dedicate herself to a full-time studio practice. geetha’s main studio is an old schoolhouse in Sackville, NB, but she spent time this summer in a temporary studio in a garage in Toronto.

“My paintings embrace a futuristic visual language, repairing the relationship between painting and digital mimesis.”

geetha thurairajah | Sackville, NB


Justine Skahan

Gatineau, QC

Justine Skahan recently completed an MFA at the University of Ottawa. Her paintings, she writes, provide a way to slow down and study seemingly mundane or overlooked fragments of a rapidly moving and image-saturated daily life. Pop culture and the suburban landscape are rich sources of material for her, and she is interested in questioning the physical and psychological construction of her subjects.

“Painting is a physical and mental process that allows me to deconstruct the subject matter that I am addressing.”

Justine Skahan | Gatineau, QC


Nika Fontaine

Berlin, Germany

Berlin-based Nika Fontaine’s painting Schnell Schnell 17, or “Quickly Quickly,” is part of her Accelerators series. The composition and colour palette are reminiscent of Mark Rothko’s works, but rendered in glitter pigments, which react both to changing light conditions and to the viewer’s movement, confusing perceptions of depth and focus and making the experience of viewing the work a necessarily active one.

“The apparent art-historical referencesin my work are transgressed by the kitschand pop nature of the medium.”

Nika Fontaine | Berlin, Germany


Hanna Hur

Los Angeles, CA

Hanna Hur’s work considers emotional, spiritual and psychicexperience. She predominantly uses coloured pencil on rawlinen, blurring traditional hierarchies between painting anddrawing. Her work is approached with an economy of gestureand a slow, quiet sensitivity.

“Spiritualism in art comes with a longand loaded history; I’d like to continuethat conversation meaningfullyand critically.”

Hanna Hur | Los Angeles, CA


RBC Canadian Painting Competition Finalists

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