Vancouver's Colleen Heslin wins 15th Annual
RBC Canadian Painting Competition
Colleen Heslin, winner of the RBC Canadian
Painting Competiton, and her work entitled Almost young
and wild and free.
TORONTO, October 2, 2013 - RBC and the Canadian Art
Foundation are pleased to announce that Colleen Heslin of
Vancouver, British Columbia has been chosen as the national
winner of the 15th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition
for her work entitled Almost young and wild and free.
Colleen will receive a $25,000 purchase prize for her work.
In addition, two honourable mentions were given to Colin
Muir Dorward from Ottawa, Ontario for his work Labyrinthineon
and Neil Harrison from Toronto, Ontario for his work Fig.
13 Knowledge. Colin and Neil were each awarded $15,000
for their work. To celebrate the 15th anniversary, the remaining
12 finalists will each be given $5,000.
Jeff Boyd along with Colleen Heslin, Colin
Muir Dorward and
"For 15 years now, we have been consistently impressed
with the immense talent demonstrated by young artists from
across the country, which makes it very difficult to choose
a winner," said Robin Anthony, curator, RBC. "RBC
is proud to be an important benefactor in assisting the development
of some of Canada's promising artists."
The jury was struck with the freshness of Colleen's approach
to the traditions of painting, her play with surface and depth,
and her invocation of the pursuits of mending and making in
the medium of textiles. Almost young and wild and free
stood out for moving beyond the practice of painting though
the use of stitchery and staining, and suggests a stepping
off point for where painting can go, a formally elegant update
on the medium's perennial questions.
In addition, the winning paintings of 2013 will join previous
winning visual artists' works as part of RBC's corporate art
collection, which holds more than 4,000 works of art collected
over the past century.
"Canadian artists have consistently stood with the world's
best, and the calibre of this year's finalists and winners
reaffirms that fact," said Ann Webb, executive director
of the Canadian Art Foundation and publisher of Canadian Art
Magazine. "It is a thrill and delight to be able to help
discover the next generation of Canadian talent."
Submissions were accepted from professional, practicing,
visual Canadian artists who are in the early stages (within
the first five years) of their careers. More than 500 artists
submitted works for this year's competition, from which 15
finalists were chosen from across the country. The RBC Canadian
Painting Competition was 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 National
Gallery in Ottawa from September 28 to October 13, 2013, at
Art Toronto from October 25 to 28, and will be featured in
Canadian Art magazine and on the web at rbc.com/paintingcompetition
About the RBC Canadian Painting Competition
Established in 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition
recognizes and supports Canada's emerging artists. The competition
nurtures Canadian visual artists early in their career by
providing them with a forum to display their artistic talent
to the country and hopefully open doors to future opportunity.
The competition will award one national prize of $25,000,
two honourable mentions will receive prizes of $15,000 each
and, in recognition of the 15th anniversary, the remaining
12 finalists will be awarded $5,000 each. Along with past
winners, the winning paintings of 2013 will become part of
RBC's Canadian art collection comprised of more than 4,000
works of distinguished art collected over the past hundred
About the Canadian Art Foundation
Canadian Art Foundation is the ultimate portal for the exposure
of visual arts in Canada. All our efforts are dedicated to
providing a destination for artists and art enthusiasts to
connect and be inspired by art, in turn creating greater local,
national and global visibility for the extraordinary artistic
talent in Canada. Our diverse platforms and outreach include
the publishing of Canadian Art and canadianart.ca, as well
as the presentation of innovative events and educational programs.
For more information about the Canadian Art Foundation, visit
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