Brian Hunter wins RBC Painting Competition

Posted in by Border Crossings on September 21 2016

Border Crossings’ is thrilled to announce our own Brian Hunter is the recipient of the 2016 RBC Painting Competition prize!

From the Jury:

“After passionate and heated deliberation, the jury is pleased to select Brian Hunter as the national winner. Hunter’s sophisticated work struck the jury as being both immediate and deeply considered, straddling a bridge between abstraction and representation in a compelling and seemingly effortless way. The works of the two honourable mentions, Nika Fontaine and Cameron Forbes, demonstrated a strong material presence, provoking conversations about painting and performativity as well as the continuing possibilities offered though the intimacy of observation.”

Brian Hunter, Two empty trays mounted vertically, 2015. Oil on wood, 36 x 48 in.

This year’s 15 finalists – 10 women, five men – were chosen in early July from almost 570 submissions from across the country. Two honourable mentions were given to Nika Fontaine of Montreal, Quebec for her work entitled “Schnell Schnell 17” and Cameron Forbes of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for her work entitled “Maritime Plaza Hotel, Window Set 2”. Fontaine and Forbes were each awarded a purchase prize of $15,000 for their work, which will also be added to the RBC Corporate Art Collection.

Works by all 15 finalists will be displayed at the Power Plant through Sept. 25 and again in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre as part of Art Toronto 2016, Oct. 28-31.

The 2016 competition was juried by Sophie Brodovitch, director of Equinox Gallery, Vancouver; artist Tammi Campbell, Saskatoon; Reid Shier, director/curator of Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver; artist Kent Monkman, Toronto; Georgia Scherman, director of Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto; artist and RBC Canadian Painting Competition alumna Beth Stuart, Toronto; Gemey Kelly, director/curator of Owens Gallery, Mt. Allison University, Sackville; artist Harold Klunder, Montreal; art critic Saelan Twerdy, Montreal.

Our congratulations to all the finalists and honorable mentions!

Read Hunter’s Borderview with Border Crossings magazine online here or order a copy of Issue 139: Painting.

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