Calgary artist John Will's greatest work of art may be John Will himself. He is a trouble-maker, scamp, and rapscallion. Jim Brown
takes us on a guided tour of Will's latest: the first-ever visual art
show created for radio.... through the life of a bohemian
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Almost every culture has a trickster character. In many North American First Nations, it's the Coyote, or the Raven. For the ancient Norsemen, it was Loki. The French have Renard the Fox. African-Americans, Bre'er Rabbit. And the English have Robin Goodfellow, better known as Puck.
Canadian art has John Will
Will is a Calgary artist, noted for his inventive print-making, his painting, and for being John Will.
He's been called a scamp, a rapscallion, even Canada's best-known unknown artist, and a man whose real work of art is perhaps his own life. Or maybe not. Whatever he turns his mind to, John Will does it with creativity and imagination, and a certain willful slipperiness about the boundaries between life and art.
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