Gatineau artists vie for top prize at national painting competition
David Kaarsemaker, Kizi Spielmann Rose among 15 finalists in prestigious art contest
To say Kizi Spielmann Rose and David Kaarsemaker are in select company would be an understatement.
The Gatineau artists are among the 15 finalists of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, and their work is being showcased at the National Gallery of Canada as part of an exhibition that launched Friday.
The winner of the $25,000 prize will be revealed Oct. 17, while two runners-up will each be awarded $15,000.
The artists spoke to Alan Neal, host of CBC Radio's All in a Day, about their contrasting styles.
While Kaarsemaker makes his monochromatic paintings using a combination of abstracted cardboard models and projected images, Spielmann Rose employs a scratch technique reminiscent of childhood drawings that expose wax crayon colours from under a layer of oil pastel.
"The first line goes down the middle, curving, immediate line, not planned out. And then I work left and I work right. And one line just sort of follows the other. And in the end, you get this undulating field."
Inspired by Place du Portage
"I find those brutalist towers in old Hull, you really feel that disconnect between the ambition and the ideals under which they were built and how they're experienced," Kaarsemaker said.
"Painting is a good language for that, too: there's the ability to create illusions and there's also the tangible, material conditions which stare you in the face."
As in previous years, the top three paintings become permanent pieces in the RBC Corporate Art Collection.
The competition was launched in 1999 to "provide emerging Canadian artists with mentorship, exposure to national audiences, and financial support," according to a press release.
The exhibit runs until Oct. 22.