Saskatoon

Battle of the brush: Artists face off in Saskatoon

Saskatchewan artists were challenged to a battle of imagination, speed and control in a timed painting contest at the Capitol Music Club in Saskatoon.

Artists had 20 minutes to complete a painting at the Art Battle contest

Monique Richard adds a little more to her art work during Art Battle in Saskatoon on Thursday. (Alicia Bridges/CBC )

Saskatchewan artists were challenged to a battle of imagination, speed and control in a timed painting contest at the Capitol Music Club in Saskatoon on Thursday. 

Art Battle is a Canada-wide live painting contest where the public is invited to watch artists think on their feet as they paint for a prize. 

Thursday's contest in Saskatoon was the Saskatchewan regional final to determine which of the province's artists would travel to Toronto for the national battle. 

Twelve artists were split between two rounds and given 20 minutes to complete a painting, after which the crowd voted for their favourites. 

The two most popular artists from each round progressed to a third and final round, from which the winner was chosen. 

Onlookers formed a slow tornado around the artists as they attempted to balance speed and control with a live audience. 

Artists paint in front of a live audience at an art battle in Saskatoon. (Alicia Bridges/CBC)

When the brushes were down, it was Anthony Masuskapoe who the audience chose as their favourite artist of the night. 

Masuskapoe's first painting depicted the intense gaze of a bird of prey, while the second work showed feathers floating under a moonlit sky, 
Anthony Masuskapoe's first painting depicted the intense gaze of a bird of prey, while the second work showed feathers floating under a moonlit sky. (Submitted to CBC)

He will represent Saskatchewan in the national championship in Toronto on July 21. 

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