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HERS:  "THE SKY IS THE LIMIT"

Canadians have an identity, one to be proud of. Within the last fifty years, women artists in particular, have made great strides in defining our country and what it stands for. In their honor we have decided to create 32 large-scale portraits of contemporary innovative Canadian women in the arts. Our goal is to depict each of these women expressing their passion in their respective art forms.

Because the sitters in” Hers” are all women and all artists, the series also explores the meaning of the phrase “Official Portrait” and the question of who deserves one. It also evaluates the symbiotic relationship between old and new in the art of contemporary portraiture. In this way, each painting not only reflects the complex and subtle nature of the individual artist as a human being, but also explores portrait painting itself as practiced in a post-modern environment.

In this series, we are also keen to demonstrate that the word "artist" should be also applied to certain occupations that do not fit, in the strict sense, the narrower definition of “artist” which is typically used in the world of fine arts.  Each of the following women, whether it be in the formal world which we normally associate with the description “artist”, or whether it be in the worlds of athleticsbeauty, motion film production, or culinary skills, is an artist in the truest sense, having elevated their skills to the highest level of accomplishment in their chosen fields.  Through our "Hers" project we want to demonstrate that each of these nationally-known individuals is an artist in their own right.

“Hers” will be displayed across Canada. After a significant number of Canadians have seen the exhibit, the paintings will return to Edmonton. Here they will be sold through an auction. Proceeds from the sale are to be donated to a charitable organization chosen by the participating artists.

 

 Izabella Orzelski- Konikowski

&

Bogdan Koral- Konikowski

 

 

Amanda Forsyth

 48 x36”, oil on canvas, 2008

Angela Cheng

 40 x30”, oil on canvas, 2008

Erica Ehm

30” x 40” & 30” x 6”, oil on canvas, 2008

Isobel Rolston

 48 x36”, oil on canvas, 2008

Carol Ann Cole

 30 x 40”, oil on canvas, 2008

Elyse Hopfner

 40 x 30”, oil on canvas, 2008

Jamie Sale

 40 x 30”, oil on canvas, 2008

Susan Gilmour

36 x 48”, oil on canvas, 2008

 

Mary Pratt

Joy Coghill

36” x 48”, oil on canvas, 2008

Julie Nesrallah

 48 x 36”, oil on canvas, 2008

Heather Wenman

36” x 48”, oil on canvas, 2008

Lorna Crozier

40”x 30”, oil on canvas, 2008

Shauna Rolston

48 x 36”, oil on canvas, 2008

Maureen Forrester

48 x 36”, oil on canvas, 2008

Myrna Kostash

30” x 40”, oil on canvas, 2008

Natalie MacMaster

assemblage

Natalie MacMaster

40” x28” & 15” x15”, oil on canvas, 2008

Susan Benson

40 x 35”, oil on canvas, 2008

Sylvie Frechette

36 x 48”, oil on canvas, 2008

    Tania Miller
installation 48 x 36”, oil on canvas, 2008

 

 

 
  Mary Pratt
                      installation

36” x 48”, oil on canvas, 2008

 

Anne Wheeler Tracy Dahl Astrid Janson

installation

48 x36”, oil on canvas, 2008 installation 40”x 30”, oil on canvas, 2008 installation 30” x 40”, oil on canvas, 2008
Heather Ogden Janina Fialkowska Salome Bey
installation 48 x36”, oil on canvas, 2008 installation 36” x 48”, oil on canvas, 2008 installation 30” x 40”, oil on canvas, 2008

 

 

"HERS" - The Sky is the Limit  -  Photogallery