Andrew Dadson's "Black Bush" (Credit: Emily Carr University)
Emily Carr University of Art + Design student Andrew Dadson has been selected to receive The Brink Award for 2011 from the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington.
The biennial award is given in recognition of an artist on “the brink” of their promising career in art. Recipients of the award receive a $12,500 monetary prize and a solo exhibition of their work. Additionally, one of Dadson’s pieces will be acquired as part of the gallery’s permanent collection.
Landon Mackenzie's "Vancouver as the Centre of the World" (Photo Credit: Emily Carr University)
With the 2010 Vancouver Olympics now a mere memory in national history, many Canadians look fondly over their souvenirs of Canada’s moment in the international spotlight.
One such—particularity substantial—souvenir comes in Emily Carr University of Art + Design professor Landon Mackenzie’s painting “Vancouver as the Centre of the World,” which is featured in the latest issue of Canadian Art Magazine. The painting, which was specifically created for the Vancouver Olympics, is a mural-sized work representing the artist’s re-charting of the map of the world.
Landon Mackenzie in Canadian Art Magazine [Emily Carr University of Art + Design]
Leonardo da Vinci's painting, the Mona Lisa. (Credit: Queen's University)
Leonardo da Vinci’s Renaissance masterpiece portrait, the Mona Lisa, has long been a source of mystery and speculation. Now, according to Ross Kilpatrick, professor emeritus of Classics at Queen’s University, there might be some literary references hidden in da Vinci’s brushstrokes.
Kilpatrick—who’s ideas about the Mona Lisa were recently published in MEDICEA—cites the Renaissance technique of ‘invention,’ whereby artists used a passage of literature as inspiration to be incorporated into their art. In the case of the Mona Lisa, Kilpatrick believes the literary allusion is to Horace’s Ode 1. 22 and some of Petrarch’s sonnets. Using these literary works, Kilpatrick asserts, explains the odd juxtaposition of the smiling woman with the desolate, barren background in the portrait: “The composition of the Mona Lisa is striking. Why does Leonardo have an attractive woman sitting on a balcony, while in . . . → Read More: What Else Could Mona Lisa Possibly Be Hiding in Her Smile?