Three BC painters are among the 15 finalists in the 18th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.
RBC, in collaboration with the Canadian Art Foundation, announced on July 5 the finalists of the competition, which focuses on supporting artists at the early stage of their careers.
Three regional juries comprised of experienced gallery directors, artists, curators and industry leaders select five paintings from their regions to make up the fifteen finalists, ensuring a true representation of visual artists from across the country.
The winner of the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, to be announced on September 20 at the Power Plant in Toronto, receives a cash prize of $25,000. Two honourable mentions each receive $15,000, and the remaining 12 finalists receive $2,500 each. Prize recipients also receive informal mentorship opportunities with the jury and financial skills development with advisors.
The top three paintings become a part of RBC's corporate art collection, which holds more than 4,500 artworks.
The 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition finalists are:
- Wallis Cheung – Toronto, ON
- Alex Fischer – Toronto, ON
- Nika Fontaine – Montreal, QC/Berlin, DE
- Cameron Forbes – Saskatoon, SK
- Stephanie Hier – Toronto, ON
- Brian Hunter – Winnipeg, MB
- Hanna Hur – Toronto, ON/Los Angeles, CA
- Brian Kokoska – Vancouver, BC/New York, NY
- Andrew Maize – Lunenburg, NS
- Keita Morimoto – Toronto, ON
- Justine Skahan – Gatineau, QC
- M.E. Sparks – Vancouver, BC
- Angela Teng – Vancouver, BC
- geetha thurairajah – Sackville, NB
- Ambera Wellmann – Guelph, ON
For additional information on the finalists or to view their paintings and work, visit www.canadianart.ca.