Jack Chambers, Canadian, 1931-1978, Mums, 1968-1971, Oil on wood, 244 cm x 121.9 cm. Purchased with funds provided by the Volunteer Committee and other generous donors, 1993, 93.A.106. Photo credit: Linda Louwagie-Neyens. Lent by: Museum London, London
Realism and Narrative: 1960-1990
Canadian artists from the 1950s to the 2000s characterize many of the cultural holdings in this gallery. No influence is felt more strongly than that of Realism, whereby a variety of “representational” modes were employed to provide a record of the world but one that spoke more broadly, and only appeared on the surface to be a straightforward presentation of reality. An iconography of place is championed in images comprising scenes from artist’s locales, such as the Prairies and the Maritimes, and imbued with personal narratives. Meditations on memory, perception, philosophy, and existential themes also interweave, and many of the works here comprise a strong storytelling element. Present also is work by First Nations artists, particularly communities from the Northwest Coast. Their output is expressed in sculpture, painting, and embroidery, where traditional practices flourish.