By Paul Gessell
A new exhibition called Heads Up at Cube Gallery demonstrates why we need to keep pressing the federal government to create a real bricks-and-mortar Portrait Gallery of Canada.
The seven artists in Heads Up stretch the boundaries of traditional portraiture.
Reid McLachlan paints people who symbolize a particular emotion or situation.
Sharon Lafferty presents us with characters caught in ambiguous narratives we feel compelled to unravel.
The late Gerald Trottier reveals the spiritual conflicts within his subjects; his work includes a particularly searing drawing of the artist Vincent Van Gogh.