Artful Musing

OPENING: A portrait extravaganza at Cube Gallery compels Artful Blogger to pen an ode to the Portrait Gallery that never was

"Man" by Gerald Trottier. Photo by Rod MacIvor

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.