Montreal artist, Dil Hildebrand named national winner of the eighth annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition
Vancouver artist Matthew Brown and Niagara Falls artist Adam Brickell named honourable mentions with a total of $55,000 awarded among the winners
TORONTO, September 20, 2006 — RBC Financial Group, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, has named Montreal artist Dil Hildebrand the national winner of this year’s RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Hildebrand was awarded a $25,000 cash prize for his original work entitled, Curtains.
Two honourable mentions were given to Matthew Brown of Vancouver for his work entitled, Judy and Adam Brickell of Niagara Falls for his work entitled, Stuck. Brown and Brickell were each awarded $15,000 for their work. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition award is the largest award disbursement for painting in Canada.
The national winner and honourable mentions were selected from 15 semi-finalist works painted by talented artists from all across Canada. The paintings were judged by some of Canada’s finest artists, curators and gallery directors. For visuals and descriptions of the winning works, please visit www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition.
“One of the advantages the RBC Canadian Painting Competition offers the artists is a forum for them to display their work,” said Gay Mitchell, executive vice-president, RBC. “This year more than 600 artists submitted work to the competition - more than any other year - so being selected as a semi-finalist is a commendable and difficult achievement. RBC is honoured to play a role in this celebration of Canadian art.”
“To build successful careers, artists need financial support as well as institutions to help present their work to the public,” said Melony Ward, executive director, Canadian Art Foundation. “The RBC Canadian Painting Competition opens doors for talented artists by providing them with the chance to have their artwork seen in prominent galleries all across Canada. In addition, the finalists who are awarded cash prizes can use that money to invest in their career so they can continue to produce art.”
The national winner and two honorable mentions were named at a gala event held last night at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. Their works, along with the works of the 12 semi-finalists, are on display until September 24. The museum is located at 952 Queen Street West. It is open Tuesday - Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and admission is free. The exhibition will then tour prominent galleries across Canada including:
* Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in Kitchener, Ontario from September 28 to October 1, 2006.
* Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in Montréal, Quebec from October 10 to 22, 2006.
* Art Gallery of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta from November 1 to 11, 2006.
* Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia from November 14 to 19, 2006.
All semi-finalists will be featured in Canadian Art magazine and on the web at: www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition.
Additional details on the RBC Canadian Painting Competition can be found at: www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition.
About the RBC Canadian Painting Competition
Established in 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition is a tribute to Canada’s artistic talent. The goal of the competition is to support and nurture Canadian visual artists early in their career by providing them with a forum to display their artistic talent to the country and hopefully open doors to future opportunity. An investment in Canadian culture and the visual arts community, the competition will award one national prize of $25,000 and two honourable mentions will receive $15,000 each. Along with past winners, the winning paintings of 2006 will become part of RBC Financial Group’s Canadian art collection comprised of more than 4,000 works of distinguished art collected over the past hundred years. Various paintings from the RBC collection have been exhibited in museums, enabling more Canadians to enjoy these wonderful works. Presently, “Irish Point” and “Self Portrait: Who is this Sir Mummings” by Christopher Pratt are currently on loan to the National Gallery of Canada to mark Pratt’s 70th birthday in 2005. The Christopher Pratt exhibition is touring to Halifax, St. John’s, Winnipeg and Quebec City through the National Gallery of Canada’s Travelling Exhibitions Program.
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