Brian M. Atyeo
Canada — Castor — 150 | November 18 – December 3
Canada celebrating 150 years of Confederation seemed to me to be an opportunity worth responding to. How to begin this response became the issue for me.
I have decided to combine a number of representational landscapes depicting five regions of Canada: West Coast – Central West – Central East – Atlantic – Arctic. I have painted each of these regions in the past – but I thought on this occasion it would be fitting to revisit the vastness that is Canada.
This show will also include a further development of the Castor Series – my homage to the Beaver. The beaver, active in its influence on the Canadian landscape long before any humans arrived. Central to the first European commerce across Canada, the beaver brought the Indigenous Peoples together with European traders – A complexity that we still struggle with today, and became part of Canada’s history that we celebrate this year.
I am honoured to be a Canadian Artist at this time in my country’s history – and hope these paintings will add to the pride and compassion of this great country.