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For Immediate Release:
February 9, 2017
 
 
 

Kick off Canada 150 Celebrations at PAMA with World-renowned Cartoonist Seth and Canadian Water Colour Painting

 

BRAMPTON, ON (Feb. 9, 2017) – Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) kicks off Canada 150 celebrations with the re-opening of its art gallery this month. The gallery opens with two fascinating exhibitions:

  • Discover the world of Palookaville with world-renowned graphic novelist Seth
  • Explore the complexities of painting with watercolour in celebration of over 90 years of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC).

Heading to Palookaville: Seth and the Art of the Graphic Novel

Feb. 6 to March 19, 2017
Opening Reception: Feb. 19, 2 – 4 p.m.

Artist, cultural critic, and world-renowned graphic novelist, Seth draws astonishingly rich graphic novels and comics about how family, youthful dreams and life experiences make us who we are. This exhibition considers the complexities attached to the issues of self-identity in Seth's artistic practice. He is at once an author, artist and cultural commentator, as well as one of the foremost graphic novelists working today.

Seth is the pen name of Gregory Gallant , a Canadian cartoonist best known for his series, Palookaville and his biographical graphic novel, It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken (1996). Seth draws in a style influenced by the classic cartoonists of The New Yorker in which his work has also been published. His art is highly nostalgic, especially of the early-to-mid-20th Century period and of Southern Ontario. His work also shows a great depth and breadth of knowledge of the history of comics and cartoonin.

Even though the tools of cartooning are quite simple word balloons, panels and line drawings, the medium itself is quite complex, and I'm hoping that people will see an artist using what they think of as a commercial medium for personal expression.

Seth

Tom Smart, PAMA Curator who chose to showcase this exhibition as the first of many Canada 150 highlights at PAMA, notes "Seth is one of the most important graphic novelists and cartoonists working today and is at the forefront of artists defining a new art form that marries words, art and books. This exhibition builds upon a growing body of shows that PAMA has presented over the last few years that showcases modern graphic novelists, words, narratives and comic book artists."

Water and Pigment: Mysterious Interactions

Feb. 6 to March 19, 2017
Opening Reception: Feb. 19, 2 – 4 p.m.

This exhibition investigates the complexities of painting with watercolour in celebration of over 90 years of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC). Paintings will be selected from the CSPWC/SCPA National Diploma Collection, which is housed at PAMA, and will include work by artists such as A.J. Casson, Barb Sutherland, Charles Comfort, Ann Balch and Carl Schaefer.

Gerrie Loveys, Assistant Curator at PAMA notes, "I am excited to see everyone's reaction to the paintings in the exhibition. It will challenge anyone who thinks they know about watercolour and its limits. Sixty-five watercolour paintings will tell the story of the 90+ years of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, created by artists who were members from its inception to 2015."

 

Media Contacts:

Erin Fernandes 
Marketing Co-ordinator 
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives 
905-791-4055, ext. 7596 

Shereen Daghstani
Supervisor, Corporate Communications
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4643

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
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