RBC CPC

In partnership with RBC and the Canadian Art Foundation, the Walrus Foundation recently celebrated the 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

Established in 1999, this annual competition helps nurture and support promising new Canadian artists who are in the early stages of their careers, a time when they need both recognition and financial support. It is judged by some of the most respected artists, gallery directors, and curators in Canada.

On November 29, at an event hosted by The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik, Toronto artist Vanessa Maltese was announced as the national winner of the 2012 Competiton and awarded a $25,000 purchase prize. Honourable mentions went to Montreal artist Betino Assa and Vancouver artist Katie Lyle; they each received purchase prizes of $15,000. All fifteen finalists’ paintings will be on exhibit at the Power Plant in Toronto from November 29 to December 3, 2012.

The Walrus Foundation congratulates Maltese, Assa, Lyle, and the twelve other finalists.

Check out the work of all fifteen finalists below. Read Q&A’s on The Walrus Blog. And watch video interviews with the artists on Walrus TV.

Western Canada

Painting by Ahbyah Baker

Ahbyah Baker Dripshape 25

Gouache on wood panel, 41 x 41 centimetres, January 2012
Vancouver, British Columbia
ahbyahbaker.tumblr.com

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Elliott Garnier

Painting by Thomas Chisholm

Thomas Chisholm Interference 1

Enamel on aluminum, 91 x 91 centimetres, February 2012
Victoria, British Columbia
thomaschisholm.com

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Zoe Ludski

Painting by Jordy Hamilton

Jordy Hamilton Painting Painting 49 Hat to Block the Sun

Oil and acrylic on linen, 152 x 122 centimetres, October 2011
Vancouver, British Columbia
jordyhamilton.com

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Elliott Garnier

Painting by Andrea Kastner

Andrea Kastner Demolition

Oil on canvas, 183 x 152 centimetres, January 2012
Edmonton, Alberta
andreakastner.ca

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Leah Shaw

Painting by Katie Lyle

Katie Lyle White Night

Oil on canvas, 41 x 30 centimetres, September 2011
Vancouver, British Columbia
katielyle.com

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Elliott Garnier

Central Canada

Painting by Colin Muir Dorward

Colin Muir Dorward Grievance Calculator

Oil on canvas, 180 x 163 centimetres, April 2012
Ottawa, Ontario
colindorward.com

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Jessa Runciman

Painting by Aleksander Hardashnakov

Aleksander Hardashnakov untitled 23 string piece 2

Canvas string and enamel on canvas, 122 x 91 centimetres, January 2012
Toronto, Ontario
aleksanderhardashnakov.com

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Chris Berube

Painting by David Hucal

David Hucal Untitled

Oil on canvas, 91 x 89 centimetres, January 2012
Guelph, Ontario
davidhucal.com

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Chris Berube

Painting by Vanessa Maltese

Vanessa Maltese Balaclava

Oil on panel, 58 x 46 centimetres, January 2012
Toronto, Ontario
vanessamaltese.com

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Chris Berube

Painting by Jenna Faye Powell

Jenna Faye Powell The Ideology of the Sublime Wilderness II

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 137 x 137 centimetres, February 2012
London, Ontario
jennafayepowell.com

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Ed von Aderkas

Eastern Canada

Painting by Betino Assa

Betino Assa Gathering in the forest, 12 am

Acrylic on engraved Plexiglas, 81 x 124 centimetres, December 2011
Montreal, Quebec
betinoassa.net

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Jesse Staniforth

Painting by Philip Delisle

Philip Delisle NSCAD MFA Studio

Acrylic on canvas, 164 x 183 centimetres, January 2012
Halifax, Nova Scotia
phildelisle.ca

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Chris Berube

Painting by Nicolas Ranellucci

Nicolas Ranellucci Si je tue un canard, je te donnerai les plus belles plumes

Acrylic on canvas, 152 x 152 centimetres, January 2012
Montreal, Quebec

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Jesse Staniforth

Painting by Corri-Lynn Tetz

Corri-Lynn Tetz Housefire 3

Oil on panel, 41 x 66 centimetres, December 2011
Montreal, Quebec
corrilynntetz.com

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Jesse Staniforth

Painting by Julie Trudel

Julie Trudel Ellipses en transit MCY et CMY, du projet CMYK

Acrylic and ink silkscreen on plywood, 163 x 74 centimetres, April 2012
Montreal, Quebec
julietrudel.ca

The Walrus Blog Q&A by Chris Berube