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.