Our Prize Winners in the News – March Edition


Vesselling, a solo exhibition of works by Shary Boyle, is on exhibit until April 20th at Patel Brown MontrealVesselling includes a diverse array of new works that include wall pieces and sculptures. This exhibition invites the viewer into Boyle’s exploratory cosmos populated by figures seemingly pulled from a wonderfully strange dream.  
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Boyle’s exhibition Outside the Palace of Me ended its tour at New York’s Museum of Art and Design where it received some great press including mentions in Sculpture Magazine, New York Times, and the Wallstreet Journal.


Bridget Moser was a participating artist in Gallery 44’s annual fundraising exhibition on March 7, in support of their education and exhibition programs. Representing the best in Canadian photography, Salon 44 brought together a collection of over sixty established and emerging artists with works priced for both new and seasoned collectors.



MKG127 presented Bloom…, a new exhibition of the work of Adam David Brown (February 12 – March 12). In this exhibition, Adam David Brown re-works found objects. Discontinued coins and discarded books become the seeds for new structures and altered forms that relate to patterns observed in the natural world. The resulting series of artworks are marked by cycles of generation and regeneration, negation and affirmation. 

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Dana Prieto has recreated Footnotes for an Arsenal in How can I know you? on now until April 28 at the Art Gallery Burlington. With a nod to its first installation in the Small Arms Inspections Building in Etobicoke, three textile works have been added to contextualize the work as it was originally placed, adjacent to a site upon which 70,000 tonnes of radioactive soil had been removed by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority in 1990.

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Diane Borsato is a participating artist in the exhibition Erratic Behaviour at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery on view until April 21. The group exhibition brings together contempor artworks that centre human entanglements with geological events, processes or entities, acknowledging rocks as vibrant matter that shapes our understanding of time and place. While some artworks playfully evoke the animacy of boulders and rocks, others point to a world that is increasingly shaped by the climate crisis and faced with dwindling resources. The dual meaning of the exhibition’s title suggests that humans are exhibiting the most ‘erratic behaviour’ of all – the industrial extraction, processing, consumption and disposal of natural resources have produced turbulent and unstable conditions. Many of the artworks brought together in the exhibition resist dominant patterns of waste and consumption through a shared commitment to working .with existing, found, abandoned, salvaged and reclaimed materials

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On Saturday, February 10, Trinity Square Video showed Vera Frenkel’s 1984 video The Last Screening Room: A Valentine.  An overflow crowd watched the video presentation and participated in the lively discussion with Frenkel and curator, Adrienne Scott.

Set in a Canada where the Canada Council is a subdivision of the Federal Ministry of Health and storytelling is against the law, the work remains as relevant today as it was 40 years ago. The one festival still celebrated in Canada is Valentine’s Day, a holiday which also functions as the only reprieve from blanket censorship. On Valentine’s Day, citizens are permitted to record an ‘electronic valentine’ which may be viewed temporarily before being submitted to an archive overseen by the Ministry of Culture.

Frenkel, as always, is active on many fronts. She has recently contributed to the catalogue of the NGC retrospective RIOPELLE: CROSSROADS IN TIME released October 20, 2023. Frenkel’s essay A Lingering Presence traces Jean Paul Riopelle’s presence in her life from the late 1940s onward including her discovery of his Jeux de Ficelles works in relation to her video performance project String Games: Improvisations for Inter-City Video.

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Sandra Brewster’s work Owning Yellow (2023), was recently acquired by the McMichael Gallery. The work is now on view in the McMichael’s permanent collection exhibition Conversations.  Brewster’s unique photo-based practice reflects the importance of identity, cultural memory, and representation in contemporary art.




Patel Brown Gallery will be presenting Toronto-based artist Winnie Truong’s work at Plural, the Montreal Contemporary Art Fair taking place from April 12-14 and bringing together 39 galleries from 8 different Canadian cities. Truong works with drawing and animation to explore ideas of identity, feminism, and fantasy and finding its connections and transgressions in the natural world.

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Jon Sasaki’s bronze statue of Terry Fox is now cast and installed in place anchoring the start of We Are Shaped by the Obstacles We Face, a public art collaboration with DTAH Landscape Architects on Toronto’s waterfront.

The figure depicts Terry Fox before his cancer diagnosis, looking towards the path ahead. In front of Terry, an east-to-west pathway winds through the site, interrupted by granite obstacles that recall the challenges Fox faced during his Marathon of Hope. From the bench at the west end of the park, the three obstacles converge into the iconic silhouette of Terry running along the Trans-Canada highway in 1980.

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Tau Lewis makes epically scaled sculptures and tapestries from found fabrics, evoking masks and deities which, altogether, suggest an alternate, mythical realm. Yoruban art and spirituality are major influences, and the artist invokes collective identity via shared cultural signifiers of the Black diasporic community. Lewis favors leather for its scent and texture, adorning her work with other found objects which hold personal significance for her. The artist’s dyed, sewn, and quilted forms defy a linear sense of time: they reach towards the past and to traditional, domestic craft practices while imagining a world without division between the living and their ancestral ghosts.

Work by Tau Lewis is included in Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art which is on view at Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom through May 26. The exhibition is co-curated by the Barbican, London and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam where the exhibition will be on show from September 2024.

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Edward Burtynsky’s major survey exhibition Burtynsky: Extraction/ Abstraction the largest exhibition ever mounted in the 40+ year career of this world-renowned photographer, continues at London’s Saatchi Gallery through May 6, where it has received amazing accolades.

Flowers Gallery’s exhibition Edward Burtynsky: New Works has been on view from February 28 – April 6, at 21 Cork Street, London UK.  The Flowers Gallery exhibition offers a compelling journey into the intersection of nature and industry, capturing the awe-inspiring beauty and the environmental consequences of human industrial activities. The exhibition brings together a selection of Burtynsky’s recent works, focusing on three geological themes: Coast Mountains in British Columbia, Canada; erosion in Turkiye; and the coal mines in Australia.

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