Canadian Art Quotes

I’m feeling lazy this week, so instead of writing another post, here are a few quotes from some of Canada’s greatest artists. I’ll post more when I’m feeling lazy again.


Emily Carr

I think that one’s art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.

Be careful that you do not write or paint anything that is not your own, that you don’t know in your own soul.

The men resent a woman getting any honour in what they consider is essentially their field. Men painters mostly despise women painters. So I have decided to stop squirming, to throw any honour in with Canada and women.

Lawren Harris

Beauty is a living abiding presence completely untouchable by all the devices of man, such as moral codes, creeds, intellectual analysis, games and cliches, the acquisitive instinct, or lust for anything whatsoever.

Art must take to the road and risk all for the glory of adventure.

Every work of art which really moves us is in some degree a revelation – it changes us.

Norval Morrisseau

Among the Indians, as among other nations, some people are born artists, but most are not. I am a born artist. I have as much interest in my people as any anthropologist, and I have studied our culture and lore. My aim is to reassemble the pieces of a once proud culture, and to show the dignity and bravery of my people.

My goal is to break the barrier between the white world and mine. I wish only one thing, to be an artist and to be respected as one – and my paintings to be seen by all people.

My heart and soul is reflected into my mind and my mind is reflected into my hands.

Emily Carr at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Although it hasn’t received a lot of publicity, the new Emily Carr exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario is a must see for Canadian art lovers.


On Saturday, I visited the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) to see the new Emily Carr exhibition. Here is a short review:

Throughout her life, Carr was often ignored, and although friends with Lawren Harris, she was denied entry into the Group of Seven (because she was a girl). It’s rather fitting then, that her latest show has received so little promotion – Basquiat: Now’s the Time currently rules the roost at the AGO.

Some good news: unlike the Basquiat show, From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia is free with admission, and, like the Basquiat show, it is a must see for any art aficionado.

Slipping in under the radar, this is a fairly extensive, and well curated exhibition. Not only does it include some of Carr’s most famous works, it does a great job of showing her evolution as an artist, and her importance in (Canadian) art history. If you’re a fan of hers, and even if you’re not, you should go.

From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia is at the AGO until August 9, 2015.