Portraits: Beyond the Face
July 4 to August 11, 2013

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. “—Oscar Wilde

Meet the artists Saturday, July 6 from 1 - 4 pm. Refreshments will be served.
Gallery Hours: noon to 5 pm. Thursday to Sunday.
Martine Bédard
Rosemary Breault-Landry
Elle Chae
Joseph Coban
Philippe Croteau
Stephen Frew
Curated by Shanna Steals
Curator's Satement

Below the surface, beneath the skin and past what is seen lies the true nature of our identity. Throughout history and in many cultures, portraiture has been the primary focus of artists. It was a way to describe physical features, status and nobility and was also believed to be the mirror of the soul.  Intrinsically, the face was a synecdoche for the person; a part to represent the whole. Today, we still carry this cultural myth as we continue to question our existential selves. As such, the portrait offers a glimpse into the world of the subject while mirroring that of the artist. Unlike a fingerprint, a portrait is ever changing and reflects the time in which it was created. No two copies of one same subject will ever be alike. The viewer is asked to see the subject through the eyes of the artist and everything that has coloured his or her personal observations. For the contemporary artist, the portrait has moved beyond the literal representation of the face and serves at once as a way to express emotions, interpret beliefs and evoke memories as well as captures the cathartic moments of our restless time and anxious world.  


Shanna Steals

Curator / Interdisciplinary Visual Artist

BFA University of Ottawa



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