Annie Baillargeon

SSartprize Finalist 2015

WINNER | JURORS CHOICE AWARD – JUROR, VICKY CHAINEY GAGNON – $2,000 As a performance artist, Annie Baillargeon creates metaphorical works that centre on the body as a central motif. The artist’s practice crosses genres and mediums in a multidisciplinary meditation on human interactions, both sociological and intimate. In these images, the multiple static and moving figures suggest sumptuous baroque …

Jacynthe Carrier

SSartprize Finalist 2015

#2 From The Serie Rites | 30” high x 40” wide | Photo inkjet print Carrier’s process spreads beyond the boundaries of disciplines. The essence of her work is not restricted specifically to performance, photography, or video – her practice is first and foremost an exploration of the living. She muses on humans, their relation to each other, to their …

Lucien Duhamel

SSartprize Finalist 2015

L’Ile-aux-Coudres | 24″ X 36″ | Photography Seeing from inside, curiosity, questioning the enigma of place, are all emotions which fascinate me. With no preconception, I imagine a story, or simply understand and decipher the situation which presents itself to me. This seeing-through is always a little incomprehensible. “L’Ile-aux-Coudres” was taken in this context, I wished this photo, taken from …

Cheryl Wilson-Smith

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Coral Trà | 4″ x 4″ x 4″ | Glass I used powdered glass to build the sculpture layer by layer, like a 3D printer would. I then fire the sculpture in the kiln to create a solid piece of glass. Coral Trà is inspired by the treasures we discover while walking on the beach, a precious gift from the …

Jeff Wilson

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Moving Along | 36″ x 36″ | Acrylic on canvas This piece depicts a common sight in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; a guy cycling along the street with a supermarket shopping cart, loaded with his worldly goods. I wanted to produce a socially relevant positive image of life in the neighbourhood, illustrating the resilience of marginalized people in the face of …

Carl White

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Casablanca | 36″ x 36″ | Oil on canvas Casablanca is born of poetry. Reverberations are experienced, established, and reconciled in the figurative manipulations of paint. While alluding to the grand tradition of Romanticism, as well as Kantian notions of the sublime, Casablanca is simultaneously working towards a neoteric realization of beauty. www.carlwhiteart.com

Nicola Wheston

SSartprize Finalist 2015

WINNER | PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, 1ST PRIZE – $3,000 Nicola Wheston trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England and at the Nova Scotia College of Art. For the first twelve years of her art career, Nicola worked as a printmaker, specializing in intaglio printing. It was during this period that she produced prints for artists from Canada, the …

Teresa Wasney

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Vanity Hare | 11-3/8″ x 9″ high | Cosmetics on paper The media used in this piece is cosmetics; primarily eyeshadow and blush, on paper. The creative process was multi-dimensional. My desire to “paint” with cosmetics combined with a personal exploration as to why we use cosmetics and the concept of beauty. It also sparked me to delve into the …

Julia Vandepolder

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Heaven’s Gate | 26″ high x 20″ wide | Oil on canvas Inspired by a summer evening spent in a hilltop cabin along the coast of Inverness, Heaven’s Gate captures a moment of poetic transition. Subtleties of colour and light are expressed with direct mark making and thickly layered painted surface. The descending sun reflects off the inner door frame …

Fan-Ling Suen

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Bluebeard’s Children | 12″ high x 13.5″ wide, print 1 | 15″ high x 12″ wide, print 2 | 12″ high x 15″ wide, print 3 | Prints on linen “Bluebeard’s Children” is a series of three prints on linen. Drawing on historical and contemporary versions of the Bluebeard folk tale, the prints explore intertextuality and the shifts in narrative …