1917 Canada Comes of Age
Below is a time-lapse video of a recent painting for an upcoming group show called, 1917 Canada Comes of Age (showing in Ottawa and Toronto).
Concept background: "By 1917, WWI's unexpected length, the high number of casualties, and labour shortages at home contributed to Canada’s inability to maintain a volunteer army. This conscription debate was one of the fiercest and most divisive in Canadian political history. Charges of disloyalty, cowardice, and immorality on one side were matched by cries of imperialism, stupidity, and bloodlust by the other."(1) Read more on this topic here.
1917 was an important year in shaping Canada not only with the conscription crisis but also with other important events such as the outbreak of the Spanish Flu, the death of Tom Thompson, birth of the Group of Seven, the first NHL championship game, the Halifax explosion, women getting the vote, etc. These topics and many more will be explored in the 1917 Canada Comes of Age Exhibition by a group of accomplished Canadian artists.