Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

New art acquisitions at the NGC, thanks to Joy Thomson Fund

Ottawa, Canada - April 20, 2006

The National Gallery of Canada and its Foundation are proud to announce the acquisition of works of art by several of Canada's formative young artists, Janice Kerbel, Damian Moppett and Steven Shearer. These acquisitions were made possible through the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists.

For Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery, “the works of Kerbel, Moppett and Shearer are a precious addition to our permanent collection. Recognized by their peers and involved on the international scene, these artists enhance the Canadian artistic identity in many ways.”

The Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists was established with the National Gallery of Canada Foundation in 2003, expressly to enable the Gallery to strengthen its ability to purchase art by Canadian artists, forty years of age or under. The $1.5 million endowment gift was created in honour of Mary Joy Thomson, philanthropist, artist and visionary, who passed away in 1996.

"These remarkable acquisitions reflect once again Ms Thomson's dedication to young Canadian artists," says Marie Claire Morin, President and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. "Joy Thomson's legacy of support to artists will continue for years to come, due in large measure to this unique endowment fund created in her name."

Kitty Scott, Curator of Contemporary Art added, "Having this fund means we make this exciting new art accessible to a broad public and support young artists at a critical phase in their careers."

Janice Kerbel currently lives and works in London, England. After graduating from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1994, she completed her MFA at Coldsmith's College, University of London in 1996. Over the past decade, she has exhibited her work internationally. In 2001, her work was reviewed in The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Art Monthly, and most recently, she was among a handful of artists included in the feature First Takes in the January 2006 issue of Artforum. She has been named a semi-finalist for the 2006 Sobey Art Award.

Damian Moppett works and resides in Vancouver. After graduating from the Emily Carr College Art and Design in 1992, he completed his MFA at Concordia University in Montreal (1995). From 1998 to 2004, he was an instructor at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. His works are held in the collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (Ottawa), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), and the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Queen's University (Kingston).

Steven Shearer is a young artist with a burgeoning international reputation. Since he began exhibiting in 1992, he has had solo exhibitions Vancouver, Calgary, Zurich, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Turin and Tokyo. In 2006, The Power Plant, Toronto, will be holding a solo exhibition of the artist's work. Shearer was also included in the 2005 group exhibition All The Pretty Corpses at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.

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