Garry Neill Kennedy: Work of Four Decades

01 Jan 2001 - 21 Jan 2001

Garry Neill Kennedy is one of Canada's senior contemporary artists. This luscious and colourful exhibition of 80 works includes paintings, drawings, wall works, artist's books, photographs, and site-specific installations. Garry Neill Kennedy: Work of Four Decades is organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, and is on view from 3 November 2000 to 21 January 2001. Highlights of the exhibition include the untitled, colourful and decorative 1977 painting from the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario which demonstrates Kennedy's rigorous, process-oriented method, a work that is a record of its own making. The artist will reproduce murals from the past such as Figure Paintings (1984) a wall work that addresses the geographical positions of Canada, the United States and Mexico as North American neighbours, the dominance of America's culture and military presence, and the market-driven dominance of figurative painting in the 80s; Superstar Shadow (1986), the name of the font the artist uses to paint his own name from floor to ceiling; and The Four Seasons (1998) a work that is determined by the various names paint producers use to describe and market a variety of colours.