Canadian Art

Canadian Contemporary (1980-present)

The WAG collects contemporary production in a plethora of mediums, such as drawing, collage, sculpture, installation, and video. However the majority of the collection is equally divided between a representation of prints and painting.

The focus of the Contemporary Canadian art collection is on work created by artists from the Prairies, particularly Manitoba. These works range from figurative to abstract, from surrealist to highly expressive. The subject matter represented in this collection is equally diverse. Over the past decade, Winnipeg has been identified as a cultural hub and this hot bed of talent is characterized by local artists’ penchant for experimentation. A number of works in the Gallery’s collection are excellent examples of the exceptional work created by Winnipeg artists who have gained serious recognition nationally and internationally. Key acquisitions have included pieces by the Royal Art Lodge, Cliff Eyland, Aganetha Dyck, Wanda Koop, and Eleanor Bond. Through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program, the WAG has been fortunate to acquire a number of important works from living artists who have a connection to Manitoba. Recent additions include an impressive painting by Janet Werner and a major multi-media installation by Zachary Longbow. The past five years of collecting activity have also been dedicated to increasing the representation of women artists in the collection and several acquisitions have been sought after and successfully obtained with this directive in mind. The Gallery also collects work in a variety of media by Canadian and international artists that expands and complements this regional representation.

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