War Art

Bruce Stewart

Inspiration can come from the strangest places. For Ottawa artist Bruce Stewart the idea to paint the military ran down his street three years ago. He explains, “I live...across from the rehab centre and...this great, big guy on two metal legs came jogging down my street and he ran past me... I sorta shook my head and said that’s Afghanistan... I have to do something about it. So I started doing something about it.”...
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    Canada’s War Art: 1812

    July 8, 2012 by Jennifer Morse
    The War of 1812 was the first and last time our southern neighbour invaded the territory that is now Canada. But it wasn’t just the British and Canadians at war with the Americans. Even before war was declared in June 1812, aboriginal nations pledged allegiance...
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    The Canadian Forces Artists Program

    August 10, 2011 by Jennifer Morse
    Over the last 95 years, more than 200 artists have been charged with capturing the military history of our nation. With their brush stokes they recorded Vimy Ridge, the Somme, D-Day, Korea, Bosnia and Afghanistan to mention only a few. They sketched and painted amidst...
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    Doug Bradford

    June 5, 2011 by Jennifer Morse
    Doug Bradford is a barber. He has been cutting hair for 50 years in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and in his spare time he paints. He never went to art school. His only teacher was his mother, who loved art and encouraged...
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    Scott Waters

    March 18, 2011 by Jennifer Morse
    Scott Waters has an unusual vantage point for an artist. Over the last two decades he has created a body of work that both supports and tears down the mythology of soldiering. For the three years before that, he lived it. Twenty-three years ago the...
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    Geoffrey Bagley

    October 11, 2010 by Jennifer Morse
    In 1985, on the 75th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy, Geoffrey Bagley donated 92 naval artworks to the Canadian War Museum, so in this the centennial year of the navy, it seems fitting to celebrate his contribution to Canada’s war art....
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    Karole Marois

    May 7, 2010 by Jennifer Morse
    Every Canadian should have the opportunity to travel to Europe and walk in the footsteps of those who served in the First and Second World Wars. There, part of our history is somehow more tangible; it is found in the cemeteries and on the faces...