Day: March 10, 2013

Bruce Stewart
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.” Stewart created a series of five paintings titled Road Walkers, using colours and patterns from the military camouflage from Afghanistan to paint the figures and backgrounds. This artist is a traditionalist, and still mixes much of his paint by hand, using earth pigments and oils. Throughout this series he used a pea-soup coloured palette which is evocative of the chlor...

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