Carr Goes British

Dulwich Gallery Pays Homage to BC

Emily Carr, Tanoo, Queen Charlotte Islands, 1913. Oil on canvas, 110.5 x 170.8 cm. British Columbia Archives Collection, Royal B.C. Museum, Victoria

London's Dulwich Picture Gallery is renowned for shining the spotlight on artists who are unknown in England but famous in their native country. This is the impetus for "From the Forest to Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia" opening this week. The show, co-curated by the Dulwich director Ian Dejardin and the Toronto-based art critic and ACI director Sarah Milroy, gives the Victoria-born artist her first major retrospective in Europe. It is a natural sequel to the Dulwich's last show on the Group of Seven as Carr painted concurrently with the Onatrio-based painters. Plus there's the fact "the British are dotty about trees," said Dejardin with a wink, referring to a key motif that made Carr a national icon.