• ACI Video Gershon Iskowitz: I Paint What I Know

    Polish-born Gershon Iskowitz (1920 or 1921–1988) survived the Holocaust by creating drawings as a means of psychological resilience. At age 28 he arrived in Toronto and in the decades to come made a name for himself as a leading abstract painter. Here, the artist reveals to us his journey and his artworks in his own words.

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Gershon Iskowitz. Life & Work

    “The circumstances of Gershon Iskowitz’s early life—the trauma of the Holocaust and the uncertainty of the immediate postwar period, followed by immigration to Canada—provide the context within which we must try to understand and appreciate his work.” Ihor Holubizky

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Molly Lamb Bobak. Life & Work

    “Molly Lamb Bobak’s career as a professional artist began as Canada’s first official woman war artist. She remains best known for the paintings she produced once the hostilities ended in Europe and for the humorous, satirical drawings she included in her wartime diary.” Michelle Gewurtz

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Robert Houle. Life & Work

    “Houle reconciles and synthesizes contemporary art trends and Indigenous traditions, encouraging a renewed vision of the world that regains the missing caverns of First Nations cultural memory.” Shirley Madill

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Paterson Ewen. Life & Work

    “Paterson Ewen was unmistakably original. His work bridged figurative and abstract, fused painting and sculpture to create a whole new medium, and broadened the definition of Canadian landscape, revitalizing national interest in this art.” John G. Hatch

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Kathleen Munn. Life & Work

    “Munn will always be a mystery—and this makes her all the more irresistible.” Georgiana Uhlyarik

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Norval Morrisseau. Life & Work

    “When Norval Morrisseau arrived on the Canadian art scene in 1962...few Indigenous people made art that was viewed as contemporary within the narrow framework accepted in mainstream cultural circles.” Carmen Robertson

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: William Kurelek. Life & Work

    “William Kurelek was an artist of extremes. As no Canadian artist before him or since, Kurelek attracted, through his at once sentimental and monstrous imagery, the attention of both popular audiences and seasoned critics.” Andrew Kear

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Alex Colville. Life & Work

    “Even as Colville concentrated on creating images drawn from his specific surroundings and experience, he was able to evoke a universal language of myth and metaphor that reverberates throughout our culture.” Ray Cronin

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Helen McNicoll. Life & Work

    “McNicoll maintained a strong attachment to the fundamental principles of ‘pure’ Impressionism and pushed the style further than any other Canadian artist.” - Samantha Burton

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald. Life & Work

    “FitzGerald helped to foster the notion of Western Canada as a beautiful and inviting place. The landscape was not only a locale with economic benefits but also one dominated by nature’s glorious majesty of open sky and a sense of freedom.” Michael Parke-Taylor

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Greg Curnoe. Life & Work

    Enamored of his hometown, Curnoe helped spearhead London Regionalism. His brightly coloured compositions and text-based elements celebrate both Canada and his anti-establishment views.

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Jock Macdonald. Life & Work

    A trailblazer in Canadian art, Macdonald’s spiritual identification with nature and his unique marriage of graphic design and painting led to a singular style of abstraction.

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Paraskeva Clark. Life & Work

    Paraskeva Clark persevered as an artist, despite the difficult conditions of her upbringing, creating profoundly provocative political critiques through simple yet powerful imagery.

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: Shuvinai Ashoona. Life & Work

    Characterized by fantastical creatures and dream-like landscapes, Shuvinai’s works represent not only her own deeply personal interpretation of the natural world, but also a global social community.

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  • ACI Video Art Book Trailer: General Idea. Life & Work

    Provocative, controversial, and visionary, General Idea (1969–1994) created a platform for social change through the group’s inventive performances, installations, paintings, sculptures, and photography—and its legendary AIDS campaign.

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