There exists a long history of Canadian rowing, and it carries with it the pride. There is a long history of rowing of Canada, and Charlottetown has been a significant city that created Canada and rowing was there. The art exhibition in Canada art portrays vibrant cultural scenes. There have been witnessed two types of creative talent in Canadian artists. One type of artists belongs to the groups that have been significantly influenced by Canadian history and traditions. The second groups of artists are the one’s who have taken a more global approach. The rowing artists are those belonging to the first category highlights the rowing traditions in the rowing art exhibitions. Some of the painting takes us back to history.
The rowing art exhibitions in Canada, an example of one is the art exhibition held by BC Sports in Vancouver Art Gallery, requires the viewer to identify what is required from the rowers: getting into a rhythm. These rowing art exhibits are the first sustained mature effort to bring forth the life new to art that is athletics. The catalogue for the exhibition also illustrates the pictures of rowing taken from the popular magazines of the period documenting the growing popularity of the sport. Artists like Eakins have digressed from showing rowers at their routine trying to make them very elegant indeed.
Eakins stands out among the number of artists exhibiting the history of rowing. Some of her famous paintings include ‘The Champion Single Skull”, “The Pair-Oared Shell”, “The Schreiber Brothers”. These paintings highlight the details surrounding the athletes encapsulating the past and the allegorical present.
Unfortunately, despite the efforts of the artists to capture histories and victories in rowing the Canadian art blogs do not inculcate these artists or paintings in their posts. Although many artists like the Canadian Seven, namely, Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. McDonald, and Frederick Varley have been discussed showing how the artists have used the essence of the countryside to fill their paintings with life and heritage of Canada, a very few posts have dedicated their interest in exploring the rowing art exhibitions or artists.
Although Corona pandemic has delayed/cancelled most of the art exhibits that would have occurred this year in Canada; however, Fall 202 will witness the rowing art exhibition in the Great Hall in Canada. Though it’s not yet public who is curating the next edition, it’s already on my must-see list.