Interview with Canadian Art editor-in-chief David Balzer


Winnipeg artist Brian Hunter is winner of the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Here, he talks with Canadian Art editor-in-chief David Balzer about some of the process behind his winning work, Two Empty Trays Mounted Vertically (2015).

How a visit to grandma's house inspired an award-winning painting

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Moving back to your hometown isn't always easy, but for artist Brian Hunter, it's had some unexpected benefits.

In 2013, Hunter returned to Winnipeg, the city where he grew up. He and his wife wanted to be closer to their family, and while spending time with his grandmother-in-law, he found some unusual inspiration: an antique letterpress box.

In conversation with Canadian artist Brian Hunter

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Brian Hunter knows there’s no security in art – and he’s OK with that. In fact, that’s precisely what inspires him to create contemporary oil paintings that bring together past and present in a unique way. “That’s something I like about the pursuit of art. It’s not something you can count on and expect. It’s so unsure – but then you find yourself in a very cool opportunity, like the RBC prize,” says the 31-year-old Winnipeg artist and winner of the 18th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.