In the art world, self-portraits stand as a remarkable genre that goes beyond mere representation. They are a canvas for self-reflection, a mirror of the artist's identity, and a window into their inner world. In this blog post, we delve into the captivating realm of self-portraiture within the Canadian art scene, celebrating the unique voices of Canadian artists and inviting you to be part of our exploration in WA Magazine's upcoming Issue 14, aptly titled "Self."
A self-portrait is more than just a visual depiction; it's an introspective journey for both the artist and the viewer. Canadian artists have long embraced this genre to explore their own identities, emotions, and artistic visions.
Shantel Miller, a Jamaican-Canadian visual artist, brings a unique perspective to the world of self-portraiture. With an MFA in Painting from Boston University and a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Miller's work stands at the intersection of lived experiences and imagination.
Canadian Indigenous artist, Norval Morrisseau, employed self-portraits to celebrate his Indigenous heritage. His bold, vibrant artworks convey cultural pride and a deep connection to his roots, challenging stereotypes and history.
Contemporary figurative artist, Erin Armstrong's, portraits become vessels for atmospheres and sensations, existing within the abstract contours of human forms. Her work navigates the delicate balance between the seen and the unseen, the conscious and the subconscious, and the known and the unknown.
Self-portraits in Canadian art are a mirror to the soul of both the artist and the nation. They reveal the inner landscapes of identity, culture, and emotion, while celebrating the rich diversity of Canadian artistry. As we venture into the world of self-portraiture in our upcoming Issue, we invite you to join us on this exploration of the self through the eyes of artists living in Canada. Let's celebrate how art allows us to reflect, reveal, and inspire.
Issue 14: Self
At WA Magazine, we are steadfast in our commitment to showcasing the multifaceted talents of artists living in Canada. Art is a vessel for exploration, reflection, and expression, and it is our privilege to provide a platform for artists who push the boundaries of creativity.
In our upcoming Issue, "Self," we extend an invitation to artists across Canada to share their own self-portraits. We embrace the diversity of perspectives, styles, and narratives that artists bring to the genre of self-portraiture. It is a celebration of the self, the imagination, and the infinite possibilities that lie within the artistic process.
The submission deadline is November 10th, 2023. Your artwork could be the next captivating work featured in our pages, sharing your unique perspective with our readers - don't hold back!