Car­toon­ist’s prime sus­pects

MacKin­non ex­hibit looks at Canada’s prime min­is­ters


SaltWire car­toon­ist Bruce MacKin­non will have his car­i­ca­ture-por­traits of Canada’s prime min­is­ters show­cased at the J. Franklin Wright Gallery later this month.

The open­ing re­cep­tion will take place Sun­day, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. with MacKin­non in at­ten­dance. Ad­mis­sion is free but re­served seats may be ob­tained at the civic cen­tre box of­fice. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be open to the pub­lic Nov. 26 un­til Feb. 17.

This ex­hi­bi­tion, cu­rated by David Diviney, cu­ra­tor of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art at the Art Gallery of Nova Sco­tia, pre­miered in Hal­i­fax in Au­gust 2017 and this will be its sec­ond show­ing in Port Hawkesbury.

In­cluded in the ex­hi­bi­tion are ex­am­ples of works-on­pa­per and paint­ings cre­ated by MacKin­non be­tween 1993 and 2017 that to­gether de­pict all 23 prime min­is­ters, from Sir John A. Mac­don­ald to Justin Trudeau.

MacKin­non has worked for the Hal­i­fax Chron­i­cle Her­ald since 1985 and his work there has been widely rec­og­nized lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

In 2011, he was made a mem­ber of the Or­der of Nova Sco­tia. In 2013, he was the re­cip­i­ent of an hon­orary doc­tor­ate from NSCAD Uni­ver­sity in Hal­i­fax and also re­ceived the Friend of St FX Award from St. Fran­cis Xavier Uni­ver­sity in Antigo­nish.

Upon be­ing ap­pointed to the Or­der of Canada in 2016, a news re­lease from Gov. Gen. David John­ston praised MacKin­non for be­ing “fear­less, thought­ful and provoca­tive” and “one of Canada’s most tal­ented and re­spected ed­i­to­rial car­toon­ists.”


This Bruce MacKin­non work de­pict­ing Canada’s first prime min­is­ter Sir John A. Mac­don­ald will be among the car­i­ca­tures on dis­play at the J. Franklin Wright Gallery in Port Hawkesbury later this month.

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