Po­lit­i­cal fig­ures

Mackin­non's treat­ment of Canada's prime min­is­ters com­ing to Port Hawkes­bury

The Victoria Standard - - Arts - PORT HAWKES­BURY

Some might ar­gue Canada’s prime min­is­ters are car­i­ca­tures all on their own. Nev­er­the­less, ed­i­to­rial car­toon­ist Bruce Mackin­non has dipped into the inkwell to cre­ate his ver­sion of Canada’s heads of gov­ern­ment, past and present.

The solo ex­hi­bi­tion, en­ti­tled “Prime Sus­pects: Canada’s Prime Min­is­ters in Car­i­ca­ture” opens at the Port Hawkes­bury Civic Cen­tre on Novem­ber 26, 2018

Cu­rated by David Diviney, Cu­ra­tor of Mod­ern and Con­tem­po­rary Art at the Art Gallery of Nova Sco­tia, the ex­hi­bi­tion pre­miered Au­gust 2017 in Hal­i­fax; Port Hawkes­bury is its sec­ond show­ing.

The J.franklin Wright Gallery will host an open­ing re­cep­tion on Novem­ber 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. where at­ten­dees will have the op­por­tu­nity to hear from the artist. Ad­mis­sion is free, how­ever, re­served seats may be ob­tained at the Civic Cen­tre box of­fice. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be open to the pub­lic from Novem­ber 26, 2018 to Fe­bru­ary 17, 2019.

In­cluded in the ex­hi­bi­tion are ex­am­ples of works-on-pa­per and paint­ings cre­ated by Mackin­non be­tween 1993 and 2017 that to­gether de­pict all 23 prime min­is­ters, from Sir John A. Mac­don­ald to Justin Trudeau. Through Mackin­non’s sig­na­ture wit and brand of satire, these works make vis­i­ble the pol­i­tics and events that have helped shape our coun­try’s his­tory and the so­ci­ety in which we live to­day.

Bruce Mackin­non has been de­scribed as "among the new breed of distin­guished artists” in ed­i­to­rial car­toon­ing, a genre that goes back cen­turies. Since 1985, he has worked for the Hal­i­fax Chron­i­cle-her­ald 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 and the Friend of St FX Award from St. Fran­cis Xavier Univer­sity. Upon be­ing ap­pointed to the Or­der of Canada in 2016, a news re­lease from the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral praised Mackin­non for be­ing “fear­less, thought­ful and provoca­tive” and “one of Canada’s most ta­lented and re­spected ed­i­to­rial car­toon­ists.”

Sir John A. Mac­don­ald as de­picted by Bruce Mackin­non.

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