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THE ARTISTS

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Meryl McMaster

Identity is the key theme for this 29-year-old photograph­er. As a woman of mixed heritage – Plains Cree (an indigenous tribe), Scottish, English and Dutch – she uses her surreal, beautiful self-portraits to explore ideas about home, the self, and possibilit­ies. She’s already had enormous success early in her career – a solo show at the Smithsonia­n’s National Museum of the American Indian, New York, two years ago.

Keita Morimoto

In a world full of performanc­e art and digital sculptures, Japan-born Keita Morimoto is blazing a trail in the most traditiona­l discipline: as an oil painter. At first glance, the 27-year-old’s works look like those of European Masters such as Rembrandt, or 20thcentur­y Realists like Edward Hopper. But instead of 17thcentur­y noblemen, his subjects are his peers in his adopted city, Toronto. He says that a combinatio­n of government grants, and supportive galleries and collectors make Canada a good place to be an artist – so much so that he’s been making a living as a full-time painter since graduation. “That kind of practice is virtually impossible in Japan,” he says.

 ??  ?? Morimoto’s works are reminiscen­t of Edward Hopper (images courtesy of Katzman Contempora­ry). Edge Of A Moment (2017). This was shown at Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood, a multi-artist exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario that explored the...
Morimoto’s works are reminiscen­t of Edward Hopper (images courtesy of Katzman Contempora­ry). Edge Of A Moment (2017). This was shown at Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood, a multi-artist exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario that explored the...
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