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Vancouver artist, Jeremy Hof named national winner of the tenth annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

National Touring Exhibition kicks off in Ottawa with Governor General in attendance

TORONTO, September 25, 2008 — RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, today announced Jeremy Hof of Vancouver as the national winner of the tenth annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition for his work entitled layer painting red. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada and Gordon M. Nixon, president and CEO of RBC, made the announcement at the National Gallery in Ottawa - the first stop of the exhibition showcasing the work of the 15 finalists. Amanda Reeves of Oakville and Wil Murray of Montreal were revealed as honourable mentions for their work Untitled 08 2008 and Sexe Maniac Maniac Maniac Maniac Maniac.

The winners were chosen from more than 1,200 works, submitted by more than 600 artists across the country. The national winner, Jeremy Hof, received a $25,000 prize with honourable mentions Amanda Reeves and Wil Murray each receiving a $15,000 prize. As part of the tenth anniversary celebrations, the additional 12 semi-finalists also each received a prize of $7,500.

"The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is the result of the dedication of many people over the past 10 years and is a tribute to emerging and established artists across the country," said Nixon. "I am proud to congratulate this year's winners and all who entered the competition."

The works of the national winner and the two honourable mentions will become part of the RBC art collection to be displayed at RBC galleries across the country. This year, in honour of the tenth anniversary of the competition, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, has lent her patronage to the event and the 12 semi-finalists' works will become part of the Canadiana Fund's Crown Collection. They will be displayed in the Official Residences including Rideau Hall, 24 Sussex Drive, Harrington Lake (lac Mousseau), The Farm at Kingsmere, Stornoway, 7 Rideau Gate and The Citadel.

The national public touring exhibition showcasing the works of all 15 finalists begins today in Ottawa and will travel across the country to the following prominent galleries:

National
The National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4
September 13 - 25, 2008

Western Canada
Mendel Art Gallery
950 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7K 3H6
January 16 - February 1, 2009

Eastern Canada
Enterprise Square
185, Sainte-Catherine Ouest
(corner Jeanne-Mance)
Montréal, Québec
H2X 3X5
October 9 - 19, 2008

Art Gallery of Alberta
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
100-10230 Jasper Ave
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 4P6
February 7 - 22, 2009

The Rooms
9 Bonaventure Avenue
St. John's, Newfoundland
A1C 5P9
December 1, 2008 -
January 4, 2009

Contemporary Art Gallery
555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 6R5
March 26 - April 3, 2009

Central Canada
Museum London
421 Ridout St N
London, Ontario
N6A 1A1
October 22 -
November 2, 2008

The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario
M5J 2G8
November 11 - 23, 2008

 

About the RBC Canadian Painting Competition
Established in 1999 and the largest competition of its kind in Canada, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition is a tribute to Canada's artistic talent. The goal of the competition is to support and nurture Canadian visual artists early in their career by providing them with a forum to display their artistic talent to the country and hopefully open doors to future opportunity. An investment in Canadian culture and the visual arts community, the competition will award one national prize of $25,000 and two honourable mentions prizes each of $15,000 and exclusive to the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the 12 semi-finalists will each receive a prize of $7,500. Along with past winners, the winning paintings of 2008 will become part of RBC's Canadian art collection composed of more than 4,000 works of distinguished art collected over the past hundred years. Various paintings from the RBC collection have been exhibited in museums, enabling more Canadians to enjoy these wonderful works. The 12 semi-finalists' paintings will become a part of the Canadiana Fund's Crown Collection.

About the Canadian Art Foundation
The Canadian Art Foundation is a charitable organization that fosters and supports the visual arts in Canada. The foundation celebrates artists and their creativity with a nationwide educational program of events, lectures, competitions, publications and other initiatives. Visit www.canadianart.ca/foundation for further information.

About the Canadiana Fund
The Canadiana Fund was created in 1990 to enhance the beauty and significance of state areas of the official residences through public donations of furnishings, paintings and objets d'art or the funds to purchase them. Pieces are chosen that reflect Canada's heritage, artistic traditions and historical associations, or to complement the architectural style of a particular residence. Visit www.canadianafund.ca.

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[download hi-res JPG, 390kB] Vancouver artist, Jeremy Hof, stands beside his painting layer painting red. Hof was named national winner of the 10th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition Thursday night in Ottawa at the National Gallery of Canada at a gala event attended by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada and Gordon M. Nixon, president and CEO of RBC.
 
[download hi-res JPG, 342kB] RBC president and CEO Gord Nixon (far left), Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Danielle Lafond (far right) congratulate Vancouver artist Jeremy Hof, winner of the 10th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition at a gala event at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa Thursday night.
 
[download hi-res JPG, 1.8MB] Vancouver artist, and National Winner of the Tenth Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Jeremy Hof's layer painting red, Acrylic/latex paint and plaster on 30"x30" panel.

For more information, please contact:
Jackie Braden, RBC, 416-974-2124, jackie.braden@rbc.com


 



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