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Hot Art: Natural Inspiration

Twisted Pine, by Jim Waddington

ON NOW Artists in Ontario have long been inspired by this province’s vast and diverse landscape—its untamed forests, tranquil lakes and rocky northern shores. Few depictions of the hinterland are better known than those by the Group of Seven. In the early 20th century, Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson and their compatriots were inspired by the Canadian Shield’s rugged beauty; their paintings have in turn influenced generations of artists. Among them are Jim and Sue Waddington, whose practice involves locating and photographing the group members’ sketching sites. Their images are juxtaposed with original Group of Seven works at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, providing insight into the artists’ working methods and the region’s ancient yet ever-evolving landscape

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