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2020 Acquisitions: Art Donated to OAG, Part 1

February 3, 2021

Focused on the work of historical and contemporary artists who have contributed to the artistic life of the Ottawa-Gatineau region, our Permanent Collection is an essential part of the OAG’s activities. In this blog series, we are excited to look back and share a roundup of our 2020 acquisitions, and the ways in which these works help to enrich our Collection.

In addition to our purchases, we’re excited to share that the OAG also acquired a number of works through generous donations over the course of the last year.

In 2020, photographic artist Jennifer Dickson donated twenty-one photographs, comprising the whole of her series: The Credo Project. The series, which was the subject of her 2020 exhibition Jennifer Dickson: The Credo Project at the OAG, explores sacred spaces of the three Abrahamic religions and examines how these buildings bear the passage of time.

Lake Huron 01-06-87, Duncan de Kergommeaux, 1987, oil on linen, Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: Gift of the artist.

Twelve works by senior Ottawa artist Duncan de Kergmomeaux wrapped up a significant two-year donation to complete a representative record of his career in the Gallery’s holdings. The OAG’s collection of installation also grew as we received a large-scale work by Christos Pantieras and a mixed-media work by Farouk Kaspaules. These pieces, which explore themes of communication and cultural identity respectively, will be on display in the OAG’s upcoming 2021 exhibition, Filtered.

Long Distance, Christos Pantieras, 2009, sourced emails, typed text, paper dipped in wax, wick, oil stick, typewriter. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: Gift of the artist, 2020.

Finally, a signature grid painting from artist Jerry Grey featured in the OAG’s inaugural exhibition, two watercolour works on paper by Gatineau-based artist Gail Bourgeois, and an interactive installation piece by new media art pioneer Catherine Richards also joined the OAG’s collection.

Heterogeneity Imaged, Gail Bourgeois, 2015, watercolour, wax crayon and graphite on watercolour paper. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: Gift of the artist, 2020.

The OAG would like to thank artists Jennifer Dickson, Duncan de Kergommeaux, Christos Pantieras, Farouk Kaspaules, Jerry Grey, Gail Bourgeois, and Catherine Richards for the generous donations of their artworks.

Stay tuned for more exciting 2020 donations featured in our next acquisitions blog post!


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