Harcourt House Artist Run Centre congratulates Ally McIntyre and Emmanuel Osahor

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre congratulates
Ally McIntyre and Emmanuel Osahor,
two Edmonton-based artists,
on their selection
as two of the 15 finalists for the prestigious
RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre congratulates Ally McIntyre and Emmanuel Osahor, two extremely talented visual artists from Edmonton, on their selection as two of the 15 finalists for the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition. This exciting news fills us with extreme joy and excitement. Having known the amount of hard work Ally and Emmanuel put into their creative processes, this shortlisting is a national recognition of their talents and their commitment to the arts. Harcourt House Artist Run Centre is extremely proud of their glorious achievements and extends its best wishes to both artists for an artistically distinguished and bright future.

Ally McIntyre graduated in 2013 with BFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Alberta and showcased her works in several solo and group exhibitions at Latitude 53, NEXTFEST Emerging Artists Festival, and THE WORKS – International Art and Design Festival with a major sculptural installation in Edmonton’s City Hall. In 2009, McIntyre received Emerging Artist Award from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Eventually, she decided to pursue her studies in fine arts at the Goldsmith College, University of London in London, UK, which she graduated in 2015 with an MFA with Merit. McIntyre has become known for her rebellion against the limitations typically imposed or expected of a painting. Her impressive body of work with unconventional use of bold colour, confident brush strokes, large scale, and mixed media styles reflects the rebellious character of the artist. While in still in London, McIntyre was awarded the Jealous Prize as well as the HIX Award in 2015. Both considered top honours for any recent graduate.

Ally McIntyre is a tenant artist at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre. As McIntyre said, after receiving news of being shortlisted for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition: “I would not have been able to do it without Harcourt House Artist Run Centre. The painting that was selected was created under the Harcourt House’s roof. I am so grateful to be given this opportunity and am proud to be a member of Harcourt’s community.”

Emmanuel Osahor graduated in 2015 with BFA in Art and Design from the University of Alberta. His work has been a subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions at the SNAP Gallery, Art Gallery at Milner – Edmonton Public Library, THE WORKS – International Festival of Art and Design, FAB Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, and the Art Gallery of Alberta, to name just a few. In 2017, Emmanuel Osahor received the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers RISE Award in Arts and Culture. With the assistance of the grants from Edmonton Arts Council, Osahor has embarked on extensive research for his several projects, including “The Distance Between Us”, “You Are Here”, “And Then My Hands Shook”, “Fractures”, ”My Journey”, and “Green Pastures”. These projects – some were collaborative ventures – discuss a broad range of topics, including: aspects of humankind at the beginning of the 21st Century, the nature of dual existence in contemporary society, the human relationship to the past, the role of memory in this experience, immigration, degradation of the communities, the nature of violence in contemporary society, homelessness, and fragility of eco system, among other aspects. These projects use the powerful tool of artistic expression to reflect the artist’s concerns and to document critical aspects of the human condition at this pivotal moment in the history of humankind. Osahor’s large scale installation, “In Search of Eden” is currently presented during 2018 THE WORKS International Festival of Arts and Design in Edmonton.

Emmanuel Osahor will have a solo exhibition scheduled for the presentation in Harcourt’s Art Incubator Gallery in December 2018.

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