Canada’s last official war artist is the star of a new show that captures the changing nature of the art form
Meet Ted Zuber, Canada’s last “official” war artist.
Grey-haired and bearded, the 79-year-old Zuber claims that title because he says he is the last person to hold a military rank and, simultaneously, to be deployed officially as an artist with Canadian troops in a wartime situation.
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Today, artists depicting working Canadian soldiers may or may not have ever seen a battlefield or even met a soldier. Indeed, the artworks being produced today tend to be more about the psychological dilemmas faced by soldiers than depictions of actual wartime or other military activities. Examples are the works of Gertrude Kearns and Scott Waters, two of the country’s top contemporary military artists.
Both the old and new kinds of war art are on view at an exhibition, simply titled War, that opened Aug. 4 at Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, which is part of the ever expanding Wellington West art scene. The show includes more than 40 paintings and sculptures from more than a dozen artists.
Zuber is the undisputed star of the show. He has 10 paintings in the exhibition, dating back to his Korean days.
|By Karen Bailey|
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|By that unknown artist, Shannon Lee|
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