Fresh Paint / New Construction 2009

Fresh Paint and New Construction features over 200 recent works from thirty-nine up-and-coming students, selected for their quality and originality, in a juried exhibition. This year’s students are from the from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON), York University (Toronto, ON), Concordia University (Montréal, QC), L’Université Laval (Québec, QC), Université du Québec à Montréal (Montréal, QC), University of Western Ontario (London, ON), University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax, NS).

The first edition of Fresh Paint, which made its debut in 2005, showcased works by five undergraduate painting students from Concordia University in Montréal. Now in its fifth year, the project has grown and evolved to include not only painting students, but also students studying sculpture from Montréal and throughout Eastern Canada in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

This is an opportunity for the selected artists to present their work in a professional context. Many students presenting work in the past editions of Fresh Paint have subsequently moved on to become professional practicing artists with representation from established venues. In 2005, we invited Annie Hémond-Hotte and Nicolas Grenier to be represented by Art Mur, and Magalie Comeau in 2006. Galerie Orange and Lacerte Art Contemporain now represent Ianick Raymond and Alexis Lavoie from the 2007 show. The Edward Day Gallery has enlisted Andrew Morrow from the 2008 exhibition, to name a few.

Fresh Paint and New Construction offers a glimpse of the best of what’s to come in painting and sculpture while providing a critical educational component for the exhibiting artists.