Nope, not a rock band. And “in the flesh” is, well, pushing it. “In the canvas” is more like it.
What’s up, you ask?
A whole bunch of really Canadian art is up. On the walls. In the Dulwich Picture Gallery. And, for for the reasonable price of £8 pounds - £4 if you’re a student (or a charming Tall Girl), you too can see art by Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven artists!
Tall Guy and I did just that last weekend - we spent a damp, grey afternoon, happily (depending on which one of us you ask) wandering around the solid survey exhibition of the Tom and the Boys (too bad Emily couldn’t be there, but do check her out as well).
I saw some well-loved icons (Jack Pine) as well as some hidden gems, on loan from private collectors. Tall Guy was amazed that the gallery was so crowded. “Minus the trees, that could be Iceland” he said of Mirror Lake, “and that could be Germany”, of another. Maybe that’s true, and maybe that’s part of the reason why people like these paintings – you can connect with them. You get drawn in to the wilderness.
I have to admit, the
Dulwich is farther afield but well worth the visit. The gallery is small, perfect for digesting in an afternoon. The grounds are lovely for a little wander, and you can warm up over a cappuccino and an artsy chat in the gallery’s café. All in all, a good introduction to some iconic Canadian artists (enough to suck you in and get you checking out more). They go home on 8 January, so don’t miss out!