April 18, 2013 DAVID GARNEAU
Cenovus Art Competition: Second-Place Winner
April 18, 2013
Cenovus engaged art experts from Alberta and Saskatchewan to help design the competition and identify the artists for it. Based on recommendations from these experts, 37 artists were entered into the competition for judging by a separate panel comprised of five people well-known for their knowledge and expertise in western Canadian art. The panel was made up of philanthropist Ann McCaig and entrepreneur Brett Wilson, both of Calgary; Calgary-based Chris Cran, a senior artist; Catherine Crowston, Executive Director of the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton; and art patron Lynda Haverstock, President & Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Regina and the former lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan.
“The judges were very impressed with the quality of the entries in the competition, which speaks to the wealth of talented artists in Alberta and Saskatchewan who sometimes don’t receive the attention they deserve,” said Brian Ferguson, Cenovus President & Chief Executive Officer. “We’re pleased to support these artists and help them continue in their work. We believe that having art in the workplace creates an inspiring environment. Supporting arts and culture adds to the pride our staff has in working for our company.”
A native of Edmonton with Métis heritage, David Garneau, through his painting and drawing is a contemporary western voice whose subjects allude to Aboriginal identity, history, nature and masculinity. Torso (rib cage) with its image of a tipi top overlaid with painted dots that recall Métis beading was considered by the Cenovus jury to be a beautifully made and accomplished artwork. Currently, an Associate Professor in Fine Arts at the University of Regina, David has maintained an active record of exhibiting including several solo exhibitions: Road Kill which toured nearly two dozen galleries in Saskatchewan from 2008-2010 and Métis/sage seen in Winnipeg, Northfield, Minnesota and Edmonton. He is also a noted curator and writer. Before joining the faculty of the University of Regina, David spent five years as a sessional instructor at Calgary’s Alberta College of Art & Design. In 1989, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from the University of Calgary and from the same institution, an MA in English Literature in 1993.
(Image: Torso (Ribcage) TeePee, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 inches)