Named for renowned portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh and painter Henri Masson, this municipal gallery features artwork by local, national and international professional artists working in various styles and mediums.
Exhibits on display at Karsh-Masson Gallery have been selected by an independent, professional arts jury. The artwork, themes, points of view or comments conveyed in each exhibit are those of the Artist and do not represent those of the City of Ottawa.
The City of Ottawa invites you to preview the exhibitions selected by a peer assessment committee for the Karsh-Masson Gallery 2017 exhibition season.
University of Ottawa MFA candidates – Thesis exhibition
August 4 to 28, 2016
Vernissage: Thursday, August 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Elle Chae's paintings explore the home as an unstable, unpredictable environment that is highly sensitive to the traces emanating from the domestic space, including its inhabitants. Heidi Conrod's recent work explores various painterly techniques that question the ways we contend with our memories as visual pasts, while considering our present image-saturated world.
Heidi Conrod, Delayed Ripple, 2016, oil and wax on canvas, 132 x 132 cm. Courtesy of the artist
September 8 to October 16, 2016
This exhibit features artwork by the recipient of the 2016 Karsh Award, which is presented every two years to an established local artist for outstanding work in a photo-based medium. This award honours the artistic legacy of celebrated Ottawa photographers Yousuf and Malak Karsh. Yousuf Karsh documented history by photographing thousands of celebrated icons. His younger brother Malak Karsh focused on Canadian landscape and architecture, and is especially known for capturing Parliament Hill and its tulips.
Left: Yousuf Karsh
Right: Malak Karsh
Photo credit: unknown
City of Ottawa Art Collection – Additions 2016
October 27 to November 27, 2016
Vernissage: Thursday, November 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This exhibition features a selection of artworks added to the City of Ottawa Art Collection in 2016 through purchase, commission and donation.
Rosalie Favell, Head dress's, 2014, oil on canvas, 91 x 36 cm. Courtesy of the artist
Gail Bourgeois & Anna Frlan – Stories Nearby
December 8, 2016 to January 15, 2017
Vernissage: Thursday, December 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Stories Nearby presents multiple perspectives on grappling with sustained systems of warfare between humans and against nature. The exhibition features large-scale steel sculptures, small-scale plaster objects and black and white drawings on paper. Both artists explore the paradoxical nature of progress and express architectural concerns as they tell their stories and the stories of others.
Above: Gail Bourgeois, Untitled (détente), 2014, graphite on paper, 127 x 152 cm. Courtesy of the artist
Below: Anna Frlan, War Chest, 2013, steel, 58 x 93 x 54 cm. Courtesy of the artist