BFA 2017 graduate Wei Li has been named one of 15 finalists in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. The winner will be announced on October 17 at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and will receive a cash grand prize of $25,000.

Wei’s painting, Obsessiveness and Excitement, Never Growing Out of Them, is a 40″ by 60″ oil and acrylic on canvas.

“As an immigrant as well as an artist,” the China-raised Li writes, “I believe it is important to visually address the experience of living in this hybrid and dynamic society. The canvas itself functions as a vehicle to carry the painter’s moment of emotion, memory and energy, and the end result is often visually complex.”

The paintings by the winner and two honourable mentions will be added to RBC’s Art Collection along with the winners of the previous 18 competitions. RBC’s Art Collection features more than 4,500 works collected since 1929, including original works of art by historical and contemporary Canadian artists.

As part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition’s goal is to invest in and nurture Canada’s next generation of visual artists, to provide a forum for artistic talent across the country and to create opportunities for success. In 2016, RBC supported over 2,000 artists, investing over $4.2 million in 149 organizations across Canada in a wide range of art genres.

Source: Canadian Art

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