Ottawa artist a finalist for RBC painting prize

An Ottawa area artist is one of the finalists in the 20th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

Sarah Davidson has made the list with her painting the garden at night. The graduate of Carleton University is currently a Master’s of Fine Arts student at Guelph University.

The winner of the 2018 competition will be announced Sept. 18 at a gala at The Power Plant gallery in Toronto. The individual will take home  $25,000 and will get a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Two honourable mentions will each receive $15,000. The other finalists will receive $2,500 each. The paintings by the winner and two honourable mentions will be added to RBC’s art collection, featuring more than 4,500 Canadian works that have been collected since 1929.

The painting competition is aimed at supporting young artists. Over the past two decades 250 emerging artists have been helped.

The 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition finalists are:

Amanda Boulos (Toronto) In the Morning

Keiran Brennan Hinton (Toronto) Hotel Room

Krystle Coughlin (Vancouver) Untitled

Sarah Davidson (Ottawa) the garden at night

Angela Fermor (Calgary) Portrait 7, Torso

Karine Fréchette (Montreal) Croissance 1

Stephanie Hier (Toronto) Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs

Ally McIntyre (Edmonton) Coyote

Emmanuel Osahor (Edmonton) Hiding Place

Lauren Pelc-McArthur (Montreal) Trop Trop

geetha thurairajah (Kitchener–Waterloo) A complicated relationship with our past makes for better stories of a future

Kizi Spielmann Rose (Halifax) Swallowtail

Joani Tremblay (Montreal) The Mind at Three Miles an Hour

Tristan Unrau (Vancouver) Doggy Dog Afternoon

Joy Wong (Toronto) Cotton and Cheese 1

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.