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First Rideau Hall portrait by Aboriginal artist revealed – Ottawa Citizen
by aanationtalk onDecember 18, 2012435 Views
DECEMBER 18, 2012
OTTAWA — The first portrait of a former governor general’s spouse painted by an Aboriginal artist was revealed Monday morning. It features Saul launching a red kayak into an unseen body of water.
John Ralston Saul. husband of the 26th Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson, has commissioned a portrait of himself to hang in Rideau Hall painted by a highly respected Aboriginal artist who is most notably known for landscape paintings that include highly sexualized images.
The artist, Kent Monkman, is what Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, an art history lecturer at McGill University, calls a “rock star” among those who study aboriginal art history. More of her students submitted term papers on the artist of Swampy Cree, English and Irish descent this semester than ever before, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t surprised when she heard about the commission.