Magazine article Queen's Quarterly

The Kingston Prize 2015: Contemporary Portraits of Canadians

Magazine article Queen's Quarterly

The Kingston Prize 2015: Contemporary Portraits of Canadians

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What does "contemporary portrait" mean? It takes time to make a portrait by painting or drawing, and then send it for exhibition, so the Kingston Prize portraits really show people as they were a little while ago.

To be truly contemporary, you have to take a digital photograph of your subject and look at it straight away. If you look again a year later, the subject is a little older, and the photo is a little less contemporary. The Picture of Dorian Gray is fiction, not fact.

In the current Kingston Prize exhibition, there is a portrait of a man who passed away after the painting was made. There is a portrait of a child who was six years old when the painting was made, but was seven when she came to the exhibition. …

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