November 18, 2010
I read the news today, oh boy! Canada’s fashion mogul, Jeannie Becker announced that artist Daniel Barrow won the coveted Sobey Art Award for Canadian Contemporary Art. Barrow is a Winnipeg-bred-now-Montreal-based artist who ended up with the $50,000 award sponsored by the Sobey Foundation. This prize was established to increase the stature and visibility of visual art created by Canadian artists under forty.
One of the short-listed artists was Brendan Fernandes. Brendan has followed a very interesting life-path which spanned several continents. For the purposes of this award, he was geographically representing Ontario. Now based in New York, however, Brendan will premiere as a solo exhibiting artist at Station Gallery for 2011. I’m really looking forward to working with him and seeing what he’ll be bringing to Whitby. For next year, I predict Brendan will be the big Sobey winner. I can just feel it. After all, Barrow had been short-listed twice, winning the second time around. Congratulations, Brendan!