Category Archives: Art – Canadian

Picture gallery: VoC visit with Quebec artist ‘Niska’ – Painter of the Soul

Niska w/VoC, July 2010

Niska w/VoC, July 2010

In ‘Niska: Painter of the Soul‘ I posted several pictures of works by one of Canada’s greatest living artists, Francois Lortie – ‘Niska’ – along with some comments about our first visit to his home where we met him for the first time several years ago. 

In that post I included an image (below) from the Niska.org website that shows a striking painting in which white light appears to be burning its way out of the painting towards the viewer.

Niska's bright light of the soul

Niska's bright light of the soul

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Niska: Painter of the Soul

I have the pleasure and honour of knowing one of Canada’s greatest living artists, Francois Lortie – ‘Niska’ – and his wife Elona who is a lifelong friend of my wife Debbie.

We also have the pleasure of owning one of his paintings (a very small, but very satisfying one nonetheless!) and hope one day, when I can return to earning a living once again, to purchase a larger Niska.

I also had the ‘honour’ of falling down Francois and Elona’s stairs at their home on the day I first met Francois and picked out our painting. Several of the welds gave way on their steel stairway sending me crashing to the bottom. Fortunately, nothing but the stairstep was broken, and we had a good laugh about it. I suspect the fall had more to say about my gravitationally-challenged body than the stairs. At any rate, I now have a great story to go along with our Niska!

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