Sunday, February 5, 2012

Kim Ondaatje: Canadian Art Diva

Kim Ondaatje is one of Canada's foremost artists.  She was born in Verona, Ontario (north east of Kingston), and has made a formidable contribution to Canadian art throughout her lifetime.

Kim, is the senior lady of Canadian art.  She received the Governor Generals Award in March 2009, for her work along with Jack Chambers and Tony Urquhart for founding CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation/Les Front des Aristes Canadiens), an organization noted for its focus on the rights of Canada's Visual Artists.

Kim's lifetime accomplishments are outlined on Wikipedia, including her biography.  I won't do a cut and paste of the Wikipedia article, but I will mention that she Kim is a renown film maker, and she has authored 3 books, as well as having established a solid reputation for herself as a painter. Her work can be found in the National Gallery of Canada, and in several foremost Galleries and Collections.

Kim was married to Canadian poet D.G. Jones, and yes...she is married, to the internationally recognized Canadian author, Michael Ondaatje.

Since I have been unable to contact Kim, I won't present her art here, not unless of course Kim does chance upon this article, and should send me a note of permission.  Otherwise, you can visit her Facebook page which is pretty brief by clicking here. And, Lora Carney has an interesting biography on Kim, which can be seen by clicking here. Whitney Light has an article on Kim - which has 3 paintings, in Canadian Art Online. Please click here.

Frontenac News (information and photo). Please click here.
Wikipedia. Please click here.

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