Prairies and the North

• Amalie Atkins
• Mark Clintberg
• Brenda Draney
• Simon Hughes
• Divya Mehra

Amelie Atkins

Amalie Atkins, The Braid Harvesters/Trauernder, 2013, Chromira Print, 121.92 x152.4 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Amalie Atkins

Amalie Atkins is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Saskatoon. Personal history and everyday life propel imagined narratives into short films, photographs, cinematic performances, and installations. Atkins films have shown in festivals such as Film Pop (Montreal), Continental Drift Film Festival (Saint John), Yellowknife Film Festival, Antimatter Film Festival (Victoria), WNDX Film Festival (Winnipeg), Landlocked Film Festival (Iowa City), and have been included in exhibitions at the Harbourfront Center, Dunlop Art Gallery, Ottawa Art Gallery, Owens Art Gallery, The Mendel Art Gallery, Eastern Edge Gallery, Galerie Sans Nom, The Kunsthaus Tacheles (Berlin), and SoHo20 Chelsea Gallery (New York). Recent performances took place at Paved arts (Saskatoon), Edgy Women Festival (Montreal), FADO Performance Art Centre (Toronto), the Ottawa Art Gallery; and Struts Gallery (Sackville, NB). Atkins work was included in the DreamLand; Textiles in the Canadian Landscape exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada, traveling to Museum London in 2014. Her photographs have been featured on the covers of Visual Arts News, Grain Magazine, and Canadian Art Magazine. Atkins was the recipient of the Locale Art Award for Western Canada in 2011 and long listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2012. Her work is currently showing in the Oh, Canada exhibition (North Adams, MA) and is scheduled to tour until 2015. Upcoming group exhibitions include Splendor in the Grass at the Elora Center for the Arts; They Made a Day be a Day Here opening at The Grande Prairie Art Gallery touring to The Mendel Art Gallery, and Gallery 1111. Upcoming solo exhibitions include The Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), the College Art Galleries (Saskatoon), and Open Space (Victoria).


Mark Clintberg, Behind this lies my true desire for you, 2012, Salvaged wood, latex paint, offset print posters, 670 cm x 944 cm.

Mark Clintberg

Mark Clintberg is an artist, writer, and curator from Alberta currently living in Montreal. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Art History at Concordia University where he is also a Part-time Faculty Member. He earned his M.A. at Concordia University (2008), and his B.F.A. from the Alberta College of Art & Design, and completed a portion of his studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (2001). In 2010 he conducted research at Oxford University with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Public and private collections across Canada and in the United States, including the National Gallery of Canada, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts have acquired his work. In the last year he has had solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (Calgary), and Trapdoor (Lethbridge). His work has also been shown at Locust Projects (Miami), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Banff Centre, Centre des arts actuels Skol (Montreal), Art Souterrain (Montreal), AXENÉ07 (Gatineau), The Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), and Eastern Edge (St. John's). Journals and periodicals that have published his writing include The Art Newspaper, The Senses & Society, C magazine, ETC., BlackFlash, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, the Fillip Review, Photofile, Arte al Dia International, and Magazine. For the Spring and Summer of 2013 he will be an artist in residence on Fogo Island (Newfoundland). In late Summer 2013 he will launch a new commissioned project at the Western Front (Vancouver).


Brenda Draney, Hockey Boys, 2013, watercolour on paper, 22.86 x 27.94 cm. Photo: Sarah Fuller.

Brenda Draney

Brenda Draney grew up in Slave Lake, Alberta. She completed an English degree at the University of Alberta before graduating with a BFA in Painting. She graduated with her Master’s degree from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and became the 11th winner of the annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2009. Her work has been exhibited at the Power Plant in Toronto, the Toronto International Art Fair, and at MKG127 Gallery in Toronto. She took part in a show at Stride Gallery 2012. Brenda currently lives and works in Edmonton, Alberta.


Simon Hughes, Life in a Northern Town (panel #2), 2012, watercolour and gouache on paper, 170.18 x 106.68 cm

Simon Hughes

Simon Hughes, born in Winnipeg, completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Manitoba School of Art in 1996 and his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of California in Irvine in 2010. His works include paintings, drawings, and videos, but since 2000 he has worked almost exclusively on paper. Using watercolour, ink, stickers, and various other collage materials, Hughes has created architectural fantasies and magical Northern landscapes exploring the dissonance between the natural and urban. Following Tom Thomson’s obsession with northern lights and Lawren Harris’ combination of abstraction and Northern landscapes, he uses sharp lines and geometrical shapes overlapping in a chaotic manner in pieces such as Life in a Northern Town (2012) as a way of representing the human effort to control natural forces.

His work has been exhibited in the UK, Netherlands, France, Germany, Holland, Canada and the United States, namely at the Canadian Biennial and at Galerie Division in 2012, at Julie Saul Gallery in New York in 2011-2012, and as part of the Toronto/Berlin Gallery exchange in 2005. His work is also part of the Canada’s National Gallery collection as well as of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s collection.

Divya Mehra

Divya Mehra, Hollow Victory (You gotta learn to hold ya Own. They get jealous when They see ya with ya mobile phone), 2012, neon sculpture, 91.44 x 182.88 x 22.86 cm. Commission for Oh Canada, MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA.

Divya Mehra

Divya Mehra (BFA Honors University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB; MFA Columbia University, New York, NY) Mehra’s practice draws from experiences of displacement, cultural conventions, and hybridization, infusing a biting wit in the execution of her projects. Connecting political and religious icons with popular Hip-Hop culture, Mehra examines cross-cultural appropriations and the parallels between family tension and nationalistic conflict. Mehra’s work investigates the construction and misrepresentation of cultural identity while making reference to layered divisions and the disparity and exploitation of power. Her work has been included in a number of exhibitions and screenings across North America and overseas, most notably with Creative Time, MoMA PS1, MTV, and The Queens Museum of Art, (NY), MASS MoCA (North Adams), Art Asia (Miami), Platform: center for photographic + digital arts, and Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), Artspeak (Vancouver), Images Festival (Toronto), Groupe Intervention Vidéo (Montréal), The Beijing 798 Biennale (Beijing, China), Bielefelder Kunstverein (Germany), and Latitude 28 (India). Recent publications featuring her work include: The New York Times, Art in America, Vogue India, Whitewall Magazine, ARTnews, Border Crossings Magazine, BlackFlash, C Magazine, Canadian Art, AGYU Studio Blog, and The National Post. Mehra currently divides her time between Winnipeg, Delhi, and New York.