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D. H. Monet

Don Harrington Monet is an Ottawa artist, curator and activist. He concentrates his studio efforts toward landscape, photo-collage and found-object paintings.

In his practice he uses photo-collage and acrylic paint to build “paintings” that reflect both family travel photos and iconic landscape painting. The works have been produced on wood panel and birch with a varnish overcoat. He rarely employ a model; "I rather utilize my own familiar geography and family as subjects. Similar to holiday snaps – these mementos are reflections of the days of my own life and family." His motifs are fractured representations of everyday interactions. Sometimes the most mundane moments, playing scrabble, dipping a paddle in the water become at once banal and magnificent.   Similar to a film makers location photography, he takes a series of connected  photographs and lays them out to create the "scene". He then use traditional landscape techniques in acrylic to unify the fractured photographs. Trompe l'oeil in part, but not completely, the end result is more “painting” than “photography”. The viewer can readily see the edges of transition, the margins between paint and photo.

Owner of Cube Gallery, Ottawa, now in its eleventh year, he has organized dozens of thematic group exhibitions and solo shows featuring Ottawa and National visual artists, musicians, actors and dancers. He has taught culture, communications, ethics, and audience research courses (sessionally) at the University of Ottawa, and cartoon and art classes to children at the National Gallery, and several elementary schools. Much of his work is informed by the 13 years he lived and worked with the Gitksan and Wet’suwet’en peoples in Northern B.C. In 1992 he published a Canadian classic: "Colonialism on Trial", a graphic documentary following the Delgam Uukw court action of 87-91. 

Over the last thirty years Don Monet has organized and curated dozens of thematic group exhibitions In Vancouver, Hazelton, Toronto and for the past twenty two years in Ottawa, Ont.  Monet is an advocate of the multi disciplinary approach to art, curating shows that feature visual artists, musicians, actors and dancers. His curatorial project often invites visual artists to interpret a theme in concert with the wider community of artists. To that end:  He has organized a “First Thursdays Art Walk” among five galleries in Ottawa’s west end (2010 -), the West End Studio Tour (1995-) and the Nocturne Festival of the night sky, now in its eighth year, Nocturne is a dialogue between the astronomy/science community and fine artists.  Monet  founded and curated the Fritzi Gallery (2008 - 2015 ) at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Fritzi presented a visual dialogue between visual artists and the plays mounted at GCTC.  He remains a mentor for the Fritzi gallery's new programme with the Ottawa School of Art.

As a curator he has invited artists across Canada to tackle issues such as the Portraits of Stephen Harper, the Quebec Summit aftermath, the shape of the square, the bombing in Yugoslavia, the colour red, war in Lebanon and along the way has supported charities including the Parkdale Food Centre, Refugee support, Haiti Relief, Doctors Without Borders, Jane’s Walk, CARFAC and War Child.

Price Range: $500 - $4,000