On Tuesday 11 November 2014, HRH The Prince of Wales visited Dulwich Picture Gallery – the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery, founded in 1811 – to see the current exhibition From Forest to Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia
HRH was greeted by Haida Hereditary Chief and master carver, Jim Hart, the Gallery’s Sackler Director and Co-Curator of the exhibition, Ian Dejardin, and Canadian High Commissioner Gordon Campbell as well as The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir David Brewer, C.M.G., J.P and The Worshipful Mayor of Southwark, Cllr. Sunil Chopra.
The event, attended by students from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, provided an opportunity to meet HRH and discuss past, current and future art making practises in Canada and Europe. Students presented their portfolios to HRH during a traditional art workshop where they also demonstrated techniques such as porcupine quilling.
From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia is the first major solo show in Europe dedicated to Emily Carr (1871–1945). Gathering together her paintings of the aboriginal settlements she encountered during her travels up the West Coast of Canada and her formidable landscapes and seascapes, the show exemplifies Carr’s life-long artistic evolution and the eventual discovery of a freedom in style that secured her position as one of Canada’s best loved artists. In challenging circumstances Carr’s success as both an artist and a celebrated author challenged the status quo with Georgia O’Keeffe calling her a ‘darling of the women’s movement’.
A pioneer of modernism, fully aware of international movements in art such as Fauvism and Post-Impressionism, Carr was fascinated by the indigenous populations of British Columbia. She immersed herself in the people and landscape and drew upon both for inspiration and subject matter. The exhibition presents a focused selection of over 140 works and indigenous artefacts as well as the recently discovered illustrated journal, Sister and I in Alaska, in which Carr documented her pivotal 1907 trip up and down the Northwest Coast.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk