Sarah Milroy, chief curator of McMichael Canadian Art Collection and former Globe and Mail chief art critic and Canadian Art editor will reveal the remarkable artistic journey of Canadian painter David Milne. This event coincides with the opening of the David Milne: Modern Painting (on view June 16 to September 9, 2018), curated by Milroy in collaboration with Ian A.C. Dejardin, Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Milroy will share her insight into Milne’s psyche and artistic processes, exploring his distinctive and seemingly contradictory identity as a reclusive cosmopolitan. She will further illuminate Milne’s approach to modern painting, as he incorporated the ideas of artists such as Matisse, Monet, Bonnard, Cézanne and Brancusi, encountered during his New York years. Finally, Milroy’s talk will also shed light on Milne’s quest for solitude as he retreated to a life close to nature while maintaining a sophisticated response to the cutting-edge artistic ideas of the day. Like fellow North American artists Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe and Emily Carr, Milne immersed himself in all that was new, retreating to nature to develop an idiosyncratic visual language all his own.
Image: Sarah Milroy, Photo: Fred Lum.