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CUPE's Art Collection

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Learn more about CUPE's art collection at the Stan Little Building in Ottawa, and how art was chosen that showed an empathy for the international union movement and solidarity with workers.

Learn more about CUPE's art collection at the Stan Little Building in Ottawa, and how art was chosen that showed an empathy for the international union movement and solidarity with workers.

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  • 1. CUPE’s Art Collection  The CUPE collection consists of primarily emerging professional artists (exceptions are Farouk Kaspaules and Daniel Sharp).
  • 2. The CUPE Collection  For CUPE Don Monet set out to choose artists that have shown an empathy for the international union movement and solidarity with workers. They have all worked either in Mayworks or have shown a support for unions. It is also important that they create work that is aesthetically pleasing. Art that workers can enjoy over a long period of time. They are after all significant elements of the “feel” of any workplace.
  • 3. The Artists  The art in this collection was chosen by union curator Don Monet of Cube Gallery. (CARFAC)
  • 4. Ground Floor Entrance (large south wall) Farouk KaspaulesFarouk Kaspaules (CARFAC) is an Iraqi-born Canadianartist who has been exhibiting since mid-1980s, andhas been actively engaged with artist-run centres,organizing and curating exhibits on political and culturalthemes. His interest in the events shaping the politicaland social situation in the Middle East influenced hiswork that found an expression in the 1995 exhibit NonSequitur, at SAW gallery in Ottawa which dealt with theissue of the Gulf War. In 2001, he participated in theexhibition The Land Within Me – Memory of a Place, atthe Canadian Museum of Civilization. Faroukparticipated in group exhibitions in Latin America, mostnotably in Brazil (2001) and Chile (2002). In 2003,Farouk exhibited State of Things, which dealt with thecondition of the Marsh Arabs of Southern Iraq. He hashad exhibits in Cairo, Egypt, and Amman, Jordan. In2004, Farouk held a solo exhibit in the USA dealingmetaphorically with issues of global violence. Morerecently, Farouk participated in exhibits in London andOttawa, Ontario, and Bordeaux, France. He workedwith the ODLC for a piece in the Union~Art show part ofMayworks 2004.
  • 5. Employees’ Lounge Ground Floor Hawa KabaBorn in Burkina Faso, Hawa spent her childhood inmany West African countries including the IvoryCoast and Guinea. She moved to the United Stateswhen she was 18 and subsequently to Canadawhere she has remained for almost 20 years.Ottawa is where she developed her passion forpainting.“My art expresses my sense of being an Africanwoman, using mixed media and the visual languageof western art. I incorporate design elements that Ilearned when dyeing textiles with my older sister, aswell as the suggestions of forms that I observed inlocally produced sculptures and masks from myvillage. I interweave those elements with layers oftexture, a rich variety of collage materials, acrylicpaint, modelling gels, and sometimes mementosand images that hold special meaning. Many of mypaintings are pictorial metaphors – visual poetry. Mywork comes from an inner spring that delights in the A series of four small pieces suchpatchwork interplay of colours, shapes, textures, as the one above - for theand symbols.” lunchroom 14” X 10”
  • 6. Judy Darcy Boardroom Ground Floor D. H. MonetD. H. Monet (CARFAC) is a community-basedartist/activist – his practice includes cartoons,posters, fine art, exhibition curation and education.Dons photo collage paintings have appeared atunion art shows The Labouring Body Artcite(Windsor) and the CUPE BC convention. His work isheld in collections across the country including CUPEON, the Gitxsan Chiefs Office, and by artists SusanPoint and Bruce Cockburn. His acerbic politicalcartoons have received critical acclaim at home andabroad. His political cartoons, posters and workshopshave been used by CUPE, PSAC, ODLC (winner2002 CALM award), Calgary hospital workers, Innuand Gitxsan Nations, CBC, NOW Magazine, OttawaCitizen and the National Gallery, to name a few. Hisgroundbreaking book Colonialism on Trial, is anillustrated documentary about the Delgamuukw landtitle trial. Don has organized a number of labour-friendly cultural events, including exhibitions forMayworks 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 1999 and Sisters in Solidarity2003 he organized Art Against War and in 2001Crime Seen; group exhibitions at Gallery 101 to acrylic, holograph and photoprotest war and globalization. He is the editor of the transfer on birchMayworks artists directory. 48” X 48”
  • 7. Second FloorCommunications, Legal, Equality, Union Development Jennifer Gibbs Jennifer Gibbs (CARFAC) was born in 1970. She was raised in the country in eastern Ontario until 1990 when she moved to Ottawa where she received a degree in Classics and English. Jennifer is inspired by physics, mathematics, poetry, mythology, biology, and other artists – ancient to contemporary. Her art often deals with ontology and the perplexing nature of existence. Other times Jennifer seeks to create portraits of powerful women. Some of her images reflect the importance of a love of simple things and a sense of childlike wonder. She has shown at numerous galleries and has been included in the Mayworks as well as Art Against War exhibitions. Works proposed for the second floor Blue Sisters are from a series exploring what was considered traditional womens work. acrylic on canvas 30” X 40”
  • 8. Second FloorCommunications, Legal, Equality, Union Development Jennifer Gibbs Disquieting Muses acrylic on canvas 30” X 40”
  • 9. Second Floor (boardroom)Marc Dubois Dan Rivaud Emotional Landscape #4 The Striker oil on canvas acrylic/fibreglass on board 36” X 36” 24” X 30”
  • 10. Third Floor Research, Health and Safety, Job Evaluation Kim HaydenFlower petals are dripped onto canvas, squirt bottlesreplace paintbrushes, and painterly gestures arebeaded. Red beaded dots stitched onto canvasreference drops of blood, a needle pricking one’sfinger in the process of beading, and the strugglesof the Métis to defend their rights and to berecognized as an Aboriginal people.In this series, I deconstruct traditional Métis floralbeadwork and integrate it into layers of dripped andpoured paint—a loose, gestural style attributed toAmerican artist, Jackson Pollock. Built on a grid ofcopper leaf, the visual perception of layers is blurredby reflected light, three-dimensional media, andcompeting layers of colour and texture. This workconsiders the influence of place, culture andperception on personal and national identity—alandscape created following a year spent living, Flower Beadwork Series: I dreamt that Jackson Pollockworking and musing in Japan. was Métis and lived in Japan. Sakura (Cherry Blossoms). Kumamoto Castle. 8/9. 2007.Kim Hayden is a member of the Manitoba Metis glass beads, waxed nylon thread, copper leaf, acrylicFederation, Redboine Local. She holds a BFA with on canvasdistinction from Concordia University, Montreal 90 x 90 cm(1996) and an MEd from the University of Ottawa ass beads, waxed nylon thread, copper leaf, acrylic on canvas(2008). 90 x 90 cm
  • 11. Third FloorResearch, Health and Safety, Job Evaluation Kim Hayden Flower Beadwork Series: I dreamt that Jackson Pollock was Métis and lived in Japan. Sakura (Cherry Blossoms). Kumamoto Castle. 9/9. 2005. glass beads, waxed nylon thread, copper leaf, acrylic on canvas 102 x 102 cm
  • 12. Fourth Floor Finance and Administration,Technology, Convention, Accounting Daniel Sharp Daniel Sharp (CARFAC) has a long practice of abstract painting. His work oscillates between measured structure and gestural form, researching colour, balance, order and improvisation. The exploration of desire is the subject of these personal, social, sensual paintings. Paintings that aspire to poetry. Transformer Panel Blue He has been a part of several Mayworks art shows, as well as having done a major commission for oil on panel CAPES in Ottawa. Installed at the union headquarters in downtown Ottawa, he created five 78” X 24” banners with five colours/patterns that reflect values of the union. The artist lives in Ottawa, is the father of two children, and works for Foreign Affairs in the management of a collection of fine art.
  • 13. Fourth Floor Finance and Administration,Technology, Convention, Accounting Daniel Sharp Transformer Panel Yellow oil on panel 78” X 24”
  • 14. Fifth FloorNational President’s Office (corridor) Jean JewerJean Jewer (CARFAC) is a painter whose imageryis based on the landscape.Growing up in a small outport of northernNewfoundland has given her a great love andrespect for the environment and the ever-changingdrama of the land and the sea.Her artwork is a response to this natural world withall its beauties, diversities, and hostilities. Thepaintings emerge like a performance of nature itself,“I pick, I scrape, I slash, and I leave my mark on mysurfaces.”Each painting is an “act of remembering.” Oppidian I oil on paper 40” X 32”
  • 15. Fifth FloorNational Secretary-Treasurer’s Office (corridor) Jean Jewer Oppidian II oil on paper 40” X 32”
  • 16. Fifth Floor (boardroom) Echoes Rebecca Mason 63” X 18”A native of Chelsea, Quebec, Rebecca Mason studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto where she firstdeveloped her unique painting style. Working on large sheets of Japanese paper, Mason takes inspiration from hernatural surroundings with trees, canoes and mountains as the central themes, and she records them in a very free,expressive manner. Rebecca has exhibited her work in Ontario and Quebec since 1988. She has participated in awide array of exhibitions at galleries, juried exhibitions and special art events. Her work can be found in privatecollections in Canada, the United States and Europe.“Watercolour on Japanese paper is the medium I work with. Responding to my environment as an expressivecolourist, I use nature as my inspiration. Wetting and lightly creasing the handmade paper, I then let the paintingunfold from my minds eye using the creases as my pathway. The results are somewhat like writing a poem on thepage, but I use watercolour and brushes as the vehicle to capture my sense of place.” Becky Mason 2005
  • 17. Fifth Floor (boardroom) Emotional Landscape 11 Marc Dubois 30” X 60”Marc Dubois is a self-taught artist from Gatineau, Quebec inspired by Velasquez, Nerdrum, Chardin and Morandi.His medium is oil on canvas and his subject matter includes portraits, still lifes and urban landscapes. Theoverriding theme that dominates much of his work is the interrelationship between extremes, such as passion andreason, or abstraction and representation.