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2013 Recipient of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award Announced

Toronto – January 29, 2013 – The Ontario Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the 2013 winner of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award.  The $3,500 award is given annually to recognize an Ontario based mid-career painter.

Toronto artist, Andrew Rucklidge is the recipient of the $3,500 award. Andrew is a Canadian painter who draws on an array of influences that range from the 15th century splashed ink painting of Sesshu, the grand panoramas of the American Sublime through to aerial surveillance photographs and diagrams of military conflict. His paintings invoke the aesthetics of Romantic landscape painting and often take the form of grand apocalyptic vistas. His most recent series of works attempts to remodel architectural and interior structures against nascent savage forms and formal crystalline-edged abstraction.

Andrew Rucklidge, "Bituminous Earth", 2011, oil and archival ink on
 toned gessoed linen 30 x 36 inches

Andrew shows widely in Canada and abroad and will be exhibiting at the 2013 Art Paris Fair and London Art Fair. He is currently represented by Christopher Cutts Gallery in Toronto, Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal and the James Freeman Gallery in London. He recently acted as Creative Consultant for “RED” a play about Mark Rothko, performed in 2011 at Canadian Stage. His work is held in collections such as UBS London, Zabludowicz Collection London, Kunstmuseum Gotland Sweden, Soho House Toronto and London, TD Bank Toronto and the Bank of Montreal. He received an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design (London, UK) in 2003 and studied previously at Concordia in Montreal. Andrew currently teaches painting and drawing at OCADU in Toronto.

The Laura Ciruls Painting Awardwas established by Laura Ciruls, a professional graphic and web designer, as well as a traditional acrylic and watercolour painter. Through a bequest, Laura set up the Laura Ciruls Painting Award, to recognize artists like herself, who were contributing to the development of painting in Ontario.

The Laura Ciruls Painting Fund is administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation. The Ontario Arts Council manages the selection process for the award.


For further information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
416 969 7413 awalker@arts.on.ca


The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) Established in 1991 as a public charitable foundation, the Foundation pays out over $2 million annually in support of the arts.

The Ontario Arts Council(OAC) is the province of Ontario's primary funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.

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