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It’s not happy (little) accident that the works of Bob Ross are coming to Canada, as the American artist inspired many to take up a great Canadian tradition, landscape painting.
Paul Crawford, curator at the Penticton Art Gallery, says he was “captivated and seduced into the world of art” by Ross’ television series The Joy of Painting. A feeling he’ll be sharing, as the gallery is hosting the first Canadian exhibition of the artist’s work.
“I don’t recall exactly when I first encountered Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting, but it would have been by accident as I idly flipped through the dials waiting for something to come on,” Crawford said in a release.
Running until September 13, Happy Little Accidents will feature a selection of works painted by Ross during his prolific tenure hosting his show. Admission to the gallery is free.
“Bob Ross was a magician, one who could pull a landscape out of thin air. I was immediately seduced by the ease with which he could articulate a landscape that was nowhere in particular yet totally familiar at the same time.”
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According to the release, the exhibition looks to explore the deeper questions around nostalgia, high and low art, art history, the cult of celebrity, pop culture, the art market and ultimately what is worthy of being exhibited and preserved in museums.