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  • 2020 Ducks Unlimited National Portfolio

    Location: Bracebridge, ON

    DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA – NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE JULY 31,..
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  • 2019 ANIMA MUNDI - CONSCIOUSNESS

    Location: VENICE,

    ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is pleased to..
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  • Walker Industries Juried Art Exhibition

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    Daisy Fresh has been selected as one of 26 finalists in this juried..
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  • The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition - May 21st to June..
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  • Lines, Shapes & Objects Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the Lines, Shapes & Objects art competition. For this..
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  • HEDI KYLE: THE ART OF THE FOLD

    Location: Halifax, NS

    The NSCAD School of Extended Studies & Letterpress Gang are hosting a..
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  • Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Call for Artists

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Attend the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Attend the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s..
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  • Surfaces Exploration and Experience Karen Colville Artist

    Location: New West Minster, BC

    In the Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre Surfaces…Exploration & Experience Artist Karen Colville June 25th..
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  • Race, Ethnicity and belonging

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (over 18) residing in Alberta..
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  • Art District Gallery Membership

    Location: Kitchener, ON

    Art District Gallery May Membership Drive - Drop in Open House -Tuesday May..
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  • Art in the Garden 2019

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Taking place at various gardens on Vancouver's North Shore, this will be the..
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  • North Van Arts Deadline Extended! (50th Anniversary Exhibition)

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts has extended our deadline to Sunday May 26 at Midnight..
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  • Manitoba Neuroscience Network Donation Request

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Seeking art pieces for the silent art auction that will take place as..
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  • “White” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline June 30, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: White cats, white milk, white snow. Reflecting most wavelengths of visible..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Cityscapes art competition. For this competition,..
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  • Myseum Intersections 2020: Call for Submissions

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Myseum of Toronto is launching a call for submissions for our fifth annual..
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  • Call For Artists - Art Sale Fundraiser

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ART SALE FUNDRAISER BENEFITING CRISTINA’S TORTINA SHOP HOSTED BY PROGRESSIVE TRAINING COLLEGE OF BUSINESS..
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  • H.A.P. Art Contest by ALPHA Education

    Location: Scarborough, ON

    ALPHA Education is hosting its annual History + Art = Peace Art Contest!..
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  • On the Same Page: Transforming Paper

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    On The Same Page: Transforming Paper showcases artists working with paper as an..
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  • ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival ITSLIQUID GROUP,..
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  • 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Past (Tense) by David Scott Exhibition

    Location: Calgary, AB

    HUB @ 302 Crossroads Art Centre The Alberta Society of Artists #302 – 1235-26th Avenue SE Calgary,..
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  • Call for Artist/Writer in Residence

    Location: Harrison Hot Springs, BC

    The Kent Harrison Arts Council Artist in Residence Program Visual Artist / Writer in..
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  • Sue J Amon Art Exhibit

    Location: Yarmouth, NS

    There will be an art exhibit of the works of Sue J Amon..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: Nakusp, BC

    In this 2-day workshop, we will learn from the award-winning acrylic painter Tatjana..
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  • Artists’ Network Gallery Streetcar Art Exhibition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Submissions: March 8 – May 31, 2019 Exhibition: June 11 – 27, 2019 We are..
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  • Friends of Bon Echo Art and Sale exhibition

    Location: Cloyne , ON

    Call to Artists With its striking views and varied moods, Mazinaw Lake has drawn..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki In this 2-day workshop, we will learn how to quickly develop rich..
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  • Jun 8 – Intro to Stained Glass Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    In this workshop attendees will learn how to make a simple sun catcher..
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  • Jun 6 – 27 – Introduction to Acrylics

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    This course is intended for anyone who would like to try acrylic paints..
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  • May 29 – Jun 19 – Core Drawing Skills

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Master the fundamentals of drawing in this introductory course, which will build your..
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  • May 25 & 26 – Cedar Bark Hat Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Join master weaver Jessica Silvey and learn the fundamental techniques of the checker..
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  • May 1 – 22 – Drawing Fundamentals & Community

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    In this introductory level drawing course, students will be introduced to a variety..
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  • Spring Film Series at North Van Arts Announced!

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Van Arts International Film Series is presented by North Van Arts..
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  • International Open Call to all Artists: Painting on the Edge

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    International Open Call to all Artists: Painting on the Edge Painting on the..
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  • The Wilds of Venice: Study Contemporary Art + Creative Entrepreneurship at the European Cultural Academy with the Jealous Curator and The Wild Residen

    Location: Venice,

    Education Opportunity for Artists: the 'Wilds of Venice' Certificate Course in 'Creative Entrepreneurship +..
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  • Summer Solstice Art Festival

    Location: Brainerd, MN

    We are having a Summer Solstice Art Festival June 23rd 10-4. We..
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  • Architectonic

    Location: St. Charles, MO

    The Foundry Art Centre is a Community Art Center with Fine Art galleries..
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  • Mid Main Art Fair

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The 9th annual MID MAIN ART FAIR will be held on Sunday, June..
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  • Game Studio needs Art Illustrators

    Location: Bridgewater, NS

    We are a fully funded video game studio in Nova Scotia that is..
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  • Anima Mundi

    Location: Venice, Italy,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: April..
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  • Call to Artists - $40,000 in Awards - The Salt Spring National Art Prize

    Location: Salt Spring Island, BC

    The Salt Spring National Art Prize offering $40,000 in awards, one of Canada’s..
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Prints of Drawings by Hans Fear

By Robert Amos March 3, 2003

} Prints of Drawings by Hans Fear presented by his family and The B. C. Schizophrenia Society at Langham Court Theatre (394-2142) daily and throughout the run of the play You¹re a Good Man, Charlie Brown A special reception for the Hans Fear drawings with showings of a short video tape of the artist at the Theatre on Sunday, March 2 from 2 - 5 p. m. Hans Fear was an artist of uncommon talent, a legend among the street people and skaters. On city walls, Fear's spray-bomb paintings of cartoon-like characters stood out amid the tags and giant lettering. He signed them with the name Ghost - 'ghost of a dead cat', as he said. This is an artform I won't presume to critique. Fear's work reveals him as benign, even gentle soul. But he was a man driven by schizophrenia. The disease added an unsettled edge to his good intentions, and two years ago his suffering drove him to suicide. The relationship between mental illness and creative endeavour is too obvious to doubt, though I won't presume to explain it. I never met Fear. I became aware of him through the repeated marks of respect other artists pay to his memory - some of his walls remain, untouched. Memorials to him - 'RIP GHOST' - are written on fences. One admirer has the word Ghost tattooed, in gothic capitals, on the back of his neck. I received an invitation from the Schizophrenia Society and Fear¹s family to attend an exhibition of prints of 41 prints of the late artist¹s work. Intrigued, I met with Fear's mother Margaret and her son Alfons in her modest suburban home. Two hundred and fifty drawings, the legacy of her talented son¹s turbulent life, washed over the dining room table. In the past twenty-seven years I have looked through the portfolios of many talented artists, but I have never seen such assured drawing. The intensity and humour and uncanny skill of Hans Fear is inscribed on every page. The characters and mannerisms of Disney illustrators and Chuck Jones were a constant inspiration. Shading techniques from the bleak and elaborate cross-hatched illustrations of Bernie Wrightson offer atmosphere. Dick Tracy and film noir, Mad Magazine and Terry and the Pirates, and even Gustave Dore¹s engravings - these are among the sources Fear appropriated. Not only did he draw the black side, but he created a warm and friendly imaginary world, a Hobbity sort of place. In his few short years, Fear developed a sort of philosophy derived from Lord of the Rings. Heavy metal and gothic fantasy had their effect, though he was more likely to draw dewy-eye maidens from the world of Japanimation. And throughout, his art is inspired by the synthesis of graphic modes which is 'head comix'. Fear seems to have been able to draw down his ideas without hesitation. He infused his mental images with an inborn dynamic rythmn, which made these sketches tremendously effective as posters or wall graphics. The technical complexity of his black and white work - shading and cross hatching and every other artistic trick - is astounding to me. Inspiration and hard work can go a long way, but this young man seems to have been born with expertise at his fingertips. Fear drew constantly. His brother Alfons showed me a folio of envelopes decorated Hans and sent to him. They were written on every sort of paper, and not only illuminated, but decorated and inscribed and embellished with dazzling complexity. Paper bags, salvaged menu covers, taped-together compositions which grew and grew - the man was driven to draw. Hans Fear had access to levels of concentration most of us can't even imagine. In the margins and backgrounds of many of his drawings - boisterous, witty, dynamic - he inscribed patterns full of meaning and variety and almost microscopic. He could go on drawing fields of graphic energy without wavering for hours at a time. You don't often see drawing of this intensity. I expect Fear had no truck with fame and fortune, and he was not comfortable in social situations. Despite his talents, he felt low self-esteem. When I suggested that the wider world might enjoy these works, Fear's mother replied, 'If he knew you were here looking at them and talking about them this way, he¹d head out for the woods!'. But I'd like to go on record as saying Hans Fear was an exceptionally talented draftsman. I hope that somewhere, somehow, he can sense our appreciation for his work. The ghost of a dead cat, indeed. And now a moment of education from the B. C. Schizophrenia Society (384-4225): Schizophrenia is a medical illness. It is a brain disease, the result of physical and biochemical changes in the brain. It is not a 'split personality'. It is not caused by childhood trauma, bad parenting or poverty. It is not the result of any actions or personal failures of the individual. One in a hundred Canadians is afflicted with schizophrenia. __________________________________________________ Copyright © 2003 Robert Amos Robert Amos is an artist and art writer who lives in Victoria, B. C.. He can be contacted by e-mail and you can view his paintings at www.robertamos.com