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  • Call for Artists - Black & White International Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the Black & White online art exhibition for..
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  • Become An Art-treprenuer

    Location: , AB

    How it works: 25+ people are hosted each night for a 2-hour event, each..
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  • Photopolis: The Halifax Festival of Photography

    Location: Halifax, NS

    FINAL CALL - Photopolis: The Halifax Festival of Photography invites you to register..
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  • Landscapes : Reading and Memory

    Location: Orillia, ON

    Toronto artist Dan Nuttall (www.dandoesdesign.com) has his first solo exhibition Titled: Landscapes :..
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  • Korean.Canadian Modern Art International Exhibition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    A collection of over 100 pieces of works from Korea will be exhibited..
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  • Portrait Drawing from LIfe: A Crash Course

    Location: Halifax, NS

    This wonderfully intensive drawing workshop will allow students to examine the canons of..
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  • Painting with the Masters: Bouguereau and the 19th Century

    Location: Dartmouth, NS

    This intensive, 5-day workshop focuses on the classic 19th century academic painting style..
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  • Photopolis Digital Group Show

    Location: Halifax, NS

    Photopolis: The Halifax Festival of Photography is looking for various single images to..
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  • Emerging Artist Residency Award

    Location: Picton, ON

    Spark Box Studio Emerging Artist Residency Award Beginning your career as an emerging artist..
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  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS SUMMER 2017 T6

    Location: Toronto, ON

    T6 is inviting submissions! Based in Canada, T6 aims to promote the discussion of..
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  • Diane Roy: Allegory of Our Seas

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    In Allegory of our Seas, textile artist Diane Roy uses a variety of..
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  • ALL-DAY BREAKFAST -- a KATZMAN offsite millennial exhibition at FIRST CANADIAN PLACE GALLERY

    Location: Toronto, ON

    We all love breakfast! And, we at KATZMAN love contemporary art. In light..
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  • Call for Nova Scotia Billboard Image

    Location: Halifax, NS

    CALL FOR BILLBOARD IMAGE! Photopolis: The Halifax Festival of Photography is offering an..
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  • Terrill Welch Solo Art Exhibition

    Location: Mayne Island, BC

    “West to East Coast Canadian Landscapes in Paint” * Terrill Welch Solo Art Exhibition..
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  • Call For Submissions - The Independents Show

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Toronto Summer 2017 show is the first in a series of quarterly..
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  • DRIVE-THRU -- A 21 artist group show

    Location: Toronto, ON

    As a compendium to our next exhibition OVERLOAD, and in conjunction with our..
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  • TIAN XIAOLEI -- OVERLOAD

    Location: Toronto, ON

    KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY proudly presents the Canadian premiere of the Beijing-based artist TIAN XIAOLEI...
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  • Linkes Local Arts Gallery, Supply and Learning Centre- An Aboriginal Art EXPO

    Location: Stayner, ON

    A two week display & exhibition highlighting Canada's exquisitely talented Aboriginal artists. Submit..
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  • Means of Production

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Through weaving, rug hooking and stitching, five textile artists explore the value, meaning,..
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  • Canadianisms at Okotoks Art Gallery

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Exciting, Bold and Filled with Canadian Quirk, artist Brandy Saturley continues her successional..
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  • SILVER JEWELLERY WORKSHOP Weekend

    Location: Priceville (Flesherton) , ON

    A relaxed retreat-style program with outstanding food and a creative workshop that will..
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  • Juried Art Exhibition open to all Canadian Artists

    Location: Toronto , ON

    TORONTO WEST ARTS COLLABORATIVE ..
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  • Call for Artists -

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is very pleased to announce the creation of the Artist Spotlight..
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  • Water | International Photography Call for Entry

    Location: Fort Collins, CO

    Water is a prominent theme in the art of photography both visually and..
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  • $4,500 in awards - 2017 Art Kudos Juried Online Competition

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    Artshow.com is now accepting entries for the 13th annual Art Kudos competition, an..
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  • CALL FOR ARTIST IN ONTARIO

    Location: Toronto, ON

    We are looking to hire an artist for a commissioned oil painting. If..
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  • Wayne Anderton: In The Outdoor Photography

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    District Foyer Gallery | May 30 - July 24, 2017 Submerge yourself into our..
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  • Suzan Marczak: Firebelly Clayworks

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    District Foyer Gallery | May 30 - July 24, 2017 Clay as a tactile..
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  • DUC National Art Portfolio

    Location: , MB

    Submission deadline for the 2018 Ducks Unlimited Canada National Art Portfolio is August..
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  • 3RD FINAL FOTOFILMIC17 SUMMER SHORTLIST CALL

    Location: Vancouver (Bowen Island), BC

    FOTOFILMIC17 GLOBAL JURIED COMPETITION A Worldview of Emerging Material Practices in Contemporary Photography 3RD FINAL..
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  • 'Call for Submission'

    Location: Sherwood Park, AB

    Art Society of Strathcona County Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada CALL FOR SUBMISSION 2017 CELEBRATING CANADIAN..
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  • Call for Submissions - Beacon Original Art

    Location: Calgary, AB

    We invite emerging and professional Alberta based artists to participate in our Annual..
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  • Canadian Landscapes As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Colourblind Artist

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Landscapes by colour blind artist Sheldon Goldman, being displayed at the Coffee Tree..
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  • Call for Artists Palm Beach

    Location: West Palm Beach, FL

    PALM BEACH CONTEMPORARY is a beautiful indoor show in a 50,000 sq. ft...
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  • “Abstract” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline June 30, 2017

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as..
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  • Call for Artists – Art in the Community

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for our Art in..
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  • Cityscape Community Artspace Exhibition Proposals

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for our 2018..
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  • The Reflections Poster Show

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The annual Reflections Poster Show highlights emerging artists in the IDEA School of..
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  • LIMITLESS 2017 - $1,000 in Artist Prizes

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists, this entirely online exhibition and competition..
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  • New Gallery - Call for Art/Artists

    Location: Kitchener, ON

    DatBe Art Haus is a new gallery and retail store opening in the..
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  • Call for Visual Artists Living With a Disability (Wheelchair user)

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Call for submissions from Canadian visual artists who identify as living with a..
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  • Ness Creek Forest Art-Photography Session with John Perret

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Learn from Master Photographer, John Perret. A great opportunity to learn about digital photography..
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  • Call for Artists: 2nd Annual Outdoor Painting Festival

    Location: Cavan/Millbrook (near Peterborough), ON

    Festival is Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1...Register Now. Please also share this information. ..
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  • James Middleton Plein Air Workshops

    Location: LaHave, NS

    Two 5-Day Plein Air Painting Workshops in Beautiful Nova Scotia James Middleton SCA..
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  • 2017 Annual International Mail-In Art Exhibition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Presented by the Federation of Canadian Artists Cash Prizes Total: $2,000 CA Submission Deadline: June 3,..
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  • Partners in Art Receives $2.0 Million from Government of Canada



    Location: Toronto, ON

    LandMarks2017/Repères2017 to be a pan-Canadian
Signature Project through Canada 150 Fund, A series of..
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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