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an artwork on orange paper with a repeating pattern of a person carrying a shovel, outlined in bright green. Another figure is painted on the left side of the image and a drawing of a cabin in a field in the upper right corner

Opening Reception
Paul Nadeau: Gravel is the New Gold

Join us for the launch of the exhibition Gravel is the New Gold, featuring artist Paul Nadeau's hyperreal paintings that speak to the perception of Canadian wilderness.
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location 358 Gordon St Guelph, ON N1Y 1G1
Price Free

Join us for the launch of the exhibition Gravel is the New Gold, featuring the work of artist Paul Nadeau. Drawing together the visual language of cottage-country ephemera with references to practices of measuring, mapping, and surveying, Nadeau’s hyperreal paintings incorporate trompe l’oeil to underscore a certain perception of the Canadian wilderness that has both depended on and accelerated the continuous dispossession of Indigenous lands for resource extraction and leisure.

Image detail: Paul Nadeau, Grubstake (detail), 2024, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist

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This exhibition represents the culmination of two years of focused work in the University of Guelph’s Master of Fine Arts program. The Art Gallery of Guelph’s annual exhibitions of graduating MFA students are presented in conjunction with the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph.

This program is organized and presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

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