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Leslie Reid – Mapping the North

2017-11-23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leslie Reid


November 23 – December 6, 2017


Thursday November 23, 2017 5 – 8 pm

Galerie St-Laurent + Hill is pleased to present an exhibition of works from her Northern travels by artist Leslie Reid.


The paintings and works on paper of Mapping the North are the result of Leslie Reid’s participation in the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP). Through this residency, she travelled with the military throughout the North, following in the footsteps of her father who, as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, flew photographic mapping missions in the early years of the Cold War. The first accurate maps of the North, produced as a result of the RCAF Photo Squadron’s aerial photographs, were used for both Cold War activities and installations and for economic development. The artist accessed these photographs at the National Air Photo Library in Ottawa and CFAP gave her the opportunity to take her own aerial photographs of many of the places visited by her father. Yukon and BC glaciers (Kaskawulsh, Llewellyn), Great Slave and Snap Lakes, North West Territories and the coast of Cornwallis Island, Nunavut (Resolute) can be seen in both Reid’s and the historical photos. From these experiences, Reid has created paintings that are both exploration and palimpsest, uniting past and present.

Mapping Time, the overall project which includes Mapping the North, as well as the multimedia exhibition Mapping a Cold War, held at the Founders’ Gallery, Military Museums, Calgary in 2016, looks at several intertwined issues over a span of seventy years: displacement, refuge, survival, fragility and resilience, of places and peoples, and our relationship with the earth.


Born in Ottawa, Leslie Reid studied at Queen’s University, Kingston, and continued her studies in England, doing graduate studies at Chelsea College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London. On her return to Canada she taught Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, where she served as Department Chair; she is now Professor Emerita. Early exhibitions include Some Canadian Women Artists, National Gallery of Canada, and the Biennale de Paris. She has had solo exhibitions in Canada, England, France, and the USA. The retrospective exhibition, Leslie Reid: A Darkening Vision, was curated by Diana Nemiroff at the Carleton University Art Gallery in 2011. Her paintings were exhibited in Builders: The Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery of Canada in 2012. Her work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada and in public and private collections across Canada.

Leslie Reid has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa, as well as awards from the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, where she has been a member since 1978. She received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

She has had artist residencies in France (Paris, Arles), California, Newfoundland and more recently across the Canadian Arctic with the Canadian Forces Artists Program. She has received long term funding from the Canada Council for the Arts to continue her work in the North. Leslie was the visual artist for leg 9 with Canada C3, joining the Canada 150 Signature Project icebreaker Polar Prince on its voyage through the Northwest Passage in August 2017.


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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