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Gertrude Kearns

Toronto, Ontario


Gertrude has worked both officially and unofficially as a Canadian War Artist for over two decades. An independent, she is not currently affiliated with a commercial gallery. Completed 2006-2018 is ‘The ART of COMMAND: portraits + posters from Canada’s Afghan Mission’. Her most recent exhibitions were at Canadian Forces College, Toronto 2017-2018; Founders’ Gallery, U of Calgary, The Military Museums, 2016; Fort York Visitor Centre, 2015. Lecture to Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, Canada 150 Lecture Series, 2017.

Kearns’ works are in private and institutional collections in Canada including The Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Collection; Department of National Defence; Royal Canadian Military Institute; Canadian Forces College, Toronto. In 2018-2019 Kearns embarked on a U.S. military project with General David Howell Petraeus as subject. A WIIS (Canada) documentary on her conflict work is in progress, due for U of T screening summer 2019. HYFUTEC with Hybrid CoE/ COI Strategy + Defence, Helsinki with Stratbyrd Consulting, Germany: content collaboration of Canadian Forces Art of Command in defence presentations and papers.


Interviews
Gertrude Kearns: The Art of Command
   Persian Review, Vol.2 Issue 3, 2016
Gertrude Kearns, artiste de guerre (en français).
   Nicolas Laffont, 45eNord.ca, May 27, 2013

Videos
Gertrude Kearns War Art, The Array Digital Concert Hall, 2017
Two Sittings in February, Eric Morse, 2009

Articles
Dropping Question Marks: War Art, Leadership, the Canadian Forces and Afghanistan, Gertrude Kearns
   Canadian Military History, Vol.26: Issue 1, Article 17, 2017.

Fathoming the Unfathomable: Gertrude Kearns and the Visual Representation of the Genocide in Rwanda, Claudia Oliveira
MA Thesis , Concordia University, Montreal, 2011.

Contributing to the Legacy: Gertrude Kearns, The Art of Command, and the Developing Memory of the Afghan War
   Dr. Craig Leslie Mantle, On Track, Autumn, 2001

Exhibitions
The Art of Command [Installation photos]
   Founders Gallery, The Military Museums, Calgary
   July 5-October 30, 2016
Gertrude Kearns: The Art of Command [Catalogue]
   Portraits and Posters from Canada's Afghan Mission
   Fort York Visitor Centre, Toronto, March 5 - June 14, 2015
Gertrude Kearns: Abstract Works 1989-1992 [Catalogue]
   The Drawers - Headbones Gallery, Toronto
   September 8 - November 1, 2007


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