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Gertrude Kearns

Gertrude has worked both officially and unofficially as a Canadian War Artist for over two decades.

Completed 2006-2018 are two parallel bodies of work about the nature of mission and command in the recent Afghanistan Mission: a body of 67 Canadian Forces portraits and related Multiple Original fine art texted War Prints pertaining to each portrait subject.

Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP) experiences in 2003- preceded her being embedded in theatre in late 2005 into 2006 in Kandahar and later Kabul, on contract with Task Force Afghanistan Roto 0 as official embedded war artist. Prior to CFAP for a decade she had created bodies of work around the 1991 Gulf Crisis, the 1992 Balkan Conflict, the 1993 Somalian incident, the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. These projects were based on research, but, by 2002 self;initiated collaboration with some Canadian Forces personnel which has continued to the present.

Her most recent exhibitions were at Canadian Forces College, Toronto 2017-2018, and in 2016 in Calgary at Founders' Gallery, U of Calgary, The Military Museums.

Her works are in private and institutional collections in Canada including The Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa; The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Collection; and the Department of National Defense; The Royal Canadian Military Institute, Toronto. She is represented in numerous Defense and Contemporary Art publications including Magenta's 2008 CARTE BLANCHE vol 2, Painting, (established category), and Canadian Military History Journal.

Kearns has lectured on her Military/War Art, including most recently in 2018 and 2017 at Canadian Forces College, Toronto and Royal Military College, Kingston; 2017 in Toronto at the invitation of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts; 2016 in Calgary at the Nickle Gallery, University of Calgary; in 2015 at Fort York Visitor Centre, Toronto; 2012 to the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, the University of Calgary; The Founders' Gallery, The Military Museums; and The Nickle Gallery, University of Calgary.

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