Richard Ahnert invokes the nostalgic romanticism of the wildlife and people that make this vast land home—from coast to coast to coast. He draws heavily on Canadian iconography and nature symbolism. As they are in most of Ahnert’s work, animals are shown displaced from their habitats and realities. Voluntary or forced, their departure preludes a new social order, one that is marked by the inevitable displacement and subdual of animal life by humans.
This series emphasizes the sanctity of our precious Canadian land and its inhabitants, while alluding to the harsh realities that follow from human intervention. Not only do these paintings celebrate our glorious heritage and landscape, but they also remind us of our own folly.
Toronto-based artist Richard Ahnert takes anthropomorphic painting to a new level, lacing his works with a quiet, yet unmistakable animism—an abiding kinship between human and animal. He uses this relationship to explore themes of emotion, metaphor, and narrative with a satirical twist. Storytelling, understated humour, and deep reflection are at the heart of his practice.
Richard studied Technical Illustration and Graphic Design at York University and Seneca College. He began exhibiting his work in 2010 and has shown in exhibitions and galleries in both Canada and the United States. His award-winning work can be found in private collections and businesses in North America, Europe and Australia.
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