Halifax painter Kyle Jackson says he loves when someone insists they’re “not an artist” and “could never do anything like that” because it’s fun to prove them wrong.
“I’m like ‘That’s it! I’m putting a brush in your hand!’” says Jackson. “It’s great to see what everybody comes up with.”
Jackson has been named the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s first artist in residence and he’s just begun a six-month journey alongside the museum’s visitors. They won’t just be watching him work — they’ll be rolling up their sleeves and helping.
Visitors can offer critique, help him work on the panels as he goes along or add something to a canvas that’s already painted. They can even paint their very own canvas — although there’s no guarantee someone won’t come along after them and add their own brushstrokes.
While some painters need solitude to work, Jackson isn’t worried about anyone breaking his concentration or trying to argue his vision — in fact, he welcomes the collaboration.
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