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Work by Sapphire Moon Moroz from the School of Art 2024 BFA Honours Graduating Exhibition

Celebrating Emerging Talent: Five UM Graduates selected for ‘Fresh Paint / New Construction’ exhibition in Montreal

June 26, 2024 — 

The much-anticipated annual exhibition, Fresh Paint and New Construction, returns this summer to Art Mûr gallery in Montreal, marking its 20th edition. This exhibition is a showcase of the extraordinary talent and innovation emerging from twelve Canadian universities, bringing together the works of students to offer a glimpse into the future of contemporary art.

Among the stellar lineup of artists, this year’s exhibition proudly features and celebrates six BFA Honours graduates from the School of Art 2024: Mackenzie Anderson Linklater, Deinma David Iyagba, Sapphire Moon Moroz, Grete Drummond, and Matthew Wallbridge. These promising artists are making waves with their distinct styles and creative visions, promising to leave a lasting impact on the art world.

Selected School of Art Graduates:

Mackenzie Anderson Linklater
Mackenzie Anderson Linklater’s work focuses on intergenerational memory, familial narratives, and language, particularly through the practice of birch bark biting as a form of documentation. By incorporating contemporary materials and technologies, her laser-cut works transform and recontextualize traditional practices, creating a bridge between past and present.


Deinma David Iyagba
An artist from Southern Nigeria now based in Winnipeg, Canada, Deinma David Iyagba employs a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach in his art. Fascinated by the fluid and harmonious collaboration of various artistic mediums, Iyagba explores multi-dimensionality to delve into a diverse array of themes.


Sapphire Moon Moroz
Sapphire Moon Moroz’s work combines painting, sculpture, video, and installation to explore the intersections between viewer, subject, and space. By drawing on the history of the female image, the maker, and the audience, her work challenges viewer expectations and questions what it means to truly see and be seen as a woman, artist, and object.


Grete Drummond
Grete Drummond’s recent work “Colours of Nostalgia” is an autobiographical body of work that revisits her South African roots. Her paintings depict recurring objects and places from her life, serving as markers of moments shared with loved ones, encapsulating her personal experiences and heritage.


Matthew Wallbridge
Matthew Wallbridge explores the process of painting through a diverse range of styles, supports, tools, materials, and mark-making techniques. His instinctively reworked surfaces create complex layers that highlight the physicality of the painted object, inviting viewers into his dynamic exploration of the medium.


The Fresh Paint and New Construction exhibition is not just an exhibition but a powerful testament to the quality and relevance of emerging artistic practices in Canada and provides a platform for young artists to present their work to a wider audience, fostering a community of creativity and inspiration.

Exhibition Dates: July 20 – August 31, 2024
Reception: Saturday, July 20, 2024, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition and the featured artists, please visit the Art Mûr website.


*Above images from the School of Art 2024 BFA Honours Graduating Exhibition

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