#CBC: « Stephen Harper meets Andy Warhol: Prime ministers go pop art in Fredericton show – New Brunswick »
Canada’s stuffiest prime ministers have never looked so vibrant.
A new exhibition at Government House in Fredericton depicts all 23 prime ministers in pop art style: Joe Clark’s hair is orange and Stephen Harper’s jacket is pink.
Sir John Abbott’s 19th-century mutton chops are lit in blue and yellow.
« They are Warhol-esque, they are electric, they’re juicy, they’re colourful, » says Tim Richardson, the executive assistant to Lieutenant-Governor Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau.
« You can’t help but feel something, some emotion, when you see these portraits. »
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The show was the brainchild of Bill Benson, an Ontario physician with roots in New Brunswick.
Benson was upset when he saw a survey showing most high school students could only name a couple of prime ministers.
He had donated New Brunswick artifacts and antiques over the years, so he contacted Richardson with the idea.
He then commissioned Julio Ferrer, a Cuban-Canadian painter in Hamilton, to paint the portraits in time for Canada 150.
Ferrer dabbles with politics in his work; past portraits include one of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto (Che) Guevara taking a selfie — a Chelfie it has been dubbed.
The portraits will hang at Government House until September and will be offered for exhibition elsewhere in Canada after that.
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