Landscape Artist of the Year Canada
Six of the country’s top artists have just four hours to complete a landscape masterpiece. Each week, it’s a new group of artists in a new location, all vying to make it to the final. Who thought watching paint dry could be this fun?
Series premiere February 16th, 9et/pt
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Get to know the Host and Judges
Sook-Yin Lee, born in Vancouver, BC, is a Canadian broadcaster, musician, filmmaker, and actress, best known for her work on MuchMusic and CBC over the last twenty years. She has appeared in numerous films and television programs including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Art of Woo, Boy Meets World and The Newsroom. Raised in a strict Roman-Catholic household, Sook-Yin ran away from home at the age of 15, crediting art with saving her life and being the main driving force behind all of her projects. As one of Canada’s most recognizable names in broadcasting Sook-Yin Lee brings forth an inquisitive nature, quirky humour and a rich background in the arts to Landscape Artist of the Year Canada.
Growing up in Sudbury, Marc Mayer was exposed to beautiful Northern landscapes at an early age. His larger than life personality compliments his no-nonsense approach to critiquing art. Prior to his appointment at the National Gallery, he served as Director of the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal and the Power Plant in Toronto. Mark is currently the Strategic Advisor at the MOCA in Toronto.
Joanne Tod grew up in Montreal where she made a deal with her father, agreeing to study business if she could also study art. Until 2019, Tod taught in the Department of Visual Studies, DFALD, University of Toronto. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Sotheby’s Canada and a board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto. Her work is part of permanent collections at the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. As a university level painting instructor of 20 years, Tod is armed with the skills, humour and insight to critique a bevy of artwork.
British-born Ian Dejardin holds a postgraduate diploma in Art Gallery and Museum Studies from Manchester University and a MA in the History of Art from the University of Edinburgh. As former director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, England’s oldest Gallery, his smash hit exhibition Painting Canada made him one of the most sought-after curators in the world. In 2017, Dejardin joined the McMichael Canadian Art Collection as Executive Director.