Windows on the War of 1812

September 12 - October 26, 2014

In this exhibition the aerial-view paintings of the reconstructed battle scenes and photographs of  modern re-enactments demonstrate how the War of 1812 is remembered and relived by re-enactors who keep history alive. 

Stephen J. Arthurs presents a unique view of the War of 1812. He constructs detailed dioramas that depict key battles, then paints these same dioramas in aerial perspective. Complimenting Arthurs meticulous work in acrylic paint, are the compelling photographs of Rebecca Nash that capture re-enactment events in stark black and white. With photos taken from 1812 war re-enactments across Southern Ontario, Nash’s work is provocative and emotive of the life and death of commoners and soldiers alike. 

The compelling work of these two artists creates a fine study of artistic contrasts that you don’t want to miss. 

This is an unconventional look at a turning point in Canadian history. By revisiting key moments two artists from different generations and experience have provided an accessible and fascinating way to learn more about the War of 1812 as we reach the final years of the War’s bicentennial. 

Watch our social media outlets for a special programme with Stephen J. Arthurs!