Oil painting, a medium often used in art history, is still allowed to be done in Canada, but it’s banned under a controversial new law that has sparked outrage among artists, historians and many Canadians.
The Canadian Heritage Act prohibits any painting, drawing, drawing-like work or other work of art “that includes any representation of the dead or the deadly, mutilated or the disabled” from being done in the country, which has long been a centre for artistic expression and artistic expressionism.
The legislation says the restriction applies to works of art that are “on permanent display in a museum, exhibition or other public place, or that are on display in such a manner as to be visible to the public or to other persons”.
The act also bans the creation of “any artwork” that includes “an artistic representation of, or a representation of or in a depiction of the human body” in the “public exhibition of an artistic work of works of arts”.
Artists and historians, meanwhile, have raised concerns that the ban could have a chilling effect on Canada’s creative and academic sectors.
Canada is one of the few Western countries that still allows art to be displayed and sold, with exhibitions, exhibitions, concerts and festivals, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Toronto Art Gallery, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the Toronto Film Festival.
Artistic freedom is at the core of Canada’s economic and cultural success, but a lack of artistic expression in the nation has been a significant challenge to the country’s economy and national security.
The ban is set to expire in 2018, but the government has warned that it could be reimposed if a new law is enacted that does not allow the painting of “the dead or deadly”.
A federal commission has recommended that the government amend the law so that it would no longer apply to works that are already on display, but Canada’s parliament has been divided over the issue.
A federal parliamentary committee recently issued a report that recommended that Canada remove the restrictions, arguing that the law is discriminatory and that artists have a right to artistic expression.
The art-based ban has sparked fierce debate and an online petition has been signed by over 2,000 Canadians, with over 12,000 people signing it in support of the government’s decision.
The Royal Canadian Institute of Arts, the countrys oldest and largest independent art museum, has warned against painting oil paintings in Canada.
The institute has repeatedly expressed concern about the restrictions and has suggested that painting oil painting is “a violation of the artistic freedoms that are protected by the Canadian Constitution”.
The Royal Society of Canada also has issued a statement saying that painting works in oil paint is “not an art form.”
The Canadian Museum of History says it does not have an official position on the issue, but does not believe it is an infringement of artistic freedom.