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Dad in Mask

Saskatoon, SK

Artwork Statement

I am a painter exploring this pandemic time through portraiture. This is a painting of my 91-year-old father, who has been isolated at home, barred from visiting his wife of 68 years in a care home (except outdoors or on Zoom) in the first year, and unable to fully grieve her loss in the second year. Yet, he continues to face this time with courage and acceptance. The mask situates this work firmly in this time that is paradoxically contemporary yet historic.


Oil on canvas, unframed


36" x 36"

About the Artist

Carol Wylie has enjoyed a thriving art practice for twenty-five years, working exclusively with portraiture and figuration, including commissioned work. She received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and BFA and BA (Psychology) from the University of Saskatchewan. Carol has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions across Canada and the US and was a finalist in the Kingston Portrait Prize 2015. Her project entitled "They didn't know we were seeds, eighteen portraits of Holocaust and Residential School Survivors" is touring through to 2024. Carol's work is included in many collections, including the Sask-Arts permanent collection.